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Career Opportunities at PDK International

Manager or Director of Marketing and Communications
Program Manager
Marketing/Social Media Assistant or Manager
Partnerships Advisor (Sales Director)
Managing Editor/Content


Do you have an entrepreneurial spirit and a service-oriented heart? PDK International, is looking for an innovative, results-oriented Manager or Director of Marketing and Communications to develop and manage this new department. We are seeking experienced marketing professionals to develop campaigns to sell B2B fee-for-service products, guide new branding, drive revenue streams, and increase awareness of PDK and its initiatives.


Under the direction of the Chief Operating Officer, the Manager or Director of Marketing and Communications will create a marketing strategy for the entire organization and provide support for our seven divisions. The Director of Marketing and Communications will create this strategy by working with the senior leadership team to deliver a consistent and fully-developed marketing and communications plan for the entire organization.

We are restarting the department after a few years of dormancy, so we need someone who can not only develop strategy, but create tactics and execute campaigns; we are looking for someone who is hands-on and able to work towards the strategic goals of the organization. Our organization has more than one hundred years of heritage that needs to be honored while recreating itself as the new PDK International based in social justice, excellence, engagement, and results for the next generation of educators.


  • Help divisions meet their revenue goals by providing support in developing and implementing marketing initiatives. This will require working closely with colleagues and volunteer leaders to develop and convey the organizations’ identity and core purpose
  • Develop and implement strategic and dynamic marketing plans for all of the organizations needs
  • Create and implement a clear, comprehensive communication strategy so that the communication and marketing to internal and external stakeholders is intentional and strategic
  • Follow education trends and news to create a response strategy to return PDK to relevance as a leader in national education discourse
  • Draft and oversee design of marketing materials for print, digital, and social media advertising and promotions
  • Conduct market research and compile comprehensive related analytics to guide marketing initiatives
  • Provide strong leadership and convey PDK’s identity and mission to its diverse constituency and the general public with a focus on audience growth
  • Foster existing relationships with media contacts at all levels
  • Write press releases, organize press conferences, and produce media kits
  • Track and maintain all media content placements and contacts
  • Support integration and use of a new CRM system
  • Develop and oversee the rebranding efforts for the organization
  • Negotiate contracts with vendors and distributors as required for effective marketing campaigns and long standing partnerships


  • Proven business development, marketing and communications experience in a non-profit organization, with a skew (65/35) between marketing and communications
  • Proven track record of bringing in revenue through fee-for-service programs, products, and/or services
  • Ideally 10+ years of related professional experience with a preference in Education, however we understand that a wide range of alternative experiences may be applicable to the job.
  • Belief in PDK International core values
  • Understanding of budgeting cycles and purchasing decisions within school systems
  • Intimate understanding of traditional and emerging marketing channels, techniques, and a strong understanding of the online world
  • Familiarity with the latest trends and technology needed in the marketing and communications field
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Budget-management skills and proficiency, with profit and loss experience preferred
  • Experience creating compelling collateral materials to expand awareness of an institution’s value to the community and the continuing need for financial support to sustain an institution’s future
  • Flexibility, vision and drive to move large scale projects forward
  • Results-oriented ROI driven professional

Job Type: Full-time


  • 10+ years or equivalent related marketing and communication experience with a skew toward marketing and sales and with a preference in K12 sales. PDK offers an attractive compensation package and benefits commensurate with experience.


PDK International offers competitive compensation and a comprehensive benefits package, as well as opportunities for career growth and development.

How to Apply

Please submit your resume and cover letter to HR@pdkintl.org with the subject line: Director of Marketing and Communications. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.




Coordinate the day-to-day management of PDK Education Partnerships’ activities and projects. Serve as a liaison between Education Partnerships, prospective and current partners. Directly collaborate with other PDK divisions to ensure synergy towards the effective implementation of Education Partnerships’ objectives, goals, and outcomes.


The vision for PDK Education Partnerships division is that every school system leader in our society demonstrates the knowledge, skills, and mindsets needed to lead change through a social justice lens so that all students thrive. We partner with system-level leaders, including superintendents and their senior teams, to support them in navigating the complexities of school system transformation. We see ourselves as partners in the process of identifying complex challenges and designing and implementing sustainable and equity-minded solutions that create lasting change.


