Job Openings

I greatly valued the opportunity to work for an organization that is so committed to the crucial cause of ensuring that every child has access to great teachers. On a personal level, NCTQ enabled me to grow and advance professionally in an environment that promoted collaboration, curiosity, and excellence.

Autumn Lewis, former NCTQ employee

Open Positions

Director, Policy & Programs
Type:
Full-time

Description:

The National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ) is currently seeking a Director, Policy & Programs to help lead NCTQ's policy research and spearhead stakeholder engagement. This is a perfect opportunity for someone who is deeply familiar with K-12 teacher policy, skilled at aggregating data to determine broad policy implications, an effective writer, and adept at engaging practitioners and policymakers. The individual right for this role will have a strong commitment to advancing educational equity.

NCTQ believes every child deserves effective teachers and every teacher deserves the opportunity to be effective. We're placing two big bets on the smartest, surest path to get there: 1) improving teacher preparation, and 2) improving teacher policies and practices to support the recruitment, development, and retention of effective teachers.

We are a nonpartisan, not-for-profit research and policy organization deeply committed to strengthening and diversifying the teaching profession. As an equal opportunity employer, we seek to hire staff that brings diverse perspectives and experiences. Our work is dynamic and fast-paced, and our staff is passionate. This position is 100% remote -- just like the entire NCTQ office.

Job Summary:

The Director will be a key contributor to our teacher policy research. This includes analyzing policy data from a variety of sources, identifying important findings, and communicating policy trends through a variety of mediums (like larger reports, data briefs, and blog posts).

As NCTQ aims to include practitioner voices in its work, this individual will also manage stakeholder engagement across multiple projects. This ranges from real-time engagement (like establishing and leading advisory committees and conducting focus groups) to asynchronous engagement (like surveys or soliciting feedback from partners on report drafts).

Responsibilities:

  • Contribute to NCTQ publications by leading analysis and writing reports, briefs, and blog posts.
  • Strengthen NCTQ's policy recommendations by (1) generating ideas for data visualization, and (2) identifying states, districts, and teacher prep programs that are exemplary and strategizing creative ways to recognize them in publications.
  • Lead external engagement efforts across multiple projects, such as establish and facilitate advisory committees for long-term projects; lead webinars; develop and administer surveys, and facilitate focus groups.
  • Support the Chief of Policy and Programs in providing responsive technical assistance to stakeholders seeking additional, customized data sets or guidance on key policy issues.
  • Help advance our efforts to strengthen and diversify the teacher workforce by generating new ideas for projects and research.

Qualifications:

  • 5+ years of professional experience in education policy
  • Experience analyzing data and conducting policy analysis
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Demonstrated ability in engaging key stakeholders (e.g., presentation skills, facilitation, building external relationships)
  • Excellent project management skills
  • Proactive, independent worker
  • Proficiency in Excel a must; comfort with other data programs (e.g. R, Tableau) is a plus
  • A passion for promoting equitable access to effective teachers for all students
Attributes of a successful candidate:

  • Analytical and creative thinker: is able to zero in on the essence of a problem and devise imaginative and feasible solutions
  • Organized: never drops the ball, even with multiple workstreams happening simultaneously
  • Sees both the forest and the trees: is interested in finding the nuance in the noise and conducting complex analyses without losing sight of the overall policy implications
  • Savvy communicator: this means carrying a message and listening to both internal and external audiences

Salary:

We offer competitive compensation commensurate with experience and an attractive benefits package including full health care coverage, paid vacation, and retirement matching contribution policy.

Our remote work environment is bolstered by virtual and in-person opportunities to connect (pandemic permitting). We hold bi-weekly staff meetings, monthly happy hours, quarterly social outings, and semi-annual in-person retreats to keep our team connected and thriving. We offer stipends to assist with office supplies and cell/internet expenses.

To Apply

Please submit the following materials to jobs@nctq.org with the subject line Director, Policy & Programs by May 21st, 2021. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

Materials to Submit:

  • Resume (titled: LASTNAMEresume)
  • Writing prompt (titled: LASTNAMEcover)
Writing prompt instructions: In lieu of a traditional cover letter, please respond to one of the following writing prompts in 400 words or less:

  • Prompt 1: Describe a past professional experience where you wrestled with a policy issue. Please include any key decision points where you had to weigh trade-offs and what you ultimately decided to recommend.
  • Prompt 2: Describe a past professional experience where you leveraged external engagement to drive a project to success. Who did you engage and why? How did you engage stakeholders and at what points in the process? How did that engagement shape the final outcome?

