Director of Communications

| Greater NYC Area

About Us:

At Teachers Pay Teachers (TpT), we’re unlocking the power of educator-created content. More than 3 out of 4 teachers in the U.S., Canada, and Australia come to TpT every year to get teacher-tested, engaging, and rigorous materials. What began as a humble exchange for teachers looking to share lesson plans has since exploded into a massive marketplace where teachers have created more than 4 million resources for all aspects of PreK-12 education. More than 6 million educators worldwide (including teachers, administrators, and parents) have downloaded TpT resources more than a billion times. According to Fast Company, Teachers Pay Teachers is one of the top 50 Most Innovative Companies in the world. If you haven’t heard of TpT yet and want to learn more, just ask any teacher!

Who we are looking for:

We’re a team of good people doing great things. We listen first. We love our work. And we are all teachers and learners in whatever we do. We believe that productivity is never an accident. It’s the result of a commitment to excellence, intelligent planning, passionate teamwork, and focused effort. We want every day to be fun and to matter.

Role:

As the Director of Communications, you will help us bring our story to the world by showing how TpT is a transformational force in education. You will build successful PR programs and develop our thought leadership and overall communications strategy. The ideal candidate loves both setting strategy and executing on it, and excels in mentoring others. You will report to the Vice President of Marketing and Communications and manage our Social Media Manager.

Responsibilities:

  • Elevate TpT’s communications strategy across all channels, from feature stories to social media, further establishing the company and its content creators as innovators and influencers in the education industry
  • Create and pitch compelling narratives, uncovering differentiated media angles that will have a direct impact on TpT business objectives
  • Create and execute a communications calendar that aligns launches, initiatives, and corporate milestones with PR opportunities
  • Understand broader industry trends to find proactive opportunities for outreach
  • Develop and train spokespeople, and manage press opportunities and speaking engagements for executives
  • Build relationships with external influencers, including Teacher Authors. 
  • Serve as a spokesperson as needed
  • Monitor high visibility and business-building awards programs and manage company entries
  • Provide crisis management counsel, guiding TpT through reputation-impacting events as needed
  • Serve as a strategic partner to senior leadership on internal communications to support employee engagement and retention

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in communications, journalism or related field is preferred
  • 8-10 years experience in-house or at an agency (a combination of both is preferred)
  • Proven history of driving feature press strategy and securing high-impact media placements
  • Crisis communications experience required

Qualities for a successful candidate:

  • Exceptional written and oral communication and interpersonal skills
  • A knack for storytelling and creating compelling narratives
  • Executive presence; comfortable providing incisive, strategic counsel to senior executives and business heads
  • Possesses a level of passion and creativity that inspires people
  • Appreciates feedback and values honest, thoughtful critique
  • Is a data-driven, results-oriented team player

Extra Credit: 

  • Experience within the news industry or as a journalist
  • Experience working in technology and education
  • Comfortable with taking risk

Extracurriculars:

  • Parental leave for both mothers and fathers to be able to take some quality time in bonding with their new addition to their family
  • Comprehensive Medical & Dental Benefits
  • Mother’s Room
  • Quiet Room
  • Company Events (Bring Your Child to Work Day, Field Day, Camp TpT, Hackathons, etc.)

Here at TpT we value Diversity & Inclusion and encourage people to bring their most authentic selves to work. We cultivate an environment where people are recognized and celebrated for their individuality.

Any TpT applicant who requires reasonable accommodations during the interview process should contact the TpT People Ops Team ([email protected]) to make the need for an accommodation known.

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Technology we use

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    • ElixirLanguages
    • ReactLibraries
    • Node.jsFrameworks

Location

111 E 18th St, New York, NY 10016

An Insider's view of Teachers Pay Teachers

What are some social events your company does?

Every month a different team in the office will host a Teacher's Lounge. These can be anything ranging from a pumpkin-carving contest, to Office Olympics, where teams of TpT-er's represented a variety of different countries to compete for Office Olympic gold.

Emily

Technical Recruiter

What projects are you most excited about?

My team works on the cloud infrastructure that we run all of our applications on, and we’re excited about creating pre-production environments for every pull request a developer opens. Using Kubernetes, we'd create temporary environments that mimic production but are isolated for testing purposes. This empowers our team to build with confidence.

Lucas Chi

Engineering Manager

What are some things you learned at the company?

One of our company values is “We Learn and Grow Together”. The first few members of the Schools team started right around the same time, so we really had to embody that value! We were building a new set of features and got to make a lot of decisions. Looking back at the code we were writing when I started at TpT, we’ve definitely learned a lot.

Julia Sterling

Software Engineer

What are Teachers Pay Teachers Perks + Benefits

Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Wellness Programs
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K)
401(K) Matching
Company Equity
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Family Medical Leave
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Generous PTO
Paid Volunteer Time
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Beer on Tap
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Company Outings
Game Room
Stocked Kitchen
Some Meals Provided
Happy Hours
Fitness Subsidies
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Diversity Program
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