Career Opportunities at PDK International

Educators Rising Director
Partnerships Advisor (Sales Director)
Business Development Analyst
Marketing and Communications Manager

 

EDUCATORS RISING DIRECTOR

PDK International is looking for a strong and charismatic leader with proven strategy and business experience to lead Educators Rising, our pre-collegiate division. Educators Rising is both an association and a curriculum and assessment provider. Ideal candidate are education entrepreneurs with past school and school district experience. As an association, Educators Rising cultivates highly skilled educators by guiding young people on a path to becoming accomplished teachers, beginning in high school and extending through college and into the profession. Educators Rising provides passionate young people with hands-on teaching experience, sustains their interest in the profession, and helps them cultivate the skills they need to be successful educators. As a curriculum and assessment provider, Educators Rising works directly with school districts to provide rigorous products that are designed to build the capacity of aspiring and current educators. PDK International strives to be a leader in a movement aimed at changing the narrative about teaching by investing in helping communities grow their next generation of educators to transform public education, especially for our most vulnerable students.

The Educators Rising Director of Programs will promote Educators Rising programs, services, and overall mission to stakeholders, and the public at large. The Director will be charged with enacting and sustaining the vision of the division and be responsible for the division’s integration with the greater PDK International organization- thereby ensuring continuity of services for its constituents. The Director will leverage existing assets, assess market potential and mitigate risks to map out a viable and sustainable business and operations plan to insure long term success of the division. The Director will report to the PDK International Chief Program Officer and will serve as the primary brand champion, and ambassador in the education sphere and be a key voice in the traditional and CTSO areas of education.

Candidates will need a deep knowledge of teaching and learning practices, school and central office operations, and education policy. In addition, successful candidates will need to have strong business acumen, the skills to form partnerships, and fundraising ability.

Primary Duties

  • Provide visionary leadership for organizational strategy, program development, and communications.
  • Represent Educators Rising publicly through speaking engagements, publications, and senior-level participation in coalitions, including sourcing mission-aligned opportunities for this work.
  • Cultivate and manage Educators Rising state and regional affiliate partnerships, including meeting with key stakeholders to formalize new state/regional partnerships, facilitating monthly phone calls, and acting as a key source for troubleshooting issues they face.
  • Lead sales and sustainability efforts of the division’s primary programs, services, and events to insure viability
  • Lead strategic development and refinement efforts of the EdRising Academy curriculum and Educators Rising micro-credentials, including crafting promotional materials. Serve as a primary point of contact for states, districts, and schools who are interested in these products.
  • Support program staff in their work to ensure programs align to larger impact goals of organization and expand the work to a larger audience, including sourcing speaking/writing opportunities for student leaders and leading vision for content development for the EdRising Virtual Campus and annual competitive events.
  • Lead vision for annual national conference, including developing the conference theme, identifying and securing keynote speakers, acting as the primary representative of the organization during all general sessions, and leading special breakout sessions for leaders in the network.
  • Lead fundraising and development efforts, including crafting and delivering pitches and proposals. Serve as primary point of contact for partners.
  • Be responsible for the continuity of PDK International’s constituents as they move from Educators Rising to the PDK Collegiate and Pi Lambda Theta Honor Society levels.
  • Serve as a member of the PDK International senior team, contributing to overall organizational strategy and liaising with board of directors.

Critical and Preferred Experience

  • Master’s Degree minimum with a strong preference toward graduate level experience and education.
  • Education Practitioner with significant demonstrated teaching experience as a minimum but a preference for additional leadership roles and responsibilities
  • Preferred proven business and P&L experience with a track record of increasing growth and success.
  • Proven strategic design, tactical implementation, and execution, with a preference for candidates who have successfully started or turned around fledgling programs.
  • Experienced leader who has successfully managed and mentored a team while driving their department or division to be successful.
  • Mission-focused experience with a preference for candidates who have an established a voice in the general public.
  • Education policy experience with a preference toward candidates with familiarity in policies and practices at the state or national departments of education levels.
  • Other job duties as assigned

Essential Qualities

  • Charismatic public speaker
  • Exceptional planning and forward thinking skills
  • Willingness to learn and ask for help
  • Ability to simultaneously focus on vision, strategy, and details
  • Solution oriented problem solver, self-starter and critical thinker
  • Collaborator, team player and continuous learner
  • Innovative thinker with an appreciation for traditional management
  • Data driven analyst and intentional decision maker
  • Ability and willingness to learn and adapt quickly

Compensation

This is an outstanding opportunity for a highly motivated professional to assume a pivotal role in the evolution of a highly respected organization. We are seeking an individual of outstanding quality with a respected track record. PDK International is prepared to offer a very attractive compensation package, including a competitive base salary as well as health, 401(k), and vacation benefits. Please submit your resume and cover letter to HR@pdkintl.org with the subject line “Educators Rising Director.”

