The Charter School Growth Fund (CSGF) is a leading nonprofit venture philanthropy fund that identifies the nation’s best public charter schools, funds their expansion, and helps to increase their impact. The portfolio includes 150 charter school networks that operate over 1,000 schools and serve more than 500,000 students in 31 states. We are committed to expanding the impact of schools that are closing achievement and opportunity gaps. Our investment strategy is like that of a nonprofit venture capital firm for public charter schools. The diverse “portfolio” of schools and leaders that we support include single-site charter schools as well as established networks that operate schools in several states. Ultimately, we believe the portfolio networks can serve more than one million students nationwide and in doing so, show how public schools can help students achieve excellent outcomes at scale.
This is an exciting time to join the Charter School Growth Fund. We are launching our next philanthropic fund in 2021, building on our 15-year track record of success. CSGF’s new five-year “Fund IV” will be larger in size and scope than previous funds, with a goal to continue to fuel charter sector growth, accelerate innovation, and strengthen long-term outcomes for students, particularly students of color and those from low-income backgrounds. Our new fund will continue to prioritize investments in leaders of color as our current portfolio is led by more than 50% leaders of color and more than 50% female leaders. We believe it is vital for the networks we support to be proximate to the lived experiences of the students and communities they serve.
CSGF is currently seeking a media savvy, hands-on seasoned Director of Communications to join our newly launched Policy, Communications and Advocacy (PCA) team. Reporting to the Partner overseeing the PCA team, the Director of Communications is a highly strategic role, responsible for the implementation of the organization’s communications and public relations strategy during a critical time for the charter school movement. The individual will serve as a trusted communications advisor to both the Partner team and CSGF’s portfolio of charter school networks, as well as manage all external communications functions at CSGF. This leader will bring passion and expertise to CSGF’s communications to help the organization advance and achieve its mission and strategic goals.
- Strategize: Contribute to the development of and implement a comprehensive communications plan to support CSGF’s communications goals aimed at increasing the capacity of the charter school networks that we support. Plan will include not only proactive outreach, but the identification, development, and activation of charter school network leaders and representatives.
- Build: Identify communications-related capacity gaps across the CSGF portfolio of charter school networks and expand and create resources that will be most helpful for them to engage in positive storytelling and the elevation of charter school best practices.
- Execute: Ensure that key messages reach core audiences and are delivered through the appropriate communications channel. Leverage partner organizations and create new relationships to expand our reach.
- Engage: As the organization’s leading communications professional, engage and build relationships with national, regional, and local media to increase the number of stories about charter school networks in the CSGF portfolio. The successful candidate should have a track record of successful pitching and placement of stories and articles across a variety of platforms.
- Lead: Lead external consultants, communications workshops, convenings, and other vendors to execute against communications goals.
- Liaise with charter school networks and other partner organizations. Foster close working relationships to generate and maintain support for our communications work and amplify the impact of the work of CSGF portfolio members.
- Develop and manage the execution of creative, compelling, targeted earned media strategies that bring charter school stories of growth, innovation, and impact to life.
- Draft products on behalf of and in partnership with charter school networks including collateral, content, and stories that highlight the innovation and best practice work of the portfolio.
- Provide excellent customer service. Serve as a trusted partner to CSGF portfolio members.
- Identify and engage members of the media and other experts who drive the conversation on education reform and charters. Develop strategies to engage them on behalf of CSGF portfolio members.
- Manage multiple portfolio members and internal project teams. The successful candidate will be experienced and effective at time and project management in an entrepreneurial environment.
- Guide and mentor portfolio members as they develop new skills and processes to strengthen organizational operation and strength.
- Conduct research. This leader will be a nimble investigator to source and uncover stories quickly.
- Communications experience: At least 5-7 years as a strategic communications professional, with expertise in media relations, both print and digital, external communications, crisis communications, and communications writing.
- Vendor Management experience: previous experience in a management role overseeing consultants and vendors.
- Innovative and strategic thinking skills: demonstrated ability to create and implement communications plans and problem solve effectively to achieve goals.
- Exceptional interpersonal and communications skills: ability to build trusting relationships with diverse constituencies. Ability to communicate effectively in writing and verbally both one-on-one and with groups to gain support from charter school leaders and other influential stakeholders.
- Experience identifying, securing and managing media, writing, and speaking opportunities for clients.
- Passion for education reform and public charter schools and an eagerness to learn the nuances in education policy and reform; existing knowledge of education issues and policy is a plus.
- Entrepreneurial Mindset: brings creativity, innovation, and flexibility to all projects.
- Strong Writing and editorial skills.
- Commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion: Belief that diversity of perspectives results in better outcomes and a desire to establish an inclusive environment that fosters open feedback and growth.
WORKING AT CSGF
We are focused on hiring and developing great people and believe that building diverse perspectives across our team make us more effective in expanding our impact. (This is reflected in Our Commitment to Diversity Statement.) Our core values are:
- Results. We work relentlessly to create efficient, measurable, and sustainable results. We strive for excellence and pursue our mission tenaciously. Ideally, you thrive working in a self-directed manner in a fluid environment where flexibility and tenacity are required.
- Entrepreneurship. We embrace calculated risks and new approaches. We have an entrepreneurial spirit that welcomes innovation, diversity of ideas, and risk. We rely on you to question conventional wisdom and think independently.
- Integrity. We are truthful, fair, and trustworthy in all aspects of our work. We hold ourselves and our partners to the highest ethical standards. We trust you will too.
- Respect. We appreciate the challenges faced by education entrepreneurs and recognize the limits of our own knowledge. We understand that our ultimate success depends on that of our partners. Your humility will be key to building trusted and authentic relationships.
- Teamwork. We value each of our team members as individuals but believe that we achieve the best results by working together. We willingly sacrifice individual interests and recognition for greater collective impact. We hope having fun at work is important to you and that you are a team player.
Compensation is commensurate with experience and education. The target salary range for this role is $120,000+ annually. CSGF offers a very competitive package of benefits, including: health, life, disability and dental insurance coverage; vacation/holidays and parental leave; and participation in CSGF’s 403(b) plan. Candidates must have permanent authorization to work in the US.
CSGF seeks candidates who can start as soon as possible.