As Director, Alumni - Next Generation, you will comprise one third of a dynamic team that seeks to maximize the potential and collective impact of more than 1,000 alumni based in GNO. You will boldly pave the way to connect GNO alumni to each other, to opportunities in our community, and to the work of Teach For America. You will play a primary role in driving our Alumni Office of Career & Development and our Alumni Leading in the Community Initiative. You will also support the efforts of our Alumni Advisory, Collective, and Prism Boards as well as create spaces for alumni to connect, learn from one another, and self-organize around shared goals.
Alumni Portfolio Management (40%)
- Connect individually with approximately 15-20 alumni per month in order to build strong relationships and identify opportunities (resources, individuals, programs, etc.) to deepen or expand their leadership
- Organize and convene key groups of alumni to deepen perspective and investment around community-wide challenges related to educational equity
- Engage with a vital portfolio of alumni including Alumni Teachers and recent alumni; identify new potential strategies to continue to support our Alumni Teachers throughout their careers in the classroom
- Build further opportunities for Alumni of Color to lead within our context with a particular focus on growing the strength and sustainability of The Collective, Teach For America’s Alumni Of Color Association
Leading Alumni Initiatives (30%)
- Lead the Alumni Office of Career Development, determining alumni motivations, talents, skills, and personal stories – with goals of accelerating alumni towards short and long-term career objectives, providing opportunities to connect with fellow alumni and volunteer opportunities, and motivating alumni to take meaningful action to end educational inequity as educators and advocates
- Manage relationships with hiring managers to ensure effective placement of alumni talent
- Host career panel discussions and career focused events for recent alumni, and cultivate external partnerships and opportunities to promote to our alumni
Alumni Team Staff Member Contributions (20%)
- Contribute to an exciting and creative team culture that is focused on iteration and ideation as a path to new programming that achieves excellent results
- Cultivate content for our Alumni Communications related to activities and issues of interest to our alumni community
- Support the execution of all large-scale alumni facing events, contribute to strategy and execution of our Alumni Survey Campaign and our Alumni Giving Campaign and identify other ways for alumni to support Teach For America
- Learn, optimize, maintain, and influence the development of new features in Salesforce, the information technology system that we use to analyze and retain historical information about our alumni, leverage data to understand quality of our programming, and to gain insights into the motivations of our base
Regional Staff Member Responsibilities (10%)
- Fulfill foundational responsibilities that allow our region to do our work, grow as professionals, and strengthen our team culture, including but not limited to attending regional meetings, operating with our core values and commitment to diversity, equity and inclusiveness, completing our performance management cycle, and upholding our data management and fiscal responsibilities
- Make a direct impact on the organizational mission of finding, developing and supporting leaders to strengthen the movement for educational equity by participating in selection, matriculation, member-facing events, and other regional initiatives
- Three to seven years of work experience
- Teach For America corps member experience required, with three years of teaching experience strongly preferred
- Experience with recruitment, adult learning facilitation or community organizing preferred
- Strong knowledge of the Greater New Orleans Education landscape
- Exceptional ability to build strong relationships with others, including in challenging situations
- Ability to tailor approach toward the perspective of others and communicate with clarity with a wide variety of audiences
- Knack for influencing others toward outcomes through sophisticated relationship management
- Ability to build and execute a project plan
- Desire to improve and adjust course based on feedback
- Willingness to work occasional early mornings, evenings or weekends (for meetings, alumni engagement events, etc.)
- Comfortable traveling around Greater New Orleans for meetings
Specifically, to be successful, you must be:
- An unwavering believer in TFA’s contribution to the efforts to achieve equity. You are committed to maximizing our model of finding, developing, and supporting leaders who fight for educational equity in myriad ways, and are asset-based in your approach to the potential of each alum.
- Empathy as Design: You constantly think through the user perspective as it relates to designing new experiences for our alumni, and have an eye toward constant improvement and general scaling of all of our programming.
- A learner and iterator. You are hungry to learn and you seek and give constructive feedback. You are open and collaborative and love working in a team environment to strengthen your practice.
- Team oriented but self-driven. You take initiative to generate creative solutions and ideas, and are able to switch seamlessly between self-directed independent work and highly collaborative entrepreneurial teamwork.
- A conscious leader. You are oriented towards social justice and equity. You have a history of operating in the spirit of our commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion, and have a strong understanding of the dynamics of race and class in America.