Open Positions

Director of Communications

Position Summary

NCTR is seeking a Director of Communications (“Director”) to lead its strategic communications, branding, and marketing efforts for the organization and its network of partners. The Director will lead in the development and implementation of an innovative and effective strategic communications plan to advance both our mission to build and support teacher residency programs and our position as a national leader in this effort.  Through this work, the Director will grow awareness of NCTR’s brand, expand NCTR’s reach and resources, and propel the teacher residency movement.

The Director will be responsible for public relations, messaging, publications, earned media, social media, marketing and working with the press. An immediate focus will be developing NCTR’s messaging and ensuring brand consistency across all business lines. The Director will serve as lead writer and determine short- and long-term priorities with other leaders in the organization.

The Director will manage the marketing and communications team, as well as NCTR’s consultants and vendors. Reporting to the Chief of External Relations, the Director will work closely with the CEO, providing continual strategic communications counsel, and collaborate across teams to increase the visibility of NCTR’s work, partnerships and impact.

Specific Responsibilities

  • Create and implement a communications plan for the organization to effectively message and share NCTR’s work with widely varied stakeholders
    • Identify and generate written communications and messaging content
    • Collaborate with NCTR leaders on how to best express organization identity and ensure consistency
    • Update and expand messaging for specific topics and emerging situations
    • Provide senior-level communication support to the CEO, Chief of External Relations, and other staff
    • Secure and manage specialized contractors (such as developers or videographers) and working with team members across the organization
  • Build NCTR’s earned media (drafting materials, pitching materials, responding to requests, coaching and supporting staff, evaluating results)
    • Build and manage media contacts
    • Create and place opinion pieces
    • Position NCTR, its CEO, and partners to be the primary sources of information on teacher residencies and clinical preparation
  • Manage all print and electronic collateral, including website and online social media, and evaluate results
    • Support and improve social media channels, create and post content.
    • Manage and direct website updates, identifying needs and creating content.
    • Deliver and improve communication vehicles, including weekly newsletter, website, social media, blog posts
  • Direct internal communications including publications, presentations, and marketing materials
    • Create and manage publications (editing products, engaging designers, evaluating results for print publications or online versions)
    • Create and edit presentations
    • Create and maintain up-to-date marketing materials
  • Use data to assess the return on investment of various communications/media efforts and to adjust strategy and tactics appropriately


    • A deep belief that teacher quality is critically important to improving student outcomes and that the nation can significantly improve student outcomes if we can improve teacher preparation
    • Bachelor’s degree in communications or related field
    • At least 7 years of communications experience with progressively increased responsibilities
    • Knowledge and experience in implementing successful communications strategies to further the goals of an organization
    • Experience identifying topics then pitching stories to press
    • Excellent writing, copy editing, and presentation skills
    • Demonstrated ability to communicate information to multiple audiences, including academia, policymakers, funders, and existing and emerging residency programs
    • Consideration for the smart allocation of resources and the return on investment of processes, projects, and behaviors
    • A commitment to finding better ways of doing things
    • The awareness to say “I don’t know”
    • Demonstrated ability to take initiative to find and develop solutions
    • Commitment to quality
    • The ability to set strategy and the skillset and desire to translate that into implementation and capacity-building with various teams
    • The ability to quickly and effectively forge collaborative relationships with staff members and teams across an organization
    • Experience in a fast-paced, entrepreneurial environment with a strong focus on data-driven decision making
    • Deep curiosity and an ability to leverage data and discover potential opportunities for growth and innovation
    • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work effectively with diverse external partners
    • Demonstrated ability to manage demanding work loads and to produce both independently and as part of a team
    • Track record of inviting a diverse set of backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives and of building an inclusive environment

Benefits and Salary

Salary for this position is competitive and depends on prior experience. In addition, a benefits package is included.


It is preferred that this position be based in Chicago or Washington, D.C., where NCTR’s team is concentrated; other locations will be considered.

How to Apply 

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NCTR provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics.