Job Posting Communications Director

Communications Director

Job Status: Regular - Full Time
FLSA Status: Exempt
Reports To: Chief of Staff
Amount of Travel Required: Up to 10%
Positions Supervised: 2+


NMSI seeks a highly motivated, experienced, and self-directed communications professional to lead and implement a comprehensive marketing and communication strategy that supports the work of the organization’s academic program and growth teams, along with metrics to measure success. The Communications Director will work closely with communications, development and program staff to conceive and develop print and online communications that consistently articulate NMSI’s mission and strategic objectives. A successful Communications Director will position NMSI as a thought leader in the STEM field, specifically as it relates to increasing teacher effectiveness, student achievement, and college readiness in our nation’s schools.

A relentless commitment to NMSI’s mission, the ability to partner with diverse internal stakeholders, exceptional attention to detail and the ability to transform complex information into useful and engaging messages are critical for success in this role. Equally important is the role of developing the strengths of team members to be effective contributors and strategic partners to teams across the organization. The Communications Director must also be able to respond to ongoing updates in organizational needs and re-allocate time, resources and priorities to ensure high-impact opportunities are seized without jeopardizing long-term priorities.

Primary Outcomes

  • Raise awareness of NMSI’s impact on student success among diverse audiences, including the broader education reform community, to support the organization’s growth and fundraising goals
  • Establish NMSI as a leader in high-quality, rigorous and scalable education solutions
  • Lead an effective communications team that develop team members’ skillsets
  • Position NMSI senior leaders as experts and innovators in STEM education, education reform and social impact dialogues

Primary Responsibilities

  • Leadership:Provide strategic direction to build an effective communications team with each member capable of providing valued strategic counsel to NMSI leadership and other internal partners. Specific actions by the Communications Director in this area include developing team members’ skillsets, identifying emerging trends in the communications field to be implemented by NMSI, and assigning work to individual team members based on their strenghts and opportunities to develop.
  • Strategic Communications:Develop organization-wide marketing, messaging, and publicity strategies that employ data, success stories and visual storytelling to educate target audiences—including current and prospective funders, policymakers, parents, students, teachers and administrators—about NMSI’s impact on STEM access and achievement. The Communications Director also will work with the Brand Manager to develop brand standards and ensure their proper use across all internal and external communications and events.
  • Media Outreach:Leverage regional and national media outreach to establish NMSI’s point of view in target outlets, as well as identify opportunities to position NMSI, its subject matter experts, and success stories. The Communications Director will also serve as the external facing team member responsive to media and publicity opportunities or provide counseling and coordination for NMSI spokespeople.
  • Owned Media:Provide leadership for team to develop and place original content through NMSI’s owned platforms—website, social media channels, newsletters, annual report, etc. — to help increase the visibility and expertise of NMSI leadership and field ambassadors. The Communications Director will ensure a consistent flow of timely and engaging content across NMSI’s channels.
  • Social Media:Provide strategic leadership for Communications team to develop and manage NMSI’s social media program and networks (including the NMSI blog, Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, YouTube and Instagram) with an emphasis on increasing NMSI’s share of voice and engaging directly with key audiences.

Position Qualifications

  • BS/BA in Journalism, Public Relations, or English; graduate degree preferred
  • Demonstrated commitment to NMSI’s mission and core values
  • 5+ years of experience in external communications, media relations and project management in the education and/or nonprofit arena; at least one year of supervisory experience preferred
  • Highly collaborative work style and a desire to create and implement new initiatives
  • Experience in paid and earned media placements and appropriate metrics
  • Experience managing budgets, teams, and projects to meet ambitious goals and objectives, on time and on budget in a complex environment with short deadlines
  • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills and understanding of AP style
  • Highly proficient in Microsoft Office

NMSI Core Values

  • Accountability - Delivering on commitments made to our stakeholders, transparency about progress and outcomes, and ownership of responsibility for the decisions we make.
  • Collaboration - Trust, open communication and teamwork inside and outside the organization to maximize our shared knowledge and bring greater value to our mission.
  • Equity - Access and opportunity for all students to succeed, regardless of zip code.
  • Learning - Fostering dynamic learning environments for students and teachers and using internal and external feedback to continuously improve the quality of our work.
  • Advocacy - Cultivation of strong, strategic relationships that expand our reach and influence and ensure continued positive student outcomes in the communities we serve.

National Math and Science Initiative, Inc. has reviewed this job description to ensure that essential functions and basic duties have been included. It is not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all functions, responsibilities, skills, and abilities. Additional functions and requirements may be assigned by supervisors as deemed appropriate.

National Math + Science Initiative (NMSI) provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, marital status, amnesty, or status as a covered veteran in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws. NMSI complies with applicable state and local laws governing non-discrimination in employment in every location in which we have employees. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including, but not limited to, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.

To apply, please send cover letter and resume along with three writing samples that demonstrate your ability to communicate to distinct groups of external stakeholders to Cindy Wall at