The Chief Program Officer will manage our team towards ambitious student development and achievement through the cultivation and growth of a leadership force in education at the staff, classroom, and school levels. You will set the vision and direction for our program strategy to align with the new organization wide strategic direction, while leading unparalleled engagement with our school, district, and community organizations to activate our community of nearly 60 corps members and 825+ alumni in advancing education equity. This role will report directly to the TFA-Twin Cities Executive Director.
You are a central leader on the regional team and are at the forefront of improving the state of education in Minnesota, impacting the future of thousands of children in the Twin Cities Metro and surrounding communities. You will create the vision for and manage a team responsible for the instructional and leadership development experience of corps members, alumni teachers, other school based alumni, and alumni school leaders. This will drive our region’s overall strategy for engagement and will position our region to make considerable progress in ensuring that twice as many students in our community are reaching key educational milestones.
You will manage a diverse team, which currently includes three managers of Teacher Leadership Development. You enjoy building relationships with, understanding, and supporting all of our stakeholders, from corps members, alumni teachers and school leaders. You will approach your work from a student and school perspective to understand and engage the total Teach For America instructional and leadership community across the region. Through collaborative vision setting, you will drive a leadership development and community building experience that accelerates the skills and leadership of corps members and alumni.
You will lead the team in engaging and activating our network of corps members, alumni, and other key stakeholders in service of a unified vision and strategy for advancing educational outcomes for students. You will integrate the Theory of Leadership Development and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusiveness into all programming. Included in the program continuum will be:
- Teacher Recruitment and Matriculation
- Teacher Placement
- Teacher Preparation, Licensures, and Certification
- Teacher Support & Development
- District & School Partnerships
- Alumni Teacher and School Leadership Development Initiatives
In addition to programmatic work through the entire continuum (pre-corps through alumnihood), you will ensure collaboration, alignment, and progress toward all regional priorities and work closely with the ED and regional leadership team to enhance regional team culture, philanthropy, financial sustainability, and community impact awareness. In collaboration with the ED, you will monitor the broader state of teaching, learning, education, and justice across the Twin Cities Metro area, share the challenges and successes, and ensure we are responsive to the needs of students in our community.
As the Chief Program Officer, you will be responsible for the following:
Oversee program strategy, implementation, and innovation (30%)
- Shape the vision and strategy for how the Twin Cities Program Continuum and Partnership team will increase educational outcomes for students in our community through transformational coaching, professional development, and support of our team members, corps members, and alumni.
- Establish clear systems for setting benchmarks and measuring outcomes; chart student achievement in the region to maximize and support communication of our impact in the short and long-term, and evolve our plans as necessary given changes in the environment and/or results from impact assessments and other evaluative tools and practices
- Set vision for alumni development and facilitate team design and execution of alumni-facing development and program experiences, including alumni coaching, alumni content leadership for corps member professional development, and new initiatives or programs related to professional development of alumni educators, school leaders, and cross-sector system leaders
- Consistently assess state of corps and alumni instructional effectiveness and leadership development, including work with diversity, equity, and inclusiveness, and lead team in adjusting course accordingly
- Leverage support from TFA national, consultants and partners, to advance coaching practice of regional team to inform effective strategies for corps and alumni teacher and school leader development that will improve student outcomes and accelerate school transformation
- Lead as an active member in a national network of regional heads of program to leverage resources and best practices as well as shape perspective and drive enterprise learning and impact
Manage and develop Program Continuum & Partnership team as a skilled manager & culture leader (30%)
- Hire, train, develop and manage a diverse and inclusive team to execute the strategy to achieve results in holistic student achievement, corps member leadership development, corps culture and experience
- Create, experience, and contribute to a culture that is uplifting, energy-giving, sustaining, challenging, rigorous, loving, communal and student achievement-oriented, and that encourages every member to step into their full power and take on publicly growing pedagogical and leadership skills to bring about change for students
- Integrate multiple, competing priorities across the breadth of the programmatic enterprise to ensure a clear and coherent member experience
- Provide clear expectations, energizing goals, and ongoing feedback and coaching for all program staff to thrive in their roles and make choices aligned to transforming the current reality for students, teachers, and leaders.
- Foster an inspiring and inclusive team culture grounded in Teach For America’s core values
Develop, execute, and evaluate the impact of school, district, and community partnerships (15%)
- Develop a school, district, and community partnership strategy that includes guiding principles for partnership engagement and establishes goals, metrics, and milestones for evaluating partnership impact
- Implement team-based portfolio management of new and existing school relationships with the end result of clustering corps members and alumni in schools and neighborhoods and increasing partnerships between principals, senior school leaders, and Teach For America
- Design and manage team-based relationship cultivation and stewardship process for portfolio of external organizations, including parents and families, with the end goal of building stronger awareness of Teach For America and increasing student achievement in our focus neighborhoods
- Collaborate with district and charter school human resources teams to design strategic, efficient, and effective corps member and alumni placement mechanisms
Manage regional teacher licensure and certification process and key partners (15%)
- Collaborate with ED, regional team, and consultant(s) to set the near term and long-term strategy of the region’s certification and licensing partnerships program
- Leverage programmatic expertise and best practices from research, regional team, national colleagues, and other thought leaders to ensure that university partners and other professional development providers deliver a streamlined, equitable corps member and alumni professional development experience
- Research, innovate and rebuild a transformative and sustainable alternative certification pathway and partnerships for incoming corps members
- Launch and implement alternative certification partnerships for special education, elementary, and other certification areas as determined while integrating any needed enhancements into programming, training, and coaching in compliance with state standards
Regional Responsibilities (10%):
- Manage portfolio of alumni relationships to steward engagement, connectivity, and advance regional alumni strategy.
- Partner with Executive Director and Development team to advance regional philanthropy and financial sustainability.
- Participate in Regional Leadership Team (i.e. retreats, step backs, meetings) as well as all staff meetings and retreats
- Advance TFA’s mission by participating in recruitment and selection for corps members and mobilizing of alumni and community leaders to strengthen the movement for educational equity
- Support Twin Cities regional operations by executing regional responsibilities such as ensuring compliance with TFA human capital, finance, and data management policies and procedures and contributing to regional and national meetings and events
- Advance team culture and sense of community through operating within our Core Values and commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusiveness
- Contribute to cross-functional projects and initiatives and other duties as assigned
- 8+ years of professional work experience demonstrating progressively increasing responsibility, with demonstrated success in all or most of the relevant functional areas
- Knowledge of Teach For America and education landscape in the Twin Cities
- Previous experience working in or with Teach For America regions a plus
- Previous experience coaching teachers and managing individuals and teams through layers
- Setting Vision and Direction
- Making Decisions and Demonstrating Judgment
- Organizing, Planning and Executing
- Managing Team Execution
- Building Relationships and Networks; Influencing Others to Achieve Outcomes
- Defining the Opportunity/Problem
- Synthesizing, Integrating and Developing Strategies
- Ability to work evenings and weekends when necessary
- Minimal travel required, approximately 3-4 times a year