Alumni Community Organizer - Part -Time (Oakland, CA)
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 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%.
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.
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.)
- 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)
- Bachelor's degree required; graduate degree preferred.
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.
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
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:
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