Chief External Relations Officer
Fully Remote Remote - US Office of the CEO
Job Type

About the Role

We are excited to be searching for the organization’s first Chief External Relations Officer to expand our impact through the development and cultivation of key relationships across the K-12 sector.   The position will be focused on building, maintaining, and nurturing strategic external relationships across the K-12 sector in service of the following four objectives:

  • promoting the shift to personalized, competency-based learning (PCBL) in math across the sector;
  • growing the number of school partners who implement Roadmaps, the PCBL solution our organization has created;
  • expanding our organization’s donor base; and
  • advocating for policy shifts that create the conditions for PCBL to flourish.

The New Classrooms Board of Directors approved a new strategic plan, which calls for enhancing our offerings and increasing the number of students served with our solutions to more than 250,000,  engaging in R&D to finish “cracking the code” as to how to catch any student up to grade level in three years or less, and influencing the K-12 policy landscape so that it is more conducive to innovative solutions.  The Chief External Relations Officer will work closely with the CEO to drive this agenda. 

The ideal candidate will be a strong public communicator, relationship builder, and influencer with a deep, national network of K-12 leaders and donors.

What You Would Do

Strategic Relationship Building

  • Leverage existing K-12 relationships and build new ones in order to achieve the four organizational objectives listed above
  • Build and manage a team of regional advisors to further expand our reach and impact
  • Develop new partnerships with mission-aligned organizations and allies that advance our mission and are aligned with our strategy

Fundraising Leadership

  • Deliver on organization’s fundraising goals
  • Identify and implement strategies to grow a pipeline of potential supporters across core revenue areas (Foundation, Individual, Corporate, and Government)
  • Successfully cultivate and steward current funders
  • Ensure compliance with all grant-related obligations

Organizational Leadership

  • Serve as member of Leadership Team
  • Represent and advocate on behalf of the organization at key meetings, conferences, and events
  • Travel expected up to 25% of time 

What We Are Looking For 

  • 10-15+ years of experience in education systems leadership, nonprofit management, public policy/advocacy, or fundraising
  • An existing deep network of relationships in K-12 education, including state, district, and philanthropic leaders  
  • A passionate, positive leader with a sense of urgency for the need to drive bold change to improve our nation’s education system
  • A go-getter, whose passion for change translates into effective problem identification, recommendation creation and action
  • Successful experience relationship and coalition building with influential K-12 stakeholders
  • Successful fundraising and relationship building track record 
  • Deep levels of experience with public speaking and advocacy, effective and persuasive communicator, comfortable representing New Classrooms externally 
  • Ability to think strategically while also managing tactics and logistics
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills

Role Classification and Benefits

The salary range for this role is currently budgeted at $158,000-$250,000, depending on experience and geographic location.  The role is full-time and includes benefits such as rich medical, dental, and vision insurance, 42 paid days off per year (prorated for the period in which you work), paid parental leave, matching 403B contributions, a professional development budget of $375 annually and a quarterly cell phone and home data plan subsidy.

New Classrooms is a fully remote organization.  All employees work from home, and occasionally travel for in-person get-togethers and off-sites.

Commitment to Diversity

At New Classrooms we are committed to diversity, equity and inclusion. We strive to create and inspire better ways to give every student an educational foundation for lifelong success. In order to fully realize this mission we are dedicated to building a diverse pool of candidates including those from underrepresented backgrounds, and resolute in building an inclusive culture that supports and celebrates the diverse voices and perspectives of our employees. 

Equal Opportunity

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, creed, color, national origin, ancestry, marital status, affectional or sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, nationality or sex.

Salary Description
$158,000 - $250,000