Executive Director, St. Louis

The Role

In St. Louis, we aspire for every student to have an empowering education. We are seeking an Executive Director to be the cultural and visionary leader in St. Louis, aimed at maximizing Teach For America’s local impact by holding rigorous accountability for reaching Teach For America’s breakthrough results at the local level within the St. Louis context. We aim to build a movement of corps members and alumni who are creating positive life change for thousands of students growing up in poverty. In this role, you will inspire and motivate your St. Louis regional team while creating a culture of excellence, urgency, and core value(s) alignment – balancing our short-term work and long-term efforts in the community.

To realize the vision of growing and deepening our impact, you will maximize our funding base of approximately three million dollars annually, will set the vision and direction for a corps of more than 80, an alumni base of over 500, and a staff of approximately 17 and will be a critical voice in the education reform movement taking place across the city. To this end, we are seeking a cultural and visionary leader with a track record of building strong culture across institutions that leads to dynamic partnerships and impact; who has an appetite, maturity, and the gravitas to be at the forefront of a bourgeoning education landscape as the steward of our mission.

Teach For America’s Executive Directors are part of the national senior leadership team at Teach For America and are at the forefront of improving the state of education in this country, impacting the future of thousands of children. The Executive Director for Teach For America, St. Louis reports directly to the Senior Vice President, Regional Field Executive and will partner with a dedicated local board to work towards Teach For America’s breakthrough results.

The Team

St. Louis is home to some of the country’s best free, public institutions including the world-renowned St. Louis Art Museum, a nationally-recognized science center, the Missouri History Museum, one of the country’s best known zoos, and Forest Park—modeled after New York’s Central Park.

While natives and transplants alike take great pride in these attractions, one of St. Louis’ biggest and most important free institutions is never ranked among the country’s best—our public school system.

Since legalized segregation in the 1860s to a belated and reluctant enforcement of desegregation in the 1980s, divisions by race and class in St. Louis have led to intergenerational poverty, the decline of our historic communities, and a vast disparity in educational outcomes between students growing up in different zip codes.

Today, students at Sumner High School—the oldest historically black high school west of the Mississippi—are prepared to earn an average score of 14 on the ACT. Just 10 miles away in the wealthier district of Clayton, students are prepared to earn an average score of 26.

Teach For America is part of a community working to expand opportunity for the thousands of children growing up in poverty in St. Louis. Corps members and alumni are a source of talent and energy for our schools and city. Along with aligned organizations and local champions of educational equity, we are cultivating a landscape where change can take root and our city can once again prosper.

Qualifications:

Primary Responsibilities

  • Set and iterate on a bold vision and clear direction for TFA-St. Louis that leads to measureable, undeniable progress towards breakthrough results, as a partner and cultural leader in the local education community. Breakthrough results of:
  • Strengthen community culture (corps, alumni, staff, partners, etc.)
  • Evolve an innovative, culturally responsive, rigorous programmatic model that leads to transformational learning and leadership
  • Rally a new generation of leaders to join the effort of realizing educational equity for all children
  • Effectively engage a sophisticated donor community to ensure strong fundraising success
  • Serving as an external ambassador to represent the region, develop strategic partnerships, and engage community stakeholders in its success and impact
  • Leading staff to build a vibrant and energizing team culture that will attract and retain exceptional talent and bring out the strengths of all staff, while also holding them accountable for their goals and programmatic outcomes and supporting them in identifying what the appropriate accountability measures look like for each goal and outcome
  • Partnering with TFA’s national leadership team and the St. Louis regional Board of Directors and funders to secure and allocate the resources and supports necessarily to continue to grow the region’s impact and success

Requirements

Prior Experience

  • Significant leadership experience (minimum of 5-10 years)
  • Proven track record of setting the vision for and managing a high-performing team towards ambitious, measurable outcomes, and continually driving and motivating the team forward to ensure strong results in a complex, mission-driven organization in equitable and innovative ways
  • Executive-level management experience and working in partnership with a Board of Directors, a national organization, and community partners to drive towards a locally-defined vision
  • Demonstrated achievement in fundraising or ensuring financial sustainability of an organization, including an ability to mobilize people and to create champions of our organizational mission
  • Demonstrated success in building relationships in the communities most affected by inequity with respect, inclusivity, and an orientation towards understanding and action to improve outcomes for constituents
  • Credible experience leading in the education sector and across lines of difference
  • An understanding of the complexity of the local political climate that impacts TFA-St. Louis
  • Professional maturity and gravitas; experience navigating complex situations with diverse stakeholders which may include elected officials, school district officials, and school board members
  • Excellent strategic thinking skills to understand and lead in a complex and independent environment

Skills

  • Strong alignment with, passion for, and commitment to the mission and values of TFA
  • Models cultural leadership in bridging internal and external spaces
  • Operates as a culturally responsive leader in internal and external spaces
  • Sense of urgency around accomplishing goals and objectives
  • Commitment to exploring and taking action on issues of race, class, and privilege
  • Ability to deal with ambiguity and conflict; thrives in autonomy with accountability structures
  • Excellent judgment and sound decision making skills

Work Demands

  • Ability to work some evenings and weekends
  • Ability to travel within the region daily and ability to travel to in-person meetings in various U.S. cities quarterly

Apply Now

To be considered for this role, you must submit an online application, as well as a tailored cover letter detailing you interest in the role/the St. Louis region and your qualifications and leadership/management experience (size of team led, etc.). 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 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.


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