• Community Manager

    Job Locations US-MA-Boston
    Posted Date 2 weeks ago(5/31/2019 4:05 PM)
    Job ID
    2019-1385
    # of Openings
    1
    Category
    Education
    Type
    Fiscal Sponsorship Projects
    Location : Name
    The Teacher Collaborative
  • Overview

    The Teacher Collaborative is a community built by teachers, for teachers that fosters collaboration, empowers innovation, and creates meaningful professional learning opportunities for all educators. We are a startup non-profit located in Boston with a statewide focus. Founded in 2016, the Teacher Collaborative became a fiscally sponsored project of TSNE MissionWorks in August of 2017 and is currently working toward being an independent nonprofit organization.

     

    We offer programs that are designed to bring educators together, elevate teachers as experts, support collaboration across schools, and celebrate and share practices that benefit all students. All educators from any school across Massachusetts are invited to participate in our core programs:

     

    • Educator Exchange: The Educator Exchange offers in-person and virtual spaces for educators to connect, share, and learn. At in-person networking events, educators learn about a new topic, share ideas and resources, and connect with other educators from different schools and districts around the state. Educators find like-minded educators and celebrate what's great about teaching. We are also building a vibrant online community that keeps teachers connected to their best resource: one another. Through online interactions, teachers access in-the-moment advice and resources.
    • Co-Labs for Innovation: Co-Labs for Innovation reimagine professional learning into a personalized, yet collaborative experience driven by teachers’ needs and interests. Teachers from different schools collaborate on a problem of practice that's important to teachers and students. Teachers learn to work smarter, not harder.

     

    In addition, we consult to schools, districts, and other non-profits on projects that are aligned with our mission of making all schools better places to learn--for students, teachers, and school leaders. For example, we run design thinking sessions, create and facilitate opportunities for teachers to participate in decision-making and leadership, and design and run in-person events that showcase teachers’ innovative ideas and work.

     

    Organizational Values:

    • Teachers matter. Teachers' work is essential to a high functioning society; they have the power to change lives.
    • Teachers are natural problem solvers. Teachers are continually innovating and evolving their practice to meet students’ needs.
    • Teachers are the experts. Teachers have the expertise to develop solutions to the most important challenges facing education today.
    • Teachers deserve the best. Teachers deserve engaging, high-quality and personalized professional learning opportunities just like students.
    • Teachers need each other. We believe in breaking down barriers that prevent teachers from accessing their best resource: each other.

     How We Work:

    • We do everything we can to help teachers feel supported, welcomed, and valued.
    • We are an entrepreneurial organization with a bias towards action. We solve problems, try new things, and constantly reflect on how we can continue to improve.
    • We take responsibility for doing the highest quality work and we also lend a helping hand. We recognize that we are #BetterTogether.
    • We communicate thoughtfully and empathetically. We aren't afraid to ask questions and we aren't afraid to give candid feedback in service of improving our skills and products. We take ownership over our genius moments and fails.

    Responsibilities

    Position Summary

     

    The Community Manager will lead the development of the Teacher Collaborative community, primarily through the Educator Exchange, including both in-person and virtual opportunities for teachers to connect and collaborate. Our community has grown swiftly via word-of-mouth and we are seeking someone to help us take it to the next level by ensuring that the Educator Exchange opportunities we offer continue to be exciting, inclusive, and relevant to large numbers of educators, thereby growing the number of teachers who participate in the community.  Because we work with educators, many of our events and meetings take place in the evening including Educator Exchange events (generally 5-7:30pm).

     

    Essential Job Functions

    The Community Manager reports to the Executive Director and is responsible for the following activities:

     

    • Developing a teacher-centered vision for the Teacher Collaborative community
      • Analyze existing teacher data and conduct additional focus groups and outreach to better understand the existing community.
      • Create ambitious, attainable goals for outreach, participant satisfaction, and community diversity along a number of dimensions including geographic location, subject/grade, sector, years of experience, and race/gender, to ensure that our community remains inclusive and welcoming to all educators.
      • Develop a coherent yearlong plan that includes large events, smaller dinner events, and online “programming” that will align with teachers’ needs and interests and attract new members to the community.
      • Continuously manage our educator database (SalesForce) to keep it updated. Make note of patterns and trends that can inform our outreach and programming, and share key data points organization-wide and with the larger teacher community via a simple dashboard.
    • Leading the planning of Educator Exchange events including, securing content experts/resources, managing logistics, and supporting marketing
      • Identify and secure guest speakers/experts and high-quality open source resources to share at in-person events; develop and execute creative means for sharing resources with event attendees.
      • Fully manage the logistics of monthly Educator Exchange events, including securing event space and catering, setting up and managing registration, printing materials, leading the set-up and break-down of events and processing and tracking event expenses.
      • Collaborate with the Director of Programs to create and execute outreach and event recruitment plans that ensure that we are reaching as many educators as possible.
    • Building a vibrant online community from the ground up
      • Contribute to an organization-wide decision-making process about the best method(s)/platform(s) for engaging teachers virtually, by conducting both industry research and focus groups.
      • Develop and execute a roll-out plan and accompanying benchmarks to track progress over time, towards designing, building, and nurturing an online space where educators can share and connect, both in response to in-person programming, and independently.
      • Collaborate with the Director of Programs to ensure coherence across programs and communication channels (website, social media, podcast, e-newsletters, etc.)
    • Contributing to a growing start-up organization
      • As a new start-up, we are often “all hands on deck” and require our team members to sometimes contribute to areas outside of their scope, including anything from brainstorming and strategic thinking to mundane tasks.

    Qualifications

    We will consider exceptional candidates who demonstrate a strong combination of the specific qualifications and skills described below.

      • Strong organizational and interpersonal skills.
      • Detail oriented: able to manage multiple projects simultaneously in a way that is planful and that ensures excellent implementation; event planning experience is strongly preferred.
      • Experience with social media marketing and online communities (or a willingness to learn quickly and independently).
      • Outstanding communication skills, both written and verbal.
      • Solutions-oriented: willing to put in extra time to problem solve independently and creatively when needed.
      • Tolerance for ambiguity and the ability to think quickly and flexibly.
      • Alignment with organizational mission; belief that educators are awesome and deserve to be supported as leaders and experts in the highest quality ways possible.
      • Familiarity with trends in the teaching profession (retention, evaluation, leadership, career paths) and/ or a willingness to learn quickly and independently in order to ensure that Educator Exchange content is aligned to teachers’ interests and needs.
      • Interest in joining a small early-stage startup organization with a fast-paced, collegial environment.
      • Preferred: At least 1 year of experience teaching or working in a school in some capacity.

    We are building an inclusive, diverse, and welcoming community for all educators in Massachusetts. It is important to us that our staff reflects these values and commitment. People of color are strongly encouraged to apply.

     

     

    TSNE MissionWorks/Teacher Collaborative  envisions a society grounded in the principles of social and economic justice. As such, we strive to achieve excellence through a diverse and inclusive workplace that honors the unique talents and lived experiences of each person. Our vision and values are reflected in all our employment-related decisions, including hiring practices. Accordingly, TSNE MissionWorks actively seeks people who bring diverse backgrounds and perspectives to join us in our work.

     

    As an EOE/AA employer, TSNE MissionWorks/Teacher Collaborative will not discriminate in its employment practices due to an applicant’s race, color, religion, sex, national origin or ancestry, age, sexual orientation, gender identification, genetic information, veteran or disability status or any other factor prohibited by law.  

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