Manager, Event (San Francisco, CA)

The Role

The Manager of Events leads Teach For America - Bay Area's donor events, shaping the vision and driving relevant campaigns to reach our total annual funding goal of $15+ million. Reporting to the Managing Director of Individual Giving, you are charged with (1) project managing a high-profile, best-in-class gala event raising over $1.5 million; (2) supporting the Individual Giving team with smaller stewardship and fundraising events to retain, upgrade and diversify our base of donors to help ensure that we meet our programmatic and financial goals. You are able to drive towards strong outcomes by being able to navigate complex team structures and diverse set of stakeholders with varying degrees of familiarity and decision-making power, while holding them to your ultimate outcome of building our champion base.

The Team

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.

Mindets

A superbly organized project manager. You are obsessive about the details, yet you can see the big picture of your projects at all times. You can effectively manage many moving pieces because of the effective and efficient systems and structures you put in place, and you have a knack for devising, implementing, and investing others in systems that improve individual and team performance. You stay laser-focused on your goals even in the face of unanticipated challenges and build contingencies that ensure multiple pathways to your goals.

A savvy navigator. You think strategically about how you invite others to participate in your work, especially those with limited time and capacity but hold authority and decision-making power. You are always considering how to create value in your interactions with others who may not prioritize your projects like you do, and you are not afraid of managing up or laterally.

An outstanding communicator. Whatever the medium, when people receive a message from you they are crystal clear on the purpose of your communication and any requested action. They feel respected, deeply connected to our mission, and that their time was well-spent. You keep all stakeholders abreast of your work and communicate key information succinctly by operating with openness and transparency.

A nimble executor. You have a proven track record of managing multiple projects simultaneously and an ability to skillfully balance execution of short-term/urgent tasks with long-term project management. You marshal resources and people to consistently meet aggressive deadlines while producing high-quality deliverables and you have a natural customer-service orientation.

Self-driven and dedicated to continuous improvement. You hold yourself accountable to moving your work forward with minimal direction, and have integrity and great follow through on tasks. You don't get overwhelmed easily and take personal responsibility for the success of your work. You consistently seek out feedback from diverse sources to learn and improve, and you drive your professional development with purpose and a focus on outcomes.

Qualifications:

Responsibilities

Event and Project Management (75%)

  • Manage all aspects of event planning and event logistics for the External Affairs & Operations team
  • Create an overall project plan for the Annual Dinner in collaboration with fundraising stream leads, and directly manage the planning and execution of a suite of other development events throughout the year
  • Ensure meaningful progress by proactively soliciting and expecting appropriate buy-in and alignment from relevant stakeholders
  • Assist with the preparation of speakers, videos, and other event programmatic elements for annual calendar of events
  • Recruit, train and manage event volunteers to ensure seamless event execution
  • Liaise with event vendors, procure in-kind donations, process invoices for payment and thoroughly track event budget and expenses
  • Track and maintain all event activity in Salesforce, our central constituent management system

Fundraising and Strategy (25%)

  • Develop and execute strategies, in collaboration with the development team, to achieve overall event fundraising and attendance goals
  • Assist with the analysis of event outcomes to ensure continuous reflection and innovation
  • Strategically leverage the Executive Director, board members, and other senior leaders to steward and engage donors, including preparing these individuals for successful donor interactions
  • Maintain up-to-date donor records for relationships under direct purview to ensure accuracy of account information, interaction history, and proposal/report submissions

Requirements

Prior Experience

  • 2-3 years of work experience with a proven record of achieving ambitious results
  • Event or project management and/or event marketing experience a plus
  • Experience with donors and managing board members, senior executives and cross-functional team members a plus
  • Knowledge of education/passion for education reform

Work Demands

  • Some weekend and evening work required
  • Ability to travel around the Bay Area

Education

  • Bachelor's degree

Apply Now

To be considered for this role, you must submit an online application along with a cover letter detailing why you are applying for this role. Please scroll down to the bottom of the page to find the link. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis; we plan to notify all candidates who are moving forward.

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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