Senior Managing Director, Black Community Alliances - Apply by 12/16 (DC, NYC, Chicago or Atlanta preferred)

The Role

Teach For America seeks to build our National Community Alliances team in order to ensure that we are partnering effectively with all groups working toward our shared vision of educational opportunity. The Senior Managing Director of Black Community Alliances will be responsible for building national alliances and partnerships within the Black community, effectively and compellingly representing Teach For America with those groups, and providing us with insights and perspectives that will strengthen our community (CMs, alumni, and staff) and enable us to further our impact nationally and in the communities where we work. The SMD will work closely with their colleagues on the Public Partnerships and National Community Alliances teams, who will also be focused on building a network of informed and inspired champions and partners among elected and appointed officials, their staff, and the broader education and civil rights communities. As a member of the National Community Alliances sub-team, the SMD will be responsible for contributing grassroots and grasstops voices to the creation of Teach For America’s first civil rights and equity agenda and institutionalizing community voices in our organization. This role will report to the Vice President of National Community Alliances. Please note that the role was originally posted as a Managing Director role, but has been upscoped to a Senior Manager Director role.

The Team

The National Community Alliances unit is charged with building alliances with organizations, institutions and individuals who share a commitment to equity and social justice for marginalized students.


Primary Responsibilities

Responsibilities for this position will include, but are not limited to:

75% of time – External engagement & outreach

  • Set innovative, equitable vision and direction for engaging the diverse Black community, including (but not limited to) Black traditional groups, grassroots organizations, policy organizations, HBCUs, and Black media outlets.
  • Create and execute a strategic plan to accomplish this vision, including:
  • Develop mutually beneficial relationships with impactful individuals and organizations to execute the civil rights and equity agenda
  • Represent TFA externally (or prep VP or CEO to engage) on panels/conferences/engagements
  • Identify/attend/coordinate attendance at all key conferences
  • Have frequent visibility at Black events and ensure representation in the broader education space
  • Identify CEO and/or VP speaking opportunities
  • Develop 5-10 diverse priority organizational relationships (e.g., UNCF, NAACP, NUL, Divine 9 orgs, etc.)
  • Conduct visits and creative engagement opportunities with Black influencers to engage them in TFA’s work and support their work within Black communities
  • Support CEO and VP in relationship building with key Black stakeholders
  • Support relationships with Black board members
  • Identify funding & board leadership opportunities with national development team and support all cultivation, stewardship, and engagement efforts

25% of time – Internal engagement & coordination

  • Engage with and provide strategic support to Teach For America’s Recruitment, Policy, Government Affairs, Marketing, TLD, Alumni Engagement, and Human Assets teams on their efforts within the Black community
  • Engage deliberately with Black staff to gather perspective, share progress, seek partnership, and develop talent.
  • Lead/oversight on execution of deliverables from official national partners & coordinate all relevant internal stakeholders
  • Ensure integration and representation of issues facing the Black community in support of internal initiatives, e.g. national corps member and alumni events, human assets initiatives, etc.
  • Provide strategic counsel to regions looking to build similar alliances, awareness, and support with the Black community at a local level
  • Provide strategic support to corps and staff recruitment efforts, helping to ensure the continued diversity of both
  • Partner with Marketing & Communications teams to:
  • Help create and support relevant social media and maintain strong social media presence
  • Help create and support relevant marketing and communications strategy
  • Advise and create campaigns that engage a wider audience on Black issues
  • Provide content/ideas for frequent opportunities to engage the media with the work of Teach For America in Black communities
  • Help to build a diverse and exceptional corps through selecting corps members


Prior Experience

  • Minimum of six to eight years of work experience required
  • Prior experience engaging in community building, with pre-existing relationship of key players and knowledge of key issues preferred
  • Demonstrated commitment to equity work, multicultural solidarity, and ability to work across multiple lines of difference

Work Demands

  • Frequent travel expected, approximately 50%


  • Ability to set vision and direction and ensure alignment in execution of strategy across a large organization
  • Exceptional ability to build and develop strong relationships over the long term
  • Exceptional verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to quickly and thoroughly grasp complexity and operate in a nuanced context
  • Demonstrated success in building strong, mutually beneficial partnerships between organizations
  • Strong judgement in complex situations

Approach to Work

  • A deep belief in Teach For America’s mission and theory of change
  • Highly motivated and excels in an entrepreneurial environment
  • Thrives in circumstances involving ambiguity and nuance
  • Orientation towards collaboration and action
  • Desire to develop into a thought leader for the organization on issues related to the diverse Black community and education
  • Excels at managing competing priorities in dynamic external landscape
  • Embraces and values diversity as a fundamental component of advancing our mission
  • Acts with purpose, urgency, integrity, high standards, and a long-term view


  • 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. Please note the application deadline of December 16th.

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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