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Company: each For America, Inc.
Location: New Orleans
Posted on: September 13, 2020

Job Description:

Requisition: Vice President, Core Business Performance

Job Description: TEAM: Systems Learning Lab

REPORTS TO: Senior Vice President, Co-Founder, Systems Learning Lab - Kira Orange Jones

LOCATION: Flexible

THE ROLE

The Systems Learning Lab focuses on improving student outcomes by spreading systems change strategies -- and developing the leadership they require -- across Teach For America’s national network. The Lab’s co-founder, Kira Orange Jones, is also directly responsible for a small number of Teach For America regions. She seeks a skilled operator to support these regions with a range of supports, including program, talent, and fundraising, to create greater strategic alignment, consistent communication, and quality execution at the local level. This is a rare opportunity to help a cohort of extraordinary leaders effectively fulfill their regional strategies and maximize Teach For America’s mission locally.

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’s (TFA) mission is to find, develop, and support a diverse network of leaders committed to expanding opportunities for children from classrooms, schools, and every sector and field that shapes the broader systems in which schools operate. We are seeking individuals who align with our mission, core values, and commitment to Diversity Equity & Inclusiveness and are ready to join us in this global movement.

Qualifications: THE PERSON

The Vice President (VP), Core Business Support will partner with the Lab’s co-founder to manage the daily operations of a small cohort of TFA regions. This includes recruiting and mentoring staff, advancing talent priorities, managing progress toward key performance indicators, and securing needed support from different parts of the national organization to drive local impact. The VP will also partner with the Lab’s co-founder on a variety of special projects that arise from her coaching with the Executive Directors of these regional teams. Specifically, the VP, Core Business Support is accountable for: Providing regional Executive Directors (EDs) participating in the Lab with day-to-day management support as they work toward regional goals and strategies (50%) Acts as a Performance Coach to develop EDs and their leadership teams (LTs) as they strengthen the core competencies needed to meet their organizational/regional goals.

Identifies the strengths and unique talents of each of the 9 EDs and helps EDs leverage those strengths to thrive

Supports change management as the organization and eco-system evolves, ensuring EDs have the information, communication, and access to resources needed to adapt as our world continuously changes

Develops EDs skills in managing through layers to achieve ambitious outcomes

Supports regional teams in Board and stakeholder management

Supports regional teams in advancing Corps Member and staff outcomes

Ensuring clear communication, successful strategic alignment, and integration between participating regions (25%) Creates the conditions where network learning can flourish between EDs, LTs, and other stakeholders. Identifies and creates opportunities for shared learning around core business priorities between regions

Identifies and facilitates opportunities to connect EDs and their teams with existing, formal and informal expertise and resources within the national organization, across regions, and the broader TFA ecosystem to accelerate adult effectiveness and student learning

Leading special projects that arise from the co-founder’s coaching of regional Executive Directors (25%) Supports improved performance potential without formal reporting or managing lines. The right person for this role should be comfortable influencing and coaching colleagues whom they do not directly manage towards outcomes and have the experience and emotional quotient to successfully navigate in the space between Managers and Direct Reports

Adds short-term senior leadership capacity to regional teams during transitions and crises

THE MUST-HAVES

The VP, Core Business Performance is a champion of our regions’ local efforts to realize Teach For America’s mission and works to ensure that regional teams have the support they need from the Lab and the rest of the national organization to drive impact. The VP is a problem solver, thought partner, conduit, process builder, and cheerleader.

Specifically, the VP, Core Business Support will have: 10+ years of experience working in management or strategy consulting or an operations role for a large national nonprofit organization or in the private sector

Deep knowledge of strategic planning, financial planning, fundraising, financial planning, and talent management and development

Demonstrated experience successfully managing and coaching across differences.

Specific prior experience (re)designing processes to maximize efficiency and minimize disruption to ongoing efforts

Prior experience coaching and supporting executives in their own leadership development is a plus

Prior experience with Teach For America a plus

A bachelor’s degree or higher from an accredited institution

THE TEAM

The Challenge

On average, low-income students in America are less than half as likely to be proficient in reading and math than their higher-income peers and the average gap in test scores is virtually unchanged since 2003. This disparity reflects a startling gap in access to high-quality public schools, which research shows is one of a few key determinants of upward mobility in America alongside other systemic factors including less residential segregation and income inequality.

Across the country, a number of high-poverty school systems are improving outcomes for students at scale. These include many communities where Teach For America has had a strong presence, including the District of Columbia, New Orleans, Chicago, and Newark, among others. From these exemplars, many isolated insights have emerged about which specific policy levers can improve student achievement. However, the field continues to lack a coherent understanding of the catalysts of system-wide progress that can be scaled to regions across the country. Specifically, the field lacks an understanding of the personal leadership capabilities of those driving change, as well as the environments and conditions around those leaders that enabled their impact.

Given its scale, Teach For America is in a unique position to identify and spread systems change strategies and develop greater strategic clarity across its many regions and network. For more than 20 years, Teach For America has had a firsthand window into what works - and what doesn’t - in expanding opportunity for children across more than 50 regions nationwide. Yet, many current regions struggle to accurately diagnose challenges in their own policy and practice landscapes, and those that do often overlook systems change solutions that already exist elsewhere in the country, often within our own network.

The Opportunity

The Systems Learning Lab Impact Unit exists to remedy this challenge by developing leaders’ strategic clarity and facilitating reflection and learning across TFA’s many contexts, as well as by encouraging the greater exchange of knowledge with leaders in the field more broadly. The mission of the Lab is to develop Teach For America’s leaders - and the field at large - to practice bold, rigorous, and courageous systems-level leadership in pursuit of transformational change and Teach For America’s 10-year goal: that by 2030, twice as many children in communities where we work will reach key educational milestones indicating they are on a path to economic mobility and a future filled with possibility.

We pursue this mission through three related strategies: Leveraging the insights of a small cohort of regions deeply involved with the Lab to achieve greater understanding among Teach For America’s national network of the drivers of systems change - and the leadership development required to catalyze that change - through rigorous reflection and analysis.

Developing new tools and services that apply to diverse contexts and can build capacity among additional segments of TFA leaders across the country to organize their people, time, and money around efforts known or likely to foment systems change.

Increasing Teach For America’s leaders’ exposure to and participation in the national conversation on systems change through convenings, thought leadership, and technical assistance.

THE PERKS

By joining staff , you join a network of individuals committed to pursuing equity for all students and developing themselves as professionals in the process. We as an organization value the longevity of our employees and offer a comprehensive and competitive benefits plan. The salary for this position is also competitive and depends on your prior work experience. Please be advised, you will have an opportunity to discuss salary in more detail after you begin the application process.

WE ARE DEEPLY COMMITTED TO DIVERSITY, EQUITY & INCLUSIVENESS

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.

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.

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.

NEXT STEPS

Interested in this position? Apply now! Scroll down to the bottom of the page to find the link to the online application. If you still have questions regarding the role, feel free to contact our recruitment team at StaffHiring@teachforamerica.org or visit www.teachforamerica.org/about-us/careers .

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