Talent Together Program and Operations Associate

Full Time
Talent Together
Mid Level

Who We Are

Talent Together is a consortium of all 56 of Michigan’s Intermediate School Districts (ISDs) and Regional Educational Service Agencies (RESAs). The consortium has committed to working closely together and with key partners, including colleges and universities, the Michigan Department of Education, the Department of Labor, and the Michigan Educator Workforce Initiative to design and implement a suite of programs that provide pathways into the teaching profession. 

Talent Together seeks to provide equitable access and opportunity to the teaching profession by eliminating barriers and providing multiple levels of support to ensure candidates can complete a high-quality teacher preparation program. We acknowledge and respect participants’ diverse identities, cultures, and traditions and create environments where participants feel a sense of belonging so that, ultimately, children across Michigan learn from a more diverse and well-prepared teacher workforce. 

What We Do

The Talent Together consortium has pledged to significantly increase access to the teaching profession by innovating to overcome common barriers such as the cost of coursework and the need to earn a living wage while seeking certification. By creating a Registered Apprenticeship Program that includes job-embedded coursework and comprehensive on-the-job support and learning from expert teachers, Talent Together will create more opportunities for people in communities across our state, many of whom are already working and serving students in our schools, to successfully join and remain in the teaching profession.

What You’ll Do

As a Program and Operations Associate, you will play a pivotal role in supporting the implementation, management, and evaluation of Talent Together’s programming. You will work closely with members of the Talent Together management team, teacher candidates, and external stakeholders to ensure Talent Together’s work is efficient and effective. 

Who You Are

The ideal candidate for this role:

  • Has an entrepreneurial spirit. This person enjoys working in a fast-paced environment and does not get easily overwhelmed by shifting priorities and projects. 
  • Is self-directed and independent. This person will work independently to build systems from the ground up which requires discipline and focus.
  • Has excellent communication skills. This person is skilled at both written and verbal communication and can adapt communications for different audiences.
  • Is detail-oriented and a creative problem solver. This person anticipates challenges in advance and provides proactive solutions to complex problems. 
  • Is a critical and analytical thinker. This person likes to get in the weeds and enjoys analyzing data and translating this data for different stakeholders. 
  • Can navigate and excel within the complexities of a virtual workplace. This person quickly builds skill with online tools (including the Google workspace), while establishing trusting relationships with colleagues and contributing to a positive team culture.
  • Takes ownership of their work while operating within a feedback-rich culture.  This person puts ideas and solutions forward, and then adapts based on feedback and input from colleagues, driving towards effective execution.
  • Operates well in multiple teams (regional and role) and upholds behavioral and performance expectations in all settings. This person understands and commits to the value of cross-team work and can adapt to guidance and expectations of multiple members of a management team. 

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree (or higher) from an accredited college or university
  • 1-2 years of work in a similar role that includes operations, data entry/analysis, and systems management
  • Proficient with software and technology including Google Suite and/or Canva
  • (Preferred) Experience working with Social Media, including posting in professional settings
  • Experience developing, using, and maintaining data collection and management tools and systems
  • Experience and comfort conducting meetings and facilitating or supporting virtual presentations
  • Proficient with software and technology including Zoom, Microsoft and/or Google suite
  • (Preferred) Experience with Salesforce and Canvas (or other similar contact and/or Learning Management Systems)
  • (Preferred) Understanding of Michigan teacher certification rules and structures
  • (Preferred) Experience working in school or school-district based roles

Essential Duties and Responsibilities 

  • Provide administrative and logistical support for the planning, execution, and evaluation of all Talent Together workstreams
  • Collaborate with the Director of Data & Analytics to:
    • Conduct data analysis offering measurement into organizational Objectives and Key Results, and insight into staff management and performance outcomes
    • Conduct regular cycles of data entry, clean up, and reconciliation
    • Create reports that document Talent Together’s progress for the internal team and external stakeholder groups
  • Collaborate with the Partnerships & Operations Manager and Program Manager to coordinate programming with external stakeholder groups including:
    • Managing survey distribution, analysis, and reporting for different stakeholder groups
    • Scheduling recurring meetings and events with post-secondary institution and other partners
    • Collaboration with the Michigan Department of Education and Department of Labor to ensure accurate record keeping
  • Collaborate with the Project Director to support internal and external marketing, media, and communications including:
    • Drafting social media and website content, including creating content calendars
    • Assist with creating and managing knowledge hubs for internal staff and external stakeholders
    • Collaborating with internal team members, candidates, and external stakeholders to develop engaging communications and social media content
    • Monitoring social media channels and website for engagement and trends
    • Preparing resources for publications, media, and conference presentations
  • Execute various administrative duties including
    • Organizing digital files and maintaining digital and physical records
    • Coordinating internal and external meetings by scheduling, sending invitations, and booking necessary resources
    • Coordinating logistics for in person team and candidate events
    • Assisting with general program operations, including organizing and inventory of supplies and program collateral
  • Contribute to Talent Together’s program evolution and expansion by completing special and priority projects as determined jointly with manager 
  • Provide excellent customer service to a number of stakeholders in a wide variety of roles
  • Perform other duties as assigned by Talent Together leadership and direct supervisor

Salary and Benefits

Salary range of $70,150-$80,581 based on qualifications and experience. Benefits include: health, vision, and dental insurance; paid time off; employee assistance program, long term disability insurance; life insurance; and retirement benefits through the Michigan Public School Employees’ Retirement System (MPSERS). 

Terms of Employment

Full time, non-union position; hybrid work environment. This position reports to the Talent Together Senior Director of Finance & Operations. This role is based in a home office. All Talent Together staff members are required to live in Michigan and will be required to travel to various locations in the state. 


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