Manager, Strategy & Operations (Denver, CO)

The Role

Teach For America-Colorado sits at the forefront of innovation in the Colorado education community and the Teach For America network. This is the result of a visionary strategic plan, a remarkable culture, and a world-class team. Teach For America-Colorado seeks a Manager, Strategy & Operations (MSO) to help accelerate our progress towards our vision by relentlessly working to improve our organization. In order to do this, the MSO will lead our efforts to establish a world-class work environment; partner with members of our team to analyze, build, and improve critical systems and processes; and support the continual evolution of our strategy and culture.

This position provides an unparalleled opportunity for individuals with superior research, design, strategic thinking, and execution skills to gain exposure and experience in key areas of organizational leadership: vision-setting, strategic planning, culture-building, and talent-management.

The Team

In the state of Colorado, the atmosphere is right for change. Dozens of education and advocacy nonprofits, policies focused on teacher quality and student achievement, and leaders at every level of the system are creating an ecosystem that is transforming education in our state. Teach For America has been partnering with communities in Colorado since 2007. Today, our 150+ corps members teach in numerous school districts in Denver, Colorado Springs, and Pueblo, and our over 1500 alumni play a critical role in the creation of transformational classrooms, schools, and systems for all of Colorado’s children.

Qualifications:

Primary Responsibilities

Strategic planning and tracking for our top priorities (20%)

  • Assist in managing and refining our organization’s strategic planning process and systems that track towards the strategic plan
  • Support the design and execution of key strategic benchmarks, including our annual team retreat, quarterly step-backs, and weekly staff meetings.
  • Work with teams and individuals to set clear, ambitious goals
  • Help design and execute both formal and informal assessments of our organizational health, including the Great Places to Work Survey; distill recommendations
  • Lead and support conversations, events, and systems that ensure staff live into our vision, values, and cultural pillars

Strategic Projects (20%)

  • Special projects as assigned (e.g. analyze available data to test key hypotheses, execute internal and external research and synthesize into a recommendation, support a major-cross functional project, etc.)

System Building (35%)

  • Talent Systems
  • Identify and cultivate a pipeline of top talent to fill openings in our organization
  • Evolve staff interview process to maximize our efficiency and efficacy at selecting the best candidates for our team.
  • Manage and improve onboarding, development, and evaluation systems to ensure they unlock the potential of our staff
  • Budgeting
  • Ensure our functional teams set budgets that balance ambition with prudence, track to them, and maintain compliance
  • Liaise with Teach For America-National finance team to ensure we’re using organizational best practices and maintaining compliance
  • Data Systems
  • Collaborate with teams across the organization to determine how to best measure their impact
  • Support teams in using data to drive all major decisions
  • Define an organizational reporting cadence and support teams towards it
  • Knowledge Management
  • Create a system to document and curate the learnings generated from our continual experimentation

Building a world-class work environment (15%)

  • Define and lead towards an office culture that encourages collaboration and excellence among the numerous community organizations in our office working to end educational inequity
  • Ensure that the numerous virtual Teach For America staff members feel connected to each other, our culture, and our community
  • Project-manage our office renovation to ensure it advances us towards our vision of a functional, collaborative, community-oriented space
  • Work with our Office Manager to ensure everyone in our office (employees, partners, guests) has the information and resources needed to effectively execute their roles

Fulfilling our Mission through Organizational and Regional Priorities (10%)

  • Participate in our region’s corps member selection, matriculation, induction, and ongoing engagement initiatives
  • Attend regional retreats held throughout the year, monthly staff meetings, and occasional conferences and trainings

Requirements

Prior Experience

  • 2+ years professional work experience, with demonstrated success in all or most of the relevant functional areas (i.e. strategy, project management, budgeting, etc.)
  • Bonus points for experience as a management consultant or Teach For America alumni.

Work Demands

  • Ability to work evenings and weekends when necessary
  • Travel: Occasional Travel required – approx. 2-4 times per year

Skills

  • Organizing, Planning, and Executing
  • Making Decisions and Demonstrating Judgment
  • Defining the Opportunity/Problem
  • Conducting Analysis
  • Synthesizing, Integrating, and Developing Strategies

Education

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience

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. For more information, please contact [email protected] or visit www.teachforamerica.org/about-us/careers.

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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