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Manager, Government Relations
Manager, Government Relations

Manager, Government Relations

Company : TeachForIndia
Salary : Details not provided
Location : Karnataka

Full Description

Reporting to: Director, Government Relations

Directly Managing: Associate, Government Relations

As Teach For India enters Phase 4 of its growth, the Bangalore team is looking to expand and strengthen its public sector partnerships. The GR Manager will lead Teach For India’s regional advocacy efforts, develop and execute a GR roadmap for the city, launch innovative pilot programs, and collaborate on projects with the government. The role involves working closely with representatives at different levels in the city and state government, relevant social organizations in the region, and other decision-makers/stakeholders. The Manager in Bangalore Government Relations team will help strengthen the foundation for the vertical and will be responsible for executing the following activities:

As a Strategist for the Region [50%]

  • Secure Government approvals and adherence agreements from school officials for all conditions needed to ensure programmatic success for the Fellowship (e.g. MoU's for schools, instructional time commitments, use of TFI’s pedagogical tools, etc.)
  • Work with SMRM and GR vertical to identify high-impact initiatives for the region that require partnering and/or collaborating with the government
  • Take complete ownership of designing and executing 2-3 regional pilot programs
  • Respond to all inbound requests for collaborative projects from the government; identify high-impact projects and work with city and state government bodies to assess the feasibility
  • Identify ed-related challenges in the region and work with the Government and/or partners to design new initiatives that address these challenges
  • Research and monitor local government activities that could affect and/or aid Teach For India’s vision and mission
  • Develop clear and concise factsheets, talking points, testimonies of impact, legislative summaries, etc, as and when required

As a Relationship Builder [40%]

  • Act as a thought partner to the City Director, <city>; provide inputs to regional roadmaps and co-design operational plans for each pilot in the region
  • Collaborate with other verticals to implement cross-vertical initiatives and share region-relevant stakeholder priorities
  • Work with the School and Community Relations (SCR) Associate to address critical issues related to the Fellowship, Fellows, and/or our operations in TFI partner schools; collaboratively ‘problem solve’ solutions with SCR Associate to build their capacity
  • Develop and implement a strategy for strengthening government relationships across educational institutions (e.g. SCERT, DIET) and across all levels within each institution
  • Establish channels to build new relationships with regional government officials, educational experts, and other decision-makers
  • Understand regional requirements and support individual government stakeholders in designing effective initiatives to advance common goals and regional strategies
  • When necessary, forge new coalitions with the Government, Alumni, and/or other ed-focused organizations to support current or future needs
  • Ensure results from pilot programs are documented, communicated, and proactively discussed with government decision-makers; help design and scale successful initiatives
  • Schedule regular touchpoints with regional decision-makers; co-create agenda and co-lead senior government meetings

As a Team Leader [10%]

  • Hire, train, and develop new members on the team when required
  • Lead feedback sessions, reflections, team stepbacks, and check-ins with team members to get a pulse on the team health

As a People Manager

  • Building a robust pipeline of talent to lead the organization
  • Driving engagement, growth, and retention of team members
  • Engineering and overseeing a monitoring and evaluation system, coupled with strategic direction, to guide our abilities to continuously improve

As a Manager at Teach For India

  • Contributing to the team goals and priorities beyond individual goals and priorities
  • Serving as an ambassador of the Teach For India brand and an advocate for our work and for educational equity in our country through both internal and external communication after committing time in our classrooms to understand our work more deeply
  • Supporting with key organizational areas such as Recruitment, Selection, Fundraising, Volunteering, Movement Building

Minimum Qualifications, Experiences and Expectations

  • 2-5 years of professional experience in external-facing roles (e.g. public relations, government relations, consulting) or ex-TFI Fellow with relevant/comparable experience
  • Ability to quickly build relationships and influence others without authority
  • Strong problem solving, critical thinking, and decision-making skills to solve complex programmatic challenges
  • Written and oral fluency in Kannad
  • Clear and structured verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to motivate a team and develop individuals over time
  • Experience in driving operations in high pressure, goal-driven environments
  • Experience of having collaborated effectively with a broad range of individuals and groups
  • Experience in starting new initiatives and taking complete ownership of projects

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