TNTP seeks a full-time National Campaign Strategist. This position may be based in a home office anywhere in the U.S. or from the TNTP central office in Brooklyn, NY, and is available immediately. Frequent travel is required.
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.
TNTP’s Community Engagement team partners with school districts and charter schools to create structures and practices that fully utilize the ideas, energy, and resources of the entire community and enable districts and communities to work toward the shared goal of improved educational experiences and increased life outcomes for all students. These structures support and shape teacher training and development, leadership at the school and district level, human capital, and turnaround services. Our vision for a supportive environment that authentically engages school communities rests on four pillars:
- Intentional Culture & Diversity - An intentional culture is one that is purposefully reflective of the community’s demographics and perspectives. This will require districts to create a culture of inclusivity where all voices are heard.
- Supportive Environments - A supportive environment is one where school system leaders prioritize authentic engagement through actions like training all educators in foundational communication skills (e.g. cultural competency) to ensure they are well equipped to create a positive home to school relationship with families and a positive classroom/school environment for all stakeholders.
- Effective 360 Communication - Effective communication occurs when all stakeholders feel safe and empowered to receive and provide information to one another. School system leaders foster effective communication through transparency and creating opportunity for community members to share their perspectives. Community members buttress the communication by exercising the opportunities to both listen and be heard.
- Shared Vision & Accountability - A community must share a common goal for sustainable changes to education that create an environment for students to thrive academically. And, the community members must hold one another accountable for that goal. Without a shared vision, there is no common space for a community to engage authentically and productively.
What You’ll Do
The National Campaign Strategist is a new position at TNTP, created to organize a broad and diverse base of stakeholders to advocate for changes to education policy and practice that increase equitable outcomes for all students. The research, findings, and publication of TNTP’s sixth major research effort, to launch in fall 2018, will serve as the core impetus for TNTP’s campaign and advocacy efforts. The National Campaign Strategist will work internally with a cross-functional campaign team, including professionals from Communications & Publications; Community Engagement & Policy, Strategy & Operations; and our Leadership, and Executive Teams. Externally, the National Campaign Strategist will serve as lead organizer and coalition-builder, building power and momentum for moving the field through organizing relationships, forging partnerships, and creating opportunities to win changes in policy and practice. The National Campaign Strategist will report to TNTP’s Vice President for Policy & Community Engagement.
Specific responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
- Work with TNTP leadership to determine and develop a robust and comprehensive campaign strategy designed around TNTP’s forthcoming national report, with a clear set of goals, tactics, and success measures
- Facilitate the work of a cross-functional campaign team, including members from policy, communications, community engagement, the leadership team, and the executive team
- Engage and manage a broad and diverse set of external partners, developing a national coalition that can advance the campaign goals at national scale and in targeted states and local communities
- Ensure that TNTP is consistently sharing information, convening and communicating with partners, and listening- in order to be informed about how the field is helping to advance the campaign, and how TNTP can adjust and best facilitate momentum
- Develop a relationship management system that helps the campaign and the organization track and coordinate partnerships with organizations, networks, influencers, elected, and other education leaders
- Serve as lead point person with an external public relations firm, ensuring that the campaign and TNTP are maximizing the benefits of outside expertise; manage all aspects of contracted scope of work with an eye toward building TNTP’s capacity beyond the shelf-life of discrete campaigns
- Manage the day-to-day needs of the campaign efforts, including tracking project budgets, facilitating meetings/events, developing coalition partnerships, communications, and serving as a liaison to outside groups
- Strategy designer for engaging youth leadership and developing youth education engagement strategies
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 young peoples’ lives through education. You bring a sense of urgency to the mission and the opportunity presented by the release of new research, new connections, and new ways to enact change. You’ll be right at home here if you cultivate strong relationships and push yourself, your work, and the people around you to the next level.
- Minimum of 7 years of experience leading issue or political campaigns
- Demonstrated success as a field organizer running issue or political campaigns
- Knowledge of and experience working with voter files, modeling and targeting, and other public records
- Excellent relationship-building and organizing skills, with demonstrated success in continuously engaging broad and diverse stakeholder to take action
- Strong project management skills, with experience managing people, teams, and project budgets
- In-depth knowledge of grassroots, local, state, and national education advocacy organizations and networks
- Excellent listening, interpersonal, and relationship-building skills
- Demonstrated ability to build partnerships with individuals and organizations across lines of traditional divide- including race, class, political ideology, and geography
- Strong working knowledge of issues affecting education and education equity, as well as federal, state and municipal legislative processes
- Demonstrated ability to work effectively in politically sensitive and high-pressure environments
- Ability to travel on a regular basis as needed, and for extended periods of time
- Ability to make connections between information, people, and organizations – and relate it to the work of TNTP
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.
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.
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