Manager, Strategic Initiatives @ Teach for America Kansas City

Posted 2 years ago
Manager, Strategic Initiatives – Apply by May 17th
TEAM: Teach For America Kansas City
REPORTS TO: Director, External Affairs
LOCATION: Kansas City

Teach For America Kanas City seeks a Manager, Strategic Initiatives who will work closely with the Executive Director and the Director, External Affairs to launch a new collaboration between TFA and Sprint’s 1 Million Project (1MP), aiming to increase at-home internet access for high school students directly or indirectly served by TFA corps members and alumni across the country. The ideal candidate will thrive in an entrepreneurial, fast-paced environment and is motivated by achieving ambitious results.  They will also be highly self-organized and collaborative with a strong ability to build relationships (oftentimes virtually) and influence others to achieve outcomes. The Manager, Strategic Initiatives will create and execute against strategies for device distribution (e.g. cell phone, tablet, hot spot, etc.) and device usage amongst low-income high school students served by TFA in Kansas City and in a number of other cities across the country in which TFA operates. The Manager, Strategic Initiatives will lead recruitment efforts for teachers and students to participate in this program, manage temporary staff in key target markets, travel and make pitches directly to groups of promising candidates, and motivate TFA staff in regional field offices to help advance these efforts. The position will report directly to Director, External Affairs while also working closely with the Executive Director.
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 opportunity 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.
Develop and Execute Strategy for the 1 Million Project/TFA Collaboration (70%)Create strategies designed to distribute 10,000 devices to low-income high school students served in proximity to TFA teachers and to ensure that these devices are used regularly (2G/month) by studentsBuild strong external relationships with other TFA regional staff, CMs and alumni who may be involved in connecting 1MP devices to low-income high school students who need themNetwork with TFA regional staff, CMs and alumni in person and virtually toward the end of cultivating strong candidates for and champions of the 1MP/TFA collaboration.Lead a team of remote, part-time, in-market consultants toward a common, shared vision of excellence and towards ambitious yet achievable program goalsEvaluate program outcomes routinely with the aim of constantly improving performance and adjusting strategy as needed in the early months of this program launchDevelop systems to track and manage execution of this service offeringCoordinate all major internal and external communications regarding the 1MP/TFA partnershipBuild out and manage programmatic elements of the 1MP/TFA collaborationCollaborate with regional TFA staff across the country to ensure that the 1MP/TFA collaboration supports TFA corps member and alumni culture strategies already being executedCreate and manage mass communications to stakeholders of this partnershipCreate reports used by the Executive Director to manage the relationship with Sprint and to report on our progress to dateLiaise with employees of Sprint’s 1MP directly in order to execute on the established goals Design, Coordinate and Execute Professional Development (20%)Design, promote and facilitate virtual and in person group professional development on relevant topics for teachers and students on the use of mobile technology to advance instruction and learningRoutinely collect, analyze and share data as to the effectiveness of the professional development sessions Execute Regional Team Responsibilities (10%)Participate fully in KC Regional Team meetings, events and dutiesParticipate in regional and national efforts for the recruitment, selection, and matriculation of new corps members 
A results-oriented problem-solver. You set inspiring goals based on current reality and an inspiring and aspirational vision of where we want to go. Your decisions are driven by data, and you stay focused on your ambitious goals regardless of the day-to-day challenges you might encounter. You consistently track your progress, step back from where you have succeeded and where you have fallen short, and adjust course to better drive towards meeting the goals you have set for yourself. You have a demonstrated record of success in your work despite obstacles.
A strategic communicator. You work across multiple stakeholders to ensure consistency and quality of internal and external communications and you can easily take an idea, build upon it, and execute it at a high level. You can weave a story from a list of key points or you can take a large-scale idea and communicate its essential content effectively, and you are able to accurately determine what is required in a particular context.
A catalytic relationship builder and connector. You can quickly forge strong, trusting relationships with diverse sets of people and readily inspire others to action. You are naturally empathetic, can quickly understand people’s needs and aspirations, and can leverage this strength to push through and beyond tension towards alignment and investment. You are fueled by connecting people, collaborating, and forging communities in pursuit of something bigger.
A visionary who is innovative and flexible. You see beyond what currently exists and are in constant pursuit of game-changing breakthroughs. You’re comfortable with risk. You adjust course easily and view each experience (no matter how successful) as a chance to learn and improve.
Self-driven. You have impeccable written, organizational, and project management skills. You work with the highest degree of integrity, and follow-through on all facets of your work. You demonstrate a very high bar for the quality of your work. You demonstrate intense personal responsibility and take initiative to do what it takes to achieve success. You consistently seek out and act on feedback from a variety of stakeholders.
Prior Experience 4-7 years of work experience preferredHigh School teaching experience and/or TFA alumni status preferred but not requiredSales experience preferred but not requiredExperience managing direct reports remotely is preferredWork Demands

 Based in Kansas City Office requiredInfrequent weekend and evening work requiredOvernight travel required – approximately 1x/monthSkills

 Proven ability to build and leverage relationships, including across long distancesAbility to influence and motivate teachers and students toward set goalsEntrepreneurial orientation to build, test, iterate and execute on strategies in real timeFluency in tech, digital, mobile device terminology and solutions preferredEstablished national network within the TFA staff, CM and alumni community is preferredEducation

 Bachelor’s degree required 
Kansas City is Too Much City for One State. Operating in both Kansas and Missouri, TFA KC has brought more than 1,000 leaders to the region who have service over 150,000 students. Today, with a local TFA network of 500+ leaders, Teach For America has established itself as a leader in the education space. Through Kansas City’s well-known spirit of entrepreneurship, foundations, non-profits, and schools are building a community intent on creating innovative solutions to advancing the work of educational equity.
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.
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.
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