Managing Director, Development, Communication, and Public Affairs (Denver, CO)

The Role

Learn more about the work our region is doing, and this role’s importance here.

Teach For America-Colorado seeks a Managing Director, Development, Communications, and Public Affairs (MD) to unify and galvanize our base of members, partners, and funders around our new regional vision. The MD will lead and manage three of our critical functions: Development and Fundraising, Marketing and Communications, and Public Affairs. In order to continue to build on the momentum of the region, the MD should be comfortable setting a compelling, relationship-centric vision, crafting both long-and short-term strategies, as well as managing a team toward ambitious results.

The ideal candidate for this role…

  • Is a powerful communicator; can craft compelling messages and deliver them through a variety of channels, both written and oral
  • Is an experienced leader of people; can bring out the best of each team member
  • Is a proven relationship builder with a strong presence; is equally comfortable working with students and families as with senior business, political, and community leaders
  • Currently has, or is eager to develop, a deep understanding of the Colorado education landscape
  • Has demonstrated success in the areas of fundraising/development, marketing, communications, and public affairs

The MD will report directly to and work closely with the Executive Director, work closely with the regional board of directors, and manage three members of the External Affairs team.

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 nearly 1500 alumni play a critical role in the creation of transformational classrooms, schools, and systems for all of Colorado’s children.


Primary Responsibilities

Marketing & Communications (40%)

  • Develop and implement an integrated strategic communications plan to advance TFA-Colorado’s brand position, broaden awareness of its programs and priorities, and increase the organization’s visibility to key stakeholders
  • Oversee TFA-Colorado’s formal internal and external communication to staff, members, supporters, and community partners
  • Prepare strategic communications plans for major initiatives, including the 10th Anniversary summit and new program launches
  • Build and maintain relationships with key media contacts, thought leaders, policy makers, and other influential stakeholders
  • Determine what marketing tools (brochures, website, advertising, promotional pieces) are needed, coordinate internally or with outside firms to have them executed properly.
  • Identify productive meeting, networking and speaking engagements for TFA-Colorado staff and members
  • Coach staff and members on how best to represent and serve TFA-Colorado’s mission and work in interviews, publications, presentations, video, and other venues.

Public Affairs (15%)

  • Develop a strategy for engaging key policymakers and thought leaders in service of our regional vision and ensure that TFA-Colorado is positioned as a leader within the state education landscape
  • Manage TFA-Colorado’s external lobbying team during the legislative session to set and achieve our legislative agenda

Development and Fundraising (35%)

  • Refine, execute, and evaluate strategy to achieve in-region path to $6-8 million annually for the next 3-5 years
  • Work cross-functionally to build an organizational brand and deliver communications that will position TFA-Colorado as a strategic priority to its funding sources
  • In partnership with the greater External Affairs team, identify, cultivate, solicit, and steward corporate, foundation, and individual donors
  • Partner with the Deputy Executive Director, Colorado Springs to ensure high-quality execution of our Colorado Springs fundraising strategy

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


Prior Experience

  • 8+ years professional work experience demonstrating progressively increasing responsibility, with demonstrated success in all or most of the relevant functional areas (e.g. public affairs, lobbying, coalition management, strategy development, sales, marketing, communications, etc.)

Work Demands

  • Ability to work evenings and weekends when necessary
  • Travel: Occasional out-of-state travel required, along with monthly travel within the region


  • Making Decisions and Demonstrating Judgment
  • Managing Team Execution
  • Building Relationships and Networks
  • Communicating Effectively with Others
  • Synthesizing, Integrating, and Developing Strategies


  • 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

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

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:

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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