Associate, Program Continuum (Indianapolis, IN)
The Associate, Program Continuum (A, PC) will work with the Managing Directors of Teacher Leadership Development, School Partnerships, and Alumni Affairs as part of Teach For America – Indianapolis' collective work to support potential corps members, current corps members, and alumni across the programmatic continuum, i.e. from recruitment through alumni-hood. The Associate, Program Continuum will provide administrative, logistical, research and communications support to the team. The associate will also work with our AmeriCorps team to ensure compliance across the region. The associate will work with the various members of the Teacher Leadership Development team, Director of Incoming Corps, and Alumni Affairs team but will report directly the Managing Director of Alumni Affairs.
The majority of students in our city's lowest-income communities do not graduate from high school ready for college each year. We are not living up to the legacy left to us by civil rights leaders when a world-class education is a privilege, not a right, in our community. It is our responsibility to join others in the effort to seek justice for students. Today, Teach For America—Indianapolis has 140 corps members, nearly 450 alumni (including over 130 alumni teachers and 72* alumni school leaders,) 17 staff members, and a board of 12 doing just that.
We partner across multiple innovative education systems that serve diverse and complex communities in Indianapolis. Though this work, we aim to serve our communities by honoring the assets they bring to the fight for education equity and by placing the culture of our students at the center of our work. Since first opening our Indianapolis region in 2008, we've grown our corps from 45 to 140, our alumni base from 30 to 450; our number of alumni school leaders from 1 to 72*, our staff from 4 to 17; our diversity from 10% to 31% corps members of color; successfully partnered with school, district, and community leaders; cultivated a pipeline of school leaders; become the primary provider of diverse teachers and leaders in the city; and together proven that children living in poverty can excel academically when they are held to the highest expectations and given the opportunity to succeed.
- This number includes 11 school system leaders, 21 principals, and 40 assistant principals, instructional coaches and department chairs.
Our team will be laser-focused in working toward the five overarching goals laid out in our 2023 Vision:
- Grow and diversify the base of TFA leaders in Indianapolis supporting the growth of excellent schools
- Develop high-quality educators who cultivate leadership skills and mindsets for systems change over time
- Foster a powerful, connected network in pursuit of collective impact in the Indianapolis community for the long haul
- Strategically partner with others in our community to strengthen collective efforts
- Build an enduring institution with a sustainable financial model and strong brand
Regional staff members work to ensure that Teach For America—Indianapolis can have an even greater impact for the students, families, and communities we serve.
Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
Administrative and Logistical Support (90%)
For the Teacher Leadership Development, School Partnership, and Alumni Affairs Teams [Program Continuum]:
- Plan and execute logistics of small- and large-scale programs and events for the Program Continuum team, including, but not limited to, securing meeting space, catering, and A/V equipment as well as day-of logistical support. These programs may include professional development events, social events, recruitment site visits, and interview days, etc. for up to 200+ attendees
- Manage the region's grant compliance with AmeriCorps
- Prepare materials and record notes for program continuum team meetings
- Book travel
- Collect, process, and submit reimbursements
- Develop and drive initiatives for member culture
- Support with researching, developing, and implementing new and existing regional initiatives and strategies on an ongoing basis
- Support with data entry and tracking information systems
Other Team-Wide Responsibilities (10%)
- Contribute to any/all team-wide responsibilities, including, but not limited to participation in:
- In-person interviews with corps member applicants for up to three days each selection window (about 6-10 days throughout the year depending on your role)
- Matriculate new Indianapolis corps members during 2-3 selection windows throughout the year
- Staff large scale regional events, such as corps member hiring fairs and trainings, often for a whole day or multiple days at a time
- Participate in staff development and diversity, equity, and inclusiveness programming throughout the year
- Attend all-staff meetings, retreats, and step backs throughout the year
- 0-5 years of experience
- Prior administrative experience is preferred
- Previous experience with Teach For America (staff or alumni) preferred
- Minimal travel required, approximately 3-4 times a year
- Ability to work evening and weekends when necessary.
- Passionate about issues related to educational inequity, social justice, and human rights.
- Self-driven, highly mature with an uncommon level of personal responsibility and ownership
- High level of organization to track tasks, assess progress, and follow through on the execution of plans
- Uncommon level of personal responsibility and ownership, with exceptional goal orientation and a proven track record of delivering results
- Self-starter, willing to do what it takes to move the ball forward without constant direction/guidance
- Incredible orientation toward owning outcomes, continuously improving systems, and self-reflection on personal leadership.
- Core values-driven cultural leader who consistently operates with professionalism and integrity.
- Ability to work, lead, and manage across lines of difference
- Operate with discretion and confidentiality when necessary.
- Bachelor's degree or high school diploma with experience 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. You must upload a current resume and cover letter into the portal. For more information, please contact [email protected] or visit www.teachforamerica.org/about-us/careers.
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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