Apr 29, 2022

Chief Executive Officer and President

  • The National Network of State Teachers of the Year (NNSTOY)
  • Remote
Full-time Executive Leadership Education Remote/Virtual Role

Job Description

The National Network of State Teachers of the Year (NNSTOY) is an organization of teacher leaders, that seeks to transform the teaching profession by using our credible voice to support policies and practices that advance educational equity, teacher leadership, educator effectiveness, and the conditions, capacity, and culture necessary to support great teaching and learning for all students. 

 In order to achieve that impact, NNSTOY focuses its work on the following core actions: 

  • Membership: NNSTOY recruits, supports, and engages a diverse network of members who can advance the mission of NNSTOY while maintaining an inclusive and welcoming community. 
  • Teaching and Learning: NNSTOY builds the capacity of educators to model innovative, exemplary classroom practices and apply teacher leadership skill sets to solve education challenges in classrooms and systems. 
  • Equity: NNSTOY advances equity by convening a community of learners around issues that impact equity within classrooms and systems; by making them aware of their opportunities to disrupt inequitable practices; and by supporting their effective efforts to enact policies, practices and procedures that establish a legacy of equitable outcomes for all children. 
  • Our Organization: NNSTOY is a dynamic national organization dedicated to excellence and equity in education that is both mission-driven and sustainable. 

NNSTOY is seeking an experienced CEO-level professional to build on NNSTOY’s successes, advance NNSTOY’s newly approved strategic plan, and lead this national teacher leadership organization toward greater impact and sustainability. 


The Chief Executive Officer & President reports to the NNSTOY Board of Directors and is responsible for the organization's consistent achievement of its mission and financial objectives. 


  • Set a vision for NNSTOY, the NNSTOY membership, and how it positively impacts students and the teaching profession. 

  • Ensure that the organization has a long-range strategy that achieves its mission, and toward which it makes consistent and timely progress; ensure that the organization has an operational plan based on the strategic plan to achieve and measure its goals.   

  • Develop program, operational, and financial plans with the Board of Directors and staff, and carry out plans and policies authorized by the board. 

  • Promote active and broad participation by the NNSTOY membership in all areas of the organization's work. 

  • Maintain official records and documents, and ensure compliance with federal, state and local regulations, including working with the organization’s audit company to complete annual audits, tax filings, and state charitable giving compliance documents. 

  • Maintain a working knowledge of significant developments and trends in the field of education, teacher workforce issues, and be recognized as a thought-leader in the education community. 


  • Develop and maintain sound financial practices. 

  • Work with the staff, Development Committee, and Board to develop innovative program ideas, cultivate relationships with funders, and prepare and submit grant applications and funding proposals as appropriate. 

  • Work with the staff, the Finance Committee, and the Board in preparing an annual budget; see that the organization operates within budget guidelines; manage cash-flow and budgets. 

  • Set and meet annual fundraising targets. 

  • Develop relationships with district and state education agencies, philanthropic and corporate partners to raise funding for NNSTOY work. 

  • Ensure that adequate funds are available to permit the organization to carry out its work. 

  • Ensure effective audit trails. 

  • Approve expenditures. 

  • Provide for proper fiscal record-keeping and reporting. 

  • Submit monthly financial statements to the Board of Directors. 


  • Communicate regularly with NNSTOY members individually and collectively to build relationships with members and understand member priorities and concerns.   

  • Publicize the activities of the organization, its programs and goals. 

  • Demonstrates superlative communication skills, and ability to communicate a compelling vision of our organization’s strength and potential. 

  • Promote and maintain the organization’s “brand” as a first-thought in the education space for strength-based reform, best-practices, and teacher leadership. 

  • Establish sound working relationships and collaborative arrangements with partner organizations. 

  • Represent the point of view of the organization and members to government agencies, non-profit organizations, and the public. 


  • Assume responsibility for the recruitment, employment, and release of all personnel, both paid staff and volunteers. 

  • Ensure that job descriptions are developed, that regular performance evaluations are completed, and that sound human resource practices are in place. 

  • See that an effective management team, with appropriate provision for succession, is in place. 

  • Encourage staff development and education, and assist program staff in relating their specialized work to the total program of the organization. 

  • Maintain a climate that attracts, keeps, and motivates a diverse staff of top quality people. 

  • Establish and promote a work-culture that promotes best practices regarding distributed leadership and collaborative work processes. 

  • Administer board-approved personnel policies. 


  • Ensure that the board is kept fully informed regarding the condition of the organization and all important factors influencing it. 

  • Establish and maintain a close professional partnership with the NNSTOY Board of Directors and Co-Chairs of the Board. 

  • Assist the Board Co-Chairs in planning the agenda and materials for board meetings. 

  • Work with the Board and NNSTOY Membership to initiate and assist in developing policy recommendations and in setting priorities with the directors. 

  • Facilitate the orientation of new board members. 

  • Work with the Board to support their efforts to fundraise on behalf of NNSTOY. 

  • Staff board committees as appropriate. 

  • Jointly conduct official correspondence of the organization with the Co-Chairs of the  Board of Directors, and jointly execute legal documents with designated officers. 

Job Type: Full-time 

Required Experience and Preferred Qualifications  

  • Bachelor’s degree in education or related field.  Masters or Doctorate preferred.  
  • 7+ years of education industry experience 
  • Successful fundraiser with a proven track record
  • Ability to develop & manage talent, teams, and projects 
  • Executive Presence that is calm, confident, & inspiring 
  • Understanding of membership associations, understanding of advocacy, and demonstrated commitment to equity and social justice.   
  • Ability to engage a diverse network of teacher leaders  
  • Willingness and ability to travel to maintain relationships with organizational partners, funders, and policymakers 

Work authorization: United States (Required)

Work Location: Fully Remote, Multiple locations


  • Health insurance 
  • Paid time off 
  • Flexible schedule 
  • Parental leave

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