The Council of Chief State School Officers, CCSSO, seeks an exceptional nonprofit manager for its newly defined Chief Operating Officer (COO) position. Relevant nonprofit management experience includes management of human resources, organization-wide planning and budgeting, leading on diversity, equity, and inclusion, and management of operations. CCSSO is interested in managers who are excellent collaborators and experienced working with the leadership of an organization connecting strategy and operations, in the context of building great employee opportunities and accountability. CCSSO is based in Washington DC, with staff working primarily remotely. Candidates do not need to live in the Washington DC area but will need to be available for travel.
Widely known for engaging deeply with state chiefs and state education agencies, CCSSO advocates effectively, representing and advocating on behalf of every state and territorial K-12 education leader. CCSSO cultivates leadership, connects people and ideas, and influences all involved to take collective action to improve our nation’s education system for all students.
CCSSO is the only education nonprofit whose membership represents the leadership of K-12 education systems in all 50 states. In addition, it serves the educational leadership of the District of Columbia, the Department of Defense Education Activity, the Bureau of Indian Education, and five U.S. extra-state jurisdictions. Collectively, CCSSO’s efforts help to impact the educational needs of 50 million students, 3.8 million teachers, 98,200 schools, and 13,600 school districts.
Committed to ensuring that all students in our public education system will graduate prepared for college, careers, and life, CCSSO provides a unique opportunity for each state’s public-school leadership to connect with, share, and collaborate with each other, as well as, to understand, influence, and benefit from federal programs. The organization provides leadership, advocacy, expert advice, and technical assistance on major educational issues. Furthermore, CCSSO seeks member consensus on these issues and expresses their views to civic and professional organizations, federal agencies, Congress, and the public.
$200 Billion in Emergency COVID Relief Funds for K-12 Schools
In addition to connecting state leadership to their national peers, CCSSO serves state education needs through its federal advocacy and education policy expertise and programs. To succeed in serving every state member, it consistently seeks and finds bipartisan common ground for improving public education.
By leveraging its influence and relationships with policymakers at the national level, in Congress, and across federal agencies in two administrations, CCSSO was able to help secure $200 billion in emergency federal aid during COVID-19. These substantial funds supported states as they responded to the crises of the pandemic. CCSSO has seen states implement these funds to improve tutoring support, invest in summer learning opportunities, implement mental health and wellbeing programs, address teacher shortages, and bolster digital learning, and more. In addition, throughout the pandemic, CCSSO has convened key national education groups in support of states, districts, schools, teachers, students, and their families, as well as all others in the K-12 education system.
CCSSO’s trailblazing advocacy is backed by an excellent communications and marketing program. With multiple former journalists on staff, and a directive from the CEO to be a top source to journalists, CCSSO enjoys strong relationships with reporters. When a journalist wants to know what is happening in K-12 education in a state, they turn to CCSSO for the facts
As an educational convener, CCSSO’s programming is frequently delivered in the context of meetings, both virtual and in-person. As such, the organization’s expertise in policy is matched by its expertise in holding exceptional events. The Director of Meetings and team of six will report to the COO. These meetings professionals are experts at the logistics of events and work collaboratively across the organization to meet CCSSO’s diverse meeting and event needs.
See CCSSO’s Strategic Plan Framework 2021-2026 for further information about its priorities and direction.
CCSSO has a long-standing commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, both internally and externally in their work with state chiefs and state education agency (SEA) leaders.
Educational equity means that every student has access to the educational resources and rigor they need, across race, gender, ethnicity, language, disability, sexual orientation, family background and/or family income. State education chiefs are uniquely positioned to lead their state toward achieving these goals. CCSSO’s Leading for Equity guide advises state chiefs and their state education agencies (SEAs) to improve educational equity, and includes a charge for state chiefs to:
Internally, CCSSO is proud of the diverse community that has been built among the staff. In 2022, CCSSO’s staff self-identifies as: 49% White, 41% Black, 5% Hispanic, and 3% Asian. It provides professional learning opportunities for all staff and sees its internal culture and equity initiatives as key to its excellence in delivering its mission. The Director of Equity Initiatives reports to the COO.
This is a newly defined position. A member of the Executive Team, the Chief Operating Officer (COO) will report to the CEO and work closely with the CEO and the Executive Team. The COO directly supervises four, including the Director of Meetings, the Director of Executive Office, the Director of Equity Initiatives, and the Director of Human Resources. Including indirect reports, this position will oversee a total team of fourteen. The COO will be responsible for core areas of operations, including human resources, operational and internal management and planning, management of operational aspects of meetings, internal diversity, equity, and inclusion, and strategic support at the Executive level.
The ideal candidate will foster collaboration at all levels, with expertise around growing collaboration in remote organizations. They will champion diversity, equity, and inclusion through all of their work, especially in human resources and staff professional development practices. Candidates will bring an analytical mind, with the ability to consider return on investment for large projects, and to understand implications of accounting, budgeting, and financial reporting practices. Overall, the COO will bring the ability to see the bigger picture and goals of CCSSO, create detailed plans to execute and achieve those goals, ability to analyze processes and make recommendations for streamlining, and excellent communication and cooperation to the greater CCSSO team to ensure operations are effective for the organization.
Strategic Leadership and Staff Management
Human Capital/Talent Development
Operational and Internal Management and Planning
Internal Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Qualified candidates will have 10+ years of progressively responsible, relevant experience, including 5+ years senior management experience. Bachelor’s degree required.
Successful candidates will have experience in most, if not all, of the following areas:
Preferred Qualifications (But not required)
Compensation: The salary range for this position is $200,000 – $220,000
This search will remain open until filled, and candidates will be reviewed on a rolling and ongoing basis – there is no deadline to apply.
Please email your cover letter and resume in confidence to: CouncilCOO@developmentguild.com
Suzanne Weber, MBA
Chief Executive Officer
Development Guild DDI