Director, Speechwriter and CEO Communications (Flexible - Houston, NYC, DC, Boston, Chicago preferred)

The Role

The National Engagement and Events team seeks a Director of Speechwriting and CEO Communications to manage and execute the communications strategy for Teach For America’s CEO. The Director will report to the Managing Director of Executive Communications and work closely with the Office of the CEO. The Director will be responsible for executing and helping drive the strategy for the CEO’s external and internal engagement with Teach For America’s base, donors, National Board, the media, and other external constituents. The Director will be responsible for elevating the CEO’s profile as a thought leader in education and the nation on issues of educational inequity, public leadership and service, building diverse coalitions, and fostering diverse and inclusive communities. Additionally, the Director will manage the CEO’s engagement calendar and draft all the communications within it. Along with the Managing Director of Executive Communications, the Director will be an adviser to the CEO on both proactive and reactive communications opportunities.

The Team

The Executive Communications team is part of the broader National Engagement and Events team. This new team is charged with driving our national impact narrative and voice, powering our events center of excellence, and defining and stewarding integrated communications and media strategy across TFA. The team will define and adapt the CEO’s message, and shape its delivery to many different audiences.

Qualifications:

Responsibilities

  • Pitch, draft, orchestrate reviews and finalize speeches, blog posts, op-eds, emails etc. given TFA’s media goals, themes, and stories shared by CEO ensuring pictures/videos/current events are regularly captured to make it easy to pull for remarks
  • Develop presentations for various internal and external audiences on what TFA is learning and its evolution as an organization
  • Communicate clearly and effectively to critical stakeholders including our base, National Board, top donors, and media
  • In partnership with Digital Marketing team, develop social media strategy for CEO that elevates her as a major thought leader via various digital platforms, including LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc.
  • Keep a pulse on what is happening across the organization (including in regions) and in education landscape to be able to both proactively and reactively recommend communications that the CEO should be sharing

Requirements

Prior Experience

  • Political and/or Executive communications and speech-writing experience required
  • Demonstrated experience of exceptional performance in complex and lateral project management
  • At least 3-5 years of professional experience

Work Demands

  • Approximately 1 long-distance trip per month

Skills

  • Strong written and verbal communication; synthesizing thoughts into clear and concise communications; proficiency in PowerPoint
  • Ability to work collaboratively in complex organizational environments, influence others in and across management lines, and develop strong internal and external relationships
  • Ability to exercise sound judgment related to organizational and interpersonal dynamics, and adjust communications accordingly
  • Interest and ability to engage with diverse stakeholders on a range of topics including cultural competence, diversity and equity issues, leadership development, strategic change management, board-related matters, and priorities effecting our students and families
  • Comfortable operating flexibly in environments of change, ambiguity and uncertainty
  • Ability to manage workload effectively and following through on execution

Apply Now

To be considered for this role, you must submit an online application. Please scroll down to the bottom of the page to find the link to the online application.

Benefits and Salary

Salary for this position is competitive and depends on prior experience. In addition, a comprehensive benefits package is included. Learn more at www.teachforamerica.org/about-us/careers/employee-benefits.

Commitment to Diversity and Equal Opportunity Employment Policy

Teach For America encourages individuals of all ethnic, racial, and socioeconomic backgrounds to apply for this position. We are committed to maximizing the diversity of our organization, as we want to engage all those who can contribute to this effort. Learn more about our diversity on staff: www.teachforamerica.org/about-us/careers/life-at-tfa/workforce-diversity-and-inclusiveness.

Teach For America is committed to providing equal employment opportunities to all qualified individuals and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, age, marital status, veteran status, pregnancy, parental status, genetic information or characteristics (or those of a family member) or any other basis prohibited by applicable law.

This job description reflects Teach For America’s assignment of essential functions and qualifications of the role. Nothing in this herein restricts management’s right to assign, reassign or eliminate duties and responsibilities to this role at any time.


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