Managing Director, Partnerships and Development (Twin Cities)

The Role

Teach For America – Twin Cities is seeking a Managing Director, Partnerships and Development. This is a senior leadership role on the Twin Cities Regional team and will lead the team charged with movement-building across our community via 1) strong school, community, political, and donor partnerships, and 2) catalytic mobilization and strategic impact of our alumni leadership force. The core functions of the MD, Partnerships and Development role in particular include: 1) team leadership, including setting vision and direction, managing team outcomes and culture, and developing team members, 2) in partnership with the Executive Director, creating and driving fundraising/development strategy and executing high-level fundraising/development strategy to key outcomes, 3) managing high-level political relationships and executing a political strategy, and 4) serving on the regional leadership team. The Managing Director, Partnerships and Development reports directly to the Executive Director.

The Team

Teach for America, Twin Cities is one of 52 regional offices working to eliminate educational inequity in the United States. With a growing need in Minnesota for skilled leaders in every industry particularly in STEM fields TFA, Twin Cities is working to impact the talent pipeline of the region by improving K-12 education, recruiting classes of Corps Members from top universities across the country and engaging in professional development of our over 600 TFA alumni in the area. Minnesota has some of the lowest 4-year graduation rates in the nation and according to the US Department of Education, students from Black/African American communities in Minnesota have the 49th lowest high school graduation rates in the nation. To combat these challenges impacting our kids, TFA, Twin Cities recruits leaders and connects talent to high needs classrooms and beyond.

We partner across multiple innovative education systems that serve diverse and complex communities in the Twin Cities. Through this work, we aim to serve our communities by honoring the assets they bring to the fight for education equity and by placing the culture of our students at the center of our work. Since first opening our Twin Cities region in 2009, we’ve grown our corps, our alumni base, our number of alumni school leaders, our staff, and our corps member diversity. We have successfully partnered with school, district, and community leaders; cultivated a pipeline of school leaders; become the primary provider of diverse teachers and leaders in the area; and together proven that children living in poverty can excel academically when they are provided the highest quality education and given the opportunity to succeed. By engaging philanthropic partners. school partners, public relationships as the city and state level, and building community champions, the region continues to make impactful changes in education and move toward One Day when all children will have access to a quality education regardless of their zip code.



Development Strategy and Execution (50%)

Craft, execute and evaluate strategy to achieve in-region path to $3-4.5 million annually in the next 3 years

  • Analyze past regional performance, current and future regional funding needs, and regional landscape to set fundraising and donor retention goals.
  • Regularly assess and report on team-wide progress to goals, identify what is driving and impeding progress, and developing solutions to address gaps and adjust course as necessary.

Manage, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of corporate, foundation, and individual donors

  • Cultivate, solicit, and steward a portfolio of current and prospective funders including individual givers, corporate giving sources, foundations, and public funding bases with a focus on donors with a capacity to give $25,000+

Manage and professionally develop a Manager of Development to be able to strategically build and manage donor portfolios, including donor plans, materials, and tracking systems

  • Ground manager in the region’s vision and goals, and enable s/he to plan and execute toward them
  • Work with manager to develop a process/system for intra-team communication and tracking donor/prospect engagements. Facilitate Executive Director strategic involvement in regional fundraising efforts that best leverages the ED’s time and talent

Oversee Regional Advisory Board of Directors involvement in development initiatives

  • Work with the Executive Director, Fundraising committee and Regional Board of Directors to set a vision for their role in development.
  • Prepare for and participate in board meetings, manage board members on Development & External Affairs specific projects or activities, and communicate with board members as needed in partnership with the Executive Director.

Work with National development and communication partners to devise, implement, and fine tune development event planning, marketing, and media strategies

  • Work with your staff to create development tools, i.e. solicitation proposals (pitch decks), materials, speech talking points, formal presentations, etc. for ED to use in regular meetings and larger scale events.
  • Work with your staff and national partners to plan and execute signature events including managing strategy for logistics, fundraising, and communications

Team and Regional Leadership (25%)

  • Serve on Regional Leadership team, charged with stewarding team culture, staff development, and overall team strategy and leadership
  • Manage three team members: Manager, School and Community Partnerships, Manager, Development, and Director Alumni Engagement and Strategic Impact to strong vision in their respective functions and strong outcomes
  • Lead team in setting team-level vision and direction and managing to outcomes

Political Strategy and Partnerships (15%)

Design strategy and manage execution of cities/state/federal level funding communication and relationships

  • Manage our critical and high-stakes relationships with state/federal funders and legislators in order to advocate for their support for our movement and continued investment in our work.

Leading Across the Movement (10%)

  • Steward a culture of cross functional support and collaboration by modeling this as a member of the leadership team
  • Serve as a cultural leader on the team; operate with integrity and model living TFA’s core values daily
  • Operate as an unwavering team player, willing to jump in and help for the benefit of the collective team, even if not explicitly included in job description
  • Partner with other regional leadership team members to set the tone and direction for the region and to reach shared regional goals


Prior experience

  • 3-5 years of experience required, 6-8 years preferred.
  • Multiple years’ experience achieving inspiring outcomes in partnerships, fundraising, and development
  • Prior Teach For America staff/Corps member experience preferred
  • Proven results in team management across multiple functions and complex projects
  • Understanding of and relationships in Minnesota political landscape preferred

Work Demands

  • Willingness to work some weekends and evenings
  • Willingness to travel within region for in-person meetings as well as supporting TLD staff and corps members across the region


  • Strong team leadership and management skills
  • Very strong relationship-building skills, particularly across lines of difference and in complex environments
  • High-level strategic planning and execution
  • Ability to represent self and organization with high-level stakeholders
  • Ability to communicate Teach For America’s mission and strategy with clarity and conviction with multiple audiences
  • Ability to “manage up” to ensure strong partnership with Executive Director on key partnerships
  • Tracking tasks, assessing progress, and following through on the execution of larger scale plans
  • Commitment to social justice, and the core value and regional priority of focus on Diversity, Equity and Inclusiveness.


  • Bachelor’s degree required, Master’s degree preferred.

Apply Now

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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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