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Teach For America

Direct, School Partnerships and Corps Experience

Teach For America


Job Summary

The Role

The pursuit of educational equity requires a broad and diverse coalition of education leaders working in and outside of the education system. Many of those leaders begin their journey as Teach For America corps members, and the Director, School Partnerships and Recruitment plays a key role in their experience and development.   As the Director, School Partnerships and Corps Experience, you will connect school leaders with the talented teachers they need. You’ll build meaningful relationships with a large portfolio of school and district leaders, and execute a robust hiring process for up to 100 new teachers annually in Nashville and Chattanooga.

The D, SC must be a strong as a relationship builder. You thrive in a fast-paced campaign environment where you interact with others closely and work toward shared, definitive results. You love working across teams. You have a strong habit of seeing connections among people and organizations in order to drive toward collectively shared outcomes.

The Team

Teach For America Nashville-Chattanooga finds, develops, and supports a diverse network of leaders who expand opportunity for children from classrooms, schools, and every sector and field that shapes the broader systems in which schools operate. Great classrooms, schools, and districts require exceptional leadership, and in the past few years, our city and state have unleashed transformational initiatives. Teach For America – in partnership with other champions for Nashville and Chattanooga’s students – is a part of this work. We have 160 Teach For America corps members who teach in over 50 schools across Metro Nashville, reaching approximately 13,000 students. Over 800 Teach For America alumni call Nashville home and have assumed notable positions in school leadership and education policy. In Chattanooga, over 20 alumni are helping drive change throughout the city, and will be placing our first cohort of 15 corps members in 2019. We believe that, 10 years from now, we’ll look back on this as the decade when the people of Nashville and Chattanooga came together to change the life prospects for our children.

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.

Job Responsibilities


Set Vision and Direction for School Partnership in Nashville and Chattanooga (15%)

  • Internalize regional vision and TLD team vision, and plan in alignment
  • Understand the school and district landscape in both Nashville and Chattanooga; internalize school and district visions and goals
  • Build a framework and process to determine which schools and districts we partner with and why.

Lead Corps Member Placement Process (40%)

  • Develop vision-aligned strategy for corps member placement in Nashville and Chattanooga.
  • Design and execute the process for corps members to secure jobs in placement partner schools
  • Collaborate with other team members to create professional services agreements with school partners
  • Ensure all corps members pursue and obtain the correct license and licensure partner.

Cultivate Relationships with School and District Leaders (30%)

  • Build and maintain relationships with strategically chosen human resources staff, district and school administration across placement partners in Nashville and Chattanooga
  • Partner with TLD staff to support corps members to have a strong experience with their schools;
  • Build and maintain relationships with strategically chosen staff at our licensure partner institutions.

Regional and Organizational Stewardship (15%)

Support team-wide priorities for Greater Nashville and organizational-wide initiatives. Examples include:

  • Participate in staff committees and task forces
  • Corps member recruitment, selection, admissions, and matriculation
  • Team meetings and professional development
  • inform and support regional initiatives to maximize and diversify our leadership force
  • Regional events and programming (such as teacher orientation and end-of-year celebration)


The Must Haves

Prior Experience

  • 5+ years of relevant work experience highly preferred
  • Experience working in or with Nashville or Chattanooga schools highly preferred; candidates working in a similar context will also be considered
  • Experience teaching in a low-incoming preferred, but not required
  • Bachelor’s degree required

Work Demands

  • Willing and able to work some early mornings, evenings or weekends when that furthers team or regional goals
  • Ability to travel around the metropolitan Nashville area weekly and travel to Chattanooga quarterly


  • Exceptional strategic and critical thinking skills
  • Proven track record of setting and achieving ambitious goals
  • Ability to think big, generate ideas and implement solutions to complex problems
  • Knack for influencing others toward outcomes through sophisticated relationship management
  • Highly organized
  • Demonstrated ability to both motivate and manage superiors, peers, and direct reports to achieve ambitious, concrete results
  • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills
  • Embodies our core values and is committed to being a steward of TFA and these core values

Additional Information


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.
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.

How to Apply

Interested in this position? Apply now! Review the job posting and apply at our website. If you still have questions regarding the role, feel free to contact our recruitment team at or visit


  • Date Posted: January 27, 2021
  • Type: Full-Time
  • Job Function: Communications / Marketing / PR
  • Service Area: Education