Use your communications expertise to help end educational inequality.
TNTP seeks a full-time Director of Internal Communications for our Communications & Publications Department. This position is based in a home office anywhere in the U.S. and is available immediately. Travel for team and organizational meetings is required a few times a year.
Who We Are
TNTP is a national nonprofit founded by teachers that believes our nation’s public schools can offer all children an excellent education. Today we’re a diverse team from a wide range of fields, united by a fierce commitment to helping school systems end educational inequality and achieve their goals for students. We work at every level of the public education system to attract and train talented teachers and school leaders, ensure rigorous and engaging classrooms, and create environments that prioritize great teaching and accelerate student learning.
Our Communications & Publications Department works to position TNTP as the nation’s most authoritative voice on effective teaching and providing all students with the quality education they deserve. We are a collaborative, creative team leading TNTP's marketing, publications and communications efforts. Our team is virtual, with some of us based in TNTP’s New York City office, and the rest working remotely from home offices across the country.
What You’ll Do
The Director of Internal Communications will report to the Partner for Communications and will help lead TNTP’s efforts to equip our staff to serve as advocates for TNTP’s mission and work. The Director of Internal Communications will lead the internal communications team to advance our organizational work on diversity, equity, and inclusion; create content that clarifies TNTP’s strategic direction; empower knowledge sharing; and build an inclusive culture that supports equity, learning, and innovation. Specific responsibilities include:
- Build strong relationships and become a trusted thought partner with leaders at all levels across TNTP.
- Manage and develop a thriving team, maintaining a consistent bar for quality and developing your people to reach their full potential.
- Establish a vision and strategy for internal communications and manage complex projects to completion—even in the face of ambiguity and tight deadlines.
- Develop comprehensive communications strategies (including goals, messages, and advice on tactics) to ensure that staff feel connected to TNTP’s mission and receive clear, compelling, and consistent messages about everything from routine events like benefits enrollment to complex decisions about organizational identity.
- Engage staff in a sustained conversation about TNTP’s work and values to help refine—and build investment and affinity in—the organization’s strategic direction and deepen its commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
- Write and edit memos, internal blog posts, PowerPoint presentations, website copy, and other communications materials for internal staff.
- Support efforts to facilitate org-wide knowledge management.
What You Bring
We are looking for amazing people who have diverse backgrounds and experiences, are inspired by our mission, and are highly motivated to change lives through education. If you’re seen as a problem solver, a doer and a clear communicator, you’ll fit right in here. We’re looking for talented people who are extremely detail oriented, cultivate relationships, and can thrive in a fast-paced environment.
We expect our Director of Internal Communications to:
- Be a leader on our Communications team. You have a clear vision, passion and commitment to quality communication and can invest others in that vision including delivering messages to executive leadership and comfort with being a voice of dissent.
- Lead thriving teams. One of your greatest responsibilities and privileges will be to manage TNTP’s people. You will lead staff that you manage to success by developing staff and leveraging their strengths.
- Think strategically. You solve problems and grasp the big picture and root cause easily so you can define and lead new ways forward. You are curious and thrive in fast-paced environments.
- Write, edit, and communicate visually. You write clear and compelling copy that’s informed by your sensitive ear and knack for distilling complex ideas into simple terms. You’re attuned to the experiences and concerns of your audiences, and it’s second nature for you to adapt your writing accordingly—and often on a tight deadline. You’re comfortable communicating visually, too. You can make basic charts and PowerPoint slides to enhance your written arguments, and you can manage designers to create more sophisticated graphics when necessary.
- Strong ability to think strategically and creatively, and to distill complex and potentially controversial issues into compelling messages and materials for a variety of audiences
- Experience managing, developing, and retaining a staff to consistently deliver high-quality work and meet goals
- Proven experience (4+ years) crafting messages and communications strategies that motivate target audiences to take specific actions
- Significant experience supporting and influencing diverse sets of clients and stakeholders including those in positions of leadership
- A track record of consistently managing complex, high-stakes projects—often several at once—with many stakeholders and rapidly changing priorities and timelines
- Ability to understand high level vision while bringing a high level of precision and detail into implementation
- Exceptional writing ability
- High emotional intelligence and strong listening skills
- Proficiency in Microsoft Office
- Fluency/expertise in graphic design and associated tools (preferred)
- A willingness to work non-standard hours and/or occasional weekends
What We Offer
TNTP offers a competitive salary commensurate with experience in a similar position with the potential for an annual performance-based bonus. We offer a comprehensive benefits plan, covering the majority of the employee premium for the base medical plan and subsidizing the majority of costs for a spouse/domestic partner and children. Other benefits include dental and vision plans, disability, life insurance, parenting benefits, flexible spending account options, generous vacation time, commuter benefits, referral bonuses, professional development, and a 403(b) plan with employer matching. We also offer an inclusive environment where staff are encouraged to bring their whole selves to work every day. TNTP may offer a relocation stipend to defray the cost of moving for this role, if applicable.
Please submit your resume and tailored cover letter online at https://bit.ly/2FxGUiv.
It’s in your best interest to apply as soon as possible. We recommend including a cover letter in your application addressing why you are interested in TNTP and how your experience has prepared you for this position.
TNTP is an equal employment opportunity employer committed to maintaining a non-discriminatory work environment. TNTP does not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, gender, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, or any other personal characteristic protected by applicable law.
Benefits and hiring process: http://tntp.org/join
Life at TNTP: http://tntp.org/about-tntp/our-people
Minimum Education Required