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50CAN, Inc.

Deputy Director

– Nashville, Tennessee
Employment Type Full-Time

Since 2011, TennesseeCAN: The Tennessee Campaign for Achievement Now, a locally-led education nonprofit, has empowered local stakeholders—from community members to policymakers—to advocate for improved K-12 education policies that put Tennessee children first. TennesseeCAN has a passionate, results-driven team working to ensure that students have access to high-quality schools, teachers and resources that prioritize their unique educational talents and needs.

TennesseeCAN is part of 50CAN: The 50-State Campaign for Achievement Now, a nonprofit organization that works at the local level to advocate for a high-quality education for all kids, regardless of their address. We develop local education leaders by providing them with the research, tools and ideas needed to create learning environments that best meet every child’s needs. 50CAN operates campaigns in Connecticut, Delaware, Denver, Georgia, Hawaii, Miami, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, Richmond and Tennessee and is led by CEO & Founder Marc Porter Magee.


As a key member of the TennesseeCAN team, the deputy director is responsible for managing relationships with partner organizations, as well as working with the executive director in leading the team to accomplish its strategic campaign goals. This position reports directly to the executive director.

Key Responsibilities

  • Build, maintain, and sustain relationships with partner organizations, advocates, and stakeholders statewide

  • Identify and pursue potential partnership opportunities and track related metrics

  • Collaborate with executive director and 50CAN national team to craft, execute, and evaluate both advocacy and legislative strategy

  • Manage team members in coordination with executive director and provide support to staff

  • Manage and lead communications strategy with support from executive director

  • Prepare team goals and objectives and evaluate progress and effectiveness of all staff

  • Work in partnership with the 50CAN finance team for budgeting and forecasting against actuals to ensure financial sustainability

  • Oversee planning and execution of advocacy, partner, and team events

  • Collaborate with the executive director to create and lead board agendas

Key Skills, Abilities and Experiences

  • Bachelor’s degree. Degree in education/public policy and/or master’s degree preferred but not required

  • Passion for education reform

  • Strong belief that students’ educational needs should be prioritized

  • Strong communication, leadership, and relationship-building skills

  • Development experience and expertise

  • Ability to travel statewide on a frequent basis

  • Commitment to 50CAN’s mission

  • Sense of humor, strong work ethic, “roll-up-your-sleeves” attitude and willingness to do what it takes to get the job done

  • Embodies 50CAN’s core values (“PORCH”): plussing it, optimism, relentlessness, candor 
and humility

  • Strong written and oral skills

  • Employee may be required to work outside of normal business hours, including weekends, holidays, and nights

  • Communications background preferred but not required

 Position is based in Nashville, Tennessee. Salary is competitive an commensurate with experience. 50CAN offers a comprehensive benefits package.

50CAN is an equal opportunity employer and we encourage people from diverse backgrounds to apply.

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