The Director, Placement and Licensure leads our region to reach ambitious matriculation and placement outcomes, while also managing our regional role as a state licensing body.
Specifically, you will steward relationships with our partner schools and districts and set strategy for our placement campaign, being ultimately responsible for ensuring all corps members (our teachers) are hired prior to the first day of the school year. You will also ensure we are able to continue operating as a state licensing body by stewarding our relationship with the State Department of Education, managing our ongoing licensure processes, and overseeing our 2017 comprehensive review. You will also manage the Manager, Matriculation and Licensure, and are therefore ultimately responsible for the confirmation and onboarding of all our incoming corps members.
Our mission at Teach For America – Memphis is grow and strengthen a leadership force that empowers students to achieve a broad set of outcomes in the classroom so that they can lead a life of liberated choice; and dedicates their lives to leading at all altitudes of a community, including in the classroom, in pursuit of realizing educational equity for students in Memphis. To do this, we must ensure our local movement is thriving, which requires grounded, deeply rooted, and empowered local leadership.
You will report to the Senior Managing Director, Development and Program Operations (SMD, DPO) and will sit on the Development and Program Operations team.
In this role, you will:
Drive Placement Strategy (40%)
- Execute regional placement strategy to ensure all corps members are hired in a role they are highly qualified to teach by the first day of school
- Train and support ongoing all corps members as they move through the placement process
- Secure contracts with district and charter partners to ensure we have a pathway to placement for our incoming corps size
- Implement tracking and communication systems to ensure we have error-proof data on our corps members’ placement status and partner hiring needs.
- Work alongside development team members to ensure smooth and accurate invoicing of partner schools based on their contractual agreements.
Manage all Licensure Strategy and Management (30%)
- Steward relationship with State Department of Ed staff
- Engage in all state-level training and learning to ensure we are always fully informed and meeting state requirements
- Build and execute region-level tracking systems to ensure we always know where all corps members stand in meeting program and state requirements
- Manage our comprehensive review by the State Department of Education
- Laterally manage the Program Support Team to make decisions regarding our approach to program expectations and licensure (with appropriate approval from the regional Leadership Team), track corps member ongoing progress toward meeting expectations, and adjust course of regional expectations as needed given changes at the state level.
Manage Manager, Matriculation and Placement (20%)
- Manage the Manager, Matriculation and Licensure toward meeting regional goals in confirmation and retention of incoming corps members (what we collectively call matriculation), corps member onboarding and meeting all program requirements including Praxis passage.
- Ensure your direct report is growing professionally, meeting expectations, is engaged on our team and positively contributing to our team culture, and is retained to the team.
Build Catalytic Relationships with Key Stakeholders (10%)
- Manage school partnerships to increase awareness and understanding of our mission and theory of change, solicit renewed and new contracts from our partners and partner on the placement of our corps members in their schools
- Quickly build trusting relationships with corps members to ensure you can steward them through the placement process in a way that aligns to our organizational values
- Provide cultivation and stewardship of principals and other key school-based stakeholders training/support for members of the Program team
- Build strong, dynamic partnerships with key stakeholders from our community including but not limited to: charter network directors, HR directors, principals, current and future placement partners, and other Teach For America national and regional teams
- Quickly build relationships that generate trust and action
Specifically, to be successful, you must be:
- A strategic thinker and operator. When you face a large problem, your first instinct is to break it down into smaller, manageable pieces and ruthlessly prioritize what is most important. You have the ability to identify key issues in complex educational, political and cultural dynamics, then chart out potential paths forward. Additionally, you are adept at managing up to your manager and other Leadership Team members to execute against a set of priorities and goals. You develop systems to track progress, streamline communication and increase the efficiency and effectiveness of you and your direct report’s execution.
- A conscious leader. You are always oriented towards social justice and equity. You have a pattern of modeling a set of values for others through self-reflection, curiosity and exploration, and an ability to connect and empathize with people. You have a history of operating in the spirit of our commitment to diversity and a strong understanding of the dynamics of race and class in America. You lead, and believe others must lead, through a culturally responsive lens and in a way that empowers staff, corps members, alumni, students and communities.
- A compelling communicator. You work across multiple stakeholders to ensure consistency and quality of internal and external communications and can easily take an idea, build upon it, and execute it at a high level. You craft compelling, inspiring stories about our mission and work and you can tailor them to different audiences across a wide variety of communication channels.
- Obsessive about outcomes. You have an incredibly strong past record of results of achieving ambitious goals despite obstacles and have experience doing so in complex situations with diverse teams. Your decisions are data-driven, and you stay laser-focused on your goals regardless of any day-to-day chaos or distractions. You also have experience in change management and/or enterprise risk management and are motivated to achieve extraordinary performance and cultural outcomes in the midst of change.
- A coach and connector. Whether working with your direct report, external stakeholders, or our corps members and alumni, you cultivate and manage strong and lasting relationships with ease and have a knack for achieving ambitious goals by coaching others and playing a role in their leadership development. You are a coach and mentor to your team, and everyone who works with you feels respected and deeply connected to the mission. You can quickly understand people’s needs and aspirations and how development can help them achieve their goals. You are an expert client-relationship manager who leverages a keen understanding of the beliefs, motivations and contexts of others as well as the power of networks to influence key stakeholders towards meaningful outcomes.
- Self-driven. You have superior organizational skills, integrity, and great follow-through on all facets of your work. You demonstrate an uncommon level of personal responsibility for achieving results, define broadly what is within your control persevere in the face of challenges and you’re exceptionally optimistic about what is possible. You take initiative to do what it takes to achieve success.
You will also:
- Hold, at minimum, a bachelor’s degree
- Have at least four years work experience
- Be able to work weekends and evenings, as necessary
To be considered for this role, you must submit an online application. Please scroll down to the bottom of the page to find the link to the online application.
Benefits and Salary
Salary for this position is competitive and depends on prior experience. In addition, a comprehensive benefits package is included. Learn more at www.teachforamerica.org/benefitspackage
Commitment to Diversity and Equal Opportunity Employment Policy
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. Learn more about our diversity on staff:
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