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Director of Publications

 

Our Organization

For more than 100 years, NCTE has worked with its members to offer journals, publications, and resources; to further the voice and expertise of educators as advocates for their students at the local and federal levels; and to share lesson ideas, research, and teaching strategies through its Annual Convention and other professional learning events.

Our Mission

The National Council of Teachers of English is devoted to improving the teaching and learning of English and the language arts at all levels of education. This mission statement was adopted in 1990: “The Council promotes the development of literacy, the use of language to construct personal and public worlds and to achieve full participation in society, through the learning and teaching of English and the related arts and sciences of language.”

The Opportunity

The Director of Publications will be responsible for managing NCTE’s publishing, inclusive of books, journals, and other resources, from acquisition through distribution and driving revenue for the organization. This role will directly enrich NCTE’s strategic position within the literacy education marketplace and carefully balance business building and intellectual knowledge sharing. Skills in budget development and forecasting will be tapped to accelerate the organization’s position. The leader will lead a team of editorial and production support staff, as well as external partnerships with authors, distributors, copublishing organizations, vendors, and freelancers. Collaboration across NCTE staff is essential to identify promotion opportunities and to ensure new content complements initiatives offered through other mediums. This role will grow NCTE’s publications revenue and solidify NCTE’s position as the preeminent publisher in literacy education.

 

SPECIFIC RESPONSIBILITIES INCLUDE:  

Budget Forecasting and Management

  • Forecast budgets across all publications, including expense and revenue projections for new products.
  • Monitor revenue and expenses to remain on track with projections, including initiating changes throughout the year to achieve goals.
  • Continually review the use of editing and design freelancers to ensure the best use of budget spend.
  • Drive revenue through new product development, publication sales, royalties, and permissions.
  • Collaborate with the marketing team to drive strategic promotions and campaigns.
  • Investigate new delivery channels and mediums to expand NCTE’s reader audience.

 

Book Acquisitions

  • Establish prioritized list of topics and potential authors with whom NCTE will contract to develop desirable manuscripts, ensuring a comprehensive catalog that serves NCTE’s mission and audience.
  • Oversee peer review, developmental editing, and technical editing process.
  • Negotiate copublishing and distribution/licensing agreements as needed to obtain content that is critical to the pursuit of NCTE’s goals.
  • Drive new product development that extends beyond NCTE’s existing topics, channels, and delivery modes.

 

Editorial and Production Service

  • Oversee the entire publications process (from conception through production) of NCTE educational materials.
  • Collaborate with Purchasing & Production Manager to obtain best possible pricing on print, design, typesetting, and copyediting services.
  • Coordinate and serve on team of inhouse editors to ensure that print and electronic messages sent from NCTE staff are grammatically, technically, and factually correct and consonant with NCTE house style, policies, and values.

 

Distribution

  • Work closely with NCTE’s Purchasing & Production Manager and fulfillment center to ensure sustained quality in distribution service.
  • Ensure tight inventory controls and continuously seek solutions to reduce storage, shipping, and supply charges.
  • Monitor distributor agreements to maximize revenue opportunities and prevent penalties.

 

Permissions and Rights

  • Secure broadest possible grant of intellectual property rights to materials that may be used for multiple purposes by NCTE.
  • Supervise sales/grants of requests for rights to NCTE copyrighted materials.
  • Serve as internal expert on questions relating to intellectual property transfer and rights.

 

 ADDITIONAL EXPECTATIONS:

  • Strategic contributions toward expanding NCTE’s titles, distribution channels, formats, and promotions are expected.
  • Fostering relationships with authors, partners, and copublishers is essential to growing the department.
  • Working outside of traditional work hours to meet production deadlines may be required. To ensure balance, NCTE encourages use of its flextime policy.
  • Domestic travel for in-person events is required, estimated at 5–7 times annually.

 

The Director of Publications will encompass the following qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in English, education, business management, or related field.
  • 8 to 10 years of experience providing editorial, publishing, and management leadership.
  • Deep knowledge of recent scholarship, practices, and trends in literacy education.
  • Experience with editing and production and print processes.
  • Ability to analyze market trends and sales data, and derive publishing strategies.
  • Knowledge of metadata best practices.
  • Experience working with new and experienced authors to develop manuscripts and series.
  • Self-reliance, good problem-solving skills, results-oriented mindset.
  • Ability to meet deadlines without sacrificing quality.
  • Thrives in an entrepreneurial environment.
  • Proven ability to manage data and complexities within it.
  • Superior organization skills and ability to work under deadlines.
  • Nonprofit publishing experience, especially with an education association, preferred.
  • Proficient experience with Adobe suite, Microsoft suite, and Microsoft Teams.

Apply by emailing resumes to careers@ncte.org

 

NCTE is proud to be an equal opportunity workplace and is an affirmative action employer. We strongly encourage diversity in our environment.

Database Administrator

 

Our Organization

Through collaboration and community, shared stories and shared experiences, NCTE supports teachers and their students in classrooms, on college campuses, and in online learning environments.

For more than 100 years, NCTE has worked with its members to offer journals, publications, and resources; to further the voices and expertise of educators as advocates for their students at the local and federal levels; and to share lesson ideas, research, and teaching strategies through its Annual Convention and other professional learning events.

