Senior Director, Strategic Communications

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National Alliance for Public Charter Schools

Published 20 days ago

What is the Role

The National Alliance for Public Charter Schools, the leading national nonprofit dedicated to advancing the charter school movement, is recruiting a talented and motivated communications professional to join its growing team.

The Senior Director, Strategic Communications will report to the Senior Vice President of Communications and Marketing and will help craft and execute communications strategies that further organizational goals and support efforts at the federal, state, local and partner level. The Senior Director, Strategic Communications, collaborates with key internal partners on the state, federal and legal teams to ensure that communications impact is maximized. Specifically, the Senior Director is responsible for ensuring the organization’s advocacy priorities are supported by strategic communications efforts, and working with national and state partners, including Charter Support Organizations, to expand the base of support for the charter school movement, ultimately increasing public understanding and favorability on charter schools.

The ideal candidate must be a strong writer, as well as a strategist and a tactician who is able to prioritize multiple tasks in a fast-paced environment. The candidate will also need relationship-building skills and have experience working with external partners to identify organizational opportunities. A successful candidate will bring extensive communications experience in advocacy, legislative or political communications.

What You’ll Do

  • Leading the implementation of an integrated strategic communications plan that builds synergy across state, federal, national and partner objectives, and ensures alignment with the National Alliance’s overall goals. 
  • Partnering with and/or supporting state and national partners -- including education reform organizations, parent organizations and civil rights groups -- on proactive strategic communications campaigns to achieve shared advocacy and communications goals.
  • Partnering with and/or supporting Charter Support Organizations (CSOs), Charter Management Organizations (CMOs) and charter schools on shared advocacy and communications goals.
  • Leading the effort to elevate and amplify diverse voices of the charter school movement, including charter school leaders, teachers, parents, students and alumni, to tell their own stories, providing communications training and developing spokespeople on behalf of the movement.
  • Creating and editing written content including toolkits, talking points, reports, blog posts, statements, grant reports, letters to the editor, etc.
  • Managing the budget and vendor relationships for contractors associated with this work.


Who You Are

  • You have excellent planning and prioritization skills and consider organization as a top strength.
  • You have 10+ years of communications and/or media relations experience.
  • You have strong experience creating and sharing best practices, and rolling out campaigns at the state and local level
  • You have experience in education policy, education reform, in an advocacy organization, on a campaign, or in a state government role.
  • You have meaningful experience creating and executing complex communications strategies with a variety of audiences.
  • You have the ability to distill complex research into talking points for organization’s spokespersons.
  • You have sharp interpersonal and verbal communication skills and are at ease representing the organization to external audiences.
  • You consider editing and writing as two areas where you excel, and you have demonstrable professional experience.
  • You are a multi-tasker and have the ability to manage a variety of key initiatives concurrently.
  • You are a high-energy teammate with the ability to serve as a unifying force and to position communications discussions at both the strategic and tactical levels.
  • You have a positive attitude, strong work ethic, are flexible and have a sense of humor.
  • You are a champion of our work and are committed to working collaboratively with all constituent groups.
  • You consider yourself a self-starter, able to work independently, and entrepreneurial; enjoys creating and implementing new initiatives.
  • You believe that a diversity of perspective results in better outcomes on your team and in the organization, and you strive to establish an inclusive environment that fosters open feedback and growth.
  • You are committed to the mission of the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools.

Who We Are

The National Alliance for Public Charter Schools believes all families deserve access to a high-quality public school. Charter schools are innovative public schools that operate independently from the local school district. Each of these schools is developed to be a partnership between parents, teachers, and students.

When given the option, many parents are choosing to enroll their children in charter schools. In fact, the demand for charter schools is far outpacing the supply in most communities. What began as a small movement in a few states has grown to become a major force in public education across the country. Through advocacy, research, and strategic communications, the National Alliance works to grow the number of high-quality charter schools available to all families, especially those who do not have access to high-quality public schools.

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The National Alliance for Public Charter Schools is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to fostering a diverse and multicultural work environment. The National Alliance encourages applications from all qualified candidates without regard to race, color, religion, creed, gender, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, veteran, or any other category protected by law.

What is the Role

The National Alliance for Public Charter Schools, the leading national nonprofit dedicated to advancing the charter school movement, is recruiting a talented and motivated communications professional to join its…

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