Managing Director, Governance, The Collective (Flexible) Apply by Jan. 18
The Collective is the association of Teach For America Alumni of Color. The Collective is supported by a governance system that includes a National Advisory Board and a network of Regional Collectives with corresponding boards (or other governance bodies) at the local level. The Collective team of staff at Teach For America is responsible for the stewardship of the association, the network of leadership, and the governance bodies that advance efforts for organizing and local impact of TFA Alumni of Color.
The Managing Director, Collective Governance, is responsible for the stewardship, support, and advancement of the network of governance and leadership structures that enable the coordination and organizing across the network. The person in this role is a servant leader that actively seeks to support and enable the leadership of Alumni of Color taking on leadership responsibilities across The Collective’s network. This person is specifically responsible for the co-design, maintenance, and advancement of the governance structures and systems, including, but not limited to: ensuring governance supporting resources, such as charters, are documented and current, ensuring protocols that enable the effective operations of boards are established and implemented, supporting effective transitions of board membership and leadership, supporting efforts at regional levels to establish and advance regional collectives, and serve as a liaison to regional staff sponsors and specifically Executive Directors to promote the advancement of Regional Collectives. The MD, Collective Governance partners closely with the MD, Collective Leadership Development to ensure that the evolution of governance systems goes hand in hand with opportunities for leadership development for Alumni taking on Board leadership roles. Both work under the direction of the VP, The Collective who oversees the advancement of a bold vision of collective leadership and impact for the association and its governance systems across the network.
The Collective Leadership & Engagement Team is responsible for inspiring and supporting our people to fulfill their potential and contribute to One Day over the course of their lifetime. We do this by:
- Advancing an empowering and affirming culture and esprit de corps,
- Enabling breakthrough individual and collective leadership experiences that crystallize pathways for impact for our people,
- Designing and sustaining systems and platforms that empower our people to connect with each other and to opportunities for impact in career pathways critical for the movement,
- Create experiences that leverage the assets of diversity and promote the coalitions across lines of difference that are required to drive systemic change, and
- Bringing to bear a transparent focus on catalytic issues for educational equity such as the assets of diversity, dismantling systems of oppression and discrimination, and social entrepreneurship.
In the Collective Leadership and Engagement Team we believe that if Teach For America creates the conditions for our people to self-direct, self-organize and focus on issues and career pathways of catalytic importance for the movement toward education equity, then we will have a thriving second phase of our Theory of Change, fulfilled by a network of diverse, remarkable, powerful, and convicted leaders taking on the massive and complex challenges of educational inequity. We strategize our work and measure our impact on culture metrics of values, mindsets and behaviors such as Net Promoter Score (NPS) and Corps and Alumni Learning Index (CALI).
Primary responsibilities will include but are not limited to:
- In deep partnership with The Collective leadership, set a compelling vision for the stewardship of the governance systems and structures for the association.
- Lead the strategy and design of experiences that can advance the engagement of leaders in The Collective, so they are increasingly clear and convicted on their unique path to contribute as a member in a succession of leaders aiming towards a thriving and sustainable local and/or national association. Ensure that this work is done in partnership with relevant teams across the organization.
- Actively partner with governance bodies across the Collective network to ensure they are best leveraging TFA resources.
- Partner with the National Advisory Board
Collaboration and Partnership Across Teams
- Build strong relationships with key stakeholders, including other CLE teams as well as other Program Continuum and TFA teams in order to effectively lead and execute cross-team projects at the service of The Collective.
- Forge effective partnerships among critical regional team leaders (EDs, Alumni Affairs teams, and Regional Collective Sponsors) to develop guidance and support for relationships, systems, and structures between Regional Collective Associations, regional leaders and other regional bodies (i.e. regional alumni boards and/or regional advisory boards). The person in this role needs to be an organizational model for our Team core value: “We value and care about each other, operate with a generosity of spirit, and have fun in the process of working together. To maximize our collective impact, we inspire, challenge, and support each other to be our best and sustain our effort.”
- Actively collaborate across the organization to bring to bear expertise, resources, and other assets to support the advancement of The Collective, nationally and regionally.
- Contribute to a Collective culture that is empowering, supportive, and encourages leadership so that at every level of the association Alumni of Color are effectively advancing the organization toward impact nationally and locally.
- Transparently and actively share insights across TFA of the efforts and progress being made by The Collective association and especially boards across the network.
- Contribute to the management of the team’s budget and ensure that we are making fiscally responsible decisions.
Expertise in Diversity, Equity & Inclusiveness and Governance Structures and Systems
- Continuously build your expertise in DEI and governance structures and systems so that your efforts are informed by best practices, research and are creative and innovative.
Contributions to Organizational Leadership
- Contribute to a strong team culture rooted in the organizational core values.
- Steward the organizational strategy and The Collective priorities.
- 7 + years of professional experience
- Strong understanding of Teach For America Alumni and specifically the experience of TFA Alumni of Color
- Ability to build strong relationships and credibility with diverse stakeholders
- Proven track record of success in setting vision and direction
- Knowledge of Diversity, Equity & Inclusiveness and governance systems and structures highly preferred
- Knowledge of situational leadership framework preferred
- Ability to travel to in-person meetings in various U.S. cities [2/quarter].
- Occasional weekend or evening work is required.
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.
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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