Alumni Community Organizer - Part -Time (Oakland, CA)

The Role

The part-time Alumni Organizer will play an essential role in strengthening the alumni culture that we seek to cultivate in Oakland. In this role, you will work on a team to build a stronger, more connected alumni community that is deeply invested in the Oakland education landscape. You will plan and lead alumni events, build relationships and facilitate connections, and use data and systems to monitor progress against goals. The ideal candidate is someone who is passionate about building strong communities. You have an eye towards details and project management. You are motivated by creating inclusive spaces for alumni gatherings and leadership development. Lastly, you are invested in Teach For America-Oakland's vision for school change in Oakland. The role will be around 10-12 hours a month with a $2000 yearly stipend.

The Team

The Bay Area team has set a clear mandate to harness our unique community assets—unparalleled intellectual, human, technological, and financial capital—to rethink our organizational approach, striving to build the next generation model for Teach For America and for teacher and educational leadership development.

For 25 years Teach For America has been a critical force in creating classrooms and schools that are bucking the status quo for low-income students. And yet, our very best schools nation-wide are still facing a reality where fewer than 50% of students are on a path to college or meaningful post-secondary options. While an impressive shift, we know that we must think differently to realize our aspiration of every kid having the opportunity to fulfill their potential. When successful, we believe that our redesign will be a catalyst in creating the leadership force to rethink classrooms and schools and break beyond the 50%.

Mindsets

You are a relationship-builder and connector: You can quickly forge strong, trusting relationships with diverse sets of people and readily inspire others to action. You are naturally empathetic and can quickly understand people's needs and aspirations. You are fueled by connecting people, collaborating and forging communities in pursuit of something bigger.

You learn and continuously improve: You take the initiative to seek help and creative inputs from others to move the work of the team forward. You are reflective, figure out what's working and replicate it, and drive your own learning. You access resources around you to ensure you are learning and growing in your work. You model this in your own work and apply those same principles to the work you do while developing other adults.

You are self-driven: You have superior written, organizational, and project management skills. You work with the highest degree of integrity, and follow-through on all facets of your work. You demonstrate personal responsibility and take initiative to do what it takes to achieve success.

You are creative and flexible. You're comfortable with risk. You adjust course easily and view each experience (successful or not) as a chance to learn and improve.

You build culture. Teams and communities are better because you are a part of them. In the face of challenge, you choose joy. As a result of your work and influence, groups of individuals become teams united in pursuit of a common vision.

Qualifications:

Responsibilities

Serve as a "project manager" for a portfolio of alumni experiences (50%)

  • Designed, manage, and execute a series of alumni experiences (social events, learning events, community events) that seek to build community and connection between our alumni
  • Track and monitor progress against collective and individual goals
  • Use systems for team accountability around recruitment and outreach for strategies that support planning and execution
  • Participate in a biweekly (twice a month) PLC meeting with other Alumni Community Organizers to set and execute the vision of our work, receive ongoing training, share and receive best practices, and check-in on progress to goal

Serve as a "culture-driver" and "community builder" for our growing alumni base (50%)

  • Be a model for the culture that we want to have in TFA-Oakland, demonstrating our values and holding others to that standard
  • Effectively communicate with diverse audiences and share the narrative around our alumni priorities in Oakland
  • Attend and promote TFA-Bay Area in Oakland events that are relevant to our alumni base
  • Recruit alumni into leadership pathways in Oakland (for example, pathways offered from LEE, New Leaders, TFA, etc.)

Requirements

Work Commitment

  • Participate in two bimonthly meetings from August 2017-May 2018
  • 10-12 hours/per month (meetings, outreach, execution, etc.)
  • Attend events hosted by the Alumni Organizers team
  • Maintain strong ongoing communication with TFA Bay and Oakland staff members
  • Attend any additional training meetings and ongoing staff meetings (will likely be very limited)

Education

  • Bachelor's degree required; graduate degree preferred.

Apply Now

Qualified applicants should submit a resume and cover letter detailing your accomplishments and how those accomplishments align with your understanding of the role. Please submit your application here: https://www.teachforamerica.org/join-our-staff. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. The application is due August 1.

About 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 (TFA) finds, develops, and supports an ever-expanding network of outstanding and diverse leaders committed to expanding opportunity for children in schools, school systems, and in every sector and field that shapes the context in which schools operate. Representing the diversity of America and sharing the experience of having taught successfully in our most challenging public schools, TFA corps members and alumni form a network of change agents inside and outside of education who are grounded in the tremendous potential of our most underserved children and connected to families and communities impacted by educational inequity.

