Associate, External Affairs-Apply by Sept. 29th (Eastern North Carolina)
The Associate, External Affairs on the Teach For America – Eastern North Carolina (TFA-ENC) team will provide critical support for the regional Development and Alumni Impact teams, enabling the ENC region to move more efficiently and effectively toward reaching an ambitious revenue goal of over $5.5 million in operating revenue this fiscal year and engagement of our 900+ alumni. The Associate will report directly to the Managing Director, Development. Primary responsibilities include: creating and managing efficient systems for External Affairs processes, enabling the team to manage external constituent relationships and activities, managing and tracking data so the team can use it to inform strategy and track progress to goal; partnering with the AI and Development teams to ensure effective team operations and communications for constituents to increase their understanding of and commitment to Teach For America's mission and goal; managing the External Affairs team's annual calendar, expense tracking, preparation for team meetings; cultivating relationships with continuum team members, corps members, alumni, and donors
This position is an excellent way to gain exposure to nonprofit fundraising, including development operations and administration, donor stewardship, constituent management and prospect research. To be successful, the Associate must: be able to organize, prioritize and track a large volume of projects and tasks; possess exceptional attention to detail and a high bar for quality; be an excellent written and verbal communicator, critical thinker who displays sound judgment in prioritizing actions based on outcomes; and work well in teams.
Founded in 1990 as one of the first sites, Teach For America – Eastern North Carolina has approximately 170 corps members (first- and second-year teachers) reaching nearly 15,000 students. Approximately 900 alumni of Teach For America work in education and across all sectors locally. The region is supported by a funding base of over 6million, and 30 regional staff members work to find, develop, and support 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.
Development/Alumni & Community Engagement Team Support and Administrative Support (15%):
- Partner with team leads to set objectives and agendas for productive sub-team meetings.
- Work closely with the sub-teams to manage the team's annual calendar
- Manage the Development and Alumni Impact team budget, materials, and expense tracking.
- Create systems and streamlined operations for tracking development team progress against goals
- Identify opportunities for collaboration across both the Development and Alumni Impact teams.
- Participate in a regional communications huddle as a development team representative
- Develop development marketing materials and one-pagers in partnership and collaboration with the Manager, Grantwriting & Data Systems
- Develop annual report brochure
- Create press releases
- Curate content and execute on the external affairs newsletter
- Coordinate efforts and create materials for community engagement plan in the core communities identified by the Managing Director
Data Analysis and Research (30%):
- Oversee a comprehensive database that includes accurate external partner information.
- Work with entire team to manage meeting notes, run reports, and create lists.
- Manage Teach For America's constituent tracking system and ensure accurate reports and data
- Develop innovative tracking tools and systems using Salesforce software to compile regional progress to goals
- Analyze and synthesize regional data
- Conduct in-depth prospect research to identify potential donors to add to the region's prospect list
- Prepare tailored meeting briefs and materials based on research and analysis
- Partner with the Alumni Impact team to provide timely and accurate data on alumni giving, financial reporting and protocol development for national and regional giving campaigns
- Working with partner teams as appropriate to ensure accurate data on alumni volunteer contributions is captured and reported
- Partner with Manager, Grantwriting and Data Systems on Alumni Storytelling initiatives
Event Support (10%):
- Support both the development and Alumni Impact teams in the execution of donor and alumni engagement events
Regional Team Responsibilities (15%):
- Participate in corps member selection (about 4 days total throughout the year)
- Matriculate new corps members during 4-5 confirmation windows throughout the year
- Staff large-scale regional events and conferences, often times for a whole day or multiple days at a time, including some Saturdays.
- Attend and participate in all-staff meetings, retreats, small team cohorts, and step backs throughout the year
- At least 2 years of work experience required; 3 – 5 years preferred
- Prior experience in an entrepreneurial environment and developing new systems
- Ability to travel across the region (1-2 times per month)
- Occasional overnight travel (3-4 times per year) required for attendance at various local and national conferences
- Ability to work out of our regional headquarters located in Durham, North Carolina
- Occasional weekend and evening work required
- Highly motivated self-starter with strong results-orientation and can-do attitude
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills
- Exceptional project management skills
- Ability to handle a very large volume of tasks at once with a high level of organization, a keen attention to detail, and quality in a deadline-driven environment
- Exceptional personal responsibility for meeting goals and a track record of success
- Welcomes feedback and seeks to continuously improve
- Possesses a spirit of flexibility, a positive outlook and a strong customer service ethic
- Comfortable working on administrative projects, back-end operations and supporting the team to execute
- Critical thinker who displays good judgment in prioritizing problems to resolve and opportunities to pursue
- Motivated by and skilled at getting results through others
- Ability to operate with purpose, urgency, collaboration, and accuracy in a fast-paced, deadline-driven environment
- Strong ability to set, adapt, and evolve project / team vision and direction
- Strong analytical and problem solving skills
- Knowledge of and facility with MS Outlook, PowerPoint, and Excel are preferred
- Passionate about our mission and knowledge about education equity, ideally in Eastern North Carolina
- Bachelor's degree required
To be considered for this role, you must submit an online application. Please scroll down to the bottom of the page to find the link to the online application.
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
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:
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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