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Division Director, Education

Department: Education
Location: Washington, DC

NGA Solutions – The NGA for Best Practices (NGA Center) is seeking a Director of the Education Division. The Education Division provides information on best practices in early childhood, elementary, secondary and higher education. The Director will lead a team of 10 professionals who address issues across that spectrum: and human capital, standards assessment and accountability, whole child governance and finance. Sample portfolio items include teacher effectiveness; high school redesign; science, technology, engineering and math (STEM); strengthening higher education systems; and more. 

The National Governors Association (NGA) is the nonpartisan organization of the nation 's governors. Through NGA, governors share best practices, speak with a collective voice on national policy and develop innovative state government and support the principles of federalism. The NGA Center develops innovative solutions to today’s most pressing public policy challenges and directly serves governors and their key policy staff.  


  •  Build a cohesive unit with an overarching vision and a positive culture; 
  •  Fundraising for division projects and the related development and maintenance of relationships with philanthropic organizations, corporate foundations, and potential federal funders;
  •  Connect program areas across divisions and build on current and past projects to develop a portfolio policy to meet the current and emerging needs of governors and their staff; 
  •  Increase funding of all program areas with emphasis on those programs that promote improving educational outcomes for all students from early education through higher education, address emerging trends in education policy and human capital development; 
  •  Provide leadership and counsel to staff to assist them in their leadership of projects to achieve the best possible outcome; 
  •  Manage staff and facilitating professional development; 
  •  Oversee multiple projects and delegating responsibilities to staff; 
  •  Contributing to organizational goal setting and decision making; 
  •  Interface with governors and their staff; 
  •  Provide strategic guidance to states on a range of educational policy issues; and 
  •  Represent the organization and division through written and oral communication.



The successful candidate should have: 

Master's or advanced degree in public policy, education or related field; 

  •  Extensive experience (10+ years) at or knowledge of state level policy, with a   demonstrated understanding for the environment in which the governors serve; 
  •  Experience in education policy and analysis desired; 
  •  Proven track record of fundraising and the ability to sustain funding to support the   education division's work; 
  •  Knowledge of philanthropic and corporate foundations and governmental agencies that   provide grants in the field of education policy; 
  •  Experience leading a knowledgeable, professional staff; 
  •  Comfort managing within a collegial, collaborative organization; 
  •  Successful experience developing and implementing an overall sustainable plan for a   similar set of issues; 
  •  Demonstrated ability to represent NGA in a variety of ways including, but not limited to   forums that require public speaking and presentations; 
  •  Experience in managing large-scale budgets that include funding for projects and   personnel; 
  •  Excellent written and oral communications skills with experience reviewing and editing the   work of others to produce high quality publications; 
  •  Demonstrated ability to establish priorities and to work on several projects   simultaneously; 
  •  Demonstrated ability to think critically across multiple policy areas; 
  •  Strong consultation skills (i.e., analytical, evaluation, research, and technical assistance); 
  •  Demonstrated ability to work against and to meet deadlines; 
  •  Demonstrated understanding of how to work within a bi-partisan, membership   organization dedicated to serving the interests of its members; 
  •  Excellent organizational and problem-solving skills; 
  •  Initiative, with the ability to work independently while acting as a member of a larger   team; and 
  •  Commitment to the highest professional and ethical standards. 


Fast-paced working environment; and extensive computer usage.

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

NGA is committed to providing a productive and safe environment. To achieve that goal, we conduct background & reference check investigations for all final applicants being considered for employment. 

Equal Opportunity Employment   M/D/F/V 

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