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Operations & Development Associate

National Council On Teacher Quality

National Council On Teacher Quality

Washington, DC, USA
60,000 – 65,000 USD per year
Posted on Monday, June 3, 2024

Description The National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ) is seeking an Operations & Development Associate to contribute to our mission of ensuring every child has a great teacher. The Operations & Development Associate position is a hybrid role in which you will manage key aspects of the organization's virtual office, support the organization's fundraising initiatives, and serve as the executive assistant to the President—contributing to the overall work of sustaining the organization.

This is a perfect opportunity for someone who is skilled at coordinating calendars and event logistics with strong attention to detail; an ace at managing multiple workstreams; able to make connections between the organization's priorities and funder interests; and an effective communicator. The candidate right for this role will have a strong commitment to advancing educational equity and excellence with a strong belief in the power of teachers.

Note that while NCTQ is a remote organization, this position is based in the metro DC area.

Organization Description NCTQ is on a mission to ensure every child has access to an effective teacher and that every teacher has the opportunity to become effective. Commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion is at the core of our work. Only when we ensure that students who have been long underserved by our systems—including students of color, students from low-income backgrounds, students with disabilities and multilingual learners—have equitable access to strong teachers and great instruction will we begin to dismantle the inequities that otherwise pervade their educational experiences.

We work toward this mission by engaging three actors with the greatest influence over teacher quality: districts, states, and teacher preparation programs. We advocate for smart policies grounded in data, and we champion those who are leading the way. NCTQ has a networked action strategy that leverages multiple stakeholders (education leaders, policymakers, and advocates at the state and national levels) to ensure our research leads to action and improves student learning.

As an equal opportunity employer, we seek to hire staff that bring diverse perspectives and experiences. Our work is dynamic and fast-paced, and our staff is passionate. This position will work remotely—just like the entire NCTQ office. However, this position is based in the metro DC area given in-person event planning responsibilities.

Job Summary The Operations & Development Associate is responsible for managing many aspects of NCTQ's virtual office, planning and executing in-person internal and external meetings, supporting fundraising and development responsibilities, managing the President's calendar, and performing other general administrative duties. This role will report to NCTQ's Chief of External Affairs and will also work very closely with the President and the Chief of Strategy & Operations.

Core Responsibilities Operations functions:

  • Manage the President's calendar, including coordinating travel arrangements and prioritizing the most sensitive matters and juggling competing demands.
  • Organize quarterly internal in-person team meetings, semi-annual in-person Board meetings, and other occasional external meetings, including scheduling, booking event space, sending reminders, and organizing catering when necessary.
  • Serve as a liaison to the Board of Directors, including preparing all Board meeting materials and supporting Board members' participation in meetings and sub-committees
  • Support NCTQ's virtual office management and culture-building through tasks like ordering supplies for staff members and planning in-person and virtual staff events.
  • Manage external communications with other policymakers and organizational leaders with confidence and attention to detail.
  • Perform minor accounting duties, such as organizing and submitting receipts for reimbursement for the President.

Development functions:

  • Manage development operations, including:Oversee the input, maintenance, and reporting of development data in NCTQ's database (Airtable). Conduct regular audits of funder interactions to ensure adequate engagement of active and prospective donors. Manage grants calendar, with attention to key deadlines and deliverables. Draft timely acknowledgement of donations. Capture key tasks coming out of weekly development meetings with the Chief of External Affairs and President.

  • Serve as a liaison between the Development team and project teams to improve interdepartmental communication in support of fundraising.

  • Actively manage and build NCTQ's development leads list, including researching and qualifying individual and foundation prospects using various online tools and resources.

  • Develop development prospect profiles and meeting briefing materials.

  • Draft grant reports and donor stewardship materials, ensuring customization based on donor interest and intent.

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree
  • Attention to detail and and demonstrated proactive and strategic approach to daily tasks
  • Strong communication skills and judgment with the ability to maintain privacy and confidentiality
  • Excellent writing and copy editing skills
  • Works well independently and as part of a team
  • Proficient with G-Suite, Microsoft Word, Outlook, and Excel

Attributes of a Successful Candidate

  • Committed to educational equity and excellence for all students and belief that teachers are the most important factor to attain this vision.
  • Extremely organized & strong project management skills: Builds short term and long term project timelines and systems to stay on top of multiple projects, plans backwards, and anticipates obstacles. Maintains confidentiality.
  • Attitude/Approach: Committed to excellence, demonstrated high-performer, and eager to constantly learn and grow. Highly motivated, results oriented, and able to complete tasks efficiently in a fast-paced environment. Ability to stay cool under pressure. Belief in NCTQ's mission.
  • Team player: As a small organization, NCTQ thrives when we work together as a team to complement each other's strengths, promote dialogue and discussion around our communications and advocacy strategy to make it better, and generate solutions and ideas together.
  • Creative and solutions oriented: Is able to zero in on the essence of a problem and devise solutions.

Salary and Benefits We offer competitive compensation commensurate with experience and an attractive benefits package including full health care coverage, paid vacation, wellness days, and retirement matching contribution policy.

Our remote work environment is bolstered by virtual and in-person opportunities to connect . We hold bi-weekly virtual staff meetings, social gatherings (remote and in-person), and quarterly in-person retreats to keep our team connected and thriving. We offer stipends to assist with office supplies and cell/internet expenses. Note: This position is based in the Washington, D.C. metro area.

To Apply

Apply Now! To apply, please submit materials via our online application system by June 15, 2024. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

The National Council on Teacher Quality is an Equal Opportunity Employer. NCTQ does not discriminate in its hiring and personnel practices on the basis of race, sex, age, disability, religion, national origin, sexual orientation or any other basis prohibited by law.

National Council On Teacher Quality is an equal opportunity employer.