Managing Director, Talent & Diversity, Equity, Inclusiveness - Apply by 1.29 (South Carolina)
Teach For America – South Carolina’s new Managing Director, Talent & Diversity, Equity and Inclusiveness (DEI) will serve as a critical talent leader in delivering one of our region’s most crucial priorities: developing leaders who understand the implications of race, class and privilege on educational inequity, who understand their own identity and who lead with that knowledge. This leader is charged with co-creating the vision and direction for regional talent initiatives and leadership development of the South Carolina regional staff and corps members with a specific focus on developing critically conscious & culturally competent leaders. This role will be an incredible opportunity for you to rapidly grow your personal leadership and impact a critical regional priority in South Carolina. The successful candidate has proven ability to learn and grow, strengths in needs assessment, vision setting and strategic planning, influencing others and designing and facilitating game-changing learning experiences for a talented, diverse group of people. This role reports directly to the Senior Managing Director, Talent & Continuum.
Teach For America – South Carolina started in 2011 with 30 corps members spread along the I-95 corridor. In 5 years, South Carolina has grown from 30 corps members to 100 corps members and has created partnerships with counties along the I-26 corridor and reaching more than 15,000 students throughout the state. The South Carolina team is a team of diverse, passionate and committed folks who work together to create the staff and corps member experience in service of student outcomes in South Carolina. We believe our progress in our classrooms is directly related to the quality of our talent and are excited to expand our efforts with a dedicated staff member in this role.
Regional Talent & Diversity Equity & Inclusiveness (35%)
- Develop an initial perspective via a needs assessment of our regional staff and corps, building on existing foundation and staff commitments
- Synthesize lessons learned from excelling TFA regions and external organizations, leveraging, as appropriate, input from our corps, alumni and community partners.
- Craft a three year strategic plan for building leadership and culture for staff, corps members and alumni with respect to Teach for America’s Talent philosophy & diversity, equity, and inclusiveness & align our talent recruitment, development and career trajectories to this strategy in partnership with all senior leaders in the region – including budget, personnel and system needs.
- Collaborate to develop the regional Talent strategy to ensure we are able to attract & build highly effective teams (serve as liaison to national talent recruitment efforts, build job descriptions with managers, entering and exiting staff members, Job Science management, building staff on-boarding templates to support manager success onboarding their new-hires, etc.)
- Collaboratively develop regional policies and adopt structure or platforms which continue to provide clarity, equity, and enable all staff to be their best at work as well as stay accountable to results in the region.
- Significantly contribute to making TFA-SC a truly great place to work: Ensure our strategies & performance put the region on the path to exceed breakthrough results for Great Places to Work and TBD cultural measures.
- Effectively hire, coach and develop one Direct Report: Manager, Talent & Operations.
Design, manage and facilitate (40%)
- A series of differentiated and ever-evolving diversity and inclusiveness experiences for regional staff, to build knowledge and understanding, deepen convictions, and motivate participants to take actions that are aligned with our core values.
- Regional All Staff engagements planning and execution: Team building, retreats, all staff meetings, communications, ongoing professional development menu offerings
- A full scope & sequence for DEI and identity development for corps members with increasing levels of differentiation over time by tenure and/or needs; this development can leverage all major delivery mediums including but not limited to Corps Member Onboarding, Induction, Orientation, All Corps Learning Experiences, and Institute; over time, this should emerge as a complete corps continuum of development with respect to DEI – in close collaboration with both the Programming and Coaching Teams.
- Collaborate with Director, Culturally Responsive Pedagogy to design and deliver culturally-responsive teaching support to corps members to ensure application of DEI work in the classroom.
- Design structures that provide a supportive community for CMs to gather around a common identity/interest to have a safe space to support each other, continue conversation, and engage in purposeful, collaborative learning and problem solving
- Build and administer feedback and learning structures that ensure that all of the above improve steadily over time
- Establish and maintain connections with partners both internal and external to TFA to ensure that the region’s approach is routinely challenged and informed by experts and/or successful practitioners
Serve as a regional thought leader, both for the ED and functional team leaders (5%)
- Meet with and advise the Executive Director and functional team leaders on a regular basis to ensure team strategies are aligned with and in support of our Diversity core value. Topics may include hiring practices, culturally responsive management, recruitment & retention of staff members of color or from low income backgrounds etc.
- Act as a design consultant to functional teams developing diversity, equity, and inclusiveness training for stakeholders outside of current CMs and staff (i.e. alumni, community partners, or donors).
- Provide mentorship and coaching for individual staff members as necessary and helpful
South Carolina Regional Team Responsibilities (20%)
- Participates in Selection of incoming Corps Members 1-2 times per year.
- Participate in regional matriculation efforts by owning a portfolio of 2-5 matriculants across 4-5 matriculation windows.
- Participate in and complete Staff Meeting pre-work and attending monthly regional meetings
- Support and participate in regional events
- Drives own professional development with support from manager and others.
- Engages in community opportunities that have personal meaning/connection
- Understand and effectively communicate Teach For America-South Carolina’s programmatic initiatives, goals, and impact externally and internally.
- At least 7 years of work experience preferred with at least 3 years of successful experience explicitly in human resources/assets and diversity/inclusiveness related work highly preferred.
- A proven ability to build and leverage relationships across multiple layers
- Deeply committed to Teach For America’s core values, mission, theory of change and is passionate about helping staff members develop their leadership in service of our movement for educational equity
- Highly interested in and motivated by the concepts of diversity, equity, inclusiveness, leadership, and what makes people great
- Demonstrated ability to directly or laterally manage others to strong outcomes is required
- Demonstrated success in cross-functional planning and implementation of philosophy, culture and systems with an ability to balance/manage toward multiple numerical goals while keeping front and center the spirit by which they are designed
- Previous experience facilitating introspective conversations about race & identity with adults required
- Possesses foundational adult learning facilitator tools and strategies and has the ability to quickly learn and apply new ones
- Extreme compassion, humility, warmth and authenticity
- Teach for America staff experience appreciated but not required
- Deep understanding of the racial dynamics at play in South Carolina highly preferred
- Willingness to work some weekends and evenings to facilitate and/or observe corps member professional development
- Ability to travel by car to in-person meetings in various South Carolina cities regularly
- Must be willing to work from a Teach For America – South Carolina Office in either North Charleston or Florence, SC
- Ability to build and maintain strong, successful relationships with senior leaders across an organization and operate with cultural competence, integrity, maturity and confidence
- Ability to manage self and others to high-quality deliverables
- Exceptional problem-solver: ability to think big, generate ideas and inform solutions to complex problems – demonstrated ability to take different points of view and stakeholder viewpoints and bring them together around a shared path forward – Ability to analyze data to draw accurate conclusions that inform strategy
- Ability to manage multiple responsibilities, high-stakes relationships and engagements simultaneously with a high degree of personal accountability
- Has exemplary verbal and written communication skills, including an ability to communicate ideas to others clearly, simply, and compellingly
- Excellent ability to build, manage and navigate cross-organizational relationships to build consensus and achieve results
- Ability to build trust, relationships and credibility quickly with people in various roles at all levels of the organization which contributes to a strong, values-driven culture and navigates complex group dynamics
- Strong self-awareness and ability to independently self-reflect
- Strong sense of entrepreneurship in a field that is always growing and changing
- Energetic, fun, creative, flexible, generative, willing to try new things and take risks, and an avid learner
- Bachelor’s degree required; master’s degree preferred
To be considered for this role, you must submit a resume. 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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