Vice President, Collective Leadership (Flexible; NYC or Chicago preferred)
As the Vice President, Collective Leadership, you will lead critical efforts in supporting and learning with regions in the advancement of collective leadership and alumni mobilization efforts across the network and in establishing and advancing a national point of view on alumni leadership development rooted in our organization-wide Theory of Leadership Development. This Vice President works in deep and close partnership with the VP, Engagement who oversees efforts to design and implement programmatic efforts to engage the national base and direct to constituent resources and services.
As the VP, Collective Leadership you are responsible for setting vision and charge for the optimal ways in which the national CLE team can partner with regions through our learning organization infrastructure to ensure that over time many more of our regions are able to engage in rigorous planning, implementation and learning in relation to collective leadership advancement across the continuum. In partnership with Program Partners, the VP will be working to help encourage regional innovation, support learning from iteration, document and share discoveries and successes from across the network.
Excellence in this role requires knowledge and perspective on the unique value add of Teach For America in fueling the movement for educational equity with extraordinary and diverse talent. To lead this work well, you must be a visionary and energetic leader with strong skills in planning, and executing. You are an expert in the leadership required in the pursuit of educational equity and are able to leverage scholarly research and Teach For America's program data (national and regional) and information to drive strategy. You are strategic, organized and systems-oriented. You excel at building relationships, engaging effectively, executing complex projects that require creativity and innovation, and influencing others to outcomes. You are a partner to your team members, both inspiring excellence and supporting and developing them to have optimal outcomes.
The charge of the Collective Leadership & Engagement (CLE) Team is to unleash the power of the Teach For America national alumni network by enabling alumni collective leadership and mobilization to advance educational equity.
We pursue this charge by focusing on:
- National Base - Providing direct to constituent resources and services. Design and implement scalable platforms, resources, programs, and services for the 50,000+ Alumni Nationally fostering the national TFA alumni network
- Support & Learn with Regions - Partnering with regions to contextualize alumni efforts, learn, and build regional capacity. Leveraging the scale and diversity of the network of regions, learn and contribute to knowledge management in pursuit of alumni breakthrough outcomes.
- Experience Across the Continuum - Researching and holding a point of view on alumni leadership development and advancement. Partnering internally to ensure our people have a coherent experience from prospect to alumni
Provide expertise in collective leadership & action to Home Teams (cohorts of TFA regions), alumni staff in regions, and the network as a whole
- With SVP and experts internally and externally, formulate and evolve CLE's point of view, strategy, and the elements that drive a thriving alumni network
- Collaborate with our in-house Leadership Development team to incorporate collective leadership learnings and insights to our Leadership Development theory and frameworks.
- Serve as our internal expert on collective leadership and action and lend that expertise to regions on a consultative basis through Program Partners.
- Program Partners work within Home Teams (cohorts of regions) and are responsible for facilitating cycles of learning and the advancement of data-driven innovation in regions. Program Partners may also provide advice and coaching to regions which is also to be aligned with national programs theories, frameworks and resources. Therefore, the VP works closely with Program Partners to ensure they are equipped with the best resources and information from the CLE team in order for them to do their work of facilitating learning and supporting regional effectiveness and impact.
- The VP also collaborates with Program Partners in capturing knowledge and insights emerging from learning cycles and feeding them back into the CLE strategy, so that our perspective evolves and our resources to regions are aligned with the most pressing and relevant issues and needs.
- Partner with Org-Wide Learning & Strategy (OWLS) team on research related to collective leadership and action. This may include participating in regional reviews, leading or co-leading studies on alumni impact, ensuring key findings emerging from learning cycles are being captured and properly accounted for in our knowledge management systems, ensuring the CLE team is leveraging OWLS resources and other efforts related to ensuring CLE's data and information are up to date and that we're actively involved and supportive of the evolution of theories and strategies regarding collective leadership and impact.
- With SVP, represent TFA in Teach For All (TFAll) collective leadership efforts (e.g., communities of practice across TFAll)
- Designs scope and sequence of alumni facing staff Professional Learning Community. This PLC is a critical lever in our internal strategy of communicating the CLE work and partnership with regions.
