Sixty seven percent of Teach For America's alumni remain in the field of education. Currently, thousands of those alumni continue to teach, coach, and serve in schools in at least 37 states, the District of Columbia, and six international territories. Close to 800 alumni serve as successful principals and superintendents in schools and systems nation-wide. Every day, these alumni continue to dramatically impact the academic success of the students in their classrooms, schools, and cities.
In 2006, Teach For America launched the School Leadership Initiative (
to support alumni in their efforts impact the achievement gap as potential and current principals. Since that time the number of TFA alumni in principal positions has doubled, and the work of the Initiative team has evolved. Currently the three person team works with over 43 Teach For America regions to inspire alumni to pursue school leadership, connect them to the best preparation programs and experiences, place them into leadership roles and support them while in their leadership positions.
The director of school leadership will be responsible a variety of workstreams that directly impact the work of the initiative. This person's primary responsibility will be launching and running our work on the Aspiring Rural School Leaders Academy as well as the Rural School Leaders Fellowship. They will also be responsible for overseeing a portfolio of Teach For America regions with which we work. He/she will be responsible creating structured processes for understanding and solving problems at all levels of the school leadership team, conducting data-driven analyses, and quickly executing on feedback and recommendations.
We are seeking a results-oriented individual with exceptional written and spoken communication skills and analytical aptitude. The ideal candidate is a strong relationship builder and passionate about increasing the impact of Teach For America's alumni leaders in education.
The director of school leadership reports directly to the Managing Director of the School Leadership Initiative. Teach For America seeks individuals of all ethnic and racial backgrounds to apply for the position.
Alumni Affairs Team
There are nearly 30,000 alumni of our teaching corps working in all different sectors and careers. Together, they are a mighty force for social change. Our team powers their potential by providing alumni with professional development, forums for discussion, and ways to connect and support colleagues and friends. We create opportunities for alumni to come together in big and small ways, from online forums to regional alumni summits and Teach For America's 20
Anniversary Summit which brought more than 11,000 individuals together to celebrate and plan the path forward.
Responsibilities will include, but are not limited to:
Supporting Regional Alumni Teams to Execute School Leadership Work
Develop and maintain relationships with Regional Alumni Affairs team members in a set of regions to support them to execute their school leadership work.
Analyze and monitor data and execute strategies to achieve goals in regions
Support regions to strategically plan their approach to school leadership
Execute talent sourcing work to match alumni with open roles and positions
Managing Specific Projects that will further the work of the school leadership team
Recruit for, refine and implement the second Aspiring Rural School Leaders Program
Design, recruit for and implement the first Rural School Leaders Fellowship
Manage KickStart: The Advisory Group for Alumni starting their own schools
Develop and maintain relationships with external and internal partners including universities
Candidate Profile and Experience Prerequisites
3+ years of work experience
Teach For America corps or staff experience preferred
School district, teaching, or recruiting experience is a plus
Strong client-service orientation and external relationship-building skills. High comfort level working with various types of people in different regional and local contexts
Strong critical and strategic thinker; ability to use excel to gather and analyze data.
Strong organizational and project management skills
Knowledge of the school leadership landscapes - from a district, charter, or graduate school perspective - a plus
Willingness to travel, approximately 1 overnight trip every month to conduct site visits, provide effective support to all regions- a plus
Application Requirements and Process
Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Please submit your resume and one-page cover letter with your application.
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