The National Council on Teacher Quality is an Equal Opportunity Employer. NCTQ does not discriminate in its hiring and personnel practices on the basis of race, sex, age, disability, religion, national origin, sexual orientation or any other basis prohibited by law.

Development Director
Type:
Full-time

Description:

The National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ) is currently seeking a Development Director to lead our fundraising and development activities. This is a perfect opportunity for someone who is persistent by nature, and who views development work as a race to win and a puzzle of human dynamics to solve.

A successful applicant must enjoy building relationships, have a strong foundational knowledge in education policy, write persuasively, be organized to a fault, and believe strongly in the work of our organization. Practical development experience is not nearly as important as possessing these personal attributes all of which make for a great fundraiser. This is a great opportunity not only for someone who has made development work a career, but also for someone who wants to gain the essential skills necessary to one day lead a nonprofit organization.

NCTQ believes every child deserves effective teachers and every teacher deserves the opportunity to be effective. We're placing two big bets on the smartest, surest path to get there: 1) improving teacher preparation, and 2) improving teacher policies and practices to support the recruitment, development, and retention of effective teachers.

We are a nonpartisan, not-for-profit research and policy organization deeply committed to strengthening and diversifying the teaching profession. As an equal opportunity employer, we seek to hire staff that bring diverse perspectives and experiences. Our work is dynamic and fast-paced, and our staff is passionate. This position is 100% remote -- just like the entire NCTQ office.

Job Summary:

Working directly with the President, the Development Director will have primary responsibility for helping design and then implementing a comprehensive fundraising plan to grow a $4M annual budget through the solicitation of philanthropic and individual support. S/he will expand and diversify NCTQ's donor base/pipeline and work closely with other team members to secure funding for new initiatives. It is expected that the amount raised by NCTQ will increase in future years as the Development Director systematically and effectively strengthens the organization's overall fundraising capacity.

The Development Director will serve as a key leadership team member and an active participant in making strategic decisions affecting NCTQ. The successful candidate will help forge new relationships to build NCTQ's visibility, impact, and financial resources.

Responsibilities:

  • Actively work with the President and senior staff to develop and implement a comprehensive development strategy to include foundation grants and major gifts from high net worth individuals
  • Collaborate with the leadership team to develop and implement NCTQ's financial strategy
  • Have primary responsibility for development and execution of all proposals; write and archive all proposals with a long-term relationship-management approach
  • Oversee research on funding sources and trends, with foresight, to help position NCTQ ahead of major funding changes or trends
  • Develop and implement a stewardship program aimed at cultivating deeper ties with donors
  • Monitor and report regularly on the progress of the development program
  • Provide oversight to the Development Associate

Qualifications:

  • Attributes:
    • Dogged persistence
    • Exceptional organizational skills and attention to detail
    • A 'people' person
    • A real competitive streak
    • Views rejection as only a temporary setback, without taking it personally
  • Skills:
    • 5+ years of professional experience in education policy
    • Excellent communication skills, both written and oral; ability to influence and engage a wide range of stakeholders
    • Bachelor's degree
    • Previous experience in development work will be a major plus, but not a requisite

Salary:

We offer competitive compensation commensurate with experience and an attractive benefits package including a full health care coverage, paid vacation, and retirement matching contribution policy.

Our remote work environment is bolstered by virtual and in-person opportunities to connect (pandemic permitting). We hold bi-weekly staff meetings, monthly happy hours, quarterly social outings, and semi-annual in-person retreats to keep our team connected and thriving. We offer stipends to assist with office supplies and cell/internet expenses.

To Apply


Please submit the following materials to jobs@nctq.org with the subject line "Development Director" by April 23, 2021. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

Materials to Submit:

  • Resume (titled: LASTNAMEresume)
  • Writing prompt (titled: LASTNAMEcover)
Writing prompt instructions: In lieu of a traditional cover letter, please choose three of these four questions to answer:

  1. What makes you a strong applicant for this position? (150-250 words)
  2. Using examples from your own life, convince us that you are a persistent person. (150-250 words)
  3. In the job description above, we refer to development work as a "puzzle of human dynamics to solve." What do you think that means? Why do you think you would be good at solving that puzzle? (100-200 words)
  4. Using examples from your own life, convince us that you are a competitive person--whether you compete with others or yourself. (150-250 words)

The National Council on Teacher Quality is an Equal Opportunity Employer. NCTQ does not discriminate in its hiring and personnel practices on the basis of race, sex, age, disability, religion, national origin, sexual orientation or any other basis prohibited by law.