Vice President, Communications

15 Mar, 2021


Vice President, Communications

Tennesseans for Quality Early Education
Remote (TN)

Reports to: CEO

Category: Full-time, salaried, exempt employee

Location: Nashville, TN or remote from anywhere in TN

Compensation:  $125,000 to $140,000 commensurate with experience; and a generous benefits package.



TQEE is a bipartisan coalition of Tennesseans working to ensure our children get the quality early care and education they need to power our state’s future.

We’re looking for a communications maven to join the senior team of our dynamic and growing organization.  Like our coalition, our staff team is dispersed statewide – operating remotely long before it was the order of the day!  We’re a small, entrepreneurial, high-performance, results-driven team; and we’re passionate about ensuring state policy supports high quality early care and education for economically disadvantaged, historically marginalized, and otherwise at-risk children in their first 8 years of life.

The Vice President of Communications will be an integral member of TQEE’s senior management team with the primary responsibility for leading strategy and implementation of the organization’s communications, public relations, and marketing programs.  S/he will spearhead strategies to expand support for and raise the visibility of TQEE’s mission and initiatives with the media, policymakers, grassroots stakeholders and partners, and will help mature and manage the organization’s brand as Tennessee’s leader in early education policy and advocacy.


Communications, Public Relations and Marketing
  • Lead the development and execution of the organization’s strategic communications plan, which includes web, social media, email and print communications, public relations, event-related communications and grassroots advocacy campaigns.
  • Work with senior leadership team to identify and respond to opportunities to advance TQEE’s mission through strategic communications, and ensure consistency of messaging and proper management of brand assets.
  • Serve as primary media contact for the organization, developing and maintaining relationships with media, pitching stories, and managing an editorial calendar.
  • Oversee and assist in the development of op-eds, talking points, press releases and public statements in coordination with senior leadership team.
  • Oversee and assist in the implementation of TQEE’s website, social media and digital content strategies, including website, blog posts, video, podcast, webinars, special events and other strategies.
  • Oversee and assist in development and implementation of grassroots advocacy campaigns.
  • Develop and manage influencer strategies and relationships.
  • Manage relationships and deliverables with outside vendors and agencies.
  • Be current on news, trends and topics that are relevant to TQEE.
  • Identify key metrics to measure communications effectiveness.
  • Provide regular reports to senior management, boards, partners and stakeholders.
Fundraising and Donor Communications
  • Collaborate with the senior leadership team to identify fundraising and donor communications opportunities and develop and execute appropriate strategies to support them.
  • Support the development of all foundation and corporate grant proposals, reports and communications.
  • Oversee and implement digital and social media fundraising program.
  • Collaborate with senior leadership team to plan and create digital and print publications and materials to advance TQEE’s mission.
  • Copy edit all publications including reports, white papers, briefs, presentations, public opinion surveys, and advocacy tools and toolkits.
  • Oversee the traditional and social media, web and email communications related to publications.


  • Bachelor’s degree in journalism, communications, public affairs, or related field is required. An advance degree is preferred.
  • At least 7 years of strategic communications experience, including at least 3 years of election and/or issue advocacy campaign experience, and at least 3 years at a senior level.
  • Exceptional writing and editing skills, and demonstrated track record creating, and providing editorial direction on, a wide variety of types of persuasive advocacy communications, including but not limited to blog posts, policy briefs, webinars, podcasts, social media, donor communications, guest columns, calls to action, executive communications, etc.
  • Creative and thoughtful on how new media technologies can be utilized.
  • Experience building and executing a communications plan that targets multiple stakeholder audiences and leverages traditional, digital, and social media platforms.
  • Experienced as an on-the-record spokesperson across media platforms.
  • A persuasive oral communicator, with excellent presentation skills, able to gain credibility with the media, board of directors, partners, policymakers and other stakeholders.
  • A results-focused and disciplined self starter.
  • Strong organizational, strategic planning, project management, relationship-building, and teamwork skills.
  • Demonstrated commitment to improving economic well-being and quality of life for underserved populations.
  • Proven track record in successfully working across lines of difference, and with a diversity of stakeholders.

To apply, submit your resume and a cover letter to 

Job posted: 2021-03-15