Regional Initiatives Manager

TEACH.org - Multiple Locations or Remote - Full time

The Opportunity

Bring your talents to TEACH.org and help revolutionize the teaching profession.

In this role, you will have a chance to build and lead an innovative and collaborative effort to solve a major challenge that regions and states are facing across the country: ensuring that all children have access to a talented teacher.

On a day-to-day basis, you will support 3-5 regional initiatives that TEACH.org has launched in metro areas and states across the country to elevate the perception of the teaching profession and recruit high-quality candidates to become teachers. These initiatives typically include a variety of partners, including: TEACH.org, a regional “anchor partner”, local school districts and educator preparation programs (EPPs), funders, and other regional stakeholders. In any given week, you will wear many hats: you might create and manage project plans, work with regional partners to identify innovative opportunities, collaborate with the TEACH.org web development and content teams, create and refine interventions to better identify and support prospective teachers, and anything else required to keep the initiatives on track and successful. Over time, you will take on increasing levels of responsibility relative to initiative and partnership management and should expect to fully lead a few regions after 6 months. This role is perfect for someone who is an extremely organized people-person with a “find a way to get it done” orientation. No challenge is too daunting and no task too ordinary, if it matters for the success of the initiative.

You’ll report directly to TEACH.org’s Director of Regional Initiatives, and join a nimble, close-knit team to launch, manage, and continually optimize regional initiatives to achieve successful outcomes. Beyond your region-specific work, you’ll also have an opportunity for broader impact: the systems, resources, and best practices that you develop will help information how we work internally as well as how we scale to other regions in the future. Additionally, given the expertise of all team members in their specialty areas, and your broad scope of work, this role will give you opportunities to learn and grow in all facets of building a world-class digitally enabled product that attracts, engages, and cultivates millions of users to consider and pursue the teaching profession.

You also will benefit from TEACH.org’s unique in-office and work-from-home model, where you’ll have the flexibility of working from home ~60% of the time, while still getting the benefit of direct in-person interactions during our “in-office” days. To succeed in this early-stage, flexible, and rapidly evolving environment, you must also be self-motivated, possess a strong work ethic and excellent communication skills, and be comfortable with unanswered questions. Ultimately, your ability to problem-solve, lead, follow, be resourceful, and quickly learn will help you achieve strong results.

We also know submitting online applications can be impersonal, so feel free to contact us directly and learn more: careers (@) teach.org. We can’t wait to hear from you!

Background

About TEACH.org’s Regional Initiatives

The purpose of our regional initiatives (e.g., Teach DFW, TEACH Kansas City, TEACH for Houston) is to raise the profile of teaching in these metro areas and attract more talent into the profession. This is accomplished through a regional ad campaign, a direct outreach campaign on college and high school campuses, digital media, online experiences, a Talk-to-a-Teacher program, and events and programming that expose prospects to teaching. These resources aim to inspire prospective teachers to join the profession, dispel misperceptions, and support the steps they need to take to enter the profession (i.e., get training, finance the training program, earn a professional credential, find a job). To see what a regional digital website looks like, we encourage you to visit www.teachdfw.org.

While each regional initiative varies based on local context and the capacity of our local partners, TEACH.org typically directly oversees the PSA campaign and digital recruiting platform, while the regional anchor partner is the primary convener of the local stakeholder group, meaning the school districts, teacher preparation programs, and other key stakeholders in the region.

The TEACH.org team is a “shared services” team that serves all our regional partners. You will work with this team and ensure that they are delivering effectively on the goals and strategy for each regional initiative. This team works together virtually from around the country, with hubs in San Francisco and Seattle. Each regional anchor partner has a designated a point person who will lead the initiative with you and provide valuable insights and connections into the region and stakeholder group.

Responsibilities & Requirements

Responsibilities

Provide Initiative & Partnership Management

● Support the day-to-day operations of initiatives in multiple regions using expert project management skills to keep all stakeholders aligned, organized, and focused on highest impact workstreams

● Identify and lead key regional projects (e.g., pilot programs) from inception through completion, with an eye towards measurement and ongoing optimization

● Regularly engage with the regional anchor partners and the TEACH.org team to make key decisions for launch and ongoing success of each initiative

● Support anchor partners as they collaborate with EPP partners / recruitment staff to conduct outreach and get more prospects to apply to their programs, leveraging multiple channels (email, web, offline events and collateral, etc.)

