Chief Impact Officer - Apply by 1/13/2017 (Bay Area - Flexible)

Please note: Applications for the Chief Impact Officer are being accepted through The Offer Walker Group at Please submit your application directly through that link.

The Organization

Unequal opportunity to determine and pursue a life path, falling along the lines of race and class, is one of our country’s greatest and most obstinate challenges. Unfortunately, even though the Bay Area is known for leading our nation in innovation, this stubborn challenge persists even there. Across the region’s 573 public schools serving low-income students, a majority are not providing the basic standards for quality education. This means that every morning when a majority of Bay Area students enter through their school’s doors, they do so without the guarantee they will be prepared to lead a life of promise and the privilege that comes with it. Fortunately, In this context, the TFA Bay Area team – known for its’ intellectual, human, technological and financial capital – has been on the forefront of rethinking TFA’s national approach to solving this challenge. By focusing on its’ own internal culture and leadership capacity, the Bay Region team is able to do the same for corps members’ and they, in turn, for the more than 100,000 students they serve daily. In this way, the Region’s work has a ripple effect – by focusing daily on ensuring all students have limitless opportunities they can can become powerful leaders in their own right.

The Person

As Chief Impact Officer (CIO), you are the primary driver of impact for this team – its’ program. You will invest and align your team and your colleagues across our four communities (San Francisco, San Jose, Oakland, Richmond) through a transformative vision, strategy and execution – of the Corps Member experience as they:

  • prepare to enter the classroom,
  • transform students’ lives in the classroom,
  • unleash their leadership potential as an alumni committed to educational equity and excellence.

You will drive impact in the company of a refreshed Leadership Team. Looking back on on your time as CIO, you will be most proud that you:

  • Led a stunningly strong team that made TFA Bay Area one of the 100 best places to work,
  • Reimagined how to make great learning happen for all kids by turning old paradigms on their head, and
  • Fueled a 10x increase in alumni educational leadership across the region.

Though the CIO is likely to see him/herself in the following examples these are not requirements. Rather, these examples are designed to help you determine if this opportunity aligns with your passion and purpose.

  • You are an orchestrator. You love to make the complex simple – especially when you’re sitting at the intersection of a matrixed organization and can create clarity for others. Your partners across the region are inspired by your leadership which motivates them to be courageous and bold.
  • You are committed to disrupting patterns of racial inequality. You strive to be a fully self-actualized leader. You address issues of race, class, and privilege because equity leads to better results for everyone.
  • You are passionate about the teacher experience. You know first hand from your time in the classroom, how critical ongoing teacher development is. You have successfully designed and led sizable programs and are known for being able to quickly synthesize existing resources and to “2.0’” something faster than anyone thought possible.
  • You are a superboss — with a track record of producing outstanding leaders. You have experience elevating the performance of a team with low morale and high turnover to the big leagues. You excel at ensuring everyone has a clear lane for their work and knows how it aligns to your team and organization’s goals.
  • You achieve quick wins while always keeping the long game in mind. You are energized by doing the tough work today while also keeping your eye on the ball ten years from now because when you do, you ask bigger, more important questions and deliver better, short-term success.

The Team

Guided by a set of compelling organizational core values, you join a stellar team of 60 fellow regional staff members who bring heart and talent to their mission every day. You will report directly to the Executive Director – Paul Keys – whose new leadership of the region includes a bold, transformational vision focused on reimagining the Corps Member experience to transform the professional trajectory of our nation’s top leaders. As one of ten (10) Senior Leadership Team members, you will intentionally and thoughtfully help set the tone of the organization which currently serves 305 corps members and more than 2,800 alumni (150 of whom are school leaders).


The Tangible Goods

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.

Throw Your Hat in the Ring

If this CIO opportunity sounds like you, please apply by January 13, 2017. Please note: Applications for the Chief Impact Officer are being accepted through The Offer Walker Group at Please submit your application directly through that link. If you are not sure this opportunity is for you, are simply curious, or know someone who would be perfect, please reach out to Heather Schwager, Senior Talent Matchmaker at: [email protected] to learn more.

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