Manager, Community Partnerships

The Role
We are seeking a Manager of Community Partnerships (MCP) to help develop and lead the region’s community engagement strategies as an essential component of achieving the short-term and long-term vision for our region. The MCP will be responsible for building and strengthening Teach For America Greater Philadelphia’s relationships with community stakeholders towards the pursuit of our mission – that one day every child in Philadelphia and America will have the opportunity to attain an excellent education.

As this is a newly created role, the 2013-2014 school year will be focused on:

  • Internal and external relationship and context building, while tracking insights and relationships built
  • Gaining a deep understanding of our local education, community development and political landscape
  • Developing a strategic plan to ensure:

– TFA is an active and valuable contributor to the education community
– Our staff, corps members and alumni are civically engaged and provided with meaningful community building experiences
– We identify 1-3 key strategic community partnerships with clear and measurable outcomes

In addition, the MCP will be support the Managing Director, School and Community Partnerships with corps member placement efforts by managing a small portfolio school leaders/principals as well as assisting in the coordination of placement/hiring events. (Note: “Placement” refers to the process of securing teaching positions for our incoming corps members each year).

The MCP will report directly to the Managing Director, School and Community Partnerships.

The Team
Today in Philadelphia, only 61% of kids from low-income backgrounds graduate from high school within four years, and only 10% will go on to graduate from college. It’s clear that not all of Philadelphia’s students are getting the education and opportunities they deserve. Since 2003, Teach For America – Greater Philadelphia has been working in partnership with schools and community members across the region to change this reality. Each day, more than 250 corps members strive to be transformational teachers and leaders for the students of over 75 Philadelphia and Camden, NJ schools. They also work with colleagues, parents, principals, and entire neighborhoods to improve outcomes for our kids. Our alumni are also stepping up to implement systemic and innovative change.


Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
Community Engagement and Cultivation

  • Develop and manage relationships with key community leaders and constituents with the end-goals of building awareness and increased partnership between the Philadelphia community and Teach For America as well as increasing the community level demand for more transformational schools
  • Track and monitor progress of relationships with key staff members, including our Executive Director, and develop strategies and next steps for moving relationships forward
  • Laterally manage other external-facing staff members to achieve engagement aims
  • Assess the opportunity to maximize our efforts by establishing formal or informal partnerships with civic leaders and other community organizations (non-profits, churches, social service orgs, etc.)
  • Attend neighborhood and community group meetings to understand the values, priorities, and needs of our families and residents in the neighborhoods where our corps members teach.

Cross-Functional Collaboration – Coordinating Community Experiences

  • In partnership with our Strategy, Talent and Operations (STO) team, the MCP will be responsible for coordinating 3-4 all-staff community engagement or service “experiences” (annually) with local community groups, organizations, schools or non-profits.
  • In partnership with our Teacher Leadership Development (TLD) team, the MCP will be responsible for coordinating a community engagement/connections experiences series for our corps members, aimed at developing community-focused mindsets and connecting our corps members to local resources that will support them in meeting the holistic needs of our students.
  • In partnership with our Alumni Affairs (AA) team, the MCP will help identify and support the implementation of meaningful community-related networking, service experiences and professional development or engagement opportunities.

Strategy Development and Execution

  • In partnership with the Regional Leadership Team (and by the end of our fiscal year – May 31, 2014) develop a comprehensive external strategic engagement plan that will include education, community, government, and cross-sector touch-points. This plan must include a clear vision, priorities, goals, benchmarks, and key actions.
  • Lead the execution of the plan starting the following fiscal year.
  • Appropriately prioritize community partnerships and keep an eye towards potential partnership opportunities
  • On-going development and management of cross-sector stakeholder map

Candidate Profile and Experience Prerequisites:

  • Bachelor’s degree required
  • Minimum of 2-3 years of professional work experience required
  • Demonstrated passion or connection to the constituents that Teach For America serves
  • Knowledge of the political, civic and social landscape of Philadelphia preferred
  • Prior grassroots community organizing/building, or campaign-type work are a plus
  • Demonstrated ability to build relationships and work well with diverse individuals and communities
  • Demonstrated ability to manage and leverage cross-functional teams in order to achieve outcomes
  • Exceptional oral and written communication skills with diverse audiences, such as media, parents, students, school leaders, government reps, community activists, cross-sector groups, etc.
  • Demonstrated results in entrepreneurial or start-up environments
  • Ability to manage and coordinate medium-to large-scale projects that involve detailed logistical coordination as well as “big picture” thinking for short-and long-term
  • Knowledge about the tactics and strategy of community organizing
  • Knowledge and passion about social justice issues and topics
  • Exceptional strategic-thinking and operational skills
  • Demonstrated commitment to and belief in Teach For America’s mission and core values
  • High level of personal responsibility and optimism
  • Proficiency in MS Word, Excel and PowerPoint
  • Fun and collegial demeanor
  • Access to a car highly preferred
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Teach For America - Staff