AVP, Innovation

NAF - Remote - Full time

The Assistant Vice President, Innovation is responsible for leading the identification, exploration and development of opportunities to extend and deepen NAF’s impact through technology solutions. In addition to new opportunities, the AVP will also oversee the continued development NAF’s CRM and learning platforms to deliver NAF content and resources to its network.

This is a critical role as part of its new strategic plan, NAF seeks to leverage technology to bring work-based learning to students across the country.


Explore and develop new tech innovations

Work with NAF leadership, Board and STEM committee members, corporate partners, NAF staff and network, and external partners to identify opportunities to leverage technology and applications to increase NAF’s impact

Explore and test potential ideas to increase impact for students and adults in the NAF Network and beyond

Understand customer needs and incorporate teacher/student voices as co-designers throughout the innovation process using design thinking methods

Partner with relevant teams to ensure successful launches, trainings, and rollouts

Design and bring to market new interactive digital products

Develop the strategy and business model for a new tech-enabled offering that dramatically increases the scale and availability of work-based learning opportunities for high school students across the country

Conduct market analyses, landscape scans, and vendor demos of potential products

With input from VP Research and Technology, Sr. Director of Work-based Learning and others, lead the design and creation of online lessons, experiential learning, and/or gamified experiences that support high school students’ career readiness and internships

Partner with product marketing teams to get our open-source content widely distributed and adopted

Support the development of internal Data and Assessment Platforms

Lead the continued development and adoption of NAF’s Salesforce CRM

Support the VP of Research + Tech in the continuous improvement of NAF’s data collection and assessment platforms, as well as their integration with the CRM.

Provide input to process improvement initiatives that support NAF’s internal operations

Team Development and Management Oversight

Lead the development of goals, objectives, work plans and budgets.

Manage three direct reports (CRM Manager, Director of Digital Instructional Design, Innovation Coordinator), including developing performance goals and objectives and providing ongoing feedback, guidance, and support


Some travel required, approximately 10 - 20%

Educational/Training Requirements:

Bachelor’s Degree in a related field or demonstrable equivalent

Master’s-level training in fields such as business, design, UI/UX, or computer science, a plus


7-10 years of experience leading high priority projects from concept to completion, and while this is a strategic role, experience in tech consulting or ed tech is preferred

5+ years of experience supervising and managing staff

Demonstrated experience in human-centered design, rapid prototyping, product development, and/or agile project management methods

Prior experience launching new products or campaigns + ability to demonstrate how you quickly pivoted as new learnings and insights arose

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

Commitment to NAF’s mission and vision for young people

Ability to conceive, design, launch, and scale new products through the full innovation lifecycle

Entrepreneurial attitude, with an ability to identify insightful and creative new ideas and translate them into practice

Exceptional analytical skills, both qualitative and quantitative, including ability to synthesize learnings into actionable items

Focus on outcomes and ability to translate innovation into platforms with wide adoption

A strong sense of user empathy, both for customers and internal stakeholders

Ability to communicate effectively in written, verbal, personal and presentation style formats with a wide variety of individuals


  • Medical, Dental, Vision and Flexible Spending Account eligibility as of date of hire
  • Employer-paid Employee Assistance Program (EAP), Life and Disability Coverage as of date of hire
  • Employer-paid Headspace membership as of date of hire
  • Individualized employer-paid Professional Development
  • Generous employer contributions to Retirement Plan as of date of hire
  • Tuition Reimbursement after one year of employment
  • Twelve Paid Holidays per calendar year
  • Over four weeks of Paid Time Off accrued in first year of employment
  • Five Paid Sick Days per calendar year
  • Conditional Paid Leave, e.g., Parental Bonding, Bereavement, Jury Duty

To Apply:

Interested applicants should submit a cover letter and resume to resumes@naf.org. Please include the position title, your first name, and last name in the subject line.

The statements herein are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by employees, and are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified. Furthermore, they do not establish a contract for employment and are subject to change at the discretion of the Company.

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Product Management

Experience Level

Mid Level


NAF is a national network of education, business, and community leaders who work together to ensure high school students are college, career, and future ready. NAF serves over 117,000 students and in 2020 NAF academies reported 99% of seniors graduated and 87% of graduates planning to go to college.
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