  • Coordinate the day-to-day management of activities and projects for the Education Partnerships’ division
  • Develop a detailed project plan to track progress
  • Coordinate internal resources for the effective execution of projects
  • Develop, refine and implement procedures, processes and structures
  • Participate and contribute to ongoing strategic planning and the development of solutions and recommendations to advance the Education Partnerships’ work
  • Ensure that all projects are delivered on-time, within scope and within budget
  • Assist with creating and managing budgets, monitoring expenditures and revenue collection
  • Participate in outreach activities that may include communications and coordination of events
  • Collect and analyze data, create reports, review and explain trends to support marketing, program design, and program delivery
  • Manage the relationship with partners and prospective clients


  • Bachelor’s degree and three years of relevant experience, or combination of education and relevant experience. Demonstrated excellent organizational skills and attention to detail (i.e.: program and project management)
  • Demonstrated exceptional customer service skills with a wide spectrum of stakeholders
  • Demonstrated ability to take initiative and ownership of projects
  • Strong ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing
  • Demonstrated ability to prioritize own work and multi-task, and manage last-minute needs and changes gracefully
  • Ability to routinely and independently exercise sound judgment and creative problem- solving skills in making decisions
  • Demonstrated experience working independently and as part of a team
  • Ability to produce high quality, well-organized and professional work products
  • Demonstrated ability to use virtual organizational, management, communication and learning tools—including Microsoft Office suite of products, social media platforms, etc.
  • Knowledgeable, energetic and passionate about public education, social justice and equity, and program development and management


PDK International offers competitive compensation and a comprehensive benefits package, as well as opportunities for career growth and development.

How to Apply

Please submit your resume and cover letter to HR@pdkintl.org with the subject line: Program Manager. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.



Pi Lambda Theta is seeking an enthusiastic, creative Marketing/Social Media Assistant or Manager who can help increase awareness of our organization and grow our national network of college students and practicing educators. If you are passionate about marketing and communications, skilled at connecting with a youth audience, and a team player looking to be a part of an exciting venture, we want to talk to you.


The Marketing/Social Media Assistant or Manager will report to the Relationship and Outreach Director and work with other senior staff to develop and execute the marketing and communications strategy for the Pi Lambda Theta honor society.

The Marketing/Social Media Assistant or Manager will lead the effort to grow participation in Pi Lambda Theta through a strategic marketing campaign. They will be responsible for helping bring our brand to life through varied communications efforts, including outbound calls to potential university partners, direct mail marketing campaigns, social media platforms, the website, and other internal and external communications.

Responsibilities include:

  • Developing and oversee all marketing and communications initiatives
  • Working with senior staff to enhance and execute a research-based marketing and communications plan that targets college students and deans of education to grow participation in Pi Lambda Theta, including:
    • Making sales calls to university contacts to secure student lists
    • Crafting print and electronic mailings to recruit students to join
    • Creating the strategy and text for drip marketing campaigns
    • Development text and overseeing design for social media ads (Facebook, Google AdWords, LinkedIn)
  • Cultivating relationships with key stakeholders including Deans and student leaders
  • Developing metrics to ensure effectiveness of marketing efforts
  • Curating high-interest content to increase activity on social media channels
  • Managing the development, distribution, and maintenance of all print and electronic collateral, such as brochures, flyers, e-newsletters, and web copy
  • Coordinating web updates to ensure that information is consistent and up-to-date
  • Tracking and responding to relevant media trends and news stories
  • Other duties are assigned as required


As a prerequisite, the successful candidate must believe in the core values of PDK International (social justice, excellence, engagement and results) and be driven by our core principle of “engaging educators and strengthening schools, so every student thrives.” Beyond that, we are seeking a candidate that has exceptional organizational skills and is detail oriented.

  • Bachelor’s degree required
  • Experience in marketing and/or communications
  • Excellent writing/editing and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to write for various audiences, including college students and higher education administrators
  • Experience managing social media and GoogleAdWords advertising campaigns. Experience with SEO management a plus.
  • Salesforce and MailChimp experience a plus.
  • A strong track record as a project manager and an implementer who thrives on managing a variety of key initiatives concurrently
  • Proven self-starter, able to work independently, and entrepreneurial; enjoys creating and implementing new initiatives; results-oriented, and effective in a culture of change


PDK International offers competitive compensation and a comprehensive benefits package, as well as opportunities for career growth and development.

How to Apply

Please submit your resume and cover letter to HR@pdkintl.org with the subject line: PLT Marketing/Social Media Assistant. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.


At Educators Rising, we’re changing how our country thinks about teacher recruitment and preparation by starting in high school. We provide districts and schools with the tools they need to establish high school-based “grow-your-own” teacher pathway programs. Specifically, we offer two new sets of products: the EdRising Academy curriculum and support services and the Educators Rising “Beginning to Teach” micro-credentials (or digital badges). The result of these efforts is a pipeline of accomplished teachers who are positioned to make a lasting difference — not only in the lives of their students, but also in the field of teaching more broadly.

The Partnerships Advisor is at the forefront of this work. You will be responsible for selling Educators Rising products and services to districts, schools, and state education agencies. The ideal candidate will possess a quantifiable record of success in K12 sales with a demonstrated ability to meet and exceed goals. A strong belief in the importance of improving teacher recruitment and preparation is a must. This is a hybrid role combining in-house sales work with field work and requires some travel.


