Director, Institute Operations (Mississippi)

The Role

Teach For America Mississippi seeks a Director, Institute Operations (DIO) for the Delta institute. As DIO you will oversee our summer training institute logistics by managing a team that will run the housing, dining, transportation, events, technology, communication and professional needs of staff and corps members attending the summer training program. You will hire and train an operations team, maintaining a high-performing culture, and you will work closely with our university partner to negotiate an approximately $1 million contract. You will also contribute to the work of reimagining the institute, working to innovate on our current model and thinking strategically about the implications of new ideas and approaches. You are organized, detail- and systems-oriented, excelling at executing complex projects and managing others to outcomes. You have experience building strong culture and taking ideas from vision to concrete reality. You will report to the Senior Managing Director, Institute.

The Team

Teach For America has been partnering with communities in Mississippi since 1991. Today, nearly 350 corps members and more than 150 alumni live in the area. Our long history in this region has allowed us to build strong and lasting partnerships. Corps members here are warmly welcomed by and work closely with the communities that surround their schools. Here in “the most southern place on Earth,” we’re part of a regional renaissance bringing educational equity to all Mississippi students.



  • Hire and train a team of four to six Operations Directors, and more than 15 college interns to manage the operational systems for corps members and staff members during a five-week summer training institute
  • Partner with our summer host university to negotiate the partnership agreement and work with the university’s staff and local businesses to coordinate dining, lodging, and other staff services
  • Create a comprehensive plan and manage all systems at the university, including mail service, transportation, computer labs, technology support, special events, copy services, supplies distribution and professional development resources
  • Lead spring and summer communication efforts for corps members, including developing communication strategy in consultation with regional partners
  • Ensure fiscal responsibility through accurate and detailed documentation and responsible spending decisions
  • Lead risk management efforts for the institute, including emergency response preparedness and on-the-ground incident response and documentation
  • Ensure that every reasonable measure is taken to preserve the health and safety of corps members and staff, including and especially those with special needs, throughout institute


Prior experience

  • At least three years of work experience with one year of management experience preferred
  • Experience with contract reviews preferred
  • Residency in Mississippi region preferred


  • Exceptional ability to build and execute a project plan
  • Ability to set and evolve team vision and direction
  • Understands how to build a successful team via effective team structuring, hiring and coaching
  • Ability to build strong relationships with others in challenging situations

Work Demands

  • Ability to navigate facilities that may or may not be ADA-compliant
  • Ability to transport and set-up materials (up to 50 pounds)
  • Live in the Cleveland, MS area, at or nearby institute, for the duration of institute (typically 7-8 weeks including evenings and weekends)
  • This position requires significant travel at different times throughout the year, travel requirements peak in the spring (staff training/conference season) and summer (working at institute site)


  • Bachelor’s degree required

Apply Now

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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:

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