Vice President, Organizational Learning (Flexible)

The Role

As the Vice President of Organizational Learning, you will lead our efforts to grow a robust organization-wide learning model that positions Teach For America (TFA) as a continuously improving organization. Specifically, you will work with senior leaders across the organization to evolve our vision for organizational learning and development, including building a robust knowledge management system and advancing our organization-wide learning agenda. To achieve this vision, you will lead and manage the Organizational Learning subteam, a team with a wide range of skill sets necessary to execute against this vision. This position is a unique opportunity for a creative, visionary and strategic change leader with the ability to set a vision in a large and complex organization, experience in driving change collaboratively, problem-solving and analytical skills, exceptional verbal and written communication skills, strong management experience, and demonstrated success leading a team. The role will report directly to the Senior Vice President of Organization-Wide Learning & Strategy.

The Team

The Vice President, Organizational Learning is part of the Org-Wide Learning and Strategy (OWLS) team. OWLS is the national team charged with helping TFA grow into a world-class learning organization. OWLS does this by building a cohesive vision for a thriving, self-sufficient learning model encompassing the entire TFA network and then developing and implementing the strategy to achieve that vision. This means evolving data, analysis, and reporting to optimize learning and insights across the organization, creating the infrastructure and processes for all staff to actively contribute to shared learning and innovation, directly conducting research around TFA’s most pressing organizational questions and creating a center of excellence in adult learning.

The OWLS team, the umbrella team to the Organizational Learning subteam, is responsible for the following key functions:

  • Developing and driving towards a robust organization-wide learning model that ensures TFA is a true continuous improvement organization and operating at peak organizational effectiveness;
  • Determining and effectively measuring key outcomes, shaping the technical systems to capture necessary information; conducting reporting and analysis to share outcomes and influence strategy decisions;
  • Empowering all TFA staff members to bring forward innovations and knowledge as well as leverage the current data and learnings to accelerate progress toward our topline organizational goals;
  • Building a world-class center of expertise in the art and science of how adults learn, adapt, and change in ways that align with TFA’s mission and vision;
  • Conducting “deep-dive” analyses of 8-10 TFA regions per year and analyzing the impact of TFA in our communities, the biggest opportunities we can leverage in our external landscape, and glean key findings that can lead to new strategies and innovations;
  • Catalyzing organizational learning and development to accelerate progress toward TFA’s strategic direction and ensuring regional and national teams are better equipped to shape and align strategy and resources; and
  • Building robust knowledge management systems that capture and effectively share all of this knowledge with the TFA network.

Although the OWLS team is newly established, it brings together a mix of previously existing and new teams under one umbrella to align the entire organization around an evolving organization-wide learning agenda. This is a strategic component of a larger reorganization of TFA designed to move away from a centralized national learning model and, instead, leverage the scale and diversity of its network to focus on learning and innovation community-by-community across the nation

Qualifications:

Primary Responsibilities

  • Catalyze organizational learning and development through designing and implementing an organization-wide learning agenda that cultivates collective learning on our organization’s most pressing questions so that we are more rapidly making progress toward TFA’s near-term priorities and long-term vision
  • Evolve our approach to external research to leverage external thinking, proactively build an external narrative, and add external expertise/capacity to internal improvement efforts
  • Work with senior leaders across the organization to shape, evolve, and implement a vision for organizational learning and development, including building a robust knowledge management system, which ensures regions are better equipped to shape and align strategy and resources
  • Build knowledge management structures (tech, non-tech, etc.) that allow the TFA network to access this knowledge in a manner that empowers and fosters both individual and collective learning
  • Ensure that organizational learning and accompanying knowledge management systems are both strongly informed by and strongly inform our strategic priorities and fundamental strategic questions
  • Lead a team of 10-15 people who execute against this vision
  • Attract, retain, and develop the talent we need to achieve this vision and sustain a thriving team culture
  • Work with your fellow OWLS Leadership Team members to identify synergies between our four subteams and ultimately, a vision for the collective charge of the OWLS team

Requirements

Prior experience

  • 8-10 years of exceptional performance in strategy, research, consulting, or similar roles with a minimum of 3-5 years of management experience, including managing through layers (i.e., managing other managers)
  • Proven impact in organizational learning (e.g., leading an organizational learning team in a large organization), research (e.g. program evaluation and/or academic research), and/or knowledge management (e.g., creating a knowledge management system in a large organization) preferred

Skills

  • Ability to effectively set vision and direction related to organizational learning in a large and complex organization
  • Proven success in attracting, retaining, and developing talent and sustaining a thriving team culture
  • Proven success in managing a team to strong outcomes, including managing through layers
  • Ability to drive cross-functional change by working collaboratively in dynamic organizational environments
  • Distinctive skill in understanding complex organizational problems, disaggregating and analyzing them, and synthesizing the resulting learnings into actionable recommendations
  • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills, including ability to construct a narrative for a variety of audiences at all levels
  • Deep and demonstrated commitment to Teach For America’s mission, core values, and our commitment to diversity and inclusiveness
  • Thrives on feedback and hungry to continually learn, improve, and help others grow

Work demands

  • Working with colleagues across the country leveraging remote technologies (e.g., phone, videoconference, etc.)
  • Periodic travel for in-person collaboration (less than 30% on average)

Education

  • Bachelor’s degree required
  • Relevant advanced degree (Master’s, MBA, PhD, etc.,) strongly preferred

Apply Now

To be considered for this role, you must submit a short online application. Please scroll down to the bottom of the page to find the link to the online application. Only a resume is required (no cover letter is necessary).

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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