NNSTOY seeks Deputy Director

NNSTOY seeks Deputy Director


The National Network of State Teachers of the Year (NNSTOY) is a national nonprofit organization committed to advancing student learning through promoting teacher voice in policy making and professionalizing teaching by enacting research-based reform.

Position Description

The Deputy Director will serve in a variety of capacities for this small, and growing, organization. The Deputy Director will partner with the CEO in all aspects of strategy, programming, research, outreach, and operations and help carry out the day-to-day administrative, project management, and staff responsibilities of the organization. The Deputy Director will report to the CEO.

Leadership responsibilities

• Work under the direction of the CEO to help shape and implement the organization’s vision and strategic plan as approved by the Board;
• Manage the day-to-day operations for the organization in the absence of the CEO;
• Help identify and establish connections to potential funding sources;
• Represent the organization in making presentations, cultivating relationships, and building and maintaining partnerships.

Administrative responsibilities

• Work with the CEO and NNSTOY’s fiscal sponsor, New Venture Fund, to construct and oversee the budget;
• Utilize personal network and that of the organization in building and maintaining business relationships that bring needed resources to the organization and provide opportunities for State Teacher of the Year’s (STOYs) to use their talents;

• Work to expand the organization’s financial resources by fundraising, including:

  •  Tapping into networks to find new potential funders;
  • Drafting proposals and RFP responses;
  • Building and maintaining funder relationships; and
  • Identifying and developing fee-based services

• Manage or oversee the work of specific projects as assigned by the CEO;

• Expand NNSTOY’s brand by seeking speaking, presenting, and thought partnership opportunities for the organization’s leadership and members;
• Help guide strategic communication and branding efforts;
• Generate and lead technology initiatives;
• Provide leadership in working with the Communications Manager on Web site and social media outlets.

Project management responsibilities

• Oversee or manage programs and research projects;

• Construct project management designs, where needed;
• Determine staff responsibilities for studies and projects;
• Work with the CEO to make decisions about which studies and projects to take on;
• Take leadership responsibility for specific studies and projects, as directed by the CEO.

Staffing responsibilities

• Work with the CEO to determine the staffing needs of the organization;

• Make recommendations for hiring;
• Manage and evaluate staff on both a formal and informal basis.

Cross-Organization Collaboration

• At the direction of the CEO, work proactively with the Board of Directors and its Committees, and Committees of the organization to enact Strategic Direction

Competencies Required

• Knowledge of teacher professional development and leadership and related areas;

• Experience in constructing a non-profit organization budget;
• Understanding of teacher leadership;
• Proven track record in successful grant writing;
• Demonstrated ability to translate and adapt complex information for multiple presentation formats and diverse audiences;
• Experience in the design and use of web sites and social media to build and expand brand and communicate with a variety of stakeholders;
• Strong skills in the use of Microsoft Office Suite; and
• Familiarity with Word Press, Zoom, Google Hangouts desired.

Qualifications Needed

• Minimum three years’ experience in non-profit administration and project management, including the management of personnel strongly preferred;

• An established network of education policy connections and the ability to use these to further strategic goals for the organization;
• A solid network of potential business partner and funding contacts;
• Track record in fundraising, including experience raising funds from foundations and corporations.

Desired Skills

• Well-developed organizational leadership skills;

• Exceptional analytical, strategic, and tactical ability, combined with expert relationship management skills;
• A collegial and collaborative work style, innovative thinking, strong work ethic, and enthusiastic attitude and sense of humor;
• Independent, highly organized, detail-oriented, and self-starter;
• Energetic, hard-working, and enthusiastic team player;
• Principled individual with high ethical standards;
• Creative problem-solver;
• Commitment to improving the educational experiences of all students through the efforts of highly effective teachers.

General information

This is a virtual position; the successful candidate can be located in any geographic region of the continental United States. If not in the Washington, DC area, we would expect the candidate to provide a home office from which to work. The successful candidate can expect to travel frequently, up to 40% of the time. Due to the level of travel, it is preferred that the candidate lives within ready access to of a major US airport.

How to Apply

• Cover letter outlining the skills and experiences that make you a good fit for the position. Include compensation requirements;

• Current resume;

• Summarize your perspective on teacher leadership and professional career advancement structures for teachers. Please describe a project or work that you have done to further teacher leadership or career advancement structures. Provide written description of your interest in this position, your belief that you possess the abilities to do this job; not to exceed 750 words. Applicants must submit materials by August 15, 2014 to be considered for this position.


Please submit your materials to: [email protected]

NNSTOY is a project of New Venture Fund, which is an equal opportunity employer. We strongly encourage and seek applications from women, people of color, and bilingual and bicultural individuals, as well as members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities. Applicants shall not be discriminated against because of race, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, disability, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, color, marital status, or medical condition including acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS) and AIDS-related conditions.

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