Director of Community Engagement – TN Charter School Center

Director of Community Engagement – TN Charter School Center  – Tennessee Charter School Incubator(TCSI)

Date Posted:                 Tuesday, July 23, 2013
Position Description – Responsibilities and Requirements:

About the Tennessee Charter School Center The Tennessee Charter School Center is a new statewide charter school support organization dedicated to representing, supporting and creating high-achieving charter schools committed to excellence through skillful autonomy and transparent accountability.   The Center is focused on catalyzing and supporting the growth of a high quality charter sector in Tennessee, and will carry out its mission through leadership development training, school launch support, performance-enhancing services, and policy and advocacy initiatives.
Job Overview   The newly formed Tennessee Charter School Center seeks to hire a new Director of Community Engagement who will focus on building a strong, cohesive base of advocates for high-achieving public charter schools in Tennessee.    The Director of Community Engagement serves as a campaign manager — organizing events, managing full-time community organizers in Nashville and Memphis, and serving as the chief strategist for the Voice, the Center’s network of parents and supporters for quality public charter schools.
Accountability The Director of Community Engagement will report to the CEO.

  • Manage full-time Community Organizers in Memphis and Nashville
  • Develop an advocacy strategy aimed at garnering the support of state and local leaders for high-quality public charter schools
  • Oversee and build membership of the Voice, the advocacy network of parents and charter school supporters
  • Plan events and campaigns around charter school initiatives (policy priorities, parental engagement, student recruitment)
  • Organize the Charter School Day on the Hill for hundreds of supporters at the Tennessee State Capitol
  • Organize weekly meetings between Voice members and legislators during legislative session
  • Facilitate tours of charter schools for local and state officials
  • Provide year-round opportunities for parents to connect with elected officials
  • Conduct advocacy trainings and workshops
  •  Organize and facilitate charter school educational workshops around the state
  • Collect and maintain data points regarding Voice membership and activities
  • Manage a database of charter school events, parent meeting schedules, parent information, etc.
  • Manage the advocacy page of the organization’s website and contribute to advocacy-related social media content

Education and Experience Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree required, master’s degree preferred
  • 5+ years of work experience
  •  Significant experience working with a political or grassroots campaign
  • Demonstrated success in community organizing
  • Experience managing and mentoring a team preferred


  • Strong interest in state and local politics, education reform, and charter schools
  • Skilled in developing and implementing effective political strategies
  • Desire to cultivate creative ideas and execute new projects
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Ability to multi-task and manage various team projects
  • Strong public speaking skills
  • Ability to thrive in an unpredictable work schedule and environment
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
  •  Detail-oriented, organized and efficient

Location This position can be based in our Memphis or Nashville office, with significant statewide travel.

Compensation Competitive salary, dependent upon education and experience level.
Job Type:                      Full-time
Job Categories:

  • Education
  • Government
  • Public Relations
Contact Information and Procedure:

If interested, please send a resume and cover letter to Rebecca Lieberman at

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