PARTNERSHIPS ADVISOR (SALES DIRECTOR)
EDUCATORS RISING, A DIVISION OF PDK INTERNATIONAL

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.

PRIMARY DUTIES

  • 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

QUALIFICATIONS

  • 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

Compensation

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.

BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT ANALYST

Did it warm your heart and make you excited when Excel introduced sparklines or announced new data visualizations? Want to help embrace the complexity and to help change the narrative in education? Do you see trends and ideas by just looking at the data? Can you take those trends and apply them to real world applications in business and sales? If you can answer yes to all of these questions then the PDK’s education Business Development Analyst position may be the one for you.

PDK International, a 112-year old non-profit education start-up is looking for a bright and talented Business Development Analyst (BizDev Analyst). The ideal candidate will have the disposition to do research and analysis in a rapidly changing environment, and the experience and skill to inform and educate passionate strategists how to use that data to further the mission and their programs.

The BizDev Analyst will report to and take direction from the Chief Operating Officer who serves as the marketing and business development lead for the organization.

Required Qualifications

  • 1-2 years or equivalent proven experience or training in business analysis, business development OR the exceptional passion, facility, and eagerness to learn it while doing it
  • Willingness to work hard but to have fun while doing it
  • Exceptional verbal and written communication skills
  • Ease of ability in market research of competitors and partners through public and other data sources
  • Facility in analytics (Google and otherwise), data interpretation and visualization, and trend spotting
  • Someone who understands the difference database maintenance, data analysis, data visualization, and dissemination, AND can convert the esoterica into layman real world strategy recommendations
  • SQL, MySQL, or similar database experience
  • A belief that social justice is a requirement for the continued transformation in education
  • Strong self-starter who understands that the individual contribution is part of the team contribution
  • A nimble and effective analyst who can execute on a minimally viable product, be willing to test and fast fail, and be able to reset and iterate quickly and effectively
  • An Excel guru who remembers how to do pivot tables, vlookups, and sparklines as well as can harness the power of the new data visualization capabilities of the program
  • A PowerPoint maven with a gut to understand how much text needs to be on a slide to create the biggest impact
  • Facility with technology and web-based tools
  • Exceptionally organized and familiar with project management tenets
  • Bachelor’s degree, equivalent years of experience or higher
  • Be smart, hardworking, interested in learning from and experienced marketing professional and hungry for a challenge

Desired, but not necessary qualifications

  • Math, economics, or business backgrounds a plus
  • Former pre-med, pre-law, or engineering backgrounds desired
  • MBA or equivalent experience
  • Sales and customer service experience
  • Military or related organizational experience

Job Summary and Essential Job Functions

The Business Development Analyst will be responsible for insuring the data, analysis and and market research necessary to make critical strategic and marketing decisions to drive the mission forward while insuring sustainability of the mission and our various products and services. Your analysis will inform product and program design, strategic direction changes, and evaluation of existing and new programs and options.

  • Support the implementation and maintenance of business intelligence and data visualization tools as part of an integrated set of management processes that produce credible business intelligence to drive decision-making.
  • Maintain a constant awareness of ever changing business needs and developing action plans to mitigate the risks to business operations and action plans to take advantage of available opportunities for further efficiency and growth
  • Create and maintain projections applicable to the recruitment and retention cycle
  • Provide decision support and participate in myriad of business-facing projects. Work with cross-functional teams, providing impactful analytical insight. Help execute test plans & evaluating results
  • In consult with the MarComms Manager, designs and disseminates new processes and reporting meant to provide additional efficiency to business operations
  • Serving as a departmental representative at regularly occurring or ad hoc meetings, providing key updates and recommendations as needed. Provides detailed meeting notes and process documentation to team leadership
  • Support the curation and organization of a partner and stakeholder conference strategy plan
  • Execute a mentor-to-member story capture campaign
  • Track and measure level of engagement
  • Develop reports that measure overall campaign performance
  • Other tasks as assigned

To Apply

Send a resume and cover letter to HR@PDKIntl.org with the subject line “Business Development Analyst, I can follow directions.”

