Director, Engagement (Columbus, Ohio)

The Role

Teach For America contributes to the achievement of educational equity in our nation by enlisting, developing and mobilizing the leadership of outstanding individuals to address the systemic issues confronting students in low-income communities. We work to build the belief in our alumni that educational inequity is a solvable problem and to help them identify and pursue their role in solving that problem at scale. Our alumni possess the leadership skills and conviction to build the capacity of schools and districts and to play a role in addressing policy opportunities at the state level through a variety of agencies.

Teach For America seeks a Director of Engagement to significantly increase the number of corps members joining Teach For America from Ohio, foster a connected, inclusive and thriving community of alumni in Columbus, and support the efforts of alumni who are interested in serving in policy and advocacy positions in the state’s capitol. The Director of Engagement with partner with our national recruitment team and engage in direct cultivation of highly successful college seniors and other qualified candidates in the Columbus area while also building relationships and connection among Teach For America alumni in central Ohio. An effective Director of Engagement has exceptional strength in building relationships and leveraging data to prioritize high impact actions aligned to goals. A successful candidate will also demonstrate strong orientations toward entrepreneurial leadership, inclusivity, and learning. The Director of Engagement will be based in central Ohio and report directly to the Executive Directors of the Northeast and Southwest Ohio regions.

The Team

Teach For America opened its operations in Ohio in 2012 with regions operating in Northeast and Southwest Ohio. Statewide, Teach For America serves over 10,000 students, supports over 150 corps members, and partners with over 500 alumni across the state in order to achieve dramatically different outcomes for students growing up in low-income communities.



Responsibilities will include, but are not limited to:

Create and manage an ambitious campaign to recruit talented, diverse individuals to join the corps. (30%)

  • Identify, cultivate and influence diverse top-talent leaders to apply to and join Teach For America.
  • Mobilize and invest outstanding corps members and alumni to support our recruitment efforts on campus and in communities.
  • Build and maintain relationships with student leaders and/or partner organizations and collaborate with them to grow this movement.
  • Invest the key stakeholders and “gate-keepers” of your targeted future corps members (administrators, faculty members, career service representatives, advisors, presidents of organizations, etc.) to help execute an effective recruitment campaign.
  • Communicate effectively with diverse audiences to deliver a compelling vision tailored to their motivations and interests.
  • Grow the leadership mindsets and skills of underclassmen and accepted applicants.

Build catalytic relationships and develop a connected, inclusive, thriving community of alumni in Central Ohio. (30%)

  • Meet with local alumni to learn interests, passions, and long-term leadership goals and play a role in supporting their involvement as alumni.
  • Catalyze alumni to become active supporters of educational equity through civic engagement and active supporters of Teach For America in community spaces.
  • Develop and implement strategies that build a sense of community and shared purpose among our alumni while allowing them to grow deeper and broader connections across the network.

Cultivate, support and inspire alumni to lead in policy and advocacy while establishing Teach For America as a critical talent source in the state capitol. (25%)

  • Identify roles that alumni can play in advancing the work of critical organizations that impact educational equity through partnership with the Ohio Executive Directors and assigned external partners Based on relationships and conversations with alumni, match alumni to leadership opportunities in policy and advocacy organizations.
  • Support the planning and execution of leadership skill building opportunities for corps members and alumni, such as summer fellowships, in partnership with the TFA-Ohio regional teams and national team.

Create and leverage communications, data management and national alumni initiatives in order to maximize the engagement of your base. (10%)

  • Develop and send out a regular communication to alumni regarding opportunities, Teach For America news, and updates related to educational equity happenings locally or nationally.
  • Track all interactions with corps member prospects, alumni and external partners in our centralized data management system.
  • Leverage data systems to inform strategy and prioritization choices in planning and execution.
  • Manage the execution of all centralized alumni initiatives including the alumni survey for alumni in Central Ohio.

Work with teams across our organization to build the strength of our movement. (5%)

  • Participate in corps member selection and matriculation.
  • Cultivate second year corps members and alumni for staff roles.
  • Engage in professional learning opportunities regionally and nationally.

Measures of Success in this Role include (but are not limited to):

  • Number of qualified candidates who confirm their offer to Teach For America
  • Percentage of central Ohio alumni met
  • Alumni net promoter score
  • Number of alumni in policy and advocacy positions in Columbus


Prior Experience

  • Proven ability to influence others to achieve outcomes required.
  • 5-7 years of professional experience strongly preferred.
  • Teach For America alumni preferred.

Work Demands

  • Able to attend evening meetings frequently and weekend events occasionally.
  • Able to travel to national conferences or trainings 1-2 times per year.
  • Able to travel efficiently within the area to meet with prospects for the corps and alumni


  • Exceptional strength in building relationships and communicating effectively in both written and verbal communication with a wide variety of audiences
  • Ability to effectively identify the motivations, barriers, and strengths of others and adjust strategies for engagement effectively in response.
  • Strength in strategic thinking and analysis of data.
  • Organized and able to effectively prioritize and manage workflow and information across multiple streams of work and stakeholders.
  • Consistently strong judgment in complex situations with the ability to effectively identify issues to share with managers and to make timely decisions
  • Demonstrated orientation toward learning and improvement; a quick study who reflects on lessons learned and implements improvements quickly based on feedback or learning.
  • Commitment to valuing diversity and operating inclusively
  • Knowledge of education policy and/or policy environment is a plus.
  • Familiarity with suite of Microsoft tools including Power Point, Excel and Word strongly preferred.
  • Experience with web-based communications preferred.
  • Experience with Sales Force a plus.

Approach to Work

  • Adaptable to an entrepreneurial, fast-paced, diverse, results-oriented environment
  • A self-starter who thrives when operating independently toward outcomes


  • Bachelor’s degree required

Apply Now

To be considered for this role, you must submit a resume. Please scroll down to the bottom of the page to find the link to the online application.

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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