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Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce

Vice President of Education Initiatives

Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce


Job Summary

Under the guidance of the Chief Talent Development Officer, leads the strategy and implementation of the Chamber’s pre-K – 12th grade initiatives and projects including the Cabinet for Great Nashville Schools, the Chamber Education Report, the recruitment, coordination and support of business engagement in MNPS and the Academies of Nashville, early postsecondary experiences, and the successful transition from high school to postsecondary education or careers.

Job Responsibilities

  • Responsible for the strategic direction of the Chamber’s pre-k – 12th grade initiatives and the transition to postsecondary initiatives
  • Builds and manages the education budget
  • Serves as the staff liaison for the Cabinet for Great Nashville Schools, a group of business leaders and longtime investors in MNPS
  • Leads the Chamber Education Report, a signature program, from managing the volunteer committee meetings and speakers, gathering the data, writing the report, supervising the final product and managing the report release event
  • Develops, leads and manages all pre-K – 12th grade graduation and postsecondary transition initiatives that support improving education outcomes especially for underrepresented populations
  • Recruits business partners to assist STEAM Middle Schools and the Academies of Nashville
  • Provides policy, logistical, and staff support to career academy Partnership Councils
  • Manages the Chamber’s education committees
  • Writes grant proposals and monitors grant funds and reporting
  • Builds and maintains foundation relationships in support of education initiatives
  • Develops and maintains strong working relationships with business, education leaders and stakeholders in support of the Chamber’s education goals
  • Serves on key community boards and advisory committees that collaborate with and support the Chamber’s education goals and mission
  • Stays up to date on education policy issues that impact school districts within the region
  • Supports other initiatives of the Talent Development Team and Chamber as requested, including support of grant activity such as New Skills Ready
  • Other duties as requested


  • Bachelor’s degree required, advanced degree in education or policy is preferred
  • Minimum of six years of related experience required
  • Knowledge of PC functions and Microsoft Office Applications, such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Teams
  • Knowledge of elected offices, school system leaders, and education stakeholders
  • Budget management experience required, grant development preferred 
  • Excellent interpersonal relationship and networking skills
  • Strong organizational skills and ability to meet deadlines
  • Excellent written communication skills
  • Proven ability to manage volunteers to achieve goals
  1. ABILITIES REQUIRED (work characteristics, behaviors, leadership abilities, etc.):
  • Ability to research issues and provide concise, effective written analysis
  • Ability to lead meetings and speak effectively in front of groups
  • Self-motivated with the ability to work with little supervision
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships internally and externally
  • Creative strategic planner who is comfortable initiating new activities and taking risks

Supervision: This position does not have supervisory responsibilities at this time, may manage interns from time to time and other team members on special projects

Decision Making: Has decision making responsibilities within scope of work

Fiscal Responsibility: Fiscal responsibilities for developing and managing budgets for pre-K through 12th grade initiatives and grants

Project Management: This position is primarily focused on critical core responsibilities for education initiatives and has related cross team project assignments

Check the estimated percentage of time devoted to project work:

  • X           Less than 25%


  • Typically sitting at a desk or table
  • Occasional lifting of light objects (less than 15 pounds)
  • Intermittently walking, standing, bending and carrying
  • Requires use of safe work practices with office equipment, avoidance of trips and falls and observance of fire regulations
  • Manual dexterity, visual and auditory acuity needed
  • Some repetitive motion is involved


  • Work is generally performed in an office or meeting room setting
  • Work requires travel to businesses, education institutions and education stakeholders
  • Some early mornings and/or evening meetings will be required

Additional Information


Medical, Dental, Vision, Disability, Life Insurance, 401k, paid holidays and time off.

How to Apply

To apply to this position please send a resume, cover letter, and writing samples (preferably related to pre-K – 12th grade education) to employment@nashvillechamber.com.



  • Date Posted: June 8, 2021
  • Type: Full-Time
  • Job Function: Other
  • Service Area: Children / Youth
  • Start Date: 06/30/2021
  • Working Hours: 40 hrs/wk; M-F, 8:00am - 5:00pm