Managing Director, Alumni Leadership and Engagement (Atlanta, GA)

The Role

Teach For America Metro Atlanta seeks a Managing Director, Alumni & Community Engagement (MD, ACE) to further the region's efforts to foster a world where our alumni are part of a diverse, interconnected, community-centered movement for educational equity and related equity-driven movements. To achieve our vision, we believe our alumni must be firmly rooted in our communities, believe that educational inequity is a solvable problem, and play a central role in making sure that all children across Metro Atlanta have the opportunity to attain an excellent education

The MD, ACE is responsible for building deep and lasting relationships over time with various stakeholders (corps members, alumni, school board, superintendents, community partners, parents and students, et al). This person will be skilled at engaging local partners in ongoing discussion and exploration of a vision for the future of education and the community, as well as a set of priorities and strategies to reach that vision, specifically:

Mobilizing the alumni community will be the charge of the MD,ACE who will report to the Senior Managing Director, Alumni & Community Engagement.

The Team

Teach For America is the teacher and leader development organization that supports recent college graduates and aspiring professionals to contribute to the movement for educational equity, beginning as teachers in low-income urban and rural communities across the country. Since 2000, over 3000 Teach for America – Metro Atlanta (TFA MATL) corps members (CMs) have taught close to 200,000 Pre-k-twelfth-grade students. Over 1100 alumni still live and work in the region and support educational equity inside and outside of the classroom.

This year, TFA MATL is pivoting in a bold and impactful new direction that extends beyond teacher placement and support. Over the next five years, we are going to concert our teacher and leader talent, intellectual capital, convening power and broad network of alumni and supporters in 20-30 Pre-k – twelfth-grade school clusters in four to six specific neighborhoods to accelerate school performance and student achievement. By 2020, we want to help stabilize neighborhood indicators and advance excellent school instruction and leadership in our partner schools and communities, resulting in greatly improved school effectiveness and positive student academic outcomes.

Qualifications:

Primary Responsibilities

Alumni Cultivation, Outreach, and Support (40%)

  • Meet individually and collectively with alumni to motivate alumni to take action, to share resources and tools to assist with short and long-term career goals, coach along career paths, provide opportunities to connect with fellow alumni and volunteer opportunities, share updates on Teach For America, and re/connect alumni with the Teach For America movement.
  • Increase the number of alumni committed to Metro Atlanta
  • Develop a plan that promotes a vibrant culture of Teach For America and deep community involvement and engagement.
  • Match alumni to opportunities of impact in the region including Teach For America staff positions (regional & national).
  • Design and lead high-impact experiences and trainings to help further alumni leadership

External Relationship Building (25%)

  • Build strong external relationships with key community stakeholders including schools, school systems, parent associations, and advocacy organizations to set a clear agenda for change and identify opportunities for partnership.

Data Analysis & Project Management (20%)

  • Manage multiple projects simultaneously in conjunction with executing against goals.
  • Utilize data management systems to accurately report and track alumni progress toward career goals, monitor levels of involvement with Teach For America, and make data-based decisions regarding strategic priorities.

Regional Team Responsibilities (15%)

  • Participate in corps member selection (about 4 days total throughout the year)
  • Matriculate new corps members during 4-5 confirmation windows throughout the year
  • Staff large-scale regional events and conferences, often times for a whole day or multiple days at a time, including some Saturdays.
  • Attend and participate in all-staff meetings, retreats, small team cohorts, and step backs throughout the year

Requirements

Prior Experience

  • 5-7 years of professional experience preferred
  • Experience managing projects to reach and exceed ambitious goals required
  • Knowledge of the Metro Atlanta education and community landscape strongly preferred

Work Demands

  • Ability to travel throughout Metro Atlanta to meet with alumni and community members
  • Some evening and weekend work required

Skills

  • Demonstrated ability to set vision and use innovative thinking to catalyze our alumni impact, both individual and collective, and fully engage community stakeholders in Metro Atlanta
  • Superb interpersonal and talent identification skills, as well as a proven ability to develop and leverage relationships toward achievement of concrete goals
  • Excellent organizational and management skills
  • Belief in the critical role of diversity in Teach For America's broader mission
  • An understanding for why diversity is so critically important for building an alumni movement and an inner drive to ensure we do all that we can to maximize it in our day-to-day work
  • Ability to think outside of the box to capitalize on new opportunities
  • Approaches challenges with a positive attitude and a sense of possibility.

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. For more information, please contact staffing@teachforamerica.org or visit www.teachforamerica.org/about-us/careers.

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.

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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