Director of External Communications Initiatives

New Classrooms - New York or Remote - Full time

About The Role

New Classrooms is looking for a highly effective communications leader and project manager to continue to build New Classrooms as one of the nation’s top thought leaders in both innovative learning models and secondary mathematics. This is an entrepreneurial role that requires a unique mix of bold creativity, a highly-skilled ability to communicate, stellar organizational skills and deep knowledge of the education sector in order to drive new thinking across the K-12 landscape around the power of innovation and new learning models.

The Director of External Communications Initiatives will report to the CEO and partner with New Classrooms’ Leadership Team to spearhead and execute on the organization’s efforts to influence federal, state, district, and school-based educational leaders around the power of innovative learning models. To achieve this, they will bring their significant communication savvy, knowledge of the national education landscape and project management skills to shepherd the work for all external communication and brand awareness.

What You Would Do

  • Build and implement a sophisticated external communications strategy using in-depth knowledge of the education landscape to ensure high-impact and consistent messaging--including the ongoing development of a high level compelling narrative about the work of New Classrooms
  • Partner with leaders internally and externally to create and execute on opportunities to position New Classrooms as a thought leader in personalized learning
  • Partner with leaders across the organization to develop integrated and targeted outreach plans to new and current district partners for regional adoption
  • Work with external partners and Marketing and Communications Associate to agree on and execute a New Classrooms’ marketing strategy to ensure messaging is on-brand, consistent and optimized for all channels of content including online, social media, email, mobile, video, print and in-person.
  • Project manage the creation of thought pieces and articles for publication that highlight both New Classrooms as well as the broader movement toward personalized learning
  • Conceptualize and execute public events that strengthen New Classrooms’ brand, deepen public understanding of our mission and work, and create opportunities for growth
  • Serve as an internal resource for Fundraising, Partnerships, Policy and the CEO for all marketing and communications needs

What We Are Looking For

  • Experience in a K12 education organization leading marketing, communications and/or policy-oriented teams that positioned the organization as a thought leader within the education space
  • Exceptional verbal and written communications skills and judgement
  • An adept project manager with experience executing on complex and innovative communications initiatives in conjunction with both internal staff and external partners
  • A track record of crafting compelling external communications across the education stakeholder spectrum: from teachers and parents to district leaders and policy wonks
  • Deep understanding of the challenges and opportunities in the education reform, education technology and/or personalized learning spaces and an understanding of the underlying political context
  • A willingness to embrace change and to adapt strategies on the fly with a high tolerance for ambiguity
  • An idea generator who is able to create compelling ways to illustrate, communicate and talk about unique concepts
  • A patient collaborator who deeply listens to a range of perspectives before identifying the best action to take or the best words to use
  • Excitement about the opportunity to drive the awareness and adoption of personalized learning and Teach To One: Math and unfailing optimism about what is possible for kids, the reimagining of the classroom, and ultimately the transformation of the U.S. education system

Commitment to Diversity

At New Classrooms we are committed to diversity, equity and inclusion. We strive to create and inspire better ways to give every student an educational foundation for lifelong success. In order to fully realize this mission we are dedicated to building a diverse pool of candidates including those from underrepresented backgrounds, and resolute in building an inclusive culture that supports and celebrates the diverse voices and perspectives of our employees.

Equal Opportunity

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, creed, color, national origin, ancestry, marital status, affectional or sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, nationality or sex.

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