Manager, Program Continuum Strategy and Operations

Teach For America - Bay Area - Oakland, CA - Full time


The Role

The Manager of Program Continuum Strategy & Operations will play an integral role in ensuring that corps members, alumni and partners, are invested in our mission. In this role, you will build personal relationships with incoming corps members and help them understand and meet expectations and deadlines to begin their training and start teaching in Oakland. You will lead a wide range of projects to ensure our team has the data, tools, and systems necessary to operate efficiently and at peak performance. You demonstrate unusual attention to detail, a highly-developed ability to anticipate and solve problems, and a knack for learning and building new systems. Your awareness of and desire to build inclusive cultures will drive your work – you will prioritize initiatives to ensure our corps members and alumni continuously strengthen their bonds to each other and our community.

The Team

The Bay Area team has set a clear mandate to harness our unique community assets—unparalleled intellectual, human, technological, and financial capital—to rethink our organizational approach, striving to build the next generation model for Teach For America and for teacher and educational leadership development. For 25 years Teach For America has been a critical force in creating classrooms and schools that are bucking the status quo for low-income students. And yet, our very best schools nation-wide are still facing a reality where fewer than 50% of students are on a path to college or meaningful post-secondary options. While an impressive shift, we know that we must think differently to realize our aspiration of every kid having the opportunity to fulfill their potential. When successful, we believe that our redesign will be a catalyst in creating the leadership force to rethink classrooms and schools and break beyond the 50%. Currently in our third year of redesign, we see clear indicators that what we are doing is working. From top quartile increases in corps member experience metrics to increased demand for our teachers, our optimism about the innovations we are making and the tangible results we are starting to see is palpable. We are continuing to make strategic investments, learn from the wins and the misses, and evolve our thinking to ensure we accelerate the path we are on. 

Mindsets

You are obsessive about outcomes. You set ambitious goals that are based on current reality and an inspiring and aspirational vision of where we want to go. Your decisions are driven by data, and you stay focused on your goals regardless of the day-to-day chaos you might find yourself in. You have a demonstrated record of success in your work despite obstacles.

You are a stickler for details. You make sure that the I’s are dotted and the T’s are crossed. You love working with data systems and are happy when the data in one system matches the data in another. You have an eagle-eye and catch the mistakes that others may have missed. You feel comfortable suggesting improvements that will improve effectiveness and efficiency. 

You are self-driven. You have superior written, organizational, and project management skills. You work with the highest degree of integrity, and follow-through on all facets of your work. You demonstrate personal responsibility and take initiative to do what it takes to achieve success. 

You are motivated by behind the scenes work. You can quickly forge strong, trusting relationships with diverse sets of people. You are naturally empathetic and can quickly understand people’s needs and aspirations – and how to match them to outcomes that matter. You are fueled by creating systems and processes that meet the needs of your teammates and by working to make our team more efficient and effective. 

You are creative and flexible. You’re comfortable with risk. You adjust course easily and view each experience (successful or not) as a chance to learn and improve.

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Experience Level

3 to 5 years

Teach For America - Bay Area

The Bay Area team has set a clear mandate to harness our unique community assets—unparalleled intellectual, human, technological, and financial capital—to rethink our organizational approach, striving to build the next generation model for Teach For America and for teacher and educational leadership development. 

For 25 years Teach For America has been a critical force in creating classrooms and schools that are bucking the status quo for low-income students. And yet, our very best schools nation-wide are still facing a reality where fewer than 50% of students are on a path to college or meaningful post-secondary options. While an impressive shift, we know that we must think differently to realize our aspiration of every kid having the opportunity to fulfill their potential. When successful, we believe that our redesign will be a catalyst in creating the leadership force to rethink classrooms and schools and break beyond the 50%. 

Currently in our third year of redesign, we see clear indicators that what we are doing is working. From top quartile increases in corps member experience metrics to increased demand for our teachers, our optimism about the innovations we are making and the tangible results we are starting to see is palpable. We are continuing to make strategic investments, learn from the wins and the misses, and evolve our thinking to ensure we accelerate the path we are on.

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