Initiative Manager @ Teach Kansas City

Posted 1 year ago

The Opportunity

Bring your talents to TEACH.org and help revolutionize the teaching profession in the Kansas City area.

On a day-to-day basis, you will support the TEACH Kansas City initiative to elevate the perception of the teaching profession and recruit high-quality candidates to become teachers.This initiative includes a variety of partners, including: TEACH.org, local school districts and educator preparation programs (EPPs), funders, and other regional stakeholders.

In any given week, you will wear many hats: you might create and manage project plans, work with regional partners to identify innovative opportunities, collaborate with the TEACH.org web development and content teams, create and refine interventions to better identify and support prospective teachers, and anything else required to keep this initiative on track and successful. This role is perfect for someone who is an extremely organized people-person with a “find a way to get it done” orientation. No challenge is too daunting and no task too ordinary, if it matters for the success of the initiative.

You’ll report directly to TEACH.org’s Director of Regional Initiatives, and join a nimble, close-knit team to manage and continually optimize the TEACH Kansas City initiative to achieve successful outcomes. You will be the local voice of TEACH.org and represent the organization at a variety of events and partner convenings. You will nurture existing relationships as well as develop new ones, which may involve traveling to meet partners for in-person meetings. The national TEACH.org team will rely on you and your knowledge of the Kansas City metro area to provide unique insights that help inform how programming is adapted for the KC audience.

We also know submitting online applications can be impersonal, so feel free to contact us directly and learn more: careers (@) teach.org. We can’t wait to hear from you!

Background

About TEACH.org

TEACH.org is the nation’s only nonprofit with a mission to rebrand the teaching profession as a top career choice and recruit the next generation of talented, diverse educators. TEACH.org began as an initiative of the U.S. Department of Education to address a national teacher shortage and became an independent 501(c)(3) in 2015.

TEACH.org receives tens of millions of dollars each year in donated ad placements, reaching millions around the country with an ad campaign that rebrands teaching. This ad campaign drives visitors to an online one-stop-shop, which is focused on a central challenge: how to inspire people to commit to teaching and support their steps to enter the profession, so we can increase the share of that population that ultimately becomes a teacher.

To harness the impact of its ad campaign and online platform, TEACH.org executes state- or metro area recruitment initiatives, in partnership with local partners and stakeholders. As Sr. Associate of TEACH Kansas City, you will primarily support partner relationships and programs in Kansas City, but potentially support other regions as well. As you help ensure the success of TEACH Kansas City, you’ll also play a leading role in building a model that can be replicated across the country.

About TEACH.org’s Regional Initiatives

The purpose of our regional initiatives (e.g., TeachDFW, TEACH Kansas City, TEACH for Houston) is to raise the profile of teaching in these metro areas and attract more talent into the profession. This is accomplished through a regional ad campaign, a direct outreach campaign on college and high school campuses, digital media, online experiences, a Talk-to-a-Teacher program, and events and programming that expose prospects to teaching. These resources aim to inspire prospective teachers to join the profession, dispel misperceptions, and support the steps they need to take to enter the profession (i.e., get training, finance the training program, earn a professional credential, find a job). To see what a regional digital website looks like, we encourage you to visit www.teachkansascity.org.

While each regional initiative varies based on local context and the capacity of our local partners, TEACH.org typically directly oversees the PSA campaign and digital recruiting platform, while the regional anchor partner is the primary convener of the local stakeholder group, meaning the school districts, educator preparation programs (EPPs), and other key stakeholders in the region.

Responsibilities

  • Support the day-to-day operations of TEACH Kansas City using expert project management skills to keep all stakeholders aligned, organized, and focused on highest impact workstreams
  • Manage and grow EPP and district relationships by providing ongoing support for programmatic implementation with a strong orientation to delivering outcomes and excellent client services
  • Lead meetings and deliver presentations to EPP and district partners in order to announce new product features, review insights, and/or brainstorm new ways to collaborate around recruitment
  • Directly collaborate with EPP partners / recruitment staff to conduct outreach and get more prospects to apply to their programs, leveraging multiple channels (email, web, offline events and collateral, etc.)
  • Directly collaborate with district partners to identify and encourage their students and staff to consider the teaching profession (e.g., implementation of the High School Career Interest Survey or outreach out paraprofessionals)
  • Use regional data to monitor progress towards goals and propose recommendations for refining goals and optimizing performance to maximize results
  • Leverage regional context and relationships to identify, prioritize, and pursue opportunities to innovate and build upon the existing regional initiative to increase the impact of regional initiatives
  • Support anchor partners in managing partner school districts and EPPs to distribute outreach materials provided by TEACH.org (digitally and offline) to reach as many high school and college students as possible and subscribe them to the regional initiative email and social media channels

Requirements

Experiences

  • 2 to 4 years as a project or program manager of a complex, multi-stakeholder, effort resulting in strong measurable outcomes
  • Successful track record in managing a diverse group of internal and external stakeholders
  • Ideal candidates will also possess experience in early-stage organizations, teaching, the K-12 education system, digital marketing, talent recruitment, sales/account management, public-private partnerships, and/or online products and services
  • Bachelor’s degree required

Skills

  • Superb written and verbal communication abilities
  • Stellar organization and project management (preference for experience working with Jira or other similar software)
  • Outstanding meeting planning and facilitation skills, with a keen eye towards clear and actionable follow through
  • Excellent collaboration skills with strong orientation toward giving and receiving feedback
  • Thrive in ambiguous situations and aren’t intimidated by having to “build the plane while flying it”

Work & Travel Orientation

  • Able to work independently in a remote capacity, while remaining looped in with the team
  • Able and willing to travel locally (within the Kansas City metro area) frequently in order to engage with local stakeholders

Job Types: Part-time, Contract

Salary: $45.00 to $60.00 /hour

Experience:

  • project / program management: 2 years (Preferred)
  • education sector: 1 year (Preferred)

Education:

  • Bachelor’s (Required)

Location:

  • Kansas City, MO (Required)

Contract Renewal:

  • Possible

Full Time Opportunity:

  • Yes

Work Location:

  • Fully Remote
  • On the road

Benefits:

  • Flexible schedule

Working days:

  • Monday
  • Tuesday
  • Wednesday
  • Friday
  • Thursday

Hours per week:

  • 20-29

Typical start time:

  • 10AM

Typical end time:

  • 6PM

Schedule:

  • Monday to Friday

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