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Job Opp: Teach For America - Director, Collective Impact in Cleveland

Let me know if interested. I don't see this posted on their website, but spoke with their recruiter last week about this opening and can connect anyone interested. 

Title: Director, Collective Impact

Location: Cleveland, Ohio

Application Deadline: Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis

Hiring Process: Best in pool

Start Date: July 1, 2016

Status: Exempt

Strand: Outreach

Job Code: 1.5-2- 2

Position Summary

Teach For America contributes to the achievement of educational equity in our nation by enlisting,

developing and mobilizing the leadership of outstanding individuals to address the systemic

issues confronting students in low-income communities. We work to build the belief in our alumni

that educational inequity is a solvable problem and to help them identify and pursue their role in

solving that problem at scale. Our alumni possess the leadership skills and conviction to build the

capacity of schools and districts and change the prevailing ideology through the example of their

work and through their advocacy.  Beyond their daily profession, our alumni have a role to play as

leaders in reaching One Day.

Teach For America – Northeast Ohio – Cleveland seeks a Director of Collective Impact to

organize our alumni around addressing barriers to reaching educational equity in the region. The

Director of Collective Impact will engage and leverage alumni leadership through the

development of alumni impact chapters to take on work across the ecosystem in Northeast Ohio.

The Director of Collective Impact will also develop a strong team culture and shared vision among

alumni, particularly those employed outside of education, through direct engagement and through

the launch and implementation of an alumni council for the organization. The Director of

Collective Impact will also engage alumni in launching a local chapter of Teach For America’s

national association for alumni of color. An effective Director of Collective Impact has an

exceptionally strong listening orientation and is able to build consensus and catalyze action

among diverse stakeholders.

Northeast Ohio - Cleveland Team Overview

Founded in 2012, Teach For America – Northeast Ohio - Cleveland has over 120 corps members

reaching nearly 7,000 students in Cleveland area public schools. Additionally, over 200 alumni

are working from all sectors to end educational inequity. Regional staff members work to train

and support corps members, continually strengthen relationships with local schools and districts,

foster the leadership of local alumni, and continue to grow the regional funding base to ensure

that Teach For America – Northeast Ohio - Cleveland can build a sustainable movement to

ensure that every child in the region has access to an excellent education. 


Responsibilities will include, but are not limited to:

 Organize and Support Impact Chapters (40%)

o Identify and cultivate chapter leaders and alumni and corps member participants

o Ensuring that the leaders have a full understanding of Teach For America, local

and state power analysis related to their area of focus, various local efforts that

already exist, and maintain an alignment of Teach For America’s core values in

their work

o Facilitate issue identification and clarification as needed

o Help the alumni-leaders maintain an appropriate level of activity to move impact

work forward

o Identifying and training member-leaders who are effective at recruiting and

involving new members.

o Provide logistical, administrative and facilitation support as needed and in

accordance with Teach For America’s 501c3 status.

 Organize and Support Regional Chapter of The Collective with Alumni and Corps

Members of Color (20%)

o Identify and cultivate chapter leaders and alumni and corps member participants

o Support the development of strong connections between national and regional

o Facilitate the process of vision development for the group as needed.

o Help the chapter leaders maintain an appropriate level of activity to meet chapter

o Identifying and training member-leaders who are effective at recruiting and

o Provide logistical, administrative and facilitation support as needed.

 Plan, Launch, Support and Coach Alumni Council (15%)

o Set vision and strategy for alumni council in partnership with the Executive

o Engage alumni-leaders of impact chapters, The Collective chapter, and

o Steward, provide direction and align logistical support to the alumni council

o Create, develop and maintain a leadership development plan for each member of

o Partner with the alumni council to develop and implement strategies for alumni

 Recruit Alumni for Key Leadership and Learning Opportunities Across Our

Community (10%)

o Identify and cultivate alumni interest in nonprofit board leadership and school

o Inspire alumni interested in social entrepreneurship or school design to

o Partner with Director of Adaptive Leadership to identify key needs and audiences

Collective activities

goals and vision.

involving new members.

Director and Regional Leadership Team

additional alumni to serve on council

the alumni council

culture including the welcome/onboarding of new alumni in the region

board opportunities with the goal of placing 20 alumni or corps members on non-

profit boards by 2020.

participate in training offered by Teach For America’s national partners.

for TFA leadership development strategies. Motivate identified audiences to


 Communications, Data Management, and National Alumni Initiatives (5%)

o Provide key content for a regular blast communication regarding opportunities for

o Track all interactions with alumni and external partners in our centralized data

o Manage the execution of all centralized alumni initiatives including the alumni

o Partner with the national team in support of reaching alumni goals outside of

 Regional Leadership Team (10%)

o Align decisions, actions and priorities to the greater interests of Teach For

o Ensuring strategic alignment and coordinated execution across functional groups

o Owning and supporting broader regional and organizational priorities (i.e. help

o Serve as a leader for regional culture and collaboration.

alumni, Teach For America news, and updates on the education ecosystem

landscape in Cleveland.

management system.



America – Northeast Ohio – Cleveland.

to achieve organizational goals.

select new corps members, encourage alumni to join our staff, support regional


o Model a strong commitment to the core values of Teach For America and

professional learning and growth, including participation in national training and

consulting opportunities.

o Engage in Regional Leadership Team meetings and provide input on the regional

vision and strategy.

Candidate Profile and Experience Prerequisites

Education and experience

 Bachelor’s degree required

 Proven ability to reach outcomes through others required.

 5-7 years of professional experience strongly preferred.

 Prior organizing experience strongly preferred.

 Teach For America alumni preferred.


 Proven ability to manage multiple priorities and demonstrate strong judgment in complex

situations with multiple stakeholders

 Proven ability to build and leverage relationships toward achievement of concrete goals

 Strong critical thinking skills; must be able to analyze a problem or opportunity and

identify appropriate strategies

 Demonstrated strength in learning and continuous improvement

 Exceptional written and verbal communication skills

 Exceptional strategic-thinking skills

 Excellent group facilitation skills

 Strong organization, detail-orientation and project management skills

 Strong orientation toward listening, curiosity, and collaboration

Approach to Work

 Adaptable to an entrepreneurial, fast-paced, diverse, results-oriented culture

 A self-starter able to operate independently

Technical Skills

 Familiarity with suite of Microsoft tools including Power Point, Excel and Word.

 Experience with web-based communications preferred.


 Able to attend evening meetings frequently and weekend events occasionally.

 Able to travel to national conferences or trainings 1-3 times per year.

 Able to travel efficiently within the region to meet with alumni and partners

Benefits and Salary

Salary for this position is competitive and depends on prior experience. In addition, a

comprehensive benefits package is included.

Anti-Discrimination Policy and Commitment to Diversity

Teach For America seeks individuals of all ethnic and racial 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.

Apply Now

Please submit your resume and a one-page cover letter with your application. Apply now at For more information, please contact

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