PIE Network Senior Director, Communications and Charter Strategy
PIE seeks a highly motivated, team-oriented Senior Director, Communications and Charter Strategy to play a multi-faceted role in supporting the organization’s expanding communications efforts, with a strong emphasis on relationship management and network building. This person will primarily focus on strategic communications and special projects of immediate and emerging need to PIE Network members, as well as creating and implementing a strategy to amplify the great work of network members. This job therefore requires an individual who is a “people person,” a great multi-tasker and communicator, and someone who brings a “can-do,” inventive attitude to their work. This is full-time position, reporting directly to the Executive Director.
PIE Network is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to connect, support and promote a network of education reform advocacy organizations working to improve K-12 education in their states so that every child graduates world-ready.
The core organizing principle of the network is that by increasing the connectivity of important state advocacy organizations, along with national partners, we can increase the pace and effectiveness of education reform efforts.
Collectively, the network includes 49 member organizations working in 31 states and the District of Columbia, and 19 national advocacy partners. The network’s members are nonpartisan in ideas and bipartisan in approach, providing a consistent, evidence-based, and credible public voice in the process of education policy making. While members of PIE Network may not always agree on issues unique to their states, they share a common commitment to core policy goals that define education reform.
- Serve as the storyteller for PIE Network members’ successes in changing policy to improve schools. Devise an efficient strategy for promoting the work of Network members to elevate best communications practices throughout the Network; manage editorial calendar.
- Curate and craft regular communications to and about members, maintaining attention to firm deadlines. Manage an ongoing media outreach strategy to promote members and their goals.
- Work regularly with network members to understand their annual goals and work with the PIE Network team to identify and/or develop resources, data, and tools to support those efforts.
- In partnership with the Senior Director, Communications and Common Core strategy, design and implement the strategy to describe the national reform narrative and amplify best practices, in a variety of settings for multiple audiences as well as collecting a catalog of member quotes, anecdotes, and testimonials.
- Develop and implement a strategy for marketing PIE as an organization so that players in the education reform community, as well as funders, know its role and value.
- Asset development and targeted campaign support related to key campaigns; the near-term focus is charter schools and choice. Develop and implement sophisticated messaging strategies related to complex issues.
- Partner with Senior Advisor, Communications, in identifying skill-building opportunities for communicators and, as needed, executives (function owned by peer Senior Advisor).
- Use a full range of communications vehicles including social media, websites, newsletters, and other channels to effectively position the reform narrative positively across the country.
- Monitor the effectiveness of communications efforts by tracking network and member metrics as needed to improve impact and support fundraising efforts.
- Maintain relationships and deep knowledge of assigned member organizations and maintain relationships with key national external partners in specific issue/policy areas.
- May be asked to support fundraising proposals as well as other writing projects.
Qualifications and Qualities Required
- 7-10 years of relevant work experience.
- Strong commitment to mission of improving education.
- A can-do attitude and what-ever-it-takes willingness to support members and colleagues.
- An entrepreneurial, learning orientation and an ability to embrace and incorporate direct feedback and new ideas.
- Emotional intelligence, political savvy, and ability to see patterns across states to facilitates connections among people facing similar challenges.
- Outstanding writer who is able to shift styles between informative and persuasive writing.
- Social media fluency, particularly Twitter and Facebook.
- Brings emotional intelligence and an aptitude for building relationships with individuals from diverse backgrounds.
- Highly self-motivated and creative, with the ability to lead directly and indirectly (i.e., by admiring success) or to work in an “advise and assist” capacity as situations require.
- Excellent project management skills: ability to develop strategic goals, set metrics for measuring success, and keep all stakeholders updated and engaged in the process
- Strong ability to quickly adjust plans as needed in the fluid, fast-paced, work managing political change.
- Bachelor’s degree in communications, journalism, English, Political Science or similarly related field; master’s degree preferred.
- Knowledge of public education issues and/or experience in advocacy strongly preferred but not required if candidate brings other politically relevant experiences.
This position will be located out of PIE Network’s Minneapolis office; a remote work arrangement a flexible location is possible for the right candidate. This position includes approximately 25% travel. Interested candidates should send a letter of interest and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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