Strategic Communications Director

Strategic Communications Director

The Strategic Communications Director will spearhead all communications at NACSA, launch a new organizational communications campaign, and manage a small team of creative and talented individuals.

About NACSA and Our Work

At the National Association of Charter School Authorizers (NACSA), our goal is to double the number of students in quality charter schools by 2025. To do this we focus on strengthening charter school authorizing – the organizations, people, and policies behind charter schools. If and how well authorizers fulfill their responsibilities directly shapes the quality of public schools available within a community.

That’s why we work with authorizers across the country to develop, implement, and maintain rigorous authorizing practices. We provide trusted, independent policy resources to build state and city foundations where charters can thrive. We conduct research to build a strong evidence-base for key decision-makers. To best utilize our national voice, we are preparing to issue a new call to action for authorizing and the charter community that fosters more diverse, innovative, and equitable charter growth.

Because every charter school has an authorizer, our work is making a difference for millions of students nationwide. There is no organization better poised to have this kind of impact.

Role and Major Responsibilities

Lead the communications team

  • Oversee a small team of staff and consultants to develop and execute on a communications plan that supports NACSA’s strategic plan goals
  • Collaborate across the organization to ensure the quality of all external content
  • Coach and develop team members to grow and achieve

Own and manage NACSA’s brand and voice as a leader of the charter community

  • Set and guide the tone and core messages of all communications
  • Spearhead a new national communications campaign
  • Serve as an internal champion for brand and message adherence

Lead and execute day-to-day communications activities

  • Manage media relations, including cultivating relationships and crafting statements, talking points, and pitches
  • Oversee and drive the strategy for the release of major publications
  • Support writing, editing, and design of all NACSA content

The Strategic Communications Director will report to the Vice President of External Relations.

Does This Sound Like You?

You are great at giving and receiving feedback.

  • You like it when people “tell it like it is”
  • You are comfortable being candid with everyone in the organization—up, down, and across
  • You genuinely crave feedback and use it to support your own growth
  • You give feedback to improve the work and the growth of those you work with

You excel at time management and prioritization.

  • You stay focused on top priorities, despite more urgent tasks coming your way
  • You can quickly pivot when new priorities come up without losing focus on the big picture and long-term goals
  • You hold yourself and others accountable to following through on plans

You communicate for impact.

  • You cater content to the audience
  • You strive to be culturally competent and recognize culturally incompetent language
  • You simplify wonky concepts so they are easily understandable
  • You believe clarity is more important than thoroughness

You solve problems before they begin.

  • You do not wait to be told what to do
  • You are resourceful
  • You are comfortable asking questions or for help when needed
  • You hold yourself personally responsible for results and are persistent as you follow up and follow through

Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university
  • Prior communications and media relations experience—public sector experience preferred
  • Management experience a plus
  • Firsthand knowledge of charter schools and/or authorizing experience a plus

All Staff Members Demonstrate Alignment With Nacsa’s Values

  • Impact: All your work is designed to increase and improve educational opportunities for children.
  • Equity & Inclusion: You seek out diverse perspectives and evidence to challenge your beliefs, especially considering those most impacted by our work.
  • Candor: You are honest with yourself and others.
  • Shared Ownership: You take ownership for the work of the entire organization.
  •  Work-Life Integration: You respect professional and personal commitments and boundaries between them.

Compensation

NACSA is strongly committed to compensation equity. Our compensation structure for all roles is designed to exceed market medians and ensure that all employees are receiving equitable compensation for the important work they do in service of our mission. The compensation band for this position is $93,000 to $103,000 based on experience.

NACSA also provides an excellent benefits program with generous medical, dental, and disability coverage as well as the option to participate in a 401K matching plan.

Location

NACSA is a virtual organization, with headquarters in Chicago.

To Apply

NACSA encourages individuals of all ethnic, racial, and socioeconomic backgrounds to apply for this position. We are committed to increasing the diversity of our organization and we seek to engage all those who can contribute to this effort.

The review of candidates will begin immediately and continue on a rolling basis until the position is filled. Applications should consist of a current resume and cover letter that is tailored to this specific position and also includes one personal interest, hobby, or cause. Please submit to jobs@qualitycharters.org.

NACSA is committed to providing equal employment opportunities to all qualified individuals and does not discriminate on any basis prohibited by applicable law.