Chief External Affairs Officer

Dallas, Texas, United States Full-time

Teaching Trust is a leadership development organization committed to eliminating educational inequity for all children.  We do this by developing high-performing school leaders and educators at all levels within and across schools.  Based on our recently completed strategic planning process, Teaching Trust is expanding leadership-focused school improvement programming in North Texas and beyond. The Chief External Affairs Officer will play a key role in securing both public and private funding to support our expanded impact and ensure financial sustainability, in addition to being the primary steward of the Teaching Trust brand and leading our communication efforts.

Who We Are

Teaching Trust is a 501c3 organization grounded in the conviction that school leadership is the single most impactful lever to driving sustained, significant improvement in public education. We develop and support strategic, visionary leaders at multiple levels within schools and school systems to engage and lead accountable, collaborative teams. These teams in turn ensure schools have high quality teaching and learning and aspirational cultures, which are necessary to provide an education that eliminates the opportunity gap for low-income students and students of color.

We work in the following ways to provide education opportunities that eliminate racial and socioeconomic disparities and give students choice for their life path:

  • Training, supporting, and developing school leadership teams that are led by an effective principal
  • Working with principal preparation programs to create a new standard for the quality of principal preparation
  • Cultivating a community of educators by supporting their professional development and career advancement
  • Influencing the public school systems we work with so that they are more supportive of the conditions and practices that drive impact

What You’ll Take On

The CEAO will advance Teaching Trust’s long-term sustainability by expanding our private funding base, developing infrastructure and systems around our growing public funding, and leading organization-wide efforts around communication in support of Teaching Trust’s brand and profile.  

To accomplish this, the CEAO will lead the External Affairs Team to develop and execute fundraising and growth plans to meet ambitious organizational goals, including the implementation of short- and long-range strategies necessary to fund Teaching Trust’s strategic plan and priorities. The successful candidate will forge new and cultivate established relationships to build our visibility, impact, and financial resources while being an outstanding people manager who can maximize the talents of everyone on the team.      

Reporting to and collaborating closely with the CEO, the CEAO will serve as a key member of Teaching Trust’s Leadership Team, influencing organizational objectives, strategies and policies.

Specific responsibilities include:

Lead and execute ambitious revenue generation strategy (50-65%)

  • Lead all revenue generation activities including private philanthropy and public fee for service funding. Priorities include diversifying private funding sources, increasing the proportion of public funding including increasing fee-for-service work from the current 50% to 70% of annual revenues, and driving multi-year commitments with our partners and supporters.
  • Identify prospects, develop and implement stewardship and engagement strategies, cultivate and solicit funding to deliver against the organization’s goals.  
  • Build on the existing strong private donor base and network of supporters, to secure ongoing funding from key corporate, foundation, and individual donors through direct solicitations by internal staff and by effectively engaging board members.  
  • Establish infrastructure in partnership with CEO in support of public funding with partner organizations including school districts, public charter schools, and state funding organizations
  • Engage Teaching Trust’s board in the external relations strategy, cultivate the board’s direct financial support, and steward the board’s engagement with their networks to financially support Teaching Trust  
  • Responsible for all backroom operations associated with all revenue streams. (i.e., invoicing / revenue realization)
  • Effectively coach, develop, and manage the external relations team to inspire staff to do their best work; foster a growth minded, innovative, and psychologically safe work environment to support the growth and development of all team members
  • Apply continuous learning to refine and improve the external relations strategy based on insights and feedback
  • Lead the external relations team’s efforts to achieve operational excellence. Establish, manage, and refine key processes,, standards, and metrics

Lead communications and marketing efforts (25-30%)

  • Serve as the head of Teaching Trust marketing and communication efforts including developing and implementing annual strategy and plan.
  • Lead all communications efforts related to both private and public funding audiences including website, marketing and stewardship materials, and annual impact report.
  • Partner with the broader organization on communication externally with program participants and alumni, and internally with staff.
  • Clarify and bolster the Teaching Trust brand in service of long term goals and mission

Provide strategic organizational leadership (10-20%)

  • Serve on the Leadership Team to set and lead against Teaching Trust’s overall objectives, strategies and policies
  • Work with the Teaching Trust Board to deliver on Teaching Trust’s short term and long term goals and outcomes

What You’ll Bring

We are looking for someone who shares a passion for our mission to achieve better outcomes for students in urban schools. You will thrive in this role if you boldly adopt new approaches, learn from your mistakes, persist through challenges, and use feedback as an opportunity to improve.

Ideal candidates will be:

  • Experienced - You have a bachelor's degree and significant work experience with a clear track record of success in executing effective growth strategies, managing others, and in raising and/or leading teams to raise, at a minimum, $3mm annually from diverse revenue sources
  • Strategic - You have a strategic vision and intuition that will help Teaching Trust's Leadership Team make strategic decisions regarding the overall direction and objectives of the organization
  • Team Builder  - You are passionate about developing others. You effectively coach and develop staff to inspire them to do their best work; foster a growth-oriented, innovative, and psychologically safe work environment while managing effective team execution
  • Connected - You have strong relationships with philanthropic, business, and/or school district leaders, and are well versed in the philanthropic trends of the education improvement and innovation space
  • Relationship Builder - You build relationships quickly, inspire those around you, and are able to influence and drive productive collaboration with internal and external stakeholders


Additionally, alignment with our core values is essential for the success of any candidate:

  • Educational Equity: We prioritize work based on its impact in eliminating the achievement gap.
  • Reflection and Growth: We seek feedback and modify behavior to achieve results.
  • Disciplined Action: We are unapologetically results and competencies driven.
  • Courage and Resilience: We take risks, rebound and persevere.
  • Entrepreneurial Mindset: We own our outcomes and act with urgency.

What We Offer

Teaching Trust offers a competitive salary commensurate with skills and experience. We offer a comprehensive benefits package for all full-time employees, including medical, dental, and vision plans. Other benefits include disability, life insurance, flexible spending account options, a generous vacation and holiday schedule, and a Simple IRA plan with employer matching.

Teaching Trust is an equal opportunity employer committed to maintaining a non-discriminatory work environment. Teaching Trust evaluates applicants for employment on the basis of qualifications, merit and work-related criteria without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national or ethnic origin, age, sexual orientation, mental or physical disability, pregnancy, childbirth, medical condition, marital or familial status, family responsibilities, veteran status, personal appearance, political affiliation, matriculation, or any other characteristic protected by law. All applicants will receive consideration for employment regardless of such status.