Executive Vice President – Strategy, Policy, Advocacy and Community Coalitions

28 Apr, 2022


Executive Vice President – Strategy, Policy, Advocacy and Community Coalitions


Executive Vice President, Strategy, Policy, Advocacy, and Community Coalitions
Flexible Location


TNTP is seeking a full-time Executive Vice President for Strategy, Policy, Advocacy and Community Coalitions to lead the organization’s strategy across key components of the SPACC Division. This position will be based in a home office anywhere in the U.S. and is available immediately. Travel is required (up to 40% and contingent upon organizational/state/federal regulations).


Who We Are

A national nonprofit founded by teachers, TNTP believes our nation’s public schools can offer all children an excellent education. Today we’re a diverse team from a wide range of fields, united by a fierce commitment to helping school systems end educational inequality. We work at every level of the public education system to attract and train talented teachers and school leaders, ensure rigorous and engaging classrooms, and create environments that prioritize great teaching and accelerate student learning.


What You’ll Do

The Executive Vice President (EVP) for Strategy, Policy, Advocacy and Community Coalitions (SPACC) will report to the CEO and is a member of TNTP’s executive body. The EVP is responsible for operationalizing the organization’s broader vision, strategy, and goals connecting education and economic and social mobility, as well as designing and leading the organization’s policy and community coalitions strategies. The EVP, SPACC will ensure that TNTP is always well-positioned, and that its work and the learnings lead not only to fulfillment of the organization’s mission but to better outcomes nationally for low income and historically marginalized students.


Key Responsibilities of the EVP include:

  • Set the strategic direction and vision and manage the operations of the SPACC division, including Organizational Strategy, Policy, Advocacy, and Community Coalitions teams
  • Sit on TNTP’s Executive Team, which leads the organization’s overall strategy and business operations to drive measurable impact
  • Identify and assess opportunities to grow TNTP’s portfolio of services in alignment with mission and vision. Pursue and establish new and non-traditional partnerships with external organizations, particularly those focused on economic and social mobility and poverty disruption.
  • Create a clear, specific vision of what it means for TNTP to become a leading collective impact education organization and a strategy / business plan to achieve that vision
  • Collaborate with Public Affairs to cultivate and leverage support from local funders, community leaders, families, and education institutions to add TNTP as a critical partner in their collective impact efforts
  • Assess the readiness of specific locations for this work, including existing TNTP sites and new locations, and collaborate with the Public Affairs and Consulting Teams to cultivate sites for collective impact work and/or other projects if the location is not ultimately selected for collective impact
  • Lead TNTP’s efforts to set and advance national, state, and local policy agendas. Track critical local, state and national policy issues and identify strategic opportunities for TNTP to influence education policy and economic and social mobility
  • Collaborate with system and local leaders, cultivate new relationships and strengthen existing partnerships with TNTP’s key national and community stakeholders, including elected officials, public-sector leadership, education-sector partners, education-adjacent partners, and other thought leaders
  • Represent TNTP in external settings to build greater awareness of and support for TNTP’s mission and work
  • Provide fiduciary management and oversight for the SPACC division and related work portfolio
  • Collect, analyze, and share research and data to assess potential impact and inform key decision-making
  • Empower community stakeholders to advise, advocate, and lead community-based solutions
  • Leverage and align resources to sustain innovation and scale impact to achieve improved outcomes in education and economic mobility for low income and historically marginalized students including opportunity youth
  • Build strong evidence for utilizing the collective impact community collaboration strategy


What You Bring

First and foremost, we are looking for amazing people who have diverse backgrounds and experiences, are inspired by our mission, and are highly motivated to change children’s lives through education.  We value diversity of ethnicity, race, socioeconomic status, sexual identity, gender, religion, language, ability, and experience and exemplify this through the makeup of our team at all levels. You’ll be right at home here if you cultivate strong relationships and push yourself, your work, and the people around you to the next level. We encourage those with the following identities to apply: Black, Latinx, Asian American, and Pacific Islander, Indigenous people, LGBTQIA+ and non-binary people, veterans, people living with disabilities, and others with lived experience being part of marginalized communities.


We expect our Executives to:

  • Drive Strategy and Innovation:. You’re a strategy setter who can generate innovative and nuanced solutions to complex challenges, provide strategic vision, anticipate challenges, and assess the effectiveness of our work.
  • Motivate and influence others to act: We’re counting on your ability to clearly communicate complex information in a compelling and strategic way. You know how to tell a clear story and persuade your audience to take action.  You understand how to find common ground with stakeholders and to build coalitions to support ambitious goals.
  • Lead Thriving Teams: One of your greatest responsibilities and privileges will be to manage TNTP’s people. You will lead teams to success by leveraging and developing talent to maximize our impact.
  • Support sustainability and growth: You understand and consider external conditions that affect the organization’s work, actively advocate for change, and successfully propose new services that align to strategic priorities when necessary. You build and maintain a strong external network and are viewed as a leader within the larger field.
  • Contribute to leadership and management teams: You have experience working with teams of senior leaders to lead organizations.  You contribute valuable perspectives to colleagues managing functions outside your core expertise and understand how to be a constructive senior leader.



In order to fulfill these responsibilities, the ideal EVP candidate will be/have:

  • A Bachelor’s Degree and 10+ years of experience with progressive responsibilities including executive or senior leadership experience within education, nonprofit, civic, public or private sector entities
  • Demonstrated leadership in collective impact, workforce development, or economic development
  • Experience conceptualizing, implementation, and fundraising for collective impact work and other community-level collaborative strategies
  • Significant experience with public and/or political affairs and community and/or civic involvement
  • Deep knowledge of the issues and dynamics of inequity in education and passion for TNTP’s mission
  • Proven track record in development and oversight of comprehensive communications strategies, strategic communications, crisis communications, marketing, branding and message positioning
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including experience managing staff and developing talent
  • Exceptional communication and presentation skills, both verbal and written
  • Results driven, with excellent planning and organizing skills
  • Ability to lead high-performing teams
  • Successful in overcoming significant barriers to meet goals in a fast-paced and changeable environment
  • Able to critically assess challenges and identify flexible, effective solutions


What We Offer
The salary range for this position is $192,000-$288,000. New hires are typically brought into the organization at a salary between the range minimum and the salary range midpoint depending on qualifications, internal equity, and the budgeted amount for the role.


We offer a comprehensive benefits plan, covering the majority of the employee premium for the base medical plan and subsidizing the majority of costs for a spouse/domestic partner and children. Other benefits include dental and vision plans, disability, life insurance, parenting benefits, flexible spending account options, generous vacation time, commuter benefits, referral bonuses, professional development, and a 403(b) plan. We also offer an inclusive environment where staff are encouraged to bring their whole selves to work every day.
How to Apply

We recommend including a cover letter in your application addressing why you are interested in TNTP and how your experience has prepared you for this position. It is in your best interest to apply as soon as possible. Please submit your application online directly at https://apply.workable.com/j/5E09774789.


For additional questions about this position or to speak with someone about your interest, please contact Brett Kunsch at bkunsch@edgilityconsulting.com.




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TNTP is an equal employment opportunity employer committed to maintaining a non-discriminatory work environment. TNTP does not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, gender, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, arrest record, conviction record, or any other personal characteristic protected by applicable law. This policy covers all programs, services, policies, and procedures of TNTP, including recruiting, hiring, training, promotion, and administering all personnel actions, such as compensation, benefits, transfers, layoffs or terminations.


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Job posted: 2022-04-28