The Manager, Government Relations and Advocacy will be responsible for driving a systemic change in the education sector through government bodies while liaising with various stakeholders. This involves building relationships with various partner schools and leveraging key influencers in the local city government. The Manager will work closely with the Program team, Fellows, School, and Community to identify the current challenges and design a strategy to overcome them. The manager is responsible to find long term solutions for partnering with the Government at State and City level.
The Mumbai city operations team has an exciting and challenging role of driving the Teach For India vision and mission. This involves training and supporting Fellows to ensure impact in their classrooms, schools, and communities, to ensure an impact on themselves and to prepare Fellows for their post Fellowship journey. The team works with various stakeholders in the city of Mumbai like our Alumni, Government, corporates, foundations, NGOs to drive our vision. Mumbai will be entering into its seventh year of operation in 2016 – 17; we will have ~220 Fellows, ~23 city operations team members and ~320 Alumni working in the city.
What Teach For India Can Offer You
1) A challenging yet flexible workplace in which every individual employee’s staff journey is tracked for excellence and leadership development.
2) A work environment in which employees’ holistic well-being is a core priority, enabling people to be their best selves.
3) The opportunity to be part of one of the most established and visionary movements in the education sector in India which is at a pivotal point in terms of expanding its scale and outreach across the nation and working with changemakers across the country.
4) Access to connections and resources from the global Teach For All network that includes partner organisations spanning 48 countries across 6 continents.
5) Remuneration that is competitive with Indian NGO pay scales and a benefits package that includes extensive medical insurance and maternity coverage for both parents
Primary responsibilities include but are not limited to:
Create partners for the movement in the Government and Administrative Machinery.
Bringing a systemic change in the educational landscape through government bodies at all levels to:
Support Alumni for getting opportunities in the government sectors E.g. A sports coach in any government school.
Support Fellows for getting opportunities in the government sectors
Working towards the accreditation of the Fellowship and PM (Program Manager) roles.
Design an elaborate vision for Teach For India’s expansion in the region and manage the Fellow placements for the incoming Fellows by ensuring smooth MOU renewals, building the annual placement strategy, and looking into the expansion into other Government and low-income private schools in the city.
Identify and create champions of the movement among government stakeholders.
Facilitate learning and create spaces/projects for collective action between 1) Government Champions, 2) Government Champions and Fellows/Alumni.
Invest Government Stakeholders in the implementation of the Phase 3 Alumni Possibilities (the Alumni Incubator, Alumni Accelerator and Learning Circles) in the Region.
Expand and Support Fellowship Opportunities.
Support the Fellowship in the city by creating and securing partnerships, agreements or memorandums directly with government bodies as well as indirectly with school stakeholders through the School /Community Relations Associates.
Design the city’s school placement strategy, effectively mapping high need areas/schools with city priorities and implement the same with the inputs of the School and Community Relations Associate.
Support the regional movement by creating internship/career opportunities in the Government for our Fellows/Alumni.
Collaborate to create win-wins across External Partnership Verticals.
Provide inputs to the database across Government and School Stakeholders and the External Partnerships Dashboard.
Working in cohesion with the program team, school and community teams, fellows to understand the current challenges and designing a strategy to tackle these challenges and monitor its implementation.
Support and manage the development of the School and Community Associate in policy and administration related aspects and monitor the alignment of approach in schools with the Senior Program Manager.
Build systematic funding partnerships in liaison with the Development team to achieve all of the above.
Support in Recruitment, Selection, Matriculation based on interest and skills.
Support at Training Institute based on interest and skills.
Support in planning and organizing city events like InspirED, mid-year retreats.
Minimum Qualifications, Skills and Competencies
Adaptability (ability to work in unstructured environments with minimal supervision)
Familiarity and/or experience working with government systems
Strong BRIO [Building Relationships and Influencing Others] skills
Proficiency in Hindi/Marathi
Openness to local travel
Relationship management skills
Ability to work independently
Belief that every single child deserves an excellent education
Strong on Integrity, respect, humility and empathy
Strong sense of adaptability
2-3 years of relevant work experience (which includes investing stakeholders, making presentations)
Graduate in any stream