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Deputy Chief of Staff

The National Council on Teacher Quality is a nonprofit policy and research organization that believes every child deserves access to effective teachers, and every teacher deserves the opportunity to become effective. We are seeking a Deputy Chief of Staff, a role that is perfect for the kind of person who gets a lot done and can keep multiple balls in the air. Based in Washington, DC, the right candidate is hungry for the opportunity to help advance the work of a national nonprofit having a significant impact on education policy and eager to grow and develop skills in external affairs and fundraising.

Attributes of the Ideal Candidate

  • Dogged persistence and impeccable follow through: Doesn't let anything drop and enjoys developing systems to keep track of various work streams; this person follows through on commitments without reminders.
  • Go-getter: Is eager to complete tasks but asks "what else can I do?" and means it. This person looks for efficiencies and isn't afraid to offer up creative thinking for new paths forward.
  • Problem solver: Keeps hunting until the root of the problem or the right solution is identified and likes to use data to inform solutions and course corrections.
  • Strong writer: Comfortable with a red pen, has a knack for consistency in the editing process, and is also comfortable drafting work from scratch and adjusting tone for specific audiences.


  • Inform and influence better policy decisions by carrying out regular and high quality communications to each of our target audiences (states, school districts, teacher prep programs, and funders).
  • Provide editorial input into our website, ensuring that it stays timely and relevant to our users.
  • Working closely with the Chief of Staff and NCTQ President, serve as an integral part of our fundraising team.
  • Assist the Chief of Staff in all functions related to the internal workings of the organization.
  • Identify areas of need regarding our work and pursue solutions that will advance the mission of the organization.

To Apply

In lieu of a traditional resume and cover letter, please submit evidence of an experience in which you exhibited "dogged persistence," in either a previous role or in the course of your post-secondary education. You can submit an artifact (accompanied by any necessary context setting not to exceed one to two paragraphs) or, if there is no artifact available, please submit a compelling description of your qualifications/relevant experience not to exceed 500 words. Submissions can be sent to with the subject line: Deputy Chief of Staff Application.