Director of Media Relations
National Association of Charter School Authorizers (NACSA)

The Position
The Director of Media Relations will manage all media relationships at the National Association of Charter School Authorizers (NACSA). The Director will oversee the daily management of media relations while also forming innovative partnerships and working to change public opinion on difficult education issues.

The Organization
Founded in 2000, the National Association of Charter School Authorizers (NACSA) is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit and the leading organization dedicated to improving public education through excellence in charter school authorizing. NACSA works to strengthen the people, policies and practices of authorizers – the organizations designated to approve, monitor, renew and, if necessary, close charter schools. NACSA provides training, professional development, practical resources, consulting and policy guidance to authorizers. It also advocates for laws and policies that raise the bar for excellence among authorizers and the schools they charter. Above all, NACSA is committed to advancing excellence and accountability in the charter sector and to increasing the number of high-quality charter schools across the nation.

In November 2012 NACSA launched its five-year One Million Lives campaign, dedicated to providing one million more children the chance to attend a great school that will prepare them for success throughout their lives. The campaign recognizes that simply increasing the overall number of charter schools isn’t the answer. By engaging authorizers and a broad coalition to close failing charter schools and open many more good ones, we can get one million more children into 3,000 high-performing schools within five years.

Role and Major Responsibilities
The Director of Media Relations will:

  • Cultivate journalists and pitch stories;
  • Create and manage the editorial calendar;
  • Develop and re-purpose content;
  • Manage the media aspects of all releases;
  • Train staff on media relations;
  • Manage staff reactions and proactive pieces;
  • Create and execute crisis communications strategy;
  • Work closely with the Vice President, Communications and the Digital Media Manager; and
  • Coordinate and collaborate with NACSA colleagues and partners to communicate NACSA’s overall mission and vision.

S/he will report to the Vice President of Communications.

NACSA seeks a relentless and articulate champion who is highly comfortable with the daily routines of media relations. The successful candidate will have the following experience and characteristics.


  • A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university
  • A quantifiable record of professional success in achieving ambitious goals
  • Journalism and/or Public Relations experience preferred

The perfect candidate has the following characteristics

  • An outstanding writer and communicator
  • Strong sense of personal responsibility and a “no excuses” mentality
  • Storyteller who can build narratives that are compelling to all audiences, especially media
  • Creative and “out of the box” thinker
  • A multi-tasker, with the ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously
  • Able to work at a fast pace without compromising quality or long term goals
  • Able to both recognize and create an outstanding product, regardless of how big or small
  • Personable, with the ability to quickly build meaningful relationships with others and motivate and persuade individuals and groups of people

All staff members demonstrate alignment with NACSA’s Values

  • Quality Education – We are mission oriented and driven by the belief that all children deserve high-quality education options.
  • Excellence – We do A-level work and set a high bar for performance in order to achieve our ambitious goals.
  • Strategic – We begin our work with the end goal in mind, and align our priorities with NACSA’s Strategic Plan.
  • Initiative – We proactively bring solutions to problems and do everything possible in order to reach desired outcomes.
  • Community – We are part of an inclusive community that seeks opportunities for collaboration, considers multiple viewpoints and respects and values diversity.
  • Balance – We prioritize effectively to respect our professional and personal commitments and foster organizational and individual success.

Between $80,000 and $100,000, commensurate with experience. Medical and disability benefits provided as well as the option to participate in a 401K matching plan.

NACSA’s headquarters are located in Chicago. 

To Apply
The review of candidates will begin immediately and continue on a rolling basis until the position is filled. Applications should consist of a current resume and cover letter tailored to this specific position and be submitted to

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