Teach For America Nashville-Chattanooga

Director, Alumni Talent and Leadership

Teach For America Nashville-Chattanooga

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Job Summary

THE ROLE

At Teach For America Nashville-Chattanooga we believe that in order for us to reach the day when all children have access to an excellent education, we need a diverse coalition of education leaders working for a prolonged period of time both inside and outside of the education system. Achieving educational equity will require the individual and collective leadership of our 900+ network of alumni. Over 100 of our alumni are working toward equity as school leaders and administrators, nearly 300 as teachers, and many more as social entrepreneurs, policy makers, health professionals, and businesspeople. The Director, Alumni Talent and Leadership will develop pathways and pursue opportunities to connect alumni with key roles impacting educational equity.

The ultimate goal of the Director, Alumni Talent and Leadership is to strength the ability of alumni to lead by building strategic partnerships and developing pathways that allow alumni to access roles and careers involved in education systems change. This will include building relationships with local alumni, collaborating on team efforts to build a connected and thriving alumni network, and cultivating partnerships with schools and mission-aligned community organization to help match alumni with their desired leadership pathway and/or career.

We are looking for an experienced networker and organizer who draws energy from finding and creating mutually beneficial connections between people and organizations. You are a community builder and natural networker, motivated by bringing people together. You also enjoy the challenge of recruitment, and use a passionate, systematic approach to excite others about educational opportunities in Nashville and Chattanooga. The Director, Alumni Talent and Leadership will have a demonstrated ability to drive results in pursuit of ambitious goals, while balancing a deep commitment to individual relationships. They will have an entrepreneurial spirit that derives energy by succeeding where there is no precedent. The Director, Alumni Talent and Leadership believes in the incredible potential of Teach For America alumni as individuals and as a network, and views their role in the fight for educational equity as serving, developing, and catalyzing adults who serve students and communities.

THE TEAM
Teach For America finds, develops, and supports equity-oriented leaders – individually and in teams – so they can transform education and expand opportunity with children, starting in the classroom. It takes a collective effort to reimagine and build equitable systems of education. 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 Nashville and Chattanooga, reaching approximately 13,000 students. Nearly 1,000 Teach For America alumni call Nashville or Chattanooga home and have assumed notable positions in school leadership and education policy. Our goal is that by 2030, twice as many children in communities where we work will reach key educational milestones indicating they are on a path to economic mobility and co-creating a future filled with possibility

Job Responsibilities

THE PERSON:

Career and Talent Development (20%)

  • Build and maintain strong partnerships with schools and mission-aligned organizations to support and access leadership advancement pathways for alumni, with a specific focus on leadership roles impacting education.
  • Work in partnership with the regional Alumni Leadership Team and TFA’s Alumni Career Center to communicate and leverage career resources for alumni job seekers, including resume support, interview preparation, local and national alumni job boards, and career pathways.

Community Building and Development (30%)

  • Manage a portfolio of alumni educators to build and deepen relationships with individual TFA alumni, to identify opportunities (roles, mentorship, development, etc.) to deepen or expand their leadership, and to assist alumni with short- and long-term career goals.
  • Serve as an organizer, facilitator, and coordinator of alumni educator cohorts to build deeper connections among alumni, and to create pathways for alumni to lead and support each other with issues of educational equity.
  • Identify opportunities and create strategies to increase alumni membership and participation in policy and advocacy leadership programs, such as Leadership for Educational Equity (LEE).

School Leader Pipeline (35%)                                                                                                                       

  • Cultivate and recruit alumni teaching and leading in education to participate in the Teach For America Nashville Aspiring School Leader Fellowship (NASLF).
  • Manage engagement and support of current NASLF participants, including working closely with licensure partner on course completion, designing and executing leadership development, supporting Fellows with obtaining leader, and community building and culture.

Regional and Organizational Stewardship (15%)

  • Support team-wide priorities for TFA Nashville-Chattanooga and organizational-wide initiatives. Examples include:
    • Participating in staff committees, teams and task forces
    • Corps member recruitment, matriculation, and onboarding
    • Team meetings and professional development
    • Corps member pre-service and orientation
    • Regional events and programming (such as teacher development and end-of-year celebrations)
  • Role check-Ins, cross-team meetings, performance management conversations, etc.

Qualifications

THE MUST HAVES

Prior Experience

  • 5+ years professional work experience including 1 year of community organizing, community engagement, or recruitment experience with track record of successfully managing projects
  • Bachelor’s degree required
  • Teach For America alumni strongly preferred, but not required
  • Deep connection or network in Nashville education landscape strongly preferred

Work Demands

  • Ability to work evenings or weekends, as necessary
  • Ability to travel around the metropolitan Nashville area

Skills

  • Results-oriented – balances driving strategically at clear, ambitious goals with relationship-centered work
  • Relationship Builder – proven ability to develop and cultivate effective and authentic relationships with internal and external partners
  • Communicator – demonstrated strength in written and verbal communication and the ability to engage, motivate, and inspire others to action through verbal and written communication
  • Organized – accurately track many multi-faceted workstreams with multiple deadlines; skilled at data systems and maintenance; innovates and improves on existing systems
  • Collaborative leader – proven ability to invest others in a vision and to inspire them to work together toward a shared goal
  • People Centered – demonstrated ability to balance empathy, adaptability, and consistent responsiveness in working with groups and individuals

Technical Skills

  • Proficiency with Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Outlook, other MS Office Applications and Google Suite Applications
  • Familiarity with Salesforce.com or other CRM platforms is a plus
  • Experience with MailChimp, Canva, Wix or graphic design or print/online publishing platforms a plus

Additional Information

Benefits

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.

How to Apply

NEXT STEPS

Interested in this position? Apply now! Visit the official job posting 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

Details

  • Date Posted: August 13, 2021
  • Type: Full-Time
  • Job Function: Human Resources
  • Service Area: Children / Youth