Senior Managing Director, Home Team Partner (Flexible)
TFA operates in 53 offices across the country – each office led by an Executive Director. All 53 offices are clustered into one of four regional groups called "Home Teams" – each Home Team led by a Regional Field Executive (RFE). The SMD, Home Team Partner will collaborate directly with a Regional Field Executive and the 12-15 Executive Directors and regional teams within that "Home Team". The Home Team community fosters cross-regional learning, development, and accountability intended to accelerate collective impact and innovation. The SMD Home Team Partner will play a key role in analyzing the regional landscape as it pertains to people strategy, and designing a learning agenda to help ensure each region has the talent, culture, and people systems to accelerate progress towards TFA's breakthroughs/long-term goals and to live into our core values and our commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion. The Home Team Partner will be a key actor in helping TFA move toward its aspiration of operating as a Learning Organization by living into our Network Learning Principles. To that end, the home team partner will conduct analysis and then design learning cycles on prioritized talent and culture topics. In addition, the Home Team Partner will play a key role in stewarding strategy and design of ED succession planning and ED performance reviews in partnership with the Executive Learning and Leadership Team on Regional Operations. The SMD, Home Team Partner will report directly to the VP, People Development and work closely with three other peer SMD Home Team Partners on the People Development Team – each SMD Home Team Partner leading learning and strategy with one specific "Home Team"/cluster of 12-15 TFA Regions.
Broader Team Overview - Human Assets (HA): The People Development Team (PDT) sits on Teach For America's broader Human Assets (HA) team. HA's mission is to attract, engage, develop, and retain our extraordinary, diverse staff. We see ourselves as the utmost guardians of staff culture, core values, and our organization's constant pursuit of excellence. Our team gets to recruit and hire talented, diverse staff members and foster an organizational culture of leadership, innovation, respect, and teamwork. We also make sure that the HR administrative work (such as benefits and workforce administration) run smoothly, and create ample opportunities for staff and manager professional development.
Team Overview - People Development Team: This position sits directly on the People Development Team. The major areas of focus for PDT are below. As thought leaders in the below areas, PDT focuses on:
- Knowledge & Learning: Developing and leading in-person (centralized and team-based) and on-demand/distance-learning training experiences and customized design and facilitation services. This area of focus will help all staff get better in their roles and/or be better org citizens including front-line managers/management.
- People Partnership: Providing strategic people and management strategy support (i.e. change management, talent strategy, leadership development, performance management, etc) to both menu-based clients as well as all teams across TFA. This area of focus will help senior managers become better team leaders.
- Regional Leader Support/Development – Home Team Partnership: Supporting the development of our most senior leaders (Regional Field Executives, Executive Directors, senior Chief-of-Staffs) via targeted strategies and professional development initiatives. This area of focus will help senior leaders become better organizational leaders.
- Cycles of Inquiry: Setting up and helping facilitate strong cycles of inquiry (e.g. reporting key information, analyzing and synthesizing meaningful data, drawing actionable conclusions and formulating hypotheses to test, drafting approaches for testing those hypotheses and sharing insights) on human assets topics
- Learning Agendas: Establishing and pursuing learning questions (that stem from the cycles of inquiry) for each home team in collaboration with RFE/COS, EDs, national partners, HA, RO and OWLS; bringing external industry trends/standards into TFA
- Learning and Development: Convening and/or designing and facilitating learning opportunities (related to talent, culture, people systems) for EDs and leadership team members from across each region in the home team (typically through a monthly timely topic offering); coordinating with two People Development peers (i.e. the horizontal team) to provide people development services to regions in the home team via Customized National Supports and other baseline services
- Codifying Learning: Monitoring what we're learning and how we're doing it; collaborating with others (e.g. OWLS, EDs, national partners, etc…) to synthesize and share our learnings
- Connector: Helping to connect others within and outside of our home team for access/opportunities for learning and innovation on talent and culture strategy (region to region or region to national); coordinating with CNS providers (i.e. People Partners) and HA supports (e.g. Generalists, executive talent recruitment, etc…) to ensure strategy and support are coordinated
- Bridging: Stewarding key HA initiatives with RegOps and our respective home teams (e.g. talent philosophy and plan, revised DEI lens, expectations/aspirations, and curricula, manager expectations, etc…)
- Supporting: Serve as a partner and advisor to RFEs and their Chief of Staff when people-related challenges arise in our regions and on our teams
- Teach for America staff experience preferred but not required
- Design and facilitation experience required
- 5+ years' experience in human assets work or people-related consulting work
- High level of Emotional Intelligence (EQ), self-awareness and knowledge of own triggers
- Demonstrated ability to successfully build and manage relationships across lines of difference, with cultural competence, and with credibility
- Experience in design and facilitation of adult learning experiences
- Concrete experience building individual and systems level solutions to effectively support concrete outcomes in alignment with diversity, equity and inclusion
- Ability to analyze and act upon data in order to advise on talent and culture strategy
- Comfortable with ambiguity and able to be flexible
- Strong learning orientation; able to quickly take in and act upon new content knowledge as well as make sense of observations in region/team contexts
- Ability to travel to in-person meetings in various U.S. cities about 2x/quarter
- Occasional weekend or evening work is required.
- Bachelor's Degree Required
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