Executive Director, Teach For America Massachusetts

Teach For America

Posted: 1/12/2021

Position Type: Full-Time (Paid)

Function: Administration/Operations

Primary domain: Education

City: Boston

Postal code: 02114

State: Massachusetts

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.

By 2030, twice as many children in communities where we work will reach key educational milestones indicating they are on a path to economic mobility and a future filled with possibility. 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:

The Opportunity 

Teach For America is seeking its next Executive Director to lead the Massachusetts region. Since its creation in 2009, Teach for America in Massachusetts (TFAM) has become one of our largest regions, working with over nine partners and over 60 schools. This leader will work shoulder-to-shoulder with existing champions and enlist new advocates – including our corps members, parents, students, community leaders, donors, and elected officials – as partners in the success of all children.  The next leader will be leading a strong and accomplished regional team but at a dynamic time, where we will also live more fully into our next 10-year organizational strategy. The new ED’s mission is to define the unique and evolving role that Teach For America must play to accelerate educational opportunity for all.  While TFAM has had strong success in helping to enable meaningfully improved student outcomes, the work continues - not only in our classrooms, but also throughout the local system through advocating for change and by partnering with nearly 2,300 TFA alumni in the region. The incoming ED succeeds our founding ED, who has been leading the region since our launch in 2009. 

The Team

  • Massachusetts regularly leads the nation in general indicators of educational excellence, yet low-income students and children of color are still subject to one of the largest disparities in academic outcomes. We believe that it is unconscionable that students in many communities are receiving anything less than the world-class education we are capable of providing them. Teach For America Massachusetts launched our teaching corps in 2009, and has since grown into a diverse community of over 200 corps members and over 2,300 alumni working each day on behalf of children. Building on the success of the past decade, we are working in nine communities statewide, from Greater Boston to the South Coast to Western Massachusetts, to help grow, strengthen, and sustain excellent schools for all students. A hallmark of our team is a strong culture that fully embraces our core value of Strengthen Community – approaching our work with a strong spirit of collaboration, joy, generosity, and professionalism. We also embrace our organizational belief that Diversity, Equity, and Inclusiveness is at the center of our work, making engagement with issues of race, class, and other aspects of identity a welcome and regular part of what we do. We care deeply for one another, and most importantly for the communities we serve. We ground everything we do in a disciplined focus on what is best for kids and schools. Learn more about our work here.

    Primary Responsibilities

    Our new Executive Director (ED) will deeply believe in our vision – that every child in America has the chance to attain an excellent education.  The next ED will lead our staff team, engage and inspire our community, expand our fundraising and meaningfully contribute to educational improvement efforts in the Commonwealth through the following core activities:  

    ●        Engaging and investing internal and external stakeholders in the Massachusetts vision (staff, corps members, board, alumni, families, community, etc.): Our ED will execute what Teach For America’s work will look like in the region and lead a team successfully to realize that vision. 

    ●        Expanding, evolving and sustaining  Teach For America’s fundraising base:  Our ED is charged with raising $6.25 million annually, diversifying Teach For America’s board, and re-envisioning Teach For America’s revenue generation strategy. 

    ●        Leading a strong team and strengthening the broader Teach For America community: Our ED will lead a team of 28 staff members.  In addition, our ED is charged with ensuring that the region has a thriving corps, alumni, and staff culture, as well as strong student outcomes in corps member classrooms.

    ●        Ensuring the organization is part of a broad and diverse coalition for change: The ED will mobilize the education ecosystem – ensuring that our corps (over 230 CMs) and alumni (over 2300 locally)  are represented and engaging in coalitions that are fighting on behalf of our students and families in the Massachusetts community.  



Experience and Competencies

●        8-10 years of professional experience, at least part of which includes successful experience managing and leading high performing teams to outcomes, and doing so with a focus on examining race, class and power structures 

●      Professional experience rooted in the mission and values of Teach For America-Massachusetts-- this may include but is not limited to: a current or former staff member, a TFA alum, a non-profit or school leader, an organizer or advocacy leader directly involved or adjacent to education and issues impacting the communities we work alongside. 

●        Experience leading successful fundraising campaigns or curiosity around how to learn and do this well, with a baseline of developing deep and influential relationships with current and prior stakeholders in your work, mobilizing them in some way to create champions in your work 

●        Practices and able to speak to their own pursuit of anti-racist leadership and anti-racist management

●        Understanding of the complexity of the local educational political climate that impacts Teach For America-Massachusetts and an orientation to continuing to learn more  

 Strong Manager:

●        Drives outcomes alongside and through the members of their team 

●        Attracts, hires, and develops a team of diverse and talented staff members

●        Ensures that the proper infrastructure exists to maximize performance of all people and resources, creating an environment that fosters diversity and inclusiveness

●        Builds and maintains a culture that is grounded in our core values of transformational change, leadership, team, diversity, and respect and humility

●        Exemplifies our core values in all actions with internal and external constituents

●        Assesses and balances the region’s short and long-term priorities with organizational  benchmarks for achieving our mission, which include: 1) a connected, inclusive, supported, thriving community of corps members, alumni, and staff contributing to a powerful movement; 2) corps members, alumni, and staff who consistently have a strong impact for kids – both inside and outside the classroom; 3) a large, diverse, and influential force of corps members and alumni working for educational equity and excellence


Relationship Builder:

●        Elevates the performance, engagement, and genius in others

●        Identifies diverse critical partners with whom to align and build relationships across multiple levels

●        Participates in community coalitions advancing shared aims - and seeks to build new ones 

●        Displays appropriate openness, vulnerability, and self-disclosure while also engendering confidence

●        Leverages diverse relationships/networks to identify or create opportunities to benefit Teach For America, our mission, and the broader local movement

Strong Decision Maker:

●        Views situations through multiple lenses to weigh options and consequences; seeks input of diverse audiences and thought leaders in the community

●        Accurately discerns problems with solutions vs. dilemmas/polarities that have to be managed and adjusts approach accordingly

●        Leads with integrity in ambiguous situations

●        Constructs decision-making processes to engage multiple perspectives (manager, direct reports, team members, external constituents, community, board members, etc.) at the appropriate times to move work forward productively and efficiently


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