Director of Membership and Future Chiefs

Chiefs for Change

Posted: 7/29/2019

Position Type: Full-Time (Paid)

Function: Programs

Primary domain: Education

City: Washington

Postal code: 20002

State: Washington, DC

Country: United States

Organization Information:


$3M - $10M


Mission statement:

Build a diverse community of state and local education Chiefs dedicated to our shared vision and support them in ways that maximize the success of their efforts. 

Position Details:

Job Description:

About Us

Chiefs for Change (CFC) is a nonprofit, bipartisan network of diverse state and district education chiefs. With more than two dozen members, our work is focused on advocacy, leadership development, and member supports.

We are positioned to rapidly spread bold policies and practices, as we have:

  • National reach: Our members lead education systems with more than 7 million students, 435,000 teachers, and 14,000 schools.
  • Diverse contexts: Our network is diverse in terms of race, gender, political affiliation, and geography.
  • A model for disseminating promising ideas: We work with our members, excellent technical assistance providers, and top-tier research institutions to scale innovative approaches designed to improve student learning.

To learn more about Chiefs for Change, please visit


Job Summary

Chiefs for Change is looking for a strategic leader and exceptional project manager to drive our member recruitment strategy and support the expansion of our Future Chiefs program.

The Director of Membership and Future Chiefs will be responsible for identifying, interviewing, and vetting prospective members to expand our network of diverse state and district education leaders. This work includes project management, talent development, and knowledge management. It also requires strong relationship building skills.

The Director of Membership and Future Chiefs will also play a lead role in the selection, planning, and execution of programming for our Future Chiefs, a one-year cohort-based fellowship program that prepares the next generation of district and state leaders. We expect these leaders to be future Chiefs for Change members, well-positioned to sustain key initiatives, drive innovation, and dramatically transform the demographics of education leadership so that it better reflects the lived experience of American students. To date, we have run four cohorts of this program and one-third of our Future Chiefs now serve in chief roles and more than 50 percent are in more advanced leadership positions. Our Future Chiefs who are currently chiefs oversee systems with more than 1.8 million students, where 47 percent of the students are economically disadvantaged and 51 percent are students of color. These chiefs also oversee more than $15 billion in annual budgets.

The ideal candidate for this role is an accomplished, high energy, collaborative leader who has experience working with local and state leaders, and a proven record of accomplishment in managing a progressive leadership development strategy. The role requires an individual who cares deeply about educational equity, the mission of Chiefs for Change, and the work of our members and Future Chiefs. A successful candidate is one with a proven track record of results and who is motivated by impact; and who demonstrates political savvy, strong project management skills, and strength in stewarding bipartisan collaboration. The person hired for this position will work remotely with travel up to 25 percent.




  • Oversee the sourcing and vetting process of diverse state and district education leaders for prospective membership. This process includes preparing materials for senior leadership and the board of directors.
  • Identify, develop, and track key metrics and prepare regular reports for review by senior leadership to measure the success of key talent initiatives.
  • Ensure opportunities for members to participate in one or more elements of the Future Chief program (selection, programming, mentoring, placement).

Future Chiefs

  • Execute on a robust recruitment and selection process to select each upcoming Future Chiefs cohort.
  • Design, build, implement, and deliver high-quality programming in collaboration with chief(s) in residence(s) and consultants, including programming for Future Chiefs that maximize the value of their interaction with CFC members and prepare them for cabinet-level and chief roles.
  • Develop and implement a strategy that successfully raises the awareness of the program to help identify and recruit candidates for upcoming cohorts.
  • Manage and oversee the execution of one public-facing annual event annually.
  • Build and steward relationships with external influencers in the leadership development sector.
  • Participate in the development and execution of a process to identify, support, and place Future Chiefs into Chief roles.



  • Bachelor’s degree required, Master’s degree in a related discipline strongly preferred (experience can be substituted for an advanced degree); 7+ years of senior-level policy and/or advocacy experience with a track record of success and progressively responsible experience required
  • Passionate and unwavering belief that all children can and must graduate from high school prepared for and with access to college or career training in order to be prepared for today's world and tomorrow's
  • Demonstrated research, analytical, and strategic planning skills
  • Recognized as an education reform leader who is capable of leading complicated initiatives
  • Project management of complex new initiatives in education or other settings, ideally with a focus on human capital management
  • Experience leading or supporting large-scale change initiatives in education or other sectors, ideally with a focus on human capital management
  • Experience in research, data, and statistical analysis in support of decision making by senior managers of large organizations in educational or other sectors


  • Demonstrated ability to be self-directed, take initiative, and display tenacious follow-through
  • Positive demeanor, curious, eager, and excited to work in a rapidly changing and entrepreneurial environment
  • Exceptional written, oral, interpersonal, and presentation skills
  • Proactive in setting a strategy with key relationship management skills
  • Exceptional problem-solving, critical thinking, and planning skills
  • Ability to manage diverse, inclusive teams and collaborate effectively across a fast-moving organization while fostering a culture of excellence and hiring and retaining a high-performing, diverse team
  • Makes implementation plans that allocate resources precisely
  • Ability to communicate effectively and to make arguments in a compelling, nuanced, and concise manner and aligned with the beliefs and positions of Chiefs for Change
  • Experience using Google Apps (i.e., Gmail, Calendar, Drive, Docs, Forms, etc.)

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience working in a leadership role at a district or state
  • Experience leading or supporting large-scale change initiatives in education
  • Strong national networks and national presence
The salary and benefits for this position are competitive and commensurate with prior experience.



Not Specified


Commensurate with Experience

Posting Expiration Date:


How to Apply:

To apply, please submit your resume and a cover letter to [email protected] As we are a small team, we are not able to respond to each inquiry. We will reach out directly to those candidates that we select to move forward in the interview process. We believe diversity is a source of strength and welcome applicants of all religions, genders, sexual orientations, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds.


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