Our Mission

The National Council of Teachers of English is devoted to improving the teaching and learning of English and the language arts at all levels of education. This mission statement was adopted in 1990: “The Council promotes the development of literacy, the use of language to construct personal and public worlds and to achieve full participation in society, through the learning and teaching of English and the related arts and sciences of language.”

The Opportunity

With a goal of expanding NCTE’s data-driven focus, the Database Administrator (DBA) will directly expand NCTE’s data-driven insights and actions. This position will lead data governance, reporting, and analysis needs while also rapidly creating new insights through data for the organization. The DBA will be responsible for the life cycle of product knowledge, transactions, and demographics data in NCTE’s Association Management Software (AMS), collaborating with NCTE’s Director of IT, Senior Director of Operations, and others, when needed. This role will lead efforts to address and prevent errors that impact database transactions, the user experience related to the AMS, or reporting accuracy. The DBA will be expected to lead efforts in forming data governance standards in the current AMS (Aptify) and migrating those standards to any future AMS platforms. This role will serve as the central source for reporting membership, journals, and publication trends from database transactions, ensuring department leaders are able to make data-driven strategic decisions to help grow the organization and reach a broader audience of literacy educators.

 

SPECIFIC RESPONSIBILITIES INCLUDE:  

Reporting & Data Governance

  • Create useful data sets in a growing variety of analytics, apps, algorithms for core business objectives
  • Imagine and create business rules including the creation, validation, and remediation of existing reports in the organization’s AMS (Aptify) to ensure recurring reporting, lists, and future utilization contains data with fidelity
  • Ensure data privacy and security.
  • Coordinate with the Marcomm team to provide lists on schedule with external communications
  • Securely provide lists to a third-party when list rental requests are approved
  • Maintain weekly membership and journal subscriber trend reports, while forming a plan to shift to dashboard reporting
  • Provide monthly reports to key leaders, highlighting volume trends on membership, journals, and publications transactions, including influencing factors such as top sellers or campaign codes used
  • Collaborate with the Digital Marketing Manager to accelerate the use and depth of insight from Google Analytics as related to a variety of transactional trends observed through the AMS

 

Database Administration

  • Assist with the configuration and maintenance of NCTE’s AMS (Aptify)
  • Create new products in Aptify, collaborating with the Finance team and product owners
  • Troubleshoot errors in the system to ensure that external programming support is providing a clear understanding of the issue, minimizing external programming costs
  • Provide management of SQL Server Agent, scheduling, and monitoring routine database jobs
  • Recommend, document, and communicate data definitions, data-related business rules, data trends, and testing methods
  • Thoroughly test any upgrades, migrations, new features, etc., with documented results and organized communication to staff and technical partners
  • Assist with design and interconnectivity of web-database applications
  • Coordinate data exchanges between NCTE and its partners through API integrations and data imports from various platforms
  • Provide training and procedural documentation to staff and key contractors to ensure consistent use of the database, according to data governance standards

 ADDITIONAL EXPECTATIONS INCLUDE:

  • Thirst for discovering new data points that lead to positive change in serving teachers and students
  • Ability to create and implement data rules with a strong focus on enhancing the accuracy and access to data and reporting to inform strategic organizational programs and content
  • Capacity to reject status quo and create new data-driven opportunities
  • Commitment to continuous learning in the position through a variety of means
  • Strong collaboration with all staff including the Director of IT, Senior Director of Operations, Digital Marketing Manager, Director of Marketing and Membership, and other colleagues is essential
  • Clear communication with third-party technical partners, ensuring the effective use of IT budget
  • Embraces innovation, monitoring emerging technologies in the software industry, and recommending enhancements to the IT Project Manager and Director of Operations
  • Strong focus on enhancing the accuracy and access to data and reporting to inform strategic organizational programs and content
  • Working outside of traditional work hours to support project deliverables and database activities may occur. To ensure balance, NCTE encourages use of its flextime policy.
  • Domestic travel for in-person meetings may occur 2 to 4 times annually.

The Database Administrator will encompass the following qualifications:

  • 3+ years’ experience in systems analysis and/or support
  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college/university in Data Science, Data Analytics, Technology, Computer Science or Engineering
  • Experience with Association Management Software platforms (Aptify preferred)
  • Basic SQL experience
  • Experience working with Crystal reports
  • Experience working with dashboard platforms like Power BI or Tableau
  • Proven ability to manage data and attendant complexities
  • Excellent, precise communication skills, both verbal and written
  • Self-reliance, good problem-solving skills, is results oriented
  • Ability to meet deadlines without sacrificing quality
  • Thrives in an entrepreneurial environment
  • Superior organization skills and ability to work under extreme pressure
  • Trade or professional association experience, especially with an education association, in addition to private sector experience preferred

 

Apply by emailing resumes to careers@ncte.org

 

NCTE is proud to be an equal opportunity workplace and is an affirmative action employer. We strongly encourage diversity in our environment.

We strongly encourage diversity in our environment.