  • Meet/exceed sales goals
  • Establish and grow a customer base of K12 districts and schools and maintain clean records in prospect database
  • Employ effective selling techniques including pre-call planning, effective opening, and productive questioning strategies that lead to a close
  • Demonstrate superb organizational and follow-up abilities
  • Maintain positive relations with state, district, and school leaders in target market
  • Maintain expert product knowledge around the EdRising Academy curriculum/support services and “Beginning to Teach” micro-credentials, the education industry, and factors influencing the market environment
  • Identify and share common themes from the field that can help refine product positioning and pricing


  • Bachelor’s degree
  • 3+ years sales experience in K12 education market preferred
  • Demonstrated understanding of school, district, and state education agency sales cycle, budget process, and purchasing process.
  • Experience with the consultative sales process and lead prospecting, acquisition, qualifying, and conversion. Includes experience with outbound calling approach and demonstrated ability to recognize underlying hesitations and overcome concerns.
  • Proven track record of excelling in a fast-paced work environment and managing time effectively
  • Confident, assertive, and goal oriented with ability to learn the sales process and effectively apply it
  • Exceptional communicator – verbal and written
  • Experience implementing and using Salesforce, preferred
  • Former educator (preferably principal or superintendent) with ability to open doors, preferred


Educators Rising is prepared to offer a competitive compensation package, which includes a competitive base salary, as well as generous 403(b), vacation, and health benefits commensurate with experience and proven results.

How to Apply

If you’re passionate about education, competitive, and have a strong desire to exceed goals, then you might be a perfect fit with Educators Rising. If you’re interested in changing the way we recruit and prepare teachers in this country, then we’d like to meet you.

To apply, please submit your resume and cover letter to HR@pdkintl.org with the subject line “Partnerships Advisor.” Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.



Phi Delta Kappan is published eight times a year (80 pages per issue) as a primary benefit for members of Phi Delta Kappa, a professional organization working to ensure that every child has meaningful opportunities to succeed in K-12 education.

Launched in 1915, Kappan is one of the nation’s leading publications devoted to primary and secondary education. We publish on a wide range of topics (including classroom instruction, school leadership, teacher development, equity issues, career and technical education, special education, arts programming, and more), promoting lively discussion and debate among education policy makers, advocates, researchers, and practitioners. The most recent issue may be viewed at kappanonline.org.


The ideal candidate will be an exceptional writer and editor with a passionate interest in K-12 education and a sophisticated understanding of key topics and trends in education research, policy, and practice.

Further, the ideal candidate will be:

  • A mid- to senior-level professional, with at least five years of work experience in publishing, communications, and/or education research, practice, and advocacy.
  • Able to assess strengths and weaknesses in submissions and to guide authors in revising their work to meet the high standards expected by Kappan
  • Able to work independently and to take the initiative to begin, complete, and juggle many tasks
  • Able to work closely with a designer to present information in a variety of formats and media.
  • Able to plan and assign or develop online content to enhance Kappan and kappanonline.org
  • Able to build and maintain relationships with leading academic researchers, policy advocates, and school practitioners.
  • Excellent at communicating with contributing authors, readers, and other staff members.
  • Skilled at a variety of technical tasks related to editing, including planning issues, copyediting, and proofreading. Experience with content management systems is a bonus.

This position is based in Arlington, Va. (just across the river from Washington, D.C.). Occasional travel is required.

PDK strives to be a diverse, nonpartisan, intellectually welcoming, and family-friendly workplace.


PDK International offers competitive compensation and a comprehensive benefits package, as well as opportunities for career growth and development.

How to Apply

Your resume and cover letter will serve as your application.

  • To be considered for this role, submit your resume and cover letter to HR@pdkintl.org with the subject line: MANAGING EDITOR.
  • Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.


About PDK International

Established in 1906, PDK International supports teachers and education leaders over the entire arc of their careers. Our core purpose centers around engaging educators and strengthening schools, so every student thrives. We honor educators as professionals who learn daily from their work and want to share their knowledge with others to transform the lives of their students. We activate educators and other stakeholders to elevate the discourse around teaching, learning and leadership, to ensure that every child has access to a high-quality education.

PDK International has seven divisions: the PDK membership association, Educators Rising, Kappan Magazine, PDK Poll, PDK Education Partnerships, Pi Lambda Theta, and the PDK Educational Foundation.

About Pi Lambda Theta

Pi Lambda Theta (pilambda.org) is one of the nation’s most prestigious education honor societies. Established in 1910, Pi Lambda Theta serves to recognize outstanding students who intended to pursue careers in education. With more than 185,000 individuals who have been inducted across the nation, membership signifies a commitment to academic excellence and the teaching profession.

About Educators Rising

Educators Rising is transforming how America develops aspiring teachers. Starting with high school students, we provide passionate young people with hands-on teaching experience, sustain their interest in the profession, and help them cultivate the skills they need to be successful educators. Every teacher should enter the profession with the necessary skills. Educators Rising is a powerful way to help communities grow the next generation of well-prepared teachers.


PDK International is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.