Director, Alumni & Community Engagement (Eastern North Carolina)
Teach For America-Eastern North Carolina (ENC) seeks a Director, Alumni & Community Engagement (D, ACE) to further the region’s efforts to foster a world where our alumni are part of a diverse, interconnected, community-centered movement for educational equity and related equity-driven movements. To achieve our vision, we believe our alumni must be firmly rooted in our communities, believe that educational inequity is a solvable problem, and play a central role in making sure that all children across Eastern North Carolina (ENC) have the opportunity to attain an excellent education
The D, ACE is responsible for building deep and lasting relationships over time with various stakeholders (corps members, alumni, school board, superintendents, community partners, parents and students, et al). This person will be skilled at engaging local partners in ongoing discussion and exploration of a vision for the future of education and the community, as well as a set of priorities and strategies to reach that vision, specifically:
Coalition Building/Collective Impact – Activating, empowering, and sustaining a group of alumni to take action on policies critical to the movement for educational excellence and equity.
Social Venture Building – Alumni engaged in any social venture effort that leads to an increase in the quality of life for stakeholders
Mobilizing the alumni community in specific geographic areas of Eastern NC will be the charge of the D,ACE who will report to the Managing Director, Alumni & Community Engagement.
Founded in 1990 as one of the first sites, Teach For America – Eastern North Carolina has approximately 260 corps members (first- and second-year teachers) reaching nearly 20,000 students. There are approximately 900 alumni of Teach For America living and working in ENC within education and across all sectors locally. 600 of those alumni currently live in Wake, Durham and Orange counties The region is supported by a funding base of over $6 million, and 30 regional staff members work to train and support corps members, strengthen relationships with local schools and districts, foster the leadership of local alumni, grow the regional funding base, and influence the prevailing ideology to ensure that we can have an even greater impact.
Alumni Cultivation, Outreach, and Support (40%)
- Meet individually and collectively with alumni to motivate alumni to take action, to share resources and tools to assist with short and long-term career goals, coach along career paths, provide opportunities to connect with fellow alumni and volunteer opportunities, share updates on Teach For America, and re/connect alumni with the Teach For America movement.
- Increase the number of alumni committed to rural ENC
- Develop a plan that promotes a vibrant culture of Teach For America and deep community involvement and engagement.
- Match alumni to opportunities of impact in the region including Teach For America staff positions (regional & national).
- Design and lead high-impact experiences and trainings to help further alumni leadership.
External Relationship Building (25%)
- Build strong external relationships with key community stakeholders including schools, school systems, parent associations, churches, and advocacy organizations to set a clear agenda for change and identify opportunities for partnership.
Data Analysis & Project Management (20%)
- Manage multiple projects simultaneously in conjunction with executing against goals.
- Utilize data management systems to accurately report and track alumni progress toward career goals, monitor levels of involvement with Teach For America, and make data-based decisions regarding strategic priorities.
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
- 5-7 years of professional experience preferred
- Experience managing projects to reach and exceed ambitious goals required
- Knowledge of the ENC Region education and community landscape preferred
- Ability to travel throughout a large geographic area to meet with alumni and community members
- Some evening and weekend work required
- Demonstrated ability to set vision and use innovative thinking to catalyze our alumni impact, both individual and collective, and fully engage community stakeholders in the ENC region
- Superb interpersonal and talent identification skills, as well as a proven ability to develop and leverage relationships toward achievement of concrete goals
- Excellent organizational and management skills
- Belief in the critical role of diversity in Teach For America’s broader mission
- An understanding for why diversity is so critically important for building an alumni movement and an inner drive to ensure we do all that we can to maximize it in our day-to-day work
- Ability to think outside of the box to capitalize on new opportunities
- Approaches challenges with a positive attitude and a sense of possibility.
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. For more information, please contact [email protected] or visit www.teachforamerica.org/about-us/careers.
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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