Communications Director

Job Type

Full Time




Minimum: $95,000
Maximum: $120,000
Details: Commensurate with experience.



Start Date


Application Deadline



United States


National Public Education Support Fund is seeking a highly skilled and motivated Communications Director with at least five years professional experience who is committed to captivating, innovative, and strategic storytelling.  This full-time position will work directly with the Partnership for the Future of Learning (80%) as well as provide general communications leadership for NPESF (20%).  The Communications Director will work closely with a senior peer group on a variety of strategic initiatives while ensuring skilled sourcing, dissemination, and conduit of information within and across a diverse network and constituent base. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled, with priority given to those received by June 15, 2018. The ability to take knowledge and transform it into exciting and useful messages, and disseminate it to the right audiences through the best distribution channels is critical. While NPESF is located in Washington, D.C. this role will not require relocation for consideration.


  1. Lead the implementation of the Partnership for the Future of Learning’s Shared Story Project, including:
  • Coordinating implementation activities and nimbly adjusting the strategy as needed, including taking considered risks, and helping lead the "getting messy" phase of this effort.
  • Developing and implementing internal communications tactics with partners and other allies to build support and a commitment among funders to fund activities and key grantees
  • Improving how Shared Story relates to and connects with the communications of broader field partners and related strategies.
  • Leading on cultural-change strategies as related to communications.

  1. Develop, implement, and evaluate the annual communications plan across and within the discreet audiences and networks of the Partnership and NPESF.   
  2. Lead the generation of online content that engages audience segments and advances strategic goals. Decide who, where, and when to disseminate. This includes producing original written material in the form of reports, blog posts, press releases, internal notices and memos, social media posts, etc., as well as editing and proofreading the writing of other contributors.
  3. Manage the calendar and workflow of communications.
  4. Manage the work of consultants such as copywriters and copy editors, publicists, designers, developers, videographers and photographers, assistants, etc., and other contributors and consultants all working to help achieve our communications goals. This includes negotiating deliverables, terms, and fees with communications consultants.
  5. Put communications vehicles in place to create momentum and awareness as well as to test the effectiveness of communications activities.
  6. Manage the development, distribution, and maintenance of all print and electronic collateral.
  7. Coordinate the maintenance of strategic web presence.
  8. Develop and support the tracking and measuring of level of engagements within and across network(s) over time.
  9. Manage all media contacts and placement, as needed.
  10. Provide additional and coordinated support for the execution of Partnership and NPESF meetings, convenings, and conferences.
  11. Traveling across the U.S., which is estimated at 3-5 days per month, is necessary.
  12. Contribute to the overall development of communications practices and strategy.
  13. Fulfill other related responsibilities as necessary.


This position calls for a highly skilled and discriminating person who embodies collaborative leadership, including the following attributes:

  • A commitment to building the capacity and involvement of each NPESF and Partnership member, funder, and allying organization
  • Proficiency in digital communications
  • Deeply believe in the NPESF and Partnership’s vision and values and understand and communicate these values in action, including examples of deeper learning, and student-centered approaches
  • Be able to translate strategy into operational plans and execution
  • Be deeply collaborative and a strong listener - be able to build and maintain authentic, trusting relationships that facilitate shared action
  • Recognize that Shared Story is a deeply challenging re-framing effort of our normative and cognitive frames around public education, and the value of diverse communities of families and educators, and that we need to test and employ multiple research and communications tactics
  • Have an understanding of the field of American public education, its historical and current challenges including issues related to equity, democracy, and the role of major institutions (e.g. unions, system associations etc.)
  • Be able to navigate or contract with skilled communications/ PR professionals to get earned media and land generated content in higher visibility venues/markets/publications/outlets
  • Excellent writing/editing and verbal communication skills, with grant administration background a plus
  • Experience interacting with community, government, civic, business, and philanthropic leaders, along with media and community-based organizations.
  • Ability to navigate complex information and make sense out of a multitude of data.
  • Experience doing something hard that required teamwork, coordination, and communication.
  • Ability to develop and manage budgets.
  • Familiarity with contact and database management systems.
  • Willingness and flexibility to work "campaign hours" when necessary (nights and 
weekends); ability to work well under stress and deadlines.
  • Sense of perspective and humor.  


The salary range for this full-time position is $95,000 to $120,000, commensurate with experience. NPESF employees enjoy a strong benefits package.

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

No requirement

How To Apply

  1. Complete a strong review of the current online presence of NPESF and associated collaboratives.

2. Get your professional digital footprint together, resume on LinkedIn, and references ready.

3. Prepare answers to the following questions before you enter them online:

  • What do you do now? Why do you do it?
  • Tell a true story about making a change in the world through communications.
  • Have you overcome a Dip - a real setback? Tell us about it.
  • Why are you interested in this role, at this moment?
  • Share three questions, maxims, or general advice you’d offer us based on what you see and know.
  • Please attach a sample of your work (campaign, press release, newsletter, collateral, or a writing sample).

Fill out our Online Application. Submit everything online by Friday, June 15, 2018. Questions or trouble? Email us at


Following review of all materials submitted, we aim to offer brief interviews for 5-7 applicants. A smaller number of candidates will then be invited for extended interviews with key staff members, including likely in-person meetings in Washington, DC. We hope to have a new staff member named to this role in July 2018.

NPESF is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, gender, gender identity, gender expression, age, ethnicity, national origin, immigration status, sexual orientation, religion, HIV serostatus, disability, height, weight, veteran status or marital status.