Senior Managing Director, Leadership Continuum - Apply by 12/4 (Durham, NC or surrounding areas)

The Role

Teach For America-Eastern North Carolina (ENC) seeks a Senior Managing Director, Leadership Continuum (SMD, LC) to set overall vision and direction for our region’s Continuum work. This role is critical to our efforts to maximize Teach For America’s impact in Eastern North Carolina.

The SMD, LC oversees our work to ensure we have a diverse corps, support corps members in becoming effective teachers and leaders in ENC. This person also manages the region’s largest team and must have demonstrated success managing and coaching others through multiple layers and levels. He/she must deeply embody our regional team and organizational values, be committed to engaging on issues of diversity, including race, class, and privilege, and operate in ways that honor and uplift our students and communities. To be successful, this individual must thrive in an entrepreneurial environment and possess an exceptionally high level of personal responsibility for achieving ambitious results

This position provides an unparalleled opportunity for individuals with executive management experience, strengths in relationship-building and strategic thinking skills to help maximize Teach For America’s current impact and future growth in Eastern North Carolina.

The SMD, Leadership Continuum will report directly to and work closely with the Executive Director to craft a compelling vision for our program and partner with students, families, schools, districts, community organizations and local leaders to ensure we are working with our communities to further collective impact..

The Team

Founded in 1990 as one of the first sites, Teach For America – Eastern North Carolina has approximately 260 corps members (first- and second-year teachers) reaching nearly 20,000 students. Approximately 800 alumni of Teach For America work in education and across all sectors locally. The region is supported by a funding base of over $6 million, and 36 regional staff members work to train and support corps members, strengthen relationships with local schools and districts, foster the leadership of local alumni, grow the regional funding base, and influence the prevailing ideology to ensure that we can have an even greater impact.


Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

Strategy and Executive Management (65%)

Manage, develop and team leads across the continuum teams, including:

  • Direct coaching and managing of team members, as well as managing through layers. This person will oversee the teams that make up the largest contingent of our staff
  • Ensure each program continuum sub-team is on track to meet program goals aligned with our region’s strategic plan
  • Recruit, cultivate and hire for staff positions on the program continuum team
  • Ensure team members are maximizing their individual potential and receiving professional development both to enhance their skills on staff and as part of the community effort in Eastern North Carolina
  • Create a strong culture rooted in our core values
  • Build, cultivate, and maintain partnerships with internal and external professional development partners.

Vision Setting, Partnership & Collaboration (25%)

  • Create a bold, clear, inspiring, and ambitious vision for our program work aligned to our regional vision and operating plan focused on ensuring that we are effectively partnering with staff, community organizations and schools to fight for educational equity.
  • Ensure alignment and drive execution of vision across our program continuum, through investing and mobilizing our regional team and internal and external stakeholders
  • Develop a comprehensive strategic plan for our program continuum team with outcomes and targets to achieve this vision.
  • Build catalytic partnerships, relationships, and networks
  • Ensure alignment and implementation of scope and sequence for members of our new teaching residency, and ensure alignment to the leadership continuum.
  • Foster cross-functional and collaborative partnerships with all leaders and team members within the Program Continuum (MD, Leadership Continuum, MD, CM Pipelines, and Local Leadership Teams) to ensure a seamless transition for corps members from matriculation to residency and through the corps experience.
  • Managing up to and advising the Executive Director

Regional Team Responsibilities (10%)

  • Participate in corps member selection (about 4 days total throughout the year)
  • Matriculate new corps members during 4-5 confirmation windows throughout the year
  • Staff large-scale regional events and conferences, often times for a whole day or multiple days at a time, including some Saturdays.
  • Attend and participate in all-staff meetings, retreats, small team cohorts, and step backs throughout the year



Prior Experience

7 to 10 years of relevant work experience strongly preferred

  • Demonstrates deep commitment to and belief in Teach For America’s mission, theory of change and core values
  • Demonstrates deep commitment to and belief in our students, families, and local communities and possesses knowledge of the education landscape in Eastern North Carolina
  • Proven ability to set an inspiring vision and mobilize others in support of that vision
  • Proven ability to build and leverage relationships across diverse constituents and stakeholders
  • Demonstrated success building a diverse team and fostering long term growth and development
  • Demonstrated success managing individuals and teams to achieve ambitious goals; experience managing through and across multiple layers of an organization preferred
  • Strong strategic thinking, sound judgment, including the ability to identify and create new opportunities and overcome barriers
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills, including the ability to listen and empathize with the perspectives of others

Work Demands

  • Ability to travel across the region (5-6 times per month)
  • Occasional overnight travel (3-4 times per year) required for attendance at various local and national conferences
  • Ability to work out of our regional headquarters located in Durham, North Carolina
  • Occasional weekend and evening work required


  • You are a long-term strategic thinker who develops a strong charge for our Continuum that is rooted in achieving the regional vision and designs a set of strategies & priorities to achieve it
  • Strengths in management of people and teams, with the ability to manage through multiple layers.
  • Ability to empower the leadership of your team and all regional team members.
  • Adept at managing up to the Executive Director, external partners, and community champions
  • Ability to develop systems to track progress, streamline communication, and increase the efficiency and effectiveness of team execution
  • Have an understanding and deep belief in fostering culturally responsive educators
  • Passionate about our mission and knowledge about education equity, ideally in Eastern North Carolina

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.

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

Anti-Discrimination Policy and Commitment to Diversity

Teach For America seeks individuals of all ethnic and racial 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:

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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