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MD, The Collective
Teach For America in New York, New York
 
 
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Date Posted 02/24/2021
Category
Philanthropy-Other-Non-profit
Employment Type Fulltime
Application Deadline Open until filled
 
 
 
 
 

Teach For America believes in the power of all alumni to achieve educational equity. We believe that alumni who share the backgrounds of the students and families we serve have potential to make an additional impact in their work with students and communities. We deeply believe that a supportive network is crucial to resiliency in this challenging work, and we know that finding a broad community can be more difficult for historically marginalized groups. Native, Indigenous alumni and alumni of color have shared that they deeply desire to be in a meaningful community with others who are engaged in this difficult work alongside them. This role is the answer to that.

The needs of our alumni are ever changing, therefore our team will need to shift and flex to meet those needs. That said, the Managing Director, The Collective will drive the vision, strategy and execution of identity-based community building for rising and current Teach For America alumni who identify as Native, Indigenous, and people of color both network-wide and in local geographies. This leader will collaborate within teams inside and outside of the organization (i.e. CLE, National Community Alliances, regional teams, LEE, etc.) to build a stronger, thriving and more connected network of alumni of color and Native and Indigenous alumni influencing and leading efforts towards educational equity in our communities. This leader’s work will have an intentional focus on those 2 to 5 years along the participant journey, creating connectivity experiences with our distinctive community as those 2 to 5 years along the journey explore the personal and collective role they’ll play in advancing educational equity. They will support TFA regions in advancing local impact by creating and maintaining a set of resources that promote connection to, affinity within, and the collaborative impact of our distinctive community. Our hope is that this will facilitate The Collective’s network ability to access support and resources necessary to strive toward educational equity.

This position will report directly to the Vice President of The Collective. This role will also work very closely with a peer Managing Director, The Collective, who focuses on learning and development

THE KEY DELIVERABLES

In 12-18 months, we expect that the Managing Director, The Collective will have:

Designed and executed the following virtual touchpoints and experiences for the 2019 corps members who identify as Native, Indigenous, and people of color:

  • At least three virtual identity-based small group sessions to reach at least 150 people total.
  • At least two virtual sessions to explore the role corps members will play as an alum to reach at least 60 people per session.
  • A national virtual alumni induction ceremony for The Collective to reach at least 300 people.
  • Facilitated (or outsourced facilitation of) at least two virtual conversations as part of “The Collective Conversations” series.
  • Created and shared a set of resources for TFA regions to support the infrastructure and work of The Collective locally.
  • Established a mentorship program between 1st year corps members and The Collective

THE ORGANIZATION

There are more than 16 million children growing up in poverty in the U.S., and less than 10 percent of them will graduate from college. These statistics are not a reflection of our children’s potential; we know that children growing up in poverty can and do achieve at the highest levels. Rather, these statistics reflect the systemic lack of access and opportunity for children in low-income communities.

Teach For America’s (TFA) mission is to find, develop, and support a diverse network of leaders committed to expanding opportunity for children from classrooms, schools, and every sector and field that shapes the broader systems in which schools operate. We are seeking individuals who align with our mission, core values and commitment to Diversity Equity & Inclusiveness and are ready to join us in this global movement.

THE PERSON

RESPONSIBILITIES

Content Design & Delivery

  • Design and implement strategies to gather data about the needs of The Collective specifically related to the connectivity and mobilization of The Collective, network-wide and locally

  • Design and execute a set of direct-to-constituent virtual (and in-person when appropriate) touchpoints and experiences focused on The Collective’s 3 strategic focus areas that will advance the connectivity of and strengthen The Collective network, with a particular focus on those 2 to 5 years along their participant journey

  • Design evaluation framework and metrics for all programming to glean learnings and inform decisions to evolve content

Resource Development & Support

  • Create and maintain resources for TFA regions to advance the work of The Collective , including but not limited to:

    • Local Collective infrastructure and assessment framework (i.e. conditions required to launch a local chapter, best practices for launching and moving along the stages of a local chapter)

    • Content playbook to support local efforts that promote The Collective’s 3 strategic promises with a specific focus on strengthen our unique community

  • Facilitate quarterly calls with local Collective staff sponsors and leaders to share network wide updates and promote group learning and collaboration, in collaboration with MD, The Collective Learning and Development

  • Curate and produce a hub of resources accessible to TFA regions to support their community-building work with corps members of color

Collaboration & Partnership Internal & External to TFA

  • Build and maintain strong relationships with key stakeholders, including but not limited to other CLE teams, the National Community Alliances team, other TFA teams, and other external partners aligned to our work, to effectively lead and execute cross-team projects at the service of The Collective.

  • Continuously build expertise in connectivity, DEI, and coalition building so that your efforts are informed by best practices, research and are creative and innovative.