● Support anchor partners as they collaborate with district partners to identify and encourage their students and staff to consider the teaching profession (e.g., implementation of the High School Career Interest Survey or outreach out paraprofessionals)

● Lead meetings and delivery presentations to EPP and district partners in order to announce new product features, review insights, and/or brainstorm new ways to collaborate around recruitment

● Regularly pull and analyze reports on regional progress towards goals and propose recommendations for refining goals and optimizing performance to maximize results

● Work with the regional anchor partner to strategize and plan local stakeholder convenings (up to 5 per year)

● Leverage regional context and relationships to identify, prioritize, and pursue opportunities to innovate and build upon the existing regional initiative to increase the impact of regional initiatives

Oversee Regional Digital Recruiting Platforms (DRP)

● Coordinate the TEACH.org Shared Services team and regional partners to launch and continuously improve each region’s DRP (e.g., www.teachdfw.org)

● Support regional anchor partners in sourcing compelling information from partner school districts and EPPs to create and maintain their profiles on the site (e.g., setting up profile pages)

● Support regional anchor partners in sourcing content for campaigns from local educators (e.g., contributed articles for Women’s History Month) as well as in leveraging stakeholder networks to promote these campaigns more broadly (e.g., partner-facing newsletters and “Campaign in a Box” distribution)

● Ensure the DRP is effectively promoting high quality events by supporting the event submission process from partners to publicize existing events

● Support anchor partners in managing partner school districts and EPPs to distribute outreach materials provided by TEACH.org (digitally and offline) to reach as many high school and college students as possible and subscribe them to the regional initiative email and social media channels

Requirements

Experiences

● 3 to 5 years as a project or program manager of a complex, multi-stakeholder, effort resulting in strong measurable outcomes

● Successful track record in managing a diverse group of internal and external stakeholders

● Ideal candidates will also possess experience in early-stage organizations, teaching, the K-12 education system, digital marketing, talent recruitment, sales/account management, public-private partnerships, and/or online products and services

● Bachelor’s degree required

Skills

● Superb written and verbal communication abilities

● Stellar organization and project management (preference for experience working with Jira or other similar software)

● Outstanding meeting planning and facilitation skills, with a keen eye towards clear and actionable follow through

● Excellent collaboration skills with strong orientation toward giving and receiving feedback

● Thrive in ambiguous situations and aren’t intimidated by having to “build the plane while flying it”

Work & Travel Orientation

● Able to work independently in a remote capacity, while remaining looped in with the team

● Able and willing to travel 4-8 times per year for meetings with anchor partners and regional stakeholders

Apply Now

Please send a resume and cover letter to careers@teach.org. We will be reviewing candidates on a rolling basis, so the sooner you apply, the better.

Perks and Benefits

TEACH.org offers a compelling package of perks and benefits for its full-time employees, including:

● Medical, dental, and vision insurance

● Work remotely (at least 3 days per week) with regular “in-office” days with colleagues at a co-working space

● Monthly reimbursement for a portion of your home office expenses

● 5% vesting match for your 401k retirement account

● Flexible paid time off policy (plus 10 company-wide holidays per year)

● Short-term, long-term, and life insurance

Anti-Discrimination Policy & Commitment to Diversity

TEACH.org is an equal opportunity employer and considers qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, age, disability, veteran status, or any other protected factor. We encourage talented individuals of all backgrounds to apply.

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Locations

San Francisco, California
Houston, Texas
Dallas, Texas
Fort Worth, Texas
Kansas City, Missouri
Raleigh, North Carolina
Denver, Colorado
Remote

Role

Operations

Experience Level

Mid Level

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About TEACH.org

TEACH.org is the nation’s only nonprofit with a mission to rebrand the teaching profession as a top career choice and recruit the next generation of talented, diverse educators.

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