Posted on August 27, 2012
Teach With Africa
Teach With Africa - Executive Director
Teach With Africa aims to increase access to a quality education for all children so they can transform their lives, their communities and their future. To do so, Teach With Africa takes U.S. educators to Africa and brings African educators to the U.S. in a reciprocal, focused exchange of teaching and learning designed to improve practice, build leaders and strengthen understanding.
Teach With Africa stands at Year 5 with considerable experience and insight gleaned from four years of teacher exchanges with more than 100 educators and 15 participating school sites in the US and SA, having impacted the learning experience of thousands of students. From founders Margie and Larry Schlenoff’s beginning dream of sending two teachers to work in South Africa, to the reality of our first cohort of 12 teachers placed at LEAP Science and Maths Schools in Cape Town in 2008, we have grown our program dramatically in the past four years.
TWA program activity since 2008:
- Five annual teaching team trips between 2008-2012, with a total of 100 educators placed at LEAP for a cumulative 500+ weeks,
- 35 LEAP graduates/student teachers placed in US school internships for a cumulative 100+ weeks over the past 4 years
- 15 school sites in both SA and the US
- $1 million raised over four years from more than 500 donors, large and small
TWA is entering its next phase of growth with the initial stage of developing a global educational leadership/teacher training institute in partnership with the LEAP Science and Maths Schools in South Africa (http://leapschools.org.za). This Institute will serve as the over-arching, strategic framework within which to integrate and operate our programs and scale our impact.
We are seeking an experienced non-profit executive to drive the next phase of Teach With Africa’s growth with proven success in fundraising/major gifts/grants, donor relations, program scaleability, and organizational capacity. For more information, please visit www.teachwithafrica.org. Salary is commensurate with experience, benefits included.
Primary Roles and Responsibilities:
- Functioning as chief executive officer of 501c3 non-profit organization, overseeing all organizational initiatives, including but not limited to responsibility for all programmatic, administrative, and funding development efforts.
- Working with Board of Directors to fulfill governance requirements and exercise fiscal oversight.
- Formulating and directing plan for achieving mission, preserving corporate values.
- Developing and implementing strategy, annual goals, and program and financial objectives.
- Developing and implementing all fundraising strategies and activities, including individual donor campaigns, online/social media campaigns, grant strategies, and events (including annual gala benefit and other third-party fundraising events) in order to achieve budget goals.
- Leading and managing team currently consisting of a program/development director, P/T bookkeeper, senior advisor (former ED) and volunteers
- Overseeing organizational functions including infrastructure development, resource and volunteer development, and donor relations.
- Overseeing implementation of strategic initiatives, including the South African teacher training center partnership with the LEAP Science and Maths Schools, deploying resources, planning, metrics/measurement and support.
- Developing and overseeing teacher training programs, including recruiting, orientation and implementation for all project teaching teams across all sites, and educational partner development.
- Overseeing operations/administration, including budget development and oversight; staff and faculty management and supervision; HR issues and benefits; operational and fiscal planning and oversight; strategic planning; board recruitment and development.
- Serving as organization’s primary communications spokesperson, communicating effectively and in a timely manner with all constituencies including Board, donors and partners.
- Conducting in-person, on-site partner visits internationally, typically 2-3 trips per year/1-4 weeks each in duration
5-7 years of experience in non-profit operations and administration, with successful fundraising/development track record. Ideal candidate also has international NGO experience and PR/Communications/Event Planning expertise. Desired but not required is content expertise in teacher training, knowledge and familiarity with South African education system, knowledge and familiarity with successful U.S. education practices for underserved children. Must be culturally fluent and experienced in donor/partner relations, with highly structured organizational and management skills. Must be able to travel internationally, typically 2-3 trips per year; 1-4 weeks each in duration. This position is based in San Francisco. Must be available to work from TWA office with some flexibility for occasional telecommuting/ working remotely arrangements. Must be available to work occasional evening and weekend hours when needed.
B.A. or B.S., computer literacy in office applications and fundraising databases. Master’s degree in relevant field desirable but not required.
Interested candidates should send a cover letter, C.V. and references to:
Teach With Africa
5758 Geary Blvd. #321
San Francisco, CA 94121