Team Collaboration & Cross-Functional Support

  • Collaborate with peers on the CCB team, particularly the MD, The Collective Learning and Development to seek input and maximize their line of sight

  • Serve as added operational capacity for team to execute programming

  • Contribute to team efforts to ensure robust outcomes of programming

Organization & Team Responsibilities

  • Participate in CLE-wide and sub-team activities and corps member interview selection process

  • Attend professional development and group learning experiences

  • Steward organizational priorities, core values, and Foundations

  • Demonstrate a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusivity

THE MUST HAVES

Prior experience:

  • Strong understanding of Teach For America alumni and specifically the experience of alumni who identify as Native, Indigenous, and people of color

  • Experience engaging with and leading DEI work

  • Knowledge of organizing best practices

  • Exceptional ability to build and maintain strong relationships and credibility with diverse stakeholders

  • Proven track record of success in setting vision and direction and demonstrating judgement

Skills:

  • Possess high empathy, self-awareness, and emotional intelligence

  • Strong coalition building and/or organizing skills

  • Exceptional strategic and critical thinking skills, specifically ability to think big, generate ideas and implement solutions to complex problems

  • Excellent program design and facilitation (virtual and in-person) skills

  • Excellent ability to set and evolve visions and direction

  • Strong ability to research, synthesize, analyze data to make data driven decisions

  • Exceptional ability to build, maintain, and leverage relationships with diverse internal and external stakeholders to reach successful outcomes

  • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills with the ability to tailor message and approach toward the perspective of others

  • Ability to hold restorative and other courageous conversations

  • Strong organization, planning, and execution skills

  • Possess an entrepreneurial spirit coupled with exceptionally high level of personal responsibility

  • Remarkable orientation towards collaboration with teammates and others inside and outside of the organization

  • Proficient in MS Office and Google Suites

  • Constant desire to improve and learn from past experiences

Candidate must also be willing to work evenings and weekends occasionally. We anticipate this might be required on average 2/month given virtual sessions and depending upon an individual’s working style.

THE TEAM

This role is on The Collective subteam on the national Collective Leadership and Engagement (CLE) Team, a team who supports TFA alumni. Started in 2011, The Collective is Teach For America’s National Alumni Association for alumni who identify as Native, Indigenous, and people of color. As we approach our 10th year of establishment and a network of 20,000, we seek to evolve our work in ways that equip our alumni of color to innovate, influence, and lead change efforts in our communities, both individually and collectively. Given this, we are focusing on 3 strategic areas with our alumni no matter where they live and what professional sector they are in:

1) Strengthen our unique community

2) Cultivate our distinctive leadership

3) Facilitate impact in the communities we serve

As a team, we believe we can only achieve our vision of One Day if we are intentional about the unique role leaders of color must play in pursuit of our efforts. Leaders of color are disproportionately impacted by the educational inequities of our nation. We seek to provide a space where our corps members of color grow their impact as leaders in the classroom and community, while also thinking about the longer term impact they aspire to have as alumni in this movement. The vast number of our alumni of color are leading in the education space, working actively to address inequities plaguing our students and communities. We recognize the challenges are deeply rooted in systemic racism and as a result, children of color are not equipped with the access to educational opportunities they need to reach their full potential.

At the same time, we acknowledge that we have leaders of all backgrounds in pursuit of our mission and our base reflects the diversity of our nation. We believe it is important to ensure that deep learning, engagement, and collaboration takes place to strengthen our collective efforts through the use of technical and organic approaches. Our team works aggressively to elevate the voices, perspectives, and experiences of our leaders of color, students, and most marginalized and disenfranchised communities to shape, lead, and advance the work of our alumni and broader community. Our work drives our org-wide strategy and Foundations.

THE PERKS

By joining staff , you join a network of individuals committed to pursuing equity for all students and developing themselves as professionals in the process. We as an organization value the longevity of our employees and offer a comprehensive and competitive benefits plan. The salary for this position is also competitive and depends on your prior work experience. Please be advised, you will have an opportunity to discuss salary in more detail after you begin the application process.

WE ARE DEEPLY COMMITTED TO DIVERSITY, EQUITY & INCLUSIVENESS

In all we do, we act on the following beliefs:

  • Diversity is crucial for successful change efforts and is one of Teach For America’s greatest strengths.

  • The full potential of our diverse network will be reached only when we are an inclusive community.

  • The predictability of success or failure for our students or individuals in our organization should not correlate with any social, cultural or other identity-based factors.

Teach For America encourages individuals of all ethnic, racial, and socioeconomic backgrounds to apply for this position. We are committed to maximizing the diversity of our organization, as we want to engage all those who can contribute to this effort.

Teach For America is committed to providing equal employment opportunities to all qualified individuals and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, age, marital status, veteran status, pregnancy, parental status, genetic information or characteristics (or those of a family member) or any other basis prohibited by applicable law.

*This job description reflects Teach For America's assignment of essential functions and qualifications of the role. Nothing in this herein restricts management's right to assign, reassign or eliminate duties and responsibilities to this role at any time.

NEXT STEPS

Interested in this position? Apply now! Scroll down to the bottom of the page to find the link to the online application. If you still have questions regarding the role, feel free to contact our recruitment team at StaffHiring@teachforamerica.org or visit www.teachforamerica.org/about-us/careers .

THE PERKS

By joining staff , you join a network of individuals committed to pursuing equity for all students and developing themselves as professionals in the process. We as an organization value the longevity of our employees and offer a comprehensive and competitive benefits plan. The salary for this position is also competitive and depends on your prior work experience. Please be advised, you will have an opportunity to discuss salary in more detail after you begin the application process.

NEXT STEPS

Interested in this position? Apply now! Scroll down to the bottom of the page and click Apply. If you still have questions regarding the role, feel free to contact our recruitment team at StaffHiring@teachforamerica.org or visit www.teachforamerica.org/about-us/careers

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