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Executive Director, Indianapolis - Teach for America - Indianapolis - IN

Title: Executive Director, Indianapolis

Team and Location: Indianapolis, IN

Application Deadline: 2/12/16

Start Date: 4/4/16

Status: Exempt

Strand: General Management

Job Code: 3-3-2

The Role 
The Executive Director’s mission is to fulfill Teach For America’s next chapter in Indianapolis, working with the bold and diverse leaders of the region to define the unique role that Teach For America must play to accelerate educational opportunity for all.  We seek an innovative leader who can contribute to and shape the city and region-wide conversation on the transformation of our public schools and ensure that Teach For America lives up to its potential as a source of the diverse, vanguard leadership needed to effect systemic change. This leader will work shoulder-to-shoulder with existing champions and enlist many new advocates – including parents, students, community leaders, donors and elected officials —as partners in the success of all of Indiana’s children. 

The Team
Today, we have 160 corps members and 367 alumni living in the region. The alumni group in the region includes 57 school leaders – principals, APs, school system leaders, instructional coaches and department chairs. To learn more, visit TFA Indianapolis.

About Teach For America
The vision of Teach for America (TFA) is that one day, all children in this nation will have the opportunity to attain an excellent education. TFA works toward this vision by enlisting, developing, and mobilizing as many as possible of our nation’s most promising future leaders to grow and strengthen the movement for educational equity and excellence. Since its founding in 1990, TFA has grown to include 52 regions, with over 4,000 incoming corps members annually, plus an alumni base of more than 40,000 former corps members who have collectively reached over 2 million students.

Primary Responsibilities
Our new ED will deeply believe in our mission - that every child in America has the chance to attain an excellent education - and will have effectively demonstrated this belief and commitment by attaining measurable results.  Our next Executive Director(ED) will measure his or her success against the following outcomes:

  • Engaging and investing internal and external stakeholders in Indianapolis’s 2020 vision (staff, corps members, board, alumni, families, community, etc.): Our ED will execute what the next 5 years of Teach For America’s trajectory will look like in the city and lead a team successfully to realize that vision. 
  • Expanding and evolving Teach For America’s fundraising base: We have grown from an organization of $1.4 million in 2008 to $5 million annually. Our ED is charged with raising $5 million annually, diversifying Teach For America’s board, and re-envisioning Teach For America’s revenue generation strategy (in an environment where there is a strong Ed reform culture and appetite with several nonprofits going after the same donor dollars).
  • Leading a strong team and strengthening the broader Teach For America community: Our ED will lead a team of 18 staff members.  In addition, our ED is charged with ensuring the region has a thriving corps, alumni, and staff culture, and strong student outcomes in corps member and schools led my alumni. Currently, there are 160 first and second year corps members, 367 alumni (57 of which are alumni school leaders – principals, APs, school system leaders, instructional coaches and department chairs).
  • Ensuring the organization is part of a broad and diverse coalition for change: The ED will mobilize the education ecosystem, ensuring that our staff and alumni are represented and engaging in coalitions that are fighting on behalf of our students and families in Indianapolis. 

Experience and Competencies

  • Undergraduate degree from an accredited college or university
  • Significant leadership experience (minimum of 7-10 years) managing a high-performing team toward ambitious outcomes with financial accountability in a complex, mission-driven organization
  • Demonstrated achievement in fundraising or ensuring financial sustainability of an organization, including an ability to mobilize people and create champions to support organizational mission
  • Experience building and/or working in partnership with a Board of Directors, in addition to possessing a strong understanding of the roles of the Executive Director and the Board; and, a successful record of supporting the Board and leveraging talents and contributions
  • Outstanding interpersonal skills and an ability and desire to develop and maintain deep relationships with a variety of diverse constituents
  • Understanding of the complexity of the local political climate that impacts Teach For America-Indianapolis
  • Experience navigating the political process as it pertains to elected officials, legislators, and staff at the state level, in addition to school district officials and school board members

Personal Characteristics

  • Sense of urgency around accomplishing goals and objectives
  • Strong sense of self-awareness and understanding of one’s strengths and areas for development
  • Commitment to exploring issues of race, class, privilege, and power structures
  • Ability to deal with ambiguity and conflict; excellent judgment and sound decision-making skills
  • Excellent strategic thinking skills to understand and lead in a complex environment
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Willingness and ability to learn about the Teach For America-Indianapolis education landscape and establish oneself as a key partner in the local movement to fight educational inequity
  • Ability to work some evenings and weekends
  • Ability to travel within the region on a frequent basis
  • Ability to travel to in-person meetings in various U.S. cities quarterly

Strong manager:

  • A competitive candidate will have successfully achieved results managing through layers and will have overseen a staff at least the size of the current team, preferably larger
  • 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 all internal &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:

  • You have a track record of elevating the performance, engagement and genius in others
  • You identify diverse critical partners with whom to align and build relationships across multiple levels
  • You strategically participate in community coalitions advancing shared aims
  • You display appropriate openness, vulnerability, and self-disclosure while also engendering confidence
  • You leverage diverse relationships/networks to identify or create opportunities to benefit Teach For America, our mission and the broader local movement

Strong decision maker:

  • When facing new challenges, 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
  • Enacts a suitable, timely course of action when making decisions

Apply Now
To be considered for this role, you must submit an online application. Please go to this site: https://www.teachforamerica.org/about-us/careers

Benefits and Salary
Salary for this position is competitive and depends on prior experience. In addition, a comprehensive benefits package is included. Learn more at www.teachforamerica.org/about-us/careers/employee-benefits.                 

Commitment to Diversity and Equal Opportunity Employment Policy
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. Learn more about our diversity on staff: www.teachforamerica.org/about-us/careers/life-at-tfa/diversity-and-inclusiveness.           

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.

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