Founded by Wendy Kopp in 1989, Teach For America has since expanded to 36 states and 53 regions, reaching more than 10 million students. Now 53,000 strong and growing each year, the TFA community is leading across all sectors, including as teachers, school and school system leaders, elected officials, policy and advocacy organizers, social entrepreneurs, and business and civic leaders. We support the individual and collective leadership of this network as they work hand-in-hand with students, families, and allies in the effort to realize educational equity and excellence for children across the nation.

Our Core Values:

Our core values define who we are at our best and guide our work together.

  • Pursue Equity: We work to change practices, structures, and policies to realize educational equity for all children. As we do so, we actively examine our roles in perpetuating inequitable systems.
  • Strengthen Community: We assume responsibility for our collective strength by developing relationships, building diverse and inclusive coalitions, and challenging one another to be our best. We act with empathy and extend grace to ourselves and others.
  • Achieve Impact: We pursue ambitious, meaningful outcomes that lead to access and opportunity for all children. We hold ourselves to high standards, make data-informed decisions, and orient to long-term success.
  • Choose Courage: We act on our beliefs and values, especially when it's hard. We center our efforts on the aspirations of our students and their families.
  • Act with Humility: We acknowledge the limitations of our perspectives. We seek different points of view and historical context to evolve our thinking and actions.
  • Demonstrate Resilience: We see every challenge as an opportunity to think expansively about solutions. When faced with obstacles, we deepen our resolve, adapt, and persist with optimism.
  • Learn Continuously: We operate with curiosity and embrace new ideas to innovate and constantly improve. We take informed risks and learn from successes, setbacks, and each other.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusiveness at the Center of Our Mission

At Teach For America, we aspire to embody the commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusiveness we envision for our nation. Unequal access to opportunity along lines of race, class, and other aspects of identity has deep roots in American history, and institutional racism and classism contribute to inequitable access to educational opportunity in our country today. Therefore, understanding race, class, and the intersectional nature of oppression along these and other lines is critical to eliminating educational inequity and creating an education system in which all students can flourish.

Realizing educational equity and excellence will take a broad and diverse coalition of people—of diverse races, ethnicities, socioeconomic statuses, genders, sexual orientations, abilities, political views, and other aspects of identity and spheres of influence—united around a common purpose and shared values. We know that the change effort must be shaped by those of us who are most directly impacted by educational inequity. We also know that progress is only possible if each of us works effectively across lines of difference—with students, parents, partners, and each other—and if each of us understands and leverages the assets we bring to this work based on our identities and life experiences.

This understanding guides our strategy as we pursue our mission, and impacts how we allocate resources to recruit, select, train, support, retain, and engage corps members, alumni, and staff. 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.

In striving to grow as individuals who lead with a commitment to diversity, equity and inclusiveness, we focus on:

  • Understanding of self and self in relation to others. We examine our worldview and experiences to understand how they're influenced by power, privilege, oppression, and biases. As we deepen our understanding of self in relation to others, we seek out diverse perspectives and experiences to challenge our assumptions and expand our perspectives.
  • Understanding and interrupting systemic racism, classism, and other forms of oppression. We understand that our society and education system have been shaped by multiple forms of oppression, in particular racism and classism. We understand the role and impact of unconscious bias in establishing low expectations for children's capabilities, and we also see this play out in the workplace. Therefore, we commit to work together `to envision and implement new ways of operating that disrupt these systems and practices.
  • Working toward equity. We leverage this understanding to surface and interrupt inequitable practices in our schools as well as within our organization. In classrooms, we are committed to ensuring all students have the necessary resources, supports, and academic preparation they need to ensure full agency in their lives. In our organization, we're committed to allocating our resources and setting organizational policies, systems, and practices to reduce and eliminate gaps in experience and outcomes by demographic group.
  • Building inclusive coalitions. We recruit and retain a corps and staff that reflects the inclusive coalition we need representing our nation. Simultaneously, we ensure those of us who have faced educational inequity shape our direction. We intentionally build authentic relationships across lines of difference; facilitate honest and productive conflict among diverse groups; create structures, policies, and processes that enable this effort; and value the diversity of ideas and perspectives required in this effort.

Benefits and Salary

Salary for this position is competitive and depends on prior experience. In addition, a comprehensive benefits package is included. Learn more at www.teachforamerica.org/about-us/careers/employee-benefits.

Commitment to Diversity and Equal Opportunity Employment Policy

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. Learn more about our diversity on staff: www.teachforamerica.org/about-us/careers/life-at-tfa/workforce-diversity-and-inclusiveness.

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.


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