Director, Partnerships and School Leadership (Greater Dayton or Greater Cincinnati)

The Role

Teach For America is seeking a Director of Partnerships and School Leadership to lead two crucial bodies of work for the region: (a) increasing the number of outstanding alumni serving as high impact school leaders in our context and (b) cultivating, strengthening, and managing the school and district partnerships necessary to support effective corps member and alumni hiring each spring and summer. This individual operates on the one hand as a talent recruiter – networking amongst local and national alumni, inspiring alumni to consider school leadership in our region, helping them enroll in credentialing programs where necessary, and supporting them to secure school leadership positions in our ecosystem where they can make a major difference for children. The individual is also responsible for high stakes external relationships with school partners – cultivating relationships with principals, HR officials, and board members, identifying teaching vacancies, and designing and executing a corps member hiring process each spring and summer.

This position provides an unparalleled opportunity for individuals with strong interpersonal skills, strategic thinking skills, and cultural competence to influence the rate of change in education in our community. By recruiting and supporting truly exceptional Teach For America alumni as building-level leaders – people who understand how to achieve exceptional academic results with children, who are committed to an educational experience that affirms students' identities while growing cultural competence and critical consciousness, who know how to lead, coach, and inspire adults – this individual will dramatically improve children's access to an excellent and equitable education in our ecosystem. By stewarding and strengthening our relationships with school partners, this individual will help ensure that 50 corps members each year are reaching over 2,500 high poverty students and leading them to path-broadening outcomes.

The Team

Founded in 2012, Teach For America – Southwest Ohio supports 50 corps members reaching over 2,500 low-income students in Cincinnati- and Dayton-area public schools. Additional, over 200 alumni are working from all sectors to end educational inequity in our community. Regional staff members work to train and support corps members, continually strengthen relationships with local schools and districts, foster the leadership of local alumni, and continue to grow the regional funding base and community partnerships to guarantee that Teach For America – Southwest Ohio can build a sustainable movement to reach the day when every child in the region has access to an excellent education.

Qualifications:

Responsibilities

School Leader Fellowship with Columbia University: We operate a four-year fellowship in partnership with Cincinnati Public Schools and Columbia University through which alumni with at least four years of teaching experience agree to serve with CPS for four years (starting as a teacher or assistant principal and moving toward a full principal position) in exchange for a free masters degree from the Columbia Summer Principals Academy.

  • Recruit a competitive pool of applicants from among our local and national alumni base to apply for the program
  • Plan and execute a selection process that produces a set of finalists for the district that have the core skills necessary to be an outstanding principal (including outstanding cultural competence)
  • Support fellows to accept their offer, join the program, and complete the program (including helping them find administrator positions within the district and successfully applying for them)
  • Monitor and strengthen our relationship with the district with respect to this program so that we can sustain it over time
  • Operate as primary point of contact for Columbia University

Recruitment of National Alumni with Ties to Southwest Ohio

  • Analyze national alumni base and set a strategy for whom we should engage with hopes of alumni moving back to Southwest Opportunity to take highly visible, highly impactful school leadership positions
  • Conduct outreach and cultivation of this group such that a small number of exceptionally talented individuals take on school leadership positions in our context

School Leader Pipeline of Local Alumni

  • Set annual goals around the size and strength of our local alumni school leadership pipeline (e.g., number interested in school leadership, number gaining pre-requisite skills, number enrolled in local programs, number matched to local positions)
  • Design and execute strategies to strengthen that pipeline over time
  • Support credentialed and qualified alumni to secure administrative positions in local high poverty schools

School and District Partnerships

  • Set annual goals around the number and strength of our school and district partnerships, including monitoring the status of current professional service agreements (PSAs) and anticipated needs for CM and alum hiring and securing successful passage of new PSAs and renewal of existing PSAs.
  • Conduct ongoing cultivation of principals, HR officials, school board members, and superintendents to strengthen our relationships
  • Monitor ongoing vacancies for teaching positions and administrative positions

Corps Member and Alum Hiring

  • Plan and execute spring hiring fairs with school partners who have active PSAs with Teach For America such that all of our incoming corps members are hired in positions where they can make a significant difference for children in a local, publicly funded, high-poverty school
  • Serve as primary point of contact for the Ohio Department of Education for all licensure needs for incoming corps members and alumni

Regional Leadership Team

  • Align decisions, actions and priorities to the greater interests of Teach For America – Southwest Ohio
  • Ensure strategic alignment and coordinated execution across functional groups to achieve organizational goals.
  • Own and support broader regional and organizational priorities (i.e. help recruit, select, and retain new corps members, support regional alumni initiatives, attend major regional events)
  • Serve as a leader for regional culture and collaboration, including personal commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusiveness
  • Model a strong commitment to the core values of Teach For America and professional learning and growth, including participation in national training and consulting opportunities.
  • Engage in Regional Leadership Team meetings and other related structures

Requirements

Prior Experience

  • Experience as a Teach For America corps member preferred but not required
  • Minimum of three years of professional experience (and 5-7 preferred)

Work Demands

  • Willingness to work some weekends and evenings.
  • Ability to travel efficiently across the region
  • Ability to travel to national conferences or trainings 2-5 times per year.

Skills

  • Exceptional planning, analysis, and project management skills, with a keen attention to detail
  • Poise, confidence, and maturity interacting with key stakeholders, with the ability to build strong relationships and work with school/district leaders
  • Outstanding ability to build relationships, inspire, and motivate alumni (e.g., to pursue school leadership positions for which they are ready and a fit, to gain the additional experiences and perspectives they need to become ready)
  • Highly efficient with the ability to manage a significant volume of communication (from alumni, from schools, from incoming corps members)
  • Strong communication skills, including written communications
  • Strong understanding of the profile for outstanding school leaders in our context
  • Demonstrates deep commitment to Teach For America's mission, core values, and our commitment to diversity and inclusiveness while acting as a cultural leader
  • Demonstrated ownership over personal learning and growth with evidence of strong receptiveness to and implementation of feedback.
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint

Education

  • Bachelor's degree required

Apply Now

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.

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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