Director, Los Angeles Institute Operations (Los Angeles, CA)
As Director, Los Angeles Institute Operations you will oversee Teach For America's summer training institute logistics by building and managing a seasonal team that will run the housing, dining, transportation, technology, communication and professional needs of 150-200 corps members and staff. You will work closely with our university partner to negotiate an approximately $1 million contract and collaborate with the university and others to ensure a logistically successful program. You are organized, detail- and systems-oriented, and excel at executing complex projects and managing others to outcomes. You will report to the Senior Managing Director, Institute.
Los Angeles has long been a city calling to those in search of opportunity. From the Gold Rush to the railroads to the immigrants and fame-seekers who arrive today, millions have come to LA in search of the American Dream. For more than 20 years, Teach For America has been working with the community to deliver on that hope. Today, more than 300 corps members and 1,500 alumni are working for a day when our schools are once again considered "the best in the west."
About LA Institute
Every incoming Teach For America corps member must participate in a summer institute, a five-week-long training program that prepares them to lead a classroom. This is the first year that LA will hold a regionally-run institute, and we expect that approximately 180 corps members will participate. Institute will provide an important opportunity for our schools to remain on track towards transformational outcomes for our kids through summer instruction and serve as a hub of applied innovation in teacher preparation. Our community will be strengthened through leadership development for our alumni, staff, new corps members, and partners in symbiosis, so that all are working in solidarity towards educational access for all students in Los Angeles. Our new teachers will leave institute equipped with essential skills and mindsets, accurate expectations and stronger collaborative relationships, and they will be rooted in our local community and their own agency.
Staff management and execution (30%)
- Hire and train a team of three Operations Managers and five to seven college interns to manage the operational systems for 150-200 corps members and staff members during a five-week summer training institute
- Maintain a strong operations team culture
External partnership (20%)
- Partner with a 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
Project planning and execution (50%)
- Ensure that the institute team and participants are prepared to respond in any emergency situation
- Create a comprehensive plan and manage all systems at the university, including mail service, transportation, computer labs, IT support, special events, copy services, supplies distribution and professional development resources
- Secure and responsibly spend federal grant monies by enforcing all requirements for documentation related to Department of Education funding
- 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
- Partner with national staff to develop and enforce all corps member and staff policies regarding university life
- Exceptional ability to build and execute a project plan
- Ability to set and evolve team vision and direction
- Understanding of how to build a successful team via effective team structuring, hiring and coaching
- Ability to build strong relationships with others in challenging situations
- At least five years of work experience with one or two years of management experience
- At least one year managing medium- to large-scale events
- Familiarity with contract review or negotiation
- Experience with execution of multiple projects and management of multiple partnerships
- Ability to navigate facilities at our partner locations that may or may not be ADA-compliant
- Availability to work some weekends
- Ability to travel and work on-site at a university for eight weeks (including evenings and weekends) during the summer
- Bachelor's degree
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.
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.
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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