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Nashville Urban Debate League

Executive Director

Nashville Urban Debate League


Job Summary

The Nashville Urban Debate League (NUDL) seeks a self-driven individual to manage and grow a policy debate program in the Metro Nashville school district. This is an excellent opportunity for a college graduate to build on vital networking and communication skills while gaining experience in an education leadership position.

The program director will report to the league’s active Board of Directors. With a diversity of professional backgrounds, the board can offer mentorship opportunities to assist the director with a growing enterprise. The director will run league tournaments and educational workshops, build and maintain support among principals, teachers, students, and district leaders, coordinate with the National Association of Urban Debate Leagues (NAUDL), and lead fundraising efforts on behalf of the league.

Organization Overview

The Nashville Urban Debate League serves high school students and coaches in Nashville public schools by providing extra-curricular policy debate programming and debate-related opportunities. The league empowers student debaters by developing skills that enable success beyond the classroom and after high school. With support from NAUDL and Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools (MNPS), the league, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation, has been serving Nashville public school students since 2010.

Job Responsibilities

  • Recruit new partner schools and promote program growth at existing partner schools.
  • Foster relationships with partner schools by meeting and communicating regularly with principals and teacher-coaches.
  • Recruit, train, and support teacher-coaches and community assistant coaches, including ongoing support for students and teachers by visiting local school sites and participating in after-school debate practices; curating and creating program resources and curriculum materials for coaches, and coordinating with MNPS to ensure that teacher-coachers receive annual stipends.
  • Recruit, train and coordinate volunteers to act as mentors in partner schools and/or judges at debate tournaments.
  • Plan and execute monthly league debate tournaments, periodic student workshops, and summer debate camps. Handle all aspects of budget management, daily league administration, and financial reporting compliance.
  • Collect and manage league data with support from NAUDL, including regular analysis and utilization of data to create and improve league programs.
  • Manage all communications and marketing on behalf of the league, including regular social media engagement.
  • Coordinate fundraising efforts of the board, including attending meetings with potential funders and assisting with grant applications.
  • Help plan public debate programming associated with fundraising and outreach, including the development and maintenance of relationships and partnerships with potential donors, supporters, the debate community, and the local community.
  • Build, promote and support parent and community engagement.


  • A B.A. degree or higher is preferred.
  • Minimum two years of UDL, national circuit, or college policy debate experience – as a coach or competitor.
  • Experience teaching high school and/or working in an urban education environment is preferred.
  • Ability to engage, interact effectively with, and earn the respect of all constituencies in the league community, including district and school leaders.  
  • Ability to work with students and teachers effectively.
  • Ability to think strategically and develop solutions to practical challenges.
  • Strong work ethic and ability to follow through with integrity, competence, and the highest ethical standards.
  • Superior problem-solving skills.
  • Collaborative working style and entrepreneurial spirit.
  • Must have dependable transportation and the ability to transport equipment and supplies for tournaments. The position requires the capability to set up tournament equipment and supplies. Local travel is required. Some out-of-town travel may be required.
  • The Nashville Debate League is an equal-opportunity employer.
  • Ideal start date: July 1, 2024.

Additional Information



How to Apply

Contact Bill Wilson


  • Date Posted: May 14, 2024
  • Type: Full-Time
  • Job Function: Analytics / Evaluation
  • Service Area: Children / Youth
  • Start Date: 07/01/2024
  • Salary Range: $45-$55
  • Working Hours: Flexible