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Position Description - Deputy Director, Coalition for Community Schools

Position Description - Deputy Director, Coalition for Community Schools


Supervised by the vice pPresident of equity and community impact/director, coalition for community schools, the deputy director is responsible for facilitating the engagement of local communities, and provide overall programmatic and logistic supervision of the daily operations of the Coalition. Additionally, the Deputy Director assures Coalition activities and projects are integrated with other IEL team members and projects according to the mission and direction of IEL.


IEL's Coalition for Community Schools is a national group whose mission is to unite schools, families, and communities for young people’s success. The Coalition is led by the Institute for Educational Leadership (IEL) which is a 54-year old national D.C.-based nonprofit that values equity, inclusion, innovation, and impact. IEL’s vision is a society that uses all of its resources effectively to provide an equitable opportunity for all children and youth to learn, develop, and become contributing citizens of our democracy. To realize this vision, IEL’s mission is to equip leaders to better prepare children, youth, and families for college, careers, and citizenship.

Position Responsibilities

  • Lead the coordination and expansion of the Community Schools Leadership Network and State Coalition.
  • Oversee day to day Coalition operations, and assist the Director in mentoring, coaching, professional development, supervision, and being a resource for staff and interns.
  • Manage special projects that are funded.
  • Support local communities and states through presentations, speaking engagements, and technical assistance via travel, video, and telephone.
  • Prepare, in partnership with Coalition staff, all program goals and objectives and evaluate progress and effectiveness of all Coalition projects and provide support to achieve all project deliverables within required timeframes and prepare all work plans and grant deliverables as per requirements.
  • Prepare a variety of materials including proposals and budgets, correspondence, and project reports ensuring high quality standards.
  • Support planning for National and Regional Forums.
  • Plan, produce and/or oversee the production of products, including policy briefs, reports and other tools in print and Web-based forms.
  • Contribute to the work of the Institute for Educational Leadership, serve as an active member of ad hoc committees and working groups.
  • Represent IEL at conferences, professional associations, and other public venues.
  • Assist to develop various alliances to achieve objectives in alignment and coordination with IEL’s strategic plan.


  • 10 years in a management position in a nonprofit organization, foundation, or government agencies.
  • Bachelor’s degree (Master preferred) in business, public administration, community planning, or related field; and a minimum of 5 years of experience in community schools field building and sustaining cross-sector networks to work across institutional systems.
  • Track record delivering superior results, earning respect, and assuming leadership roles.
  • Success in roles requiring execution of multiple tasks while responding to multiple priorities.
  • Proven ability to work with efficiency, flexibility, and good humor.
  • Demonstrated ability to build and maintain relationships with a wide array of people – junior and senior, for-profit and nonprofit, and from diverse backgrounds.
  • Excellent oral and written communications skills.
  • Self-starter; capacity to work without direct supervision
  • Familiar with relevant software (MS Word and Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint) and using technology to programmatic advantage.

Compensation & Benefits

Salary range is $75,000-$110,000 based on experience with comprehensive health, dental, retirement, education and professional development, and life insurance benefits.

Duty Station

IEL is a Washington-based organization. This position can be based at IEL’s D.C. office, or can be a remotely stationed position with frequent travel to the D.C. office and local communities.

To Apply

Please email with "Deputy Director" as the subject line to Include a cover letter, resume, and a work sample. IEL is an Equal Opportunity Employer that does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, creed, religion, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran's status or disabled veterans' status. IEL is implementing a diversity and supported inclusion strategy and is actively and intentionally encouraging applicants of color and of diverse backgrounds to apply.