MARKETING AND COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER

Are you a passionate up and coming marketer looking for a chance to make a difference in a non-profit? Want to help embrace the complexity and to help change the narrative in education? Do you understand that marketing is not just making a new logo and slapping up a new website? If you can say yes to all three of these questions, we have the job for you!

PDK International, a 112-year old non-profit education start-up is looking for a bright and talented Marketing and Communications Manager (MarComms Manager). The ideal candidate will have the the disposition to work in a rapidly changing environment, the experience and skill to educate passionate strategists, and the drive to execute marketing in a space that has traditionally not prioritized it.

The MarComms Manager will report to and take direction from the Chief Operating Officer who serves as the marketing and business development lead for the organization.

Required Qualifications

  • 1-2 years or equivalent proven experience or training in Marketing OR the exceptional passion, facility, and eagerness to learn it while doing it
  • Willingness to work hard but to have fun while doing it
  • Exceptional verbal and written communication skills
  • Excellent eye for art and format (someone who can see and explain the difference between PDKInternational.org and PDKIntl.org)
  • A belief that social justice is a requirement for the continued transformation in education
  • Facility in social media, websites, marketing kit design and construction, and direct mail
  • Someone who understands the difference between Marketing, Communications, Public Relations, Brand, and Sales, but can meld all 5 as needed into coherent campaigns
  • Facility with databases, lead chain to purchase, or equivalent lifecycle experience
  • Strong self-starter who understands that the individual contribution is part of the team contribution
  • A nimble and effective marketer who can execute on a minimally viable product, be willing to test and fast fail, and be able to reset and iterate quickly and effectively
  • A PowerPoint maven with a gut to understand how much text needs to be on a slide to create the biggest impact
  • An Excel guru who remembers how to do pivot tables, vlookups, and sparklines as well as can harness the power of the new data visualization capabilities of the program
  • Facility with technology and web-based tools
  • Exceptionally organized and familiar with project management tenets
  • Bachelor’s degree, equivalent years of experience or higher
  • Be smart, hardworking, interested in learning from and experienced marketing professional and hungry for a challenge

Desired, but not necessary qualifications

  • Former pre-med, pre-law, or engineering backgrounds desired
  • MBA or equivalent experience including but not limited to sales and customer service experience
  • Military or related organizational experience
  • Word Press, Craft, HTML, and or PHP experience

Job Summary and Essential Job Functions

The MarComms Manager will be responsible for insuring sustainability of the Mission through effective growth and sustainability of our various products and services and will help bring our mission to life through our varied efforts including but not limited to: social media, data-driven traditional and non-traditional marketing and communications campaigns, microsite work, conference strategy and attendance, print and direct mail and more.

  • Develop, implement and evaluate an annual marketing and communications plan that includes school cycles, holidays, campaigns, and strategies
  • Research and curate high interest content to increase traffic an activity to our sites and social media channels
  • Curate and organize a partner and stakeholder conference strategy plan
  • Develop and manage print and electronic communications and collateral
  • Coordinate webpage development and maintenance for stickiness and effectiveness
  • Coordinate conference and event promotion and marketing
  • Serve as the external lead for public relations including press release sand damage control
  • Be the communications point on media interactions including pre-wiring by creating and curating op eds, stories, amicus briefs and the like
  • Execute a mentor-to-member story capture campaign
  • Track and measure level of engagement
  • Other tasks as assigned

To Apply

Send a resume and cover letter to HR@PDKIntl.org with the subject line “MarComms Manager, I can follow directions.”

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About PDK International

“Engaging educators and strengthening schools, so every student thrives.”

Established in 1906, PDK International supports teachers and school leaders by strengthening their interest in the profession through the entire arc of their career. 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 and their own specialized work. Today, we are transforming into a vibrant social sector organization that will activate educators and other stakeholders to elevate the discourse around teaching and learning to ensure that every child has access to a high-quality education.

PDK International is comprised of seven divisions, Phi Delta Kappa, Pi Lambda Theta, Educators Rising, Kappan Magazine, the PDK Poll, PDK Education Partnerships, and the PDK Education Foundation. We are driven by the core values of social justice, engagement, excellence, and results.

We are a serious organization for serious educators (who don’t take themselves too seriously). We serve to embrace the complexity of the issues in education, are intellectually honest, strive to ask the right questions, and hold both sides of the debate accountable. We work to change the narrative and elevate the conversation, but most importantly, we work to move the needle and get things done.

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 EQUAL OPPORTUNITY STATEMENT

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.