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 through the following core activities:
- Working with internal and external stakeholders to co-create the vision for South Dakota (staff, corps members, board, alumni, families, community, etc.): Once established, the 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 currently charged with raising around $1 million annually, and determining the strategy to get there.
- Leading a strong team and strengthening the broader Teach For America community: Our ED will lead a team of 7 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 30 CMs) and alumni are represented and engaging in coalitions that are fighting on behalf of our students and families in the South Dakota 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-South Dakota: this may include but is not limited to: a current or former staff member, a TFA alum, a non-profit or school leader, a local 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
- 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 environment and partnerships that impact Teach For America-South Dakota and an orientation to continuing to learn more .