Coordinator, Talent & Partnerships - Apply by 9/22/2017 (Los Angeles, CA)
The Coordinator, Talent & Partnerships will be a critical member of the Teach For America –team, enabling our organization to continue to fuel the leadership source for our school and district partners.
As the Coordinator, Talent & Partnerships, you are responsible for maximizing the outcomes and efficiencies of our alumni and corps member hiring cycle. In partnership with the Managing Director, Talent & Partnerships, this includes coordinating and executing the interview and hiring process for all incoming corps members toward a fully-hired corps before the first day of school, coordinating more than 70 school and district partner relationships toward this outcome, coaching corps members to success in all hiring-related processes and requirements, and ensuring that our staff team is working together and with great preparation and leadership toward these goals. Additionally, you will provide administrative support to the Managing Director, Talent & Partnerships and Vice President, Corps Member & Alumni Impact where needed. The application deadline for this role is 5pm Pacific Time on Friday, September 22.
Teach For America – Los Angeles is proud to have been a partner in this work for more than two decades. Today in Los Angeles Teach For America is 2,700 members strong, including nearly 1,000 teachers and schools leaders working in charter and traditional district schools in under-resourced communities. This past year, 200 corps members taught in more than 80 low-income schools across Los Angeles. The 2015 corps represents our most diverse corps in our 25 year history – 80% identify as people of color and 70% come from a low-income background.
Our teachers are doing incredible work that is being publicly recognized. In 2013, a Mathematica study found that on average, Teach For America secondary math instructors led their students to academic gains that equate to 2.6 additional months of instruction. Additionally, Harvard's Strategic Data project identified first year Teach For America teachers as some of the most effective first year LAUSD teachers in teaching math and reading in the district.
At the same time, our local alumni base has grown to exceed 2,500 local alumni, including 80 school principals. Collectively, our leaders are heading some of the most innovative classrooms, schools, and education reform initiatives in our community.
Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
Corps Member & Alumni Facing Hiring Operations (35%)
- Support for all aspects of the regional hiring campaign toward 100% hired by first day of school
- Design and execute hiring systems and structures while course-correcting in a timely-manner as needed
- Build strong relationships with incoming corps members with a particular focus on their professional growth as candidates for opportunities at our schools.
- Engaging in rigorous feedback conversations with an eye on improving interview skills
- Overseeing our LAUSD District Cohort HR process ensuring 100% of CMs in the cohort are hire ready
- Event planning for incoming corps member cultivation/retention
Partner Facing Hiring Operations (35%)
- Maintain excellent relationships and timely communication with hiring school leaders/staff and other partners
- Manage knowledge of partner hiring needs, preferences, and requirements
- Supporting the MD, Talent & Partnerships in communication with school partner HR leads
- Accurately track all progress and record activity using Placement Tracker tool and supplemental systems including but not limited to Placement Fund tool
- Assemble school and principal outreach materials
- Planning hiring events and executing on logistics to support these critical program components, ensure goals are met and experience is good for partners and corps members
- Manage number of partner facing processes including the collection of corps members' verification of employment forms, school contracting (professional service agreements) and coordinating of partner invoicing process
- Track new hire & onboarding process with school partners
Seasonal/Special Projects (10%)
- Support MD, Talent & Partnerships with planning and execution our annual Partner Open House Event
- Support all regional/cross-functional initiatives as needed
Administrative & Ongoing Cross Functional Support (20%)
- Responsible for assisting with Expense Reports and scheduling meetings/calls with team members and external stakeholders. Specifically assisting our VP of Corps Members and Alumni Impact and MD of Talent & Partnerships with expense reports
- Participate in phone interviews and/or in-person interviews with corps member applicants for up to three days each selection window (about 6-10 days total throughout the year depending on your role)
- Matriculate new Los Angeles corps members during 4-5 confirmation windows throughout the year
- Participate in large-scale regional events
- Assume a proactive role in increasing the efficiency and organization of the team including logistics for team meetings
- Participate in events within and outside of your sub-team, such as regional retreats and diversity and inclusiveness programming
- At least two years of experience
- Corps member or teaching experience preferred
- Availability to travel to external meetings as needed
- Proven ability to build and leverage relationships
- Superb organization, detail-orientation, and project management skills
- Ability to thrive in a fast-faced environment and manage multiple projects at once, with strong attention to detail in an entrepreneurial environment
- Customer service approach to planning, management, and execution
- Ability to work flexibly and balance both long-term and short-term projects
- Ability to think and plan strategically, and track/analyze data
- Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
- Strong results orientation with proven record of achieving ambitious goals
- Strong collaborative spirit that is apt in working with others while driving projects independently
- Must be proficient in MS Word, Excel and Powerpoint
- Bachelor's degree required
To be considered for this role, you must submit an online application by 5pm on Friday, September 22. Please scroll down to the bottom of this 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 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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