This position is responsible for developing and executing a
strategic communications and outreach plan that advances the
mission and vision of NAFSCE and our commitment to diversity,
equity, inclusion, and justice. The Director will be responsible
for managing all external communication vehicles; supporting
effective outreach to NAFSCE’s partners, funders, members, and
stakeholders; and compelling their interest, support and
engagement. They will effectively supervise and cultivate the
professional growth of NAFSCE’s Senior Manager of Communications.
This position will lead fund development efforts including managing
a collaborative team effort in the identification, development and
submission of grant proposals, as well as grant reports. This
position will also be responsible for leading and executing a
“spread and scale” strategy for NAFSCE programmatic initiatives in
collaboration with NAFSCE’s Directors through various dissemination
strategies, including media engagement. The Director will work
closely with the Executive Director, providing counsel on a range
of organization-wide priorities. The successful candidate’s
exceptional writing skills will be evident through foundation and
government grants developed, as well as op-ed and other writing
which advances influence, supports mindset shifts, and galvanizes
stakeholders. His/her commitment to teamwork, and support of a
collaborative and results-oriented culture will reinforce NAFSCE’s
core values and sustained growth.
- Develop and implement a multi-channel, integrated
communications and marketing strategy focused on a “spread and
scale” approach that increases awareness of and engagement with
NAFSCE’s strategic initiatives.
- Engage with NAFSCE partner and stakeholder communications staff
to support a synergistic effort to maximize dissemination efforts
of NAFSCE strategic initiatives.
- Create and implement a strategy to use social media to advance
strategic goals, develop and oversee staff in creating and
distributing content and messaging via social media channels, and
increase followers and engagement.
- In collaboration with staff across the organization, assist
with the conception, production and successful release of multiple
forms of content, including flagship reports, other research, blog
posts, emails, and others.
- Collaborate with teams across the organization to amplify
programs and projects.
- Provide strategic and tactical advice to staff to help them
improve their written products.
- Manage the organization’s editorial calendar.
- Oversee the enhancement of NAFSCE’s brand, including the
utilization of graphics, taglines, etc.
- Place, pitch, and publish various public media content,
developing and maintaining relationships with relevant journalists,
editors, and producers.
- Supervise the professional growth and increased
responsibilities of NAFSCE’s Senior Manager of Communications as
well as communications consultants and interns, when opportunities
avail themselves, to increase overall communications capacity of
- Participate in ongoing strategic conversations with the
Executive Director and NAFSCE Board to advance the mission and
vision of NAFSCE.
- Additional or adjusted responsibilities, as necessary, through
the evolution of NAFSCE, and through ongoing conversations with the
- Research and identify sources of funding; maintain a prospect
- Oversee drafting of proposals for grants, grant reporting and
- Support the reporting requirements for funded grants, working
closely with NAFSCE’s Executive Director.
- Work collaboratively with the Director of Training and
Engagement and the Senior Manager of Communications to develop and
implement member recruitment and retention-related communications
- Test innovative and creative membership concepts targeted at
new audiences to grow the NAFSCE member base.
- Masters Degree in Communications or related field is
- Experience working with families of low-income backgrounds,
diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds and educational
- Experience advancing early childhood and/or K-12 education
- Minimum of at least seven years experience in a Director of
Communications or similar position, including at least three
directly supervising staff
- Grant writing experience
- Proficiency utilizing Microsoft Office and Communications
- Other appropriate combination of academic and work
- A commitment to racial equity, diversity, inclusion, and
belonging, with an approach that values the individual and respects
differences and builds networks
Salary & Benefits
- Range starts at $95,000
- Employer contributed 401(k) Plan at 10% of salary (following
- Short and Long-Term Disability coverage as well as Life
- Health (NAFSCE covers 80% of premium), Dental (NAFSCE covers
90% of premium) and Vision insurance
- Generous Vacation (New hires start with 15 days, increasing to
20 days) Sick and Personal Time Off (5 days)
- Paid Family Medical Leave benefits
- 7 paid holidays plus the holiday week
- Direct deposit payroll