Vice President of Strategic Partnerships and Communications

Silver Spring, Maryland
Feb 22, 2017
Executive Administration Jobs
Vice Presidents
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Community College

Vice President of Strategic Partnerships and Communications

                                                             Position Description  


Position Overview

Achieving the Dream (ATD) is a growing network of more than 200 community colleges across the country serving over four million students.  It seeks a Vice President for Strategic Partnerships and Communications who is deeply committed to fueling the organization’s ability to close the achievement gap for low/moderate income students and people of color, an imperative for advancing a strong democracy and workforce.  In this dynamic role, you will be responsible for building internal momentum and developing ATD’s plan for financial sustainability.  Externally, you will develop partnerships with nonprofits and funders whose missions align with our work.  This is a unique opportunity to participate in shaping the future direction of our nation’s community colleges and improved outcomes for their students. 


A member of the President’s Leadership Team, the VP works closely with the President, the Board, the leadership team and other key staff.  He/She is responsible for the development and stewardship of strategic partnerships and for raising ATD’s visibility through the execution of a fully integrated marketing, media and communications strategy.  He/She is also accountable for meeting ambitious fundraising goals through the securing of foundation, corporate and government support as steps toward achieving financial sustainability.


The VP will lead a team consisting of a Development Officer, a Director of Communications and Media Relations, and a digital content specialist.  




  • Plan and implement ATD’s direction for strategic partnerships, fund development, marketing, and communication initiatives.
  • Provide regular reports and updates on strategy and progress in meeting partnership and funding goals to the Board of Directors; serve as primary liaison to the Board of Directors’ Development Committee.
  • With the President’s Leadership Team and in advancement of ATD’s strategic plan, develop criteria to define key strategic partnerships (nonprofit and funder) to advance ATD and implement a plan to secure them to support a path to continued financial stability.
  • Develop and implement a stewardship plan to maintain and strengthen key long-term relationships with all impact investors and stakeholders.
  • Define revenue targets; research and develop revenue pipelines to meet those targets.
  • Identify, cultivate and solicit funding from impact investors, foundations, corporations and government sources.
  • Create a membership/sponsorship program and implement a plan to secure these funds.
  • Oversee the development of a new communications/branding strategy to effectively message to investors, nonprofit partners, network community colleges and higher education stakeholders.
  • Plan and implement a communications, media relations and marketing plan with focus on recruitment and retention of member colleges, dissemination of learning from funded learning initiatives, research findings, and policy work.
  • Actively participate in external speaking events including engagements at industry gatherings where target investors are present. Use these opportunities to deepen relationships with current investors and to advance strategies and secure potential investors.



  • Must be passionate about expanding economic opportunities for low and moderate income students attending community colleges.
  • Bachelor’s degree; master’s degree preferred.
  • Minimum 10 years of experience at a senior level in building and directing a national nonprofit, educational institution, or social enterprise, with responsibilities for development and implementation of a multi-year strategic plan for revenue growth and for strategic marketing
  • Successful track record securing corporate and foundation support at the national level through grant writing and management. Success in securing government grants a plus.
  • Experience in securing strategic partnership agreements for increasing student success outcomes throughout ATD’s network.
  • Experience with or knowledge of communications, media relations and marketing.
  • Strong negotiation and multi-stakeholder consensus-building skills are required, along with strong oral, written and presentation skills.
  • Must be a strategic thinker, self-directed leader and a collaborative team member.
  • Microsoft Office skills and familiarity with social media, Google Apps and mobile devices required; experience using Salesforce helpful.

Position Details


Position Type:           Full Time, Exempt

Reports To:               President and CEO

Work Location:          Silver Spring, Maryland (primarily)

Travel Required:        Frequent

Application Process

All nominations, applications and inquiries are confidential.  The preferred deadline for applications is March 31, 2017, although applications will be accepted until the appointment is made.  To learn more about Achieving the Dream, visit  To submit an application, go online at Confidential inquires and nominations may be made to Zarina Durrani, Achieving the Dream Human Resources, at







February 16, 2017


Achieving the Dream, Inc. does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, age, veteran status, sexual orientation, marital status, or disability (in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act) with respect to employment opportunities.