Director of IT

 

Our Organization

For more than 100 years, NCTE has worked with its members to offer journals, publications, and resources; to further the voice and expertise of educators as advocates for their students at the local and federal levels; and to share lesson ideas, research, and teaching strategies through its Annual Convention and other professional learning events.

 

Our Mission

The National Council of Teachers of English is devoted to improving the teaching and learning of English and the language arts at all levels of education. This mission statement was adopted in 1990: “The Council promotes the development of literacy and the use of language to construct personal and public worlds and to achieve full participation in society, through the learning and teaching of English and the related arts and sciences of language.”

 

The Opportunity

The Director of IT is responsible for all systems, infrastructure, technical staff, and vendor partnerships in NCTE’s environment.  Serving as a change agent within the organization, this role will provide a technology road map to position NCTE as a digital-first organization, leading initiatives to continually improve internal systems and content delivery mechanisms serving NCTE’s mission and audience.  This role serves as NCTE’s Technology Coordinator and Chief Security Officer, responsible for maintaining security protocols and awareness and for managing data processes that minimize risk to provide the highest degree of protection. The Director of IT serves as the “go-to” resource for internal users and works directly with internal stakeholders to understand the requirements/issues, select the best solutions, configure the systems, promote adoption, and document solutions.  Reporting to the Senior Director of Operations, this role balances vision and long-term implementations with daily support activities.

SPECIFIC RESPONSIBILITIES INCLUDE:

 

Innovation and Planning

  • Evaluate NCTE’s technology platforms, website infrastructure, content delivery channels, and partners, providing a road map to position NCTE as a digital-first organization
  • Collaborate with NCTE’s Creative Director and key stakeholders on UX enhancements
  • Continually seek innovative solutions to enhance the member experience and NCTE’s position and reach within the literacy education community
  • Evaluate vendor utilization and resources, providing recommendations where needed for increased efficiency, effective budgetary spend, and enhanced support
  • Lead RFP processes to seek partners and platforms to execute approved components of the technology road map, as needed
  • Leverage project management tools to implement the technology road map, providing regular updates on progress and benchmarks reached
  • Engage all staff to communicate updates and implementations, providing training where needed to ensure successful adoption and promotion of platforms and resources
  • Maintain documentation of changes implemented, both through technical SOPs and benchmarking data that is shared with leadership

 

Management and Collaboration

  • Lead NCTE’s technology team, including a Database Administrator potential seasonal reporting and special project assistance
  • Oversee and manage third-party vendor relationships; monitoring service levels, budget spend, project prioritization, and general commitment delivery and accountability
  • Understand the strategic direction of NCTE’s business units and identify and plan technology initiatives to help achieve the organization’s strategic goals
  • Provide day-to-day support for internal end users and customers as needed

 

Security, Compliance, and Infrastructure

  • Serve as NCTE’s Technology Coordinator and Chief Security Officer on incident response plans and PCI compliance certification
  • Design, create, and maintain user roles, profiles, and hierarchies (security profiles)
  • Complete onboarding and offboarding processes to ensure appropriate records and access controls
  • Participate in regular assessments and lead or facilitate ongoing staff training on cyber security
  • Lead PCI compliance certification, tracking the schedule of certification dates and reporting key dates and status to leadership
  • Maintain ongoing responsibility for all IT systems. Develop strategies and solutions to provide for the overall security of IT systems and networks
  • Maintain internal inventory of Active Directory accounts, IP address mapping, servers, and network devices
  • Monitor inventory of hardware, collaborating with NCTE’s managed services provider (MSP) on inventory on-hand and the life cycle of hardware deployed to staff
  • Maintain the repository of available software and essential internal staff tools
  • Create annual operational and capital expenditure budgets for IT projects and activities, recommending opportunities to reduce expense where appropriate
  • Review invoices against project logs and budget projections, adjusting project priorities and vendor utilization where needed

 

The Director of IT will encompass the following qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college/university in Technology, Computer Science, or a similar degree required
  • 5+ years of IT support required, with 3+ years in leadership preferred
  • Project Management certification is preferred
  • Knowledge of Association technology systems required (AMS, CMS, LMS, etc.)
  • Knowledge of Intact, Bill.com, Expensify, or similar systems desired
  • General knowledge on system/software engineering, quality aspects, and application usability
  • Detail oriented and motivated, with strong written and interpersonal skills
  • Proven analytical and problem-solving abilities
  • Professional attitude and proactive approach to problem solving
  • Excellent technical skills including SQL queries and Excel
  • Self-reliance, good problem-solving skills, is results oriented
  • Ability to meet deadlines without sacrificing quality
  • Thrives in an entrepreneurial environment
  • Superior organization skills and ability to work under extreme pressure
  • Experience with a professional association required; additional experience in other technical environments preferred
  • Passion for the work of NCTE

 

Additional Expectations:

  • Working outside of traditional work hours to meet production deadlines may be required. To ensure balance, NCTE encourages use of its flextime policy
  • Domestic travel for in-person events, including but not limited to annual conventions

Apply by emailing resumes to careers@ncte.org

 

NCTE is proud to be an equal opportunity workplace and is an affirmative action employer. We strongly encourage diversity in our environment.