Jan 12, 2022

Senior Director of External Affairs

$110,000 - $135,000 yearly
  • Brightbeam
  • Remote
Full-Time Business Development Client/Customer Service

Job Description

Brightbeam is a nonprofit network of education activists demanding a better education and a brighter future for every child. Using the power of communications, we shine a light on communities that challenge decision-makers to provide the learning opportunities all children need to thrive. We help strong voices tell powerful stories that unite and move their communities to action. Brightbeam amplifies these stories through a variety of digital platforms, including Education Post, Citizen Ed, Project Forever Free, and more than 20 local and regional sites that spotlight education issues nationally. We also sponsor on-the-ground initiatives, projects or organizations that align with our mission. To learn more, visit brightbeamnetwork.org

Brightbeam offers a fast-paced and dynamic workplace where individuals are honored and valued for their unique work views and backgrounds. We strive to be a democratic, mutually supportive, and energized team of self-motivated nonprofit professionals dedicated to making a difference for children. Brightbeam provides competitive salaries, excellent benefits, including a 3% employer match to your retirement fund with no match required; brightbeam is a virtual organization and this position is based in a home office anywhere in the United States. Occasional travel is required. 

The Senior Director of External Affairs reports to the Chief Operating Officer and is responsible for developing new partnerships and services as brightbeam grows our consulting practice. In addition to being highly skilled at building relationships and business development, you will also oversee the successful completion of these new projects, building cross functional teams from across the organization to support the work. 

This role is new for brightbeam and will require a high level of entrepreneurship and knowledge of the education landscape. In addition, ideal candidates will have a demonstrated track record of successfully overseeing multiple projects simultaneously, experience in developing project scopes and sequences, including staffing and budget needs, and an ability to think creatively and strategically about new ways to solve long standing and systemic issues. Most importantly, this person is passionate about the need for improving public education, and optimistic that we can make a difference with thoughtful and effective communications.

ROLES & RESPONSIBILITIES 

  • Building brightbeam’s network of potential partners, including research organizations, funders, and non-profit organizations working on a range of child justice issues
  • Converting relationships into partnerships, securing fee-for-service projects that are mission aligned and meet our larger organizational revenue targets 
  • Managing the design and implementation of new partnerships/projects, including establishing the scope of work, goals, and objectives
  • Tracking progress towards ambitious goals for each project, and working with team members and clients to course correct where necessary
  • Working with our communications team to write proposals (including some grant proposals), overviews, reports, and other collateral related to our new service offerings 
  • Owning relationships with all clients, ensuring a high level of satisfaction with brightbeam and the work we provide
  • Supporting brightbeam staff across functional areas to ensure we are well positioned to provide consulting services to clients in the most efficient and effective manner
  • Partnering with content experts, internally and externally, to develop effective new services

Hiring Organization

Brightbeam

Qualifications

  • Ability to effectively engage with internal and external stakeholders across all levels of an organization, and demonstrate a high level of professionalism in all interactions 
  • Deep understanding of the education landscape, and experience in non-profit business development 
  • Ability to connect research into actionable messages and strategies that will ultimately improve outcomes for students
  • Exceptional project management skills, including strategic prioritization and multitasking
  • Proven track record of meeting ambitious goals
  • Demonstrated ability to create content to meet varying audience needs 
  • Comfort in a virtual, remote work environment
  • Knowledge and experience in the education policy and reform sector
  • Self-starter who thrives in a high-change, fast-paced, and experimental environment
  • Passionate about the need for improving education and know that thoughtful and effective communications can make a difference 

Industry/Service Area

Advocacy/Social Action, Consulting/Advising, Foundation/Grantmaking

Level

Director

Benefits

Brightbeam offers a fast-paced and dynamic workplace where individuals are honored and valued for their unique work views and backgrounds. We strive to be a democratic, mutually supportive, and energized team of self-motivated nonprofit professionals dedicated to making a difference for children. Brightbeam provides competitive salaries, excellent benefits, including a 3% employer match to your retirement fund with no match required; brightbeam is a virtual organization and this position is based in a home office anywhere in the United States. Occasional travel is required. 

Application Instructions

To apply, please send a resume and cover letter to jobs@brightbeamnetwork.org


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