Job Announcement: Executive Director for Transform Education NM


Transform Education NM is a coalition formed in 2018 of educators, families and students, tribal leaders,  experts, and community leaders advancing a visionary transformation of education in New Mexico that  embraces the diverse cultures, languages and heritages of our students, and ensures all students have  the opportunities to learn and succeed. We have a historic chance to make fundamental changes with  the landmark Yazzie/Martinez court ruling declaring that New Mexico’s public education system is  insufficient under the state constitution. The court ordered the State to provide the programs, services  and resources necessary for students to be college and career ready, and to address deep inequities for  Native American students, English language learners, low income students and students with disabilities. 

Our communities are leading the way to fundamentally reimagine public education, centered in equity  for students. TENM is advocating for policies that ensure a multicultural and multilingual education  foundation, recruitment and retention of educators who are valued and well supported for the  classroom, high quality curriculum including universal pre-K, bilingual education, special education, and  community-based programs, access to technology, career and vocational services, and health and social  services, and adequate funding for our schools. Learn more at  


Transform Education NM is hiring an Executive Director to serve as the primary leader and principal  spokesperson; direct strategic planning and oversight of policy advocacy, coalition-building, fundraising,  communications, and day-to-day operations; and build TENM’s staffing and financial resources.  

TENM‘s Executive Director will build a culture that champions fundamental changes to our education  system by engaging students and educators in taking action, amplifying a powerful collective voice,  connecting to policymakers, and holding the state accountable by leveraging advocacy, litigation and  media strategies. TENM’s diverse partners work collaboratively to advance shared goals for  transforming education, dismantling racism, and ensuring resource sufficiency for our schools. 


  • Holds a strong vision for education transformation, student equity and dismantling systemic  injustices and racism in our education system. 
  • Experience leading organization-wide planning, articulating clear priorities, and building high  performance teams to implement specific action plans. Ability to “see” the full political and  social environment and choose courses of action. 
  • Highly effective communicator for advocacy, media and fundraising. 
  • Excels at fostering teamwork, building strong relationships with community partners, funders,  stakeholders, and bringing people together to build upon their collective strengths . Adept at generating systemic change and experience with campaigns that involve community  organizing, communications strategies, coalition-building, and advocacy with policymakers. Leads courageously when faced with adversity, challenges or uncomfortable situations, and can  persevere in moving forward community-driven priorities in the face of powerful interests. Ability to effectively hire, supervise and delegate responsibilities among TENM staff.  Good understanding of fundraising and grant acquisition. 
  • Familiarity with nonprofit management, including regulation and finance.


Strategic Planning and Evaluation: Develop and implement long- and short-range goals with the  coalition. Maintains a working knowledge of significant developments, trends, and best practices in the  field of public education policy and funding. Leads evaluation of coalition’s progress towards goals.  

Community Relations and Coalition Building: Oversees coalition management, facilitation, and outreach  to engage new community partners and determine policy priorities. Maintains regular contact with  relevant community organizations, legislators, tribal leaders, media, and other key constituencies.  

Media and Communications: Acts as a principal spokesperson for TENM. Oversees communications  strategies to engage and mobilize community members and partners, elevate the stories and  