XQ’s mission is to fuel, inspire and catalyze America’s collective creativity in order to transform our high
schools so every student can succeed. XQ: The Super School Project launched in September 2015 as an
open call to rethink and design the American high school. More than 10,000 students, educators, parents
and community leaders from all 50 states and representing nearly 4,000 communities answered this call
by proposing innovative, student-centered models for 21st century learning. To date, XQ has pledged
$115 million to a growing number of the most promising ideas, actively supporting these teams on their
journeys to become Super Schools.
To meet its ambitious goals, XQ Super Schools is looking for a Community Engagement Manager
(“Manager”) to join our team.
Under the supervision of the Campaigns Director, and in concert with the Communications and School
Support teams, the Manager will support XQ’s national and local efforts to earn a social movement to
rethink and reinvent American public high school.
With guidance from the Campaigns Director, and in collaboration with the XQ Team, the Manager will:
• Work as a part of the team to develop calls-to-action and partnership strategies. Will manage
partner relations as necessary.
• Build and steward partnerships with communities, educators and families, electeds, business
leaders, nonprofits, foundations, student groups, and other organizations.
• Collaboratively design national and local strategies for broad outreach, civic engagement and
partnership in public education.
• Create opportunities for collaboration through national events, roundtables, and town halls.
• Through community relationships, build attendance for XQ-led events across the country. This
will include outreach and ongoing cultivation of stakeholder and organizational relationships.
• Occasionally serve as the XQ spokesperson, and be able to speak on the record articulately,
accurately and clearly with local television, newspapers, radio, and internet based media.
• Coordinate and facilitate roundtable (or other format, TBD) events for students, teachers,
parents, and communities – often with local, state and national elected leaders – as needed.
• Draft briefs, memos, summary reports, and analysis documents in these issue areas.
• Build and maintain community relationships across the country.
• Excellent knowledge of community organizing and engagement, including public speaking and
• Background knowledge on youth development, education and education policy
• Versed in building authentic relationships in creative and quick ways and genuinely sustain and
involve them throughout work streams
• A seasoned, experienced professional who can resolve a wide range of issues in creative ways
• Professional event management experience required working in a startup or high growth small
• Proficient using the latest versions of Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Contact and mail merges;
email and web searches
Key Skills of the Ideal Candidate
• Excellent oral and written communication skills; strong public speaking skills
• Strategic and creative problem solver
• Strong customer service and relationship building skills
• Proven ability to collaborate with a small and diverse team
• Thrives in a fast paced, high intensity environment
• Flexible and willing to perform other tasks as assigned
• Self-starter, who enjoys working independently
• Meticulously organized and detailed
• A pattern of executing against goals on time and to high standards
• Exceptional interpersonal skills with the ability to connect with and develop relationships with a
wide range of individuals
• Ability to adapt to challenges and opportunities with a solution-oriented perspective.
• Commitment and ability to understand and articulate the mission, programs and activities of XQ
• Community organizing skills (preferred).
• Spanish speaking skills (preferred).
• Ability to travel ~60% of the time.
• XQ Institute offers competitive benefits and salary for this role.
XQ is proud to be an equal opportunity workplace. At XQ promoting, celebrating, and supporting
diversity is a core value. Individuals are considered without regards to race, gender, age, sexual
orientation, sexual expression, religion, color, veteran status, disability, marital status, or ancestry.
Minimum Education Required