- Primary partner with VP, Regional Operations Partner who is responsible for working with regions in setting contextualized regional visions that re co-created with alumni and set regions up for advancing the collective leadership of their alumni.
- As a member of the CLE Leadership Team, the VP, Collective Leadership manages and influences peers and sub-teams to outcomes, including but not limited to integrating the Theory of Leadership and Leadership Development Framework into our sub-team strategies, and telling the story of the collective leadership and impact of our alumni through media such as One Day Magazine and other marketing and communications channels.
Collaboration and Partnership Across Teams
- Build strong relationships with colleagues and partners across the network in order to effectively lead and manage cross-team projects.
- Collaborate with others across Regional Operations and CLE in staying connected to the Leadership for Educational Excellence (LEE) organization, which also serves Teach For America alumni, to actively pursue points of intersection and potential collaboration.
Contributions to Organizational Leadership
- Contribute to a strong team culture rooted in the organizational core values and our commitments to diversity, equity, and inclusiveness.
- Steward the organizational strategy, priorities, and advance impact toward breakthrough results.
- 10 + years of professional experience
- Strong understanding of Teach For America alumni
- Ability to build strong relationships and credibility with diverse stakeholders
- Experience navigating nuanced partnerships and establishing positive relationships with peer organizations
- Proven track record of success in setting vision and direction
- Knowledge of adult learning and leadership development and community building frameworks preferred
- Knowledge of situational leadership framework preferred
- Knowledge of collective leadership frameworks and research highly preferred
Ability to travel to in-person meetings in various U.S. cities, approximately once a month. Occasional weekend or evening work is required.
- Vision Setting, Strategy and Planning Skills
- Ability to set vision, charge and strategy for team and projects independently but collaboratively
- Ability to inspire team and others to action through clear articulation of organizational mission, vision, strategic direction and role of team in that context
- Innovative and urgent approach to goal setting and execution
- Ability to set appropriate goals and relevant metrics for team and individual team members
- Excellent judgment and effective prioritization
- Ability to create effective, efficient, and prioritized plans (and contingency plans) to guide the teams work and lead to outcomes
- Strong critical thinking skills and ability proactively identify opportunities and problems
- Ability to develop and cultivate effective relationships with diverse internal and external stakeholders and support them in contributing to a shared goal
- Creative and responsive approach to team direction and execution toward outcomes
- Effective situational leadership skills to manage peers and others to outcomes with varying levels of experience
To be considered for this role, you must submit an online application, respond to a short answer question and upload a work sample. For a work sample, please share one document that showcases your experience in strategic planning or facilitation of learning. If necessary, provide a short description or context for the document. The document can be in formats including any Microsoft Office application or PDF.Please scroll down to the bottom of the page to find the link to the online application. For more information, please contact [email protected] or visit www.teachforamerica.org/about-us/careers.
About the Organization
There are more than 16 million children growing up in poverty in the U.S., and less than 10 percent of them will graduate from college. These statistics are not a reflection of our children's potential; we know that children growing up in poverty can and do achieve at the highest levels. Rather, these statistics reflect the systemic lack of access and opportunity for children in low-income communities.
Teach For America (TFA) finds, develops, and supports an ever-expanding network of outstanding and diverse leaders committed to expanding opportunity for children in schools, school systems, and in every sector and field that shapes the context in which schools operate. Representing the diversity of America and sharing the experience of having taught successfully in our most challenging public schools, TFA corps members and alumni form a network of change agents inside and outside of education who are grounded in the tremendous potential of our most underserved children and connected to families and communities impacted by educational inequity.
Founded by Wendy Kopp in 1989, Teach For America has since expanded to 36 states and 53 regions, reaching more than 10 million students. Now 53,000 strong and growing each year, the TFA community is leading across all sectors, including as teachers, school and school system leaders, elected officials, policy and advocacy organizers, social entrepreneurs, and business and civic leaders. We support the individual and collective leadership of this network as they work hand-in-hand with students, families, and allies in the effort to realize educational equity and excellence for children across the nation.
