Director, Community Engagement and Partnership Innovations

Teach For America

Posted: 9/10/2019

Position Type: Full-Time (Paid)

Function: Other

Primary domain: Education

City: San Francisco

Postal code: 94105

State: California

Country: United States

Organization Information:


$20M +


Mission statement:

There are more than 16 million children growing up in poverty in the U.S., and less than 10 percent of them will graduate from college. These statistics are not a reflection of our children’s potential; we know that children growing up in poverty can and do achieve at the highest levels. Rather, these statistics reflect the systemic lack of access and opportunity for children in low-income communities.

Teach For America’s (TFA) mission is to find, develop, and support a diverse network of leaders committed to expanding opportunity for children from classrooms, schools, and every sector and field that shapes the broader systems in which schools operate. We are seeking individuals who align with our mission, core values and commitment to Diversity Equity & Inclusiveness and are ready to join us in this global movement. 

Position Details:

Job Description:

TEAM: Teach For America Bay Area Regional Team
REPORTS TO: Chief Community Impact Officer

The Director, Community Engagement & Partnership Innovation is charged with designing and managing stakeholder engagement campaigns that will deepen collaboration with partners, build investment in TFA Bay Area’s role in our community, and enlist champions towards continuing TFA’s impact in pursuit of high quality schools. This leader will work across several teams, collaborating with teammates towards successful implementation of projects that will fuel our partner schools’ and networks’ impact on student learning. This leader will provide critical strategic and administrative support to members of the Alumni & Partnerships team, and other regional staff, towards effective stakeholder engagement, while also managing a portfolio of stakeholders, building relationships and driving collaboration. This leader will play a role in researching and codifying key lessons from across the nation to support in the design and implementation of innovative projects, while monitoring progress, capturing local take-aways, and refining over time.  


To excel in this role, you must--

Build relationships and thrive in collaboration

  • You are a catalytic relationship builder. You can quickly forge strong, trusting relationships with diverse sets of people and readily inspire others to action. You are naturally empathetic, seek to discover the motivations of people, and tailor your messages, actions and interactions accordingly.
  • You are a compelling communicator, and inspire others to action. You have strong presence and maturity that engenders respect and facilitates strong partnership. You have a robust internal toolkit for influencing and investing others to get on board with your ideas -- internally and externally -- and are versatile in your leadership so that you effectively catalyze action. You have a proven ability to cultivate relationships toward successful outcomes, and can find common ground and build consensus even in the face of competing priorities, particularly in diverse settings, whether working with teammates or external stakeholders.
  • You bias towards collaboration and collective impact. You deeply believe in the power of team, and thrive off of working in close partnership and collaboration with your peers to strengthen your work and achieve shared outcomes. You act consistently with humility, curiosity, empathy, and an unwavering orientation towards what is needed for the success of the team as you and your team come up against challenges. You are fueled by forging communities in pursuit of something bigger, and have an understanding of how individual players across an ecosystem can work together to achieve collective outcomes, likely from prior experience.
Plan strategically & execute effectively
  • You create clarity from complexity. You are motivated by creating clarity and direction amidst ambiguity. You are creative as you pursue game-changing breakthroughs, and are skilled at managing complexity. 
  • You are a superb executor and project manager. You have a proven track record of managing multiple and complex initiatives simultaneously with multiple stakeholders, and achieving results. You understand how your daily actions align with your longer-term goals and can balance between the two, regardless of the day-to-day chaos you might find yourself in. You enjoy creating systems to monitor progress toward goals and prioritizing actions for yourself and others to meet them.
  • You are flexible, innovative, and tenacious in pursuit of your goals. You are comfortable with risk, don’t get overwhelmed easily, and persevere when faced with obstacles. You take personal responsibility for the success of your work -- whether it requires creating strategy, setting up others to execute effectively, or managing back-end processes in pursuit of your goals. You adjust course and pull learnings along the way. You persist with optimism towards achieving your and your team’s desired outcomes
How you’ll spend your time-- 
Project manage stakeholder cultivation campaigns (40%)
  • Articulate a holistic engagement campaign of a broad set of community stakeholders to enlist and invest in TFA’s contributions and vision for impact in our community
  • Strategically leverage the Chief Community Impact Officer, Managing Director of Partnerships, Executive Director, and other Bay Area team members to steward and engage key stakeholders, including preparing these individuals for successful meetings
  • Integrate alumni and partnership team partner engagement strategies towards a cohesive experience for our stakeholders, and towards successful campaign execution
  • Collaborate effectively with heads of alumni and partnerships team, investing, inspiring, and laterally managing team members towards successful campaign execution
  • Build out the strategy for a project that will enlist alumni champions as ambassadors, and critical contributors to campaigns/ initiatives that will advance the work of TFA in the Bay Area
  • Support with the design and implementation of a portion/strand of our Bay Ed Summit, our largest convening for alumni, partners, corps members, and other community stakeholders
Build relationships with community stakeholders (20%)
  • As part of executing engagement campaigns effectively, manage a portfolio of community stakeholders across the Bay Area. This may include civic, policy/advocacy, and other community leaders and organizations.
  • Identify and prioritize highest-impact opportunities for collaboration, and create project plans to implement 
Project manage innovative partnership projects (30%)
  • Work closely with Chief Community Impact Officer and Managing Director of Partnership to identify, enlist, and invest a small set of school partners to pilot deeper partnership strategies to fuel school-wide progress and corps member impact
  • Compose tailored narratives and pitches for high-stakes meetings with school and community partners, including proposals and other correspondence as needed
  • Project manage emerging deeper partnership pilots, researching best practices and lessons learned from the national education community, defining and assessing impact, laterally managing across several teams to achieve key milestones
  • Work across several teams -- collaborating with Chief Community Impact Officer, Chief Program Officer, Managing Director of Partnership, and Managing Director of Alumni -- in implementing all key workstreams to achieve desired impact of each deep partnership initiative
Contribute to broader organizational vision, mission, and culture (10%)
  • Interview, select, and matriculate incoming corps members
  • Engage in regional learning through attending meetings and professional development opportunities
  • Staff Teach For America - Bay Area events
Prior Experience
  • 7+ years of relevant work experience
  • Experience working across organizational and institutional boundaries to achieve outcomes
  • Experience with stakeholder/constituent management, including mapping key relationships to achieve crucial outcomes 
  • Strong project management experience and evidence of managing to outcomes
  • Teaching and/or school-based experience preferred
  • Knowledge of Bay Area communities preferred
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office and Google Suite
  • Bachelor’s degree
Work Demands
  • Teach For America generally assumes a 50 hour workweek for its exempt staff members. Work hours are flexible based on the needs of the team and the position.
  • Occasional weekend or evening work hours required
  • Travel across our four Bay Area communities required


By joining staff, you join a network of individuals committed to pursuing equity for all students and developing themselves as professionals in the process. We as an organization value the longevity of our employees and offer a comprehensive and competitive benefits plan. The salary for this position is also competitive and depends on your prior work experience. Please be advised, you will have an opportunity to discuss salary in more detail after you begin the application process.

In all we do, we act on the following beliefs:

  • Diversity is crucial for successful change efforts and is one of Teach For America’s greatest strengths. 
  • The full potential of our diverse network will be reached only when we are an inclusive community.
  • The predictability of success or failure for our students or individuals in our organization should not correlate with any social, cultural or other identity-based factors.

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.

Teach For America is committed to providing equal employment opportunities to all qualified individuals and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, age, marital status, veteran status, pregnancy, parental status, genetic information or characteristics (or those of a family member) or any other basis prohibited by applicable law.


Commensurate with Experience

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How to Apply:

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