Director, Talent Development & Systems (Bay Area, CA)
Teach for America, Bay Area aspires to become THE place for leadership development for educational equity in the Bay. As the Director, Talent Development & Systems, you will work closely with VP, People Development & Talent to execute our talent strategy for our 60 regional staff members toward that vision through developing and managing key talent initiatives, events and projects. An exceptional systems builder and project manager, you will help create a consistently high quality and equitable staff experience in the Bay through streamlining and managing processes for staff on-boarding, development, engagement and retention. You will work closely with the People Development & Talent Team, as well as managers, to seed a strong, inclusive, and enduring learning culture that reflects our core values and drives impact in the classroom. You will report directly to the VP, People Development & Talent.
The demands of the 21st century have completely redefined the knowledge and skills that students need to thrive as citizens and members of the workforce. In order to prepare our children to succeed, we must reimagine classrooms and schools in part by radically transforming the ways we recruit, support and develop teachers and education leaders.
Teach For America (TFA) is uniquely positioned to be a leader in this charge because of the diversity and leadership capacity of our people; our reach across all grade-levels, content areas, and school contexts; and the flexibility we have to innovate and iterate on our program. Specifically within the Bay Area, our ever-expanding local network currently consists of nearly 2,800 leaders across all sectors, including 150 school leaders, 60 regional staff members and more than 1,000 TFA teachers (corps members and alumni) reaching 30,000 students across Richmond, San Jose, San Francisco and Oakland. We have set a clear mandate to harness our unique community assets to rethink our organizational approach, striving to build the next generation model for Teach For America and for teacher and educational leadership development.
You are a systems builder. You bring order to disorder, in a clear, systematic and streamlined way that is built for easy execution and scalability. You build these systems with the end user in mind, knowing that we want our people to be able to dedicate as much of their time and energy on developing their people (and not on navigating confusing systems!).
You are an exceptional project manager. You are a whiz at planning and executing complex initiatives, with multiple stakeholders, and you drive outstanding results. Your attention to detail and ability to juggle multiple balls simultaneously is unparalleled.
You are a relationship-builder and connector. You can quickly forge strong, trusting relationships with diverse sets of people and readily inspire others to action. You are naturally empathetic and can quickly understand people's needs, perspectives and aspirations. You view relationships as a key strategy to achieve your outcomes.
You believe in equity at your core. You are atuned to the ways in which racism and other forms of systemic oppression show up in the daily experiences of our students, corps members, and teammates. You "say the thing" even when it may be uncomfortable. You know that who we hire, how we invest in our people, and who thrives on our team are the clearest expressions of our value for diversity, equity, and inclusion.
You are a team culture builder. You believe in the power of people to learn, grow and excel through rich feedback and transparent, productive dialogue with each other. You work with the highest degree of integrity, and follow-through on all facets of your work. You feel like you win when your teammates win.
Evolve and streamline the systems and processes that structure the individual Bay-wide Staff and Manager experience (40%)
- Partner with the VP, People Development & Talent to design and streamline key talent processes (recruitment, on-boarding, performance development, and career pathways) that are responsive to staff and manager feedback, and reflective of core values and Bay Region Talent Philosophy
- Research and integrate best practices and technology from external talent market
- Leverage and align processes with national TFA Human Assets systems and requirements
- Develop a network of thought partners from within TFA network and externally to inform systems and approach
- Partner with VP, People to evaluate, design, implement, and maintain databases, and data reports (such as Great Places to Work) to address talent development needs.
Drive adoption of new talent systems for a high impact, equitable and inclusive staff experience (30%)
- In close collaboration with the other members of the People Development & Talent Team, develop and execute strategies for introducing, training and supporting staff and managers on new systems and tools
- Design and facilitate training sessions for hiring managers and staff
- Create data driven feedback loops with staff and managers to inform real-time iterations and to track user adoption and impact
- Liaise with external providers and manage contracts for talent development initiatives
- Support talent recruitment initiatives during peak hiring season.
Support critical culture initiatives to foster a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive team environment (20%)
- Support planning, execution and follow up of the quarterly All-Staff-Retreats
- Support execution of a Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Advisory council and initiatives that come out of that, e.g. affinity group convenings, periodic conversations or brown bags
- Talent communications - Curate and facilitate regular communications strategy with Bay Team on talent opportunities and updates
- Knowledge management - Ensure an accessible and relevant system for accessing Talent policies, best practices and resources, for managers and staff
- Help develop and execute policies that increase transparency and buy-in around key talent decisions and processes (e.g, goal setting, performance reviews, compensation and headcount).
Contribute to the broader organizational vision and mission (10%)
- Engage in regional staff learning and development.
- Steward the mission and vision of Teach For America through corps member selection, matriculation, and confirmation.
- Serve on committees at the regional or national level as needs align with interests and talents
- 4-7 years of work experience with proven record of achieving ambitious results
- Proven track record of successful project management, with increasing levels of complexity and independence
- Experience in leadership or organizational development preferred
- Strong technology and systems orientation
- Bachelor's degree
- Strong ability to organize, prioritize, track and manage resouces and workflows
- Demonstrated ability to design and build cohesive and streamlined systems and experiences with the end-user in mind
- Strong attention to detail
- Exceptional communication skills, especially in simplifying seemingly complex ideas
- Ability to influence laterally and build relationships and credibility across departmental lines
- Comfortable using data to inform decisions
- Strong culture builder and team player
- Continuous and eager learner
- Knowledge of Salesforce CRM preferred but not required
- Location is flexible within the Bay Area; must be able to travel regularly among Bay Area offices (Oakland, Richmond, San Francisco, and San Jose).
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.
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
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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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