Our Core Values:
Our core values define who we are at our best and guide our work together.
- Pursue Equity: We work to change practices, structures, and policies to realize educational equity for all children. As we do so, we actively examine our roles in perpetuating inequitable systems.
- Strengthen Community: We assume responsibility for our collective strength by developing relationships, building diverse and inclusive coalitions, and challenging one another to be our best. We act with empathy and extend grace to ourselves and others.
- Achieve Impact: We pursue ambitious, meaningful outcomes that lead to access and opportunity for all children. We hold ourselves to high standards, make data-informed decisions, and orient to long-term success.
- Choose Courage: We act on our beliefs and values, especially when it's hard. We center our efforts on the aspirations of our students and their families.
- Act with Humility: We acknowledge the limitations of our perspectives. We seek different points of view and historical context to evolve our thinking and actions.
- Demonstrate Resilience: We see every challenge as an opportunity to think expansively about solutions. When faced with obstacles, we deepen our resolve, adapt, and persist with optimism.
- Learn Continuously: We operate with curiosity and embrace new ideas to innovate and constantly improve. We take informed risks and learn from successes, setbacks, and each other.
Diversity, Equity and Inclusiveness at the Center of Our Mission
At Teach For America, we aspire to embody the commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusiveness we envision for our nation. Unequal access to opportunity along lines of race, class, and other aspects of identity has deep roots in American history, and institutional racism and classism contribute to inequitable access to educational opportunity in our country today. Therefore, understanding race, class, and the intersectional nature of oppression along these and other lines is critical to eliminating educational inequity and creating an education system in which all students can flourish.
Realizing educational equity and excellence will take a broad and diverse coalition of people—of diverse races, ethnicities, socioeconomic statuses, genders, sexual orientations, abilities, political views, and other aspects of identity and spheres of influence—united around a common purpose and shared values. We know that the change effort must be shaped by those of us who are most directly impacted by educational inequity. We also know that progress is only possible if each of us works effectively across lines of difference—with students, parents, partners, and each other—and if each of us understands and leverages the assets we bring to this work based on our identities and life experiences.
This understanding guides our strategy as we pursue our mission, and impacts how we allocate resources to recruit, select, train, support, retain, and engage corps members, alumni, and staff. In all we do, we act on the following beliefs.
→ Diversity is crucial for successful change efforts and is one of Teach For America's greatest strengths.
→ The full potential of our diverse network will be reached only when we are an inclusive community.
→ The predictability of success or failure for our students or individuals in our organization should not correlate with any social, cultural or other identity-based factors.
In striving to grow as individuals who lead with a commitment to diversity, equity and inclusiveness, we focus on:
- Understanding of self and self in relation to others. We examine our worldview and experiences to understand how they're influenced by power, privilege, oppression, and biases. As we deepen our understanding of self in relation to others, we seek out diverse perspectives and experiences to challenge our assumptions and expand our perspectives.
- Understanding and interrupting systemic racism, classism, and other forms of oppression. We understand that our society and education system have been shaped by multiple forms of oppression, in particular racism and classism. We understand the role and impact of unconscious bias in establishing low expectations for children's capabilities, and we also see this play out in the workplace. Therefore, we commit to work together `to envision and implement new ways of operating that disrupt these systems and practices.
- Working toward equity. We leverage this understanding to surface and interrupt inequitable practices in our schools as well as within our organization. In classrooms, we are committed to ensuring all students have the necessary resources, supports, and academic preparation they need to ensure full agency in their lives. In our organization, we're committed to allocating our resources and setting organizational policies, systems, and practices to reduce and eliminate gaps in experience and outcomes by demographic group.
- Building inclusive coalitions. We recruit and retain a corps and staff that reflects the inclusive coalition we need representing our nation. Simultaneously, we ensure those of us who have faced educational inequity shape our direction. We intentionally build authentic relationships across lines of difference; facilitate honest and productive conflict among diverse groups; create structures, policies, and processes that enable this effort; and value the diversity of ideas and perspectives required in this effort.
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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