Vice President, Government Affairs (Washington, D.C.)

The Role

The Vice President of Government Affairs is responsible for leading Teach For America’s federal government outreach and strategy to enable growing access to federal funding, while decreasing or eliminating barriers to growth, sustainability, and impact of our program. The Vice President will build strong relationships with key members and staff in Congress and with contacts in the Administration, federal agencies, and other partners. The Vice President leads a team and will report directly to the SVP of Public Partnerships. He/she will work closely with our regional executive directors, the public affairs team, our CEO, our founder, and national and regional board members.

The Team

Our team’s mission is to build an understanding of educational inequity and Teach For America’s work. Our Communications sub-team generates media coverage that increases awareness of TFA and the broader movement to close the achievement gap. Our Marketing sub-team is focused on inspiring people to take action by crafting stories and sharing the experiences of our teachers, alumni, and communities through multichannel integrated marketing campaigns. And, our Strategic Initiatives and Partnerships sub-team builds and fosters strong foundational relationships within the broader coalition of individuals and organizations committed to ending educational inequity.

Qualifications:

Primary Responsibilities

  • Government Affairs:
  • Develop short- and long-term strategy to ensure that members of Congress and the Administration understand and value Teach For America’s mission and impact and lead the execution of these strategies.
  • Secure bipartisan support on the Hill and from the Administration to ensure growing access to diverse and sustainable sources of federal funding, and decrease or eliminate barriers to growth, sustainability, and impact of our program.
  • Develop strategic roadmap and cultivate excellent relationships with Members of Congress, Congressional staff, and members of the Administration to further Teach For America’s work.
  • Work with regional teams to ensure cultivation in Member districts.
  • Manage organizational engagement in key congressional events, including but not limited to, the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Annual Legislative Conference and the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute.
  • Leverage and coordinate Teach For America’s network (senior staff, corps members, alumni, funders, national and regional board members etc.) to bolster engagement of Members of Congress, the Administration and staff.
  • Organizational and Team Leadership:
  • Build, develop and retain a high performing team of direct reports
  • Work closely with VP, Policy and MD, Federal Funding to ensure our federal government outreach is aligned with our overall policy and funding strategy and to inform those approaches.
  • Engage other teams across the organization in building federal government affairs efforts, including regional executives, community partnerships, communications, office of the CEOs, diversity and inclusiveness, alumni, etc.
  • Serve as a member of the Public Partnerships leadership team, helping to set vision and direction for overall public partnerships strategy, and serve as a senior leader within the organization.

Requirements

Prior Experience

  • Minimum of eight years of relevant work experience required, particularly experience working in a Congressional office
  • Prior experience at the federal level and pre-existing knowledge of Congressional work, key players and issues required
  • Existing relationship with key players at the federal level highly preferred, particularly in education
  • Management experience highly preferred

Work Demands

  • Must be able to attend regular meetings on the Hill or elsewhere within DC to represent Teach For America
  • Must maintain consistent understanding of education policy issues and relevant current affairs

Skills

  • Exceptional strategic thinking and interpersonal communications skills
  • Highly motivated leader who excels in an entrepreneurial environment by constantly seeking new pathways and approaches
  • Comfortable making high stakes decisions under pressure; calm and centered and above-the-fray
  • Possesses the highest standards of ethics, integrity, respect and humility
  • Ability to build strong internal and external relationships
  • Ability to quickly and thoroughly grasp complexity
  • Ability to represent Teach For America externally, articulate Teach For America’s approach and impact effectively, and demonstrated success in influencing external audiences
  • Ability to cultivate, develop and retain highly effective teams, and manage team execution toward goals

Education

  • 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. For more information, please contact [email protected] or visit www.teachforamerica.org/about-us/careers.

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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