As Director, School Partnerships and Corps Experience, you connect districts and principals with the talented teachers that they need to build great schools. You form meaningful relationships with a large portfolio of school and district leaders, and execute a robust hiring process for up to 100 new teachers annually in Nashville and Chattanooga. You also forge and cultivate partnerships with community organizations, as well as TFA staff, corps members, and alumni, in order to recruit local talent into the TFA Nashville corps. You are strong as a relationship builder. You thrive in a fast-paced campaign environment where you interact with others closely and work toward shared, definitive results. You see and leverage connections among people and organizations in order to drive toward collectively shared outcomes. The Director, School Partnerships and Corps Experience reports to the Senior Managing Director, Program.
The Director, School Partnerships and Corps Experience will:
Cultivate Partnerships with School Leaders, Recruiters, and CMOs (35%)
- Define the partnership framework through which TFA will engage with Metro Nashville Public Schools (MNPS) and Charter Management Organizations (CMO) to maximize collective impact. Engage regularly with partners for purposes of shared learning, continuous improvement, and periodic evaluation of partnership.
- Steward partnership with MNPS, including human capital staff, licensure staff, and other district leaders
- Steward partnership with Hamilton County Department of Education (HCDE), including human capital staff, licensure staff, and other district leaders
- Identify MNPS, HCDE, and CMO demand for new teachers and learn about the needs of their schools
- Support regional team in cultivating relationships with certifying partners: Lipscomb University, Relay, and others
- Document interactions with partners into our systems to accurately report progress and convey information to colleagues
Corps Member Placement and Retention (30%)
- Set vision for Teach For America Nashville's orientation to corps member placement and certification strategy
- Develop strategy for the subject assignment and placement of up to 100 corps members annually that will maximize impact and progress towards the Nashville vision. This includes strategically clustering corps members in partner schools in order to maximize positive culture, support, retention, and impact.
- Create and maintain incoming corps member resume website and share with district and school partners
- Negotiate professional service agreements with school partners surrounding corps member placement
- Connect up to 100 corps members with school partners to secure school placement
- Oversee interactions with school partners and incoming corps members for hiring using clear communication, inspiration, and attention to detail
- Collaborate with our teacher-coaches and principal partners to identify solutions to common challenges (e.g. a corps member has a teaching position that is not aligned with their certification)
Homegrown Talent (20%)
- Define goals related to the diversity of our teaching corps that are responsive to Nashville and Chattanooga’s context and demand from school and school system partners. These goals could include composition percentages of our corps related to people of color, males, multilingual individuals, STEM experts, etc.
- Partner with the national TFA Recruitment team, broader community, TFA Nashville staff, alumni, and corps members to increase the number of diverse Nashville-based students and professionals who join TFA Nashville’s corps. (While you will also directly recruit new corps members, a larger percentage of your time will likely be spent coordinating with others to do so).
- Partner with the Manager of Corps Member Operations and Experience to maximize TFA’s yield of diverse incoming corps members through optimizing the matriculation and confirmation process
- Support the national Recruitment Team in hitting campaign goals in Nashville
- Lead the “Homegrown Initiative”” to maximize the diversity of Nashville’s corps
Regional and Organizational Stewardship (15%)
Support team-wide priorities for Greater Nashville and organizational-wide initiatives. Examples include:
- Participate in staff committees and task forces
- Corps member recruitment, selection, admissions, and matriculation
- Team meetings and professional development
- Regional events and programming (such as teacher orientation and end-of-year celebration)
- 5+ years of relevant work experience highly preferred
- Experience working in Nashville and building relationships with schools highly preferred
- Exceptional strategic and critical thinking skills
- Proven track record of setting and achieving ambitious goals
- Ability to think big, generate ideas and implement solutions to complex problems
- Knack for influencing others toward outcomes through sophisticated relationship management
- Highly organized and demonstrated ability to both motivate and manage superiors, peers, and direct reports to achieve ambitious, concrete results
- Exceptional written and verbal communication skills
- Embodies our core values and is committed to being a steward of TFA and these core values
- Willing and able to work some early mornings, evenings or weekends when that furthers team or regional goals
- Ability to travel around the metropolitan Nashville area daily and travel to Chattanooga quarterly