• Deputy Executive Director

    Job Locations US-CT-New Haven
    Posted Date 3 weeks ago(11/20/2018 9:33 AM)
    Job ID
    # of Openings
    Fiscal Sponsorship Projects
    Location : Name
    Connecticut School Finance Project
  • Overview

    Founded in 2015, the nonprofit Connecticut School Finance Project strives to be a trusted, nonpartisan, and independent source of accurate data and information that transcends special interests.

    The goals of the Connecticut School Finance Project are to:


    • Build knowledge about how the current school funding systems works.
    • Bring together stakeholders who are impacted by how schools are funded.
    • Identify solutions to Connecticut’s school funding challenges that are fair to students and taxpayers, and strengthen schools and communities.


    Although not a member-based organization, the Connecticut School Finance Project actively works with a diverse group of stakeholders, including education and community leaders, nonprofit organizations, and individuals interested in how school finance impacts students and schools. We aim to incorporate the viewpoints and perspectives of these stakeholders to develop fair, well-thought-out solutions that help create a sensible and equitable school funding system that meets the needs of Connecticut and all of its public school students.


    In addition to our work addressing Connecticut’s school finance challenges, in November 2017, the Connecticut School Finance Project expanded its focus to include an examination of Connecticut’s state finances and fiscal outlook. The expanded focus is the result of our organization frequently hearing from Connecticut residents about the need for greater, more accessible information about Connecticut’s financial state and fiscal challenges.


    In an effort to meet this need and desire, the Connecticut School Finance Project launched a new initiative aimed at serving as a nonpartisan resource for state and local policymakers, community leaders, and all Connecticut citizens looking for transparent, accessible, and approachable information about the State’s budget and finances.


    The Connecticut School Finance Project is a fiscally sponsored project of TSNE MissionWorks.


    Reporting to the Executive Director and Founder, the Deputy Executive Director will collaborate closely with the Executive Director and Founder to chart the organization’s strategic direction, develop policy ideas, manage the CT School Finance Project team, and manage relationships with external stakeholders, including policymakers, local officials and community members. The ideal Deputy Executive Director will have deep expertise about the state of Connecticut’s budget and education funding, strong personal credibility as a policy expert, and a reputation for non-partisan collaboration and fairness. The individual must be tactful and able to work with individuals and organizations who have diverse perspective that may not always align. The Deputy Executive Director should be passionate about fixing how schools in Connecticut are funded and the structural issues at the heart of Connecticut’s fiscal picture.


    Essential Job Functions

    • Organizational Leadership and Management:
      • Collaborate closely with the Executive Director and Founder to chart the Project’s strategic direction and work with CT School Finance Project team members to ensure that strategic objectives are being achieved;
      • Collaborate closely with the Executive Director and Founder to determine the CT School Finance Project’s research and policy agenda;
      • Work with the Executive Director and Founder to manage the CT School Finance Project team, ensuring that every team member is receiving the individualized support and professional development they need to execute at the highest possible levels;
      • Recognize and be supportive of an organizational culture that is non-hierarchical, where the opinions of all team members are valued, and every team member is treated as a professional;
      • Divide organizational leadership responsibilities with the Executive Director and Founder (including administrative responsibilities currently handled by the Executive Director and Founder and other senior staff) upon assignment;
    • Policy Investigation and Development:
      • Generate ideas and identify potential policy solutions to Connecticut’s school finance and broader fiscal challenges. See those ideas through the research, modeling, feedback and revisions phases of development;
      • Provide hands-on support and feedback to team members in researching and writing policy papers and creating financial models;
      • At the request of policymakers, work with non-partisan offices to translate policy ideas into legislation.
    • Government Relations and Community Engagement:
      • Work to educate policymakers and their staff regarding Connecticut’s school finance system, state finance, and proposed policy solutions;
      • Represent the CT School Finance Project in meetings with stakeholders, including with state-level policymakers, local officials and community members (including representing the organization in place of the Executive Director and Founder as needed);
      • Have excellent public presentation skills—be able to deliver objective, non-partisan presentation on school and state finance topics to stakeholders, including with state-level policymakers, local officials and community members, including in politically challenging environments;
      • Grow and build relationships with key policymakers at the state and local levels;
      • Translate complex topics to non-expert audiences and the questions of non-experts back to professional data and policy staff so that they can provide clear, comprehensive answers.


    • Candidates must hold a graduate degree in public policy, public administration, economics, business administration, law or a related field from an accredited university and must have at least 8 years of experience in an environment related to public policy (however, more experience is preferred and preference will be given to candidates who have more experience that is in alignment with our work);
    • Minimum of five (5) years’ experience working for a state legislator or legislative committee, a relevant executive branch state agency;
    • Strong personal credibility as a policy expert and a reputation for non-partisan collaboration and fairness;
    • Recognized expertise in public policy, public finance, and education policy;
    • Commitment to credible and independent policy research and analysis and attention to detail and accuracy;
    • Excellent communications skills, including the ability to communicate complex issues to diverse audiences through formal presentations as well as one-on-one conversations;
    • Strong ability to work with others to create and implement plans;
    • Strong execution and organizational skills, and excellent attention to detail;
    • Demonstrated ability to “multi-task” and deliver high-quality work;
    • Experience with quantitative and qualitative policy analysis;
    • Excellent written and verbal communications skills, including the ability to communicate complex, technical information to non-expert audiences.

    Special Requirements

    • Valid driver’s license and access to car; ability and willingness to travel throughout Connecticut;
    • Ability to work evenings and weekends as required to achieve organizational objectives.


    Personal Characteristics

    • Strong organizational and data management skills;
    • Strong Microsoft Excel/PowerPoint skills;
    • Ability to multi-task and work in a challenging, fast paced, and evolving environment;
    • Independent, highly organized, and detail-oriented self-starter;
    • Energetic, hard-working, and enthusiastic team player;
    • Ability to be tactful and diplomatic in challenging situations;
    • An optimistic outlook and ability to move past challenges;
    • Sense of humor!



    TSNE MissionWorks/CT School Finance Project envisions a society grounded in the principles of social and economic justice. As such, we strive to achieve excellence through a diverse and inclusive workplace that honors the unique talents and lived experiences of each person. Our vision and values are reflected in all our employment-related decisions, including hiring practices. Accordingly, TSNE MissionWorks actively seeks people who bring diverse backgrounds and perspectives to join us in our work.


    As an EOE/AA employer, TSNE MissionWorks/CT School Finance Project will not discriminate in its employment practices due to an applicant’s race, color, religion, sex, national origin or ancestry, age, sexual orientation, gender identification, genetic information, veteran or disability status or any other factor prohibited by law.  


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