Jul 01, 2024

Deputy Chief of Staff

  • Remote
Full-Time Remote/Virtual Executive Leadership Education Remote/Virtual Role

Job Description

About the role

TEACH is seeking a full-time Deputy Chief of Staff to partner with the Chief of Staff and Senior Leadership Team to lead and execute on work across business development, fundraising, finance, strategy, culture, and other high priority projects - with an emphasis on business development/fundraising and finance. The ideal candidate is a strategic planner, analytical whiz, detail-oriented systems builder, excellent written and verbal communicator, and creative problem-solver committed to advancing educational equity and making an impact on the educator workforce.


This individual excels at working autonomously and collaboratively on cross-functional projects to make sure deadlines are met and ongoing processes are operating efficiently. They ideally have experience in fundraising, some aspect of finance, and systems building. They operate with a growth mindset and values aligned with TEACH’s core values. If they do not have experience in fundraising, they are interested to grow and gain experience in this crucial area of nonprofit leadership.


The Deputy Chief of Staff reports directly to the Chief of Staff and is a part of the Chief of Staff function at TEACH, while working quite closely with both Co-Executive Directors and other members of the team. The CoS function oversees Fundraising/Business Development, Finance, Talent/Human Capital, Operations, Strategic Planning, and Culture Initiatives.

About the organization

TEACH is a national nonprofit founded by the U.S. Department of Education. We are the largest and most cost-effective recruiter of new teachers in the country. Our mission is to end the national teacher shortage and diversify the teaching profession. We are rebranding teaching and reinventing how the teaching profession recruits, meeting digital natives where they are: online, on their phones, and on social media.


We accomplish our mission by partnering with State Departments of Education to deploy statewide a Comprehensive Teacher Recruitment System (CTRS) which increases the quantity, quality, and diversity of the next generation of teachers in the state. School districts and educator preparation programs are also partners in the system. Our expanding list of partner states includes Colorado, Connecticut, Houston, New York, North Carolina, and South Carolina. We have also deployed this system in two large metro areas: Houston and Dallas.


The CTRS we provide works by identifying, cultivating, and supporting people around the state who have any inkling that they want to be a teacher. We nurture that interest, we dispel misperceptions, and we add motivation and inspiration, until they advance from “Maybe I want to teach” to “Yes I want to teach.” Then, for someone who is a “Yes,” we support them in getting through the process of getting trained and licensed to enter the classroom and overcoming common obstacles in that process. As part of our mission, we are committed to specifically increasing the number of Black and Latinx applicants to teaching programs in our partner regions.


State Departments of Education pay for our CTRS, which means TEACH has an earned revenue model, enabling our ability to scale to all 50 states and do so in a financially sustainable way. Since we fund our operations through a combination of earned revenue contracts and grants, that is why we refer to Business Development and Fundraising.


TEACH is a virtual organization that welcomes talented teammates from all over the U.S. Our core values include:

●      Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: We are committed to increasing the diversity of the teacher pipeline and providing a diverse, equitable and inclusive work environment. We acknowledge that we are all at different levels regarding DEI competencies and are committed to helping all staff members develop these skills, regardless of their starting point.

●      Mission and Impact: TEACH staff are dedicated to our mission to improve the quantity, quality, and diversity of the talent pipeline and are driven to maximize our progress towards achieving that mission

●      Care and Support: TEACH staff care for and support each other and that ethos of care and support is reflected in our organizational policies and practices. It is our goal that all TEACH staff feel comfortable bringing their authentic selves to work.

●      Learning and Growth: TEACH invests in learning and growth at the individual, team, and organizational levels, fostering the culture, mindsets, and opportunities that lead to learning and growth


Job responsibilities

●      Fundraising and Business Development (aka, “Development”)

○      In partnership with the Co-Executive Director, manage business development efforts with State Departments of Education and fundraising efforts with foundations

○      Produces high-quality research to determine fundraising or business development targets

○      Attend business development and fundraising meetings with Co-Executive Director and support preparation for these meetings

○      Lead the creation, maintenance, and improvement of our development systems, processes, and materials

○      Lead grant writing and reporting with foundations

○      Develop sophisticated and effective written answers to funders

●      Finance

○      Lead and supervise the finance and accounting team to maintain our financial records, to execute all financial processes, and pass the annual audit

○      Lead the creation of our org-wide budget

○      Identify areas of opportunity to improve financial systems and processes

○      Secure monthly treasury bills to maximize interest income

●      Strategy, Operations, and Culture

○      Assist in the development and execution of organizational strategies and goal setting (OKRs)

○      Support operational processes and systems for the org

○      Support the CoS in culture initiatives to enhance employee engagement and continuously improve the culture and effectiveness of the organization



●      Excellent and persuasive written and verbal communication skills

●      Stellar strategic planning, analytical skills, and creative problem-solving

●      Excellent organization and project management

●      Deft at funder and partnership management

●      Ability to identify and address challenges independently, partnering with team members to develop solutions

●      Produces timely, accurate, and quality work product in both independent and collaborative settings

●      Operates from a place of curiosity and is energized by feedback

●      Adapts quickly to evolving circumstances and expectation


Background and Experiences

●      5-10 years of professional experience in roles that align with the some or all of the responsibilities listed above; management consulting experience is a plus

●      Ideally, experience with fundraising/grant writing or, if not, excellent writing abilities and a desire to learn about fundraising

●      Bachelor’s degree required; Master’s in policy or business preferred

●      Must be physically located in the continental U.S

●      Demonstrated passion or experience in advancing equity, preferably in education



The salary for this position depends on experience; the range begins at $125,000.



The ideal start date for this position is Summer 2024


Anti-discrimination policy

We are an equal opportunity employer, and we make a particular effort to recruit people of color to apply for open positions.


At TEACH, we value all employees and job candidates as unique individuals, and we welcome the variety of experiences they bring to our organization. As such, we prohibit unlawful discrimination and believe everyone should be treated equally regardless of race, sex, gender identification, sexual orientation, national origin, native language, religion, age, disability, marital status, citizenship, genetic information, pregnancy, or any other characteristic protected by law.


How to apply

You can apply to this opportunity at the link here. Please know you’ll be asked to submit a resume and cover letter as part of this application, and we hope to be in touch within 7 days of your application.


This search is managed by our talent partner, WorkTogether, and initial communication will come directly from their team.

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