Achievement School District Seeks Chief Communications Officer
Nashville, TN's Achievement School District is seeking a Chief Communications Officer to join its dynamic and growing team. The right candidate will have a results-driven mindset, expertise in implementing effective communications campaigns, and the capacity to think strategically and communicate effectively.
Chief Communications Officer will serve as a member of the Achievement School
District Senior Executive team, contributing to key strategic decisions for the
organization. This position reports to the ASD superintendent.
The position offers
an exceptional opportunity to develop professionally, contribute meaningfully
to a unique organization, and gain a deeper understanding of school turnaround.
While experience in K-12 education is not a requirement, ASD is seeking people
who are passionate and committed to K-12 education reform.
Overview of the
January 2010, the Tennessee legislature enacted the Tennessee First to the Top
Act – the most sweeping education law passed in Tennessee in over two
decades. Among the most notable
components of this new, bi-partisan legislation was the creation of the
Achievement School District (“ASD” or “the district”), a wholly new division of
the State‘s Department of Education. The
ASD is a key component of Tennessee’s
strategy to address the persistently poor performance of many of its
after the Recovery School District in Louisiana,
which took over the vast majority of poor performing schools in Tennessee after
Hurricane Katrina, the ASD has the ability to take over and operate
persistently poor performing schools and TN Local Education Agencies (LEAs)
across the state.
confirmation – and affirmation – of Tennessee’s
bold vision for reforming public education for its school children has followed
in the form of two substantial federal grants.
First, in March 2010, Tennessee
was named as one of only two states to receive a grant award in the first round
of the federal Race to the Top competition.
Notably, the state was awarded its full $500M request. Next, in August and in partnership with Louisiana’s Recovery
School District and New
Schools For Tennessee, Tennessee’s Department of Education was awarded $30M in
a highly competitive federal grant program designed to support and expand
high-quality charter schools.
Almost $3M from the award will go directly to the ASD and over $5M will
be allocated for new charter schools in Tennessee (particularly in Memphis and
Nashville). The grant was awarded as
part of the Investing in Innovation program, commonly referred to as i3, which
is designed to support the nation’s boldest reform plans.
by these historic developments, the ASD is a high-profile, critical component
ambitious plan to dramatically transform education across the state and senior
state officials are looking for a unique leader to drive and carry out this
Responsibilities of the Chief Communications Officer
Specifically, the Chief
Communications Officer will:
as the ASD spokesperson
and manage the ASD brand
and execute clear and efficient communications and marketing plans for ASD
all ASD communications tools (website, newsletters, press releases, annual
and execute ASD’s social networking strategy
internal ASD communications practices (e.g. style guides, document
all community engagement efforts and activities
relationships with key local and national media outlets to increase
coverage of ASD
all ASD constituent contacts and distribution lists;
with ASD staff to cultivate relationships with multiple stakeholders (e.g.
funders, school leaders, political figures, etc)
talking points for staff regarding key ASD activities and policies
- Serve as point of contact during
- Prepare annual reports and
additional relevant reporting mechanisms to ensure transparency of ASD
work and progress
of the Chief Communications Officer
The successful candidate must have:
years of professional experience in public relations/communications
experience in education, political communications or internal
superior interpersonal and communication skills (written and oral)
extraordinary attention to detail
a high degree of initiative in resolving problems, and developing and
implementing solutions in an independent manner
track record of success using multiple media channels
to organize and prioritize work to meet concurrent deadlines
project management skills
successful writing and editing experience (externally focused) with a variety
of print and online communications media
track record for translating strategic thinking into action plans and
skill in media management and outreach
ability to think strategically and creatively, and to create messages and
materials that strike the right tone on complex issues
and ability to lead and effect change in a fluid and entrepreneurial
computer skills (especially in MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook).
The ideal candidate
will also possess the following professional characteristics:
knowledge of public charter schools
knowledge of urban public education
Qualities/Working Style of the Chief Communications Officer
no one person will possess all of the qualities below, the ideal candidate will
also possess some combination of the following professional and personal
- A graduate
- Grit and
- Ability to work
across historical “boundaries” to deliver success
focus on delivering results for all students
Chief Communications Officer salary is highly competitive and a generous
benefits package is included.
Ideal Start Date
soon as possible.
be considered, please send a cover letter and resume to Ash Solar at email@example.com.
To learn more about Tennessee’s Department of
Education and First to the Top initiative,please visit: http://www.tennessee.gov/education