Director, Community & District Partnerships, Teach For America

Posted by on December 04, 2011

Director, Community & District Partnerships, Teach For America

Posted on: November 18, 2011

Position Summary

As we continue to expand our impact in Greater Philadelphia, we are seeking a Director of Community & District Partnerships to ensure that our growth, community, district & school relationships, and corps member placement strategy maximizes the opportunity for student achievement in the region. The Director of Community & District Partnerships will help shape and drive relationships with partner schools, districts, and community/advocacy groups. In addition, the Director of Community & District Partnerships will support the development of and monitor the execution of a robust corps member placement strategy as we work to expand our corps member impact in the Greater Philadelphia region. The Director of Community & District Partnerships will report to the Managing Director, Community & District Partnerships of Teach For America-Greater Philadelphia.

About Teach For America

Teach For America is the national corps of top recent college graduates who commit to teach for at least two years in urban and rural public schools and become lifelong leaders in the effort to expand educational opportunity. Our mission is to build the movement to eliminate educational inequity by enlisting the nation’s most promising future leaders in the effort.

At the start of the 2011-2012 school year, more than 9,000 first- and second-year Teach For America corps members began teaching in 43 regions across the United States. Since 1990, Teach For America corps members have reached more than three million students. Nearly 24,000 Teach For America alumni are working in education and many other fields, where they continue to advocate for students and families in low-income communities. While only one in six corps members was interested in the teaching profession before joining Teach For America, nearly two-thirds of its alumni remain in the field of education.

Teach For America’s culture and work is grounded in and guided by a deep commitment to pursuing true transformational change for students growing up in low-income communities. It is a leadership development organization – committed to fostering staff members, corps members and alumni who establish a clear and bold vision for the future, set measurable and ambitious goals, work purposefully and strategically to achieve that vision, always operate with a deep sense of possibility and with perseverance, and define broadly what is within its control to solve. It is an organization committed to its people, to diversity and inclusion, and to operating with respect and humility toward the other important people and organizations working to advance the cause of educational excellence for all children.

We are a high-growth, outcomes-oriented organization, with a $220 million budget and over 1,500 staff. In 2011, we were named a Fortune 100 Best Company to Work For. We operate in an entrepreneurial environment, maintain focus on quantitative measures, and are committed to continuous improvement.

Greater Philadelphia Team Overview

Founded in 2003, Teach For America-Greater Philadelphia has more than 300 corps members reaching more than 24,000 students in Philadelphia and Camden public schools. Additionally, over 800 alumni are working from all sectors to close the achievement gap in the area. The region is supported by a funding base of over $7 million, and approximately 30 regional staff members work to train and support corps members, continually strengthen relationships with local schools and districts, foster the leadership of local alumni, and continue to grow the regional funding base to ensure that Teach For America can have an even greater impact.


Principal Cultivation and School Partnership Development

Establish strong relationships with principals and invest them in our goals in order to facilitate effective school placements, while actively working to understand their goals and where we can add value for them
Develop strong relationship with the Teacher Leadership Development(TLD) team and develop a scope and sequence of training to coach and develop our Managers, Teacher Leadership Development (MTLDs) to effectively cultivate principals
Design and execute data-driven principal cultivation strategies that build long-term sustainability/partnerships for the region
Identify opportunities for strategic partnerships and initiatives with schools that will drive us towards our mission of building the movement to eliminate educational inequity in Greater Philadelphia

Placement Planning

Create and manage project plan for placement process
Develop placement strategies for each of our district/charter partners
Plan and manage key placement events
Develop messaging for any placement related issues, such as first year commitment questions, re-bidding of positions, placement changes, etc.
Develop tools/materials to coach and develop Managers, Teacher Leadership Development for placement-related work streams

District/Charter Relationships

Cultivating relationships and alliances (along with the Managing Director, Community & District Partnerships, and other regional leaders) with advocacy organizations, and other external stake-holders and community groups to build positive champions of our work
Build strong relationships with district HR/placement contacts to facilitate effective school placements
Influence placement process with placement partners to maximize goals and leveraging placement criteria (e.g. clustering, ratio of high-need vs. non high-need)


Candidate Profile and Experience Prerequisites

Bachelor’s degree required
Minimum 5-7 years professional work experience
Proven record of achieving ambitious results
Proven ability to build and leverage relationships toward successful outcomes, build consensus, even in the face of competing priorities
Excellent organization, detail-orientation and project management skills
Ability to thrive in results-oriented, fast-paced and entrepreneurial environment
Ability to work flexibly and balance both long-term and short-term projects
Exceptional strategic-thinking and operational skills
Strong communication and interpersonal skills
Strong results orientation with proven record of achieving ambitious goals
Commitment to working closely with diverse communities

Benefits and Salary

Salary for this position is competitive and depends on prior experience. In addition, a comprehensive benefits package is included.

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.

Application Requirements and Process

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Please submit your resume and one-page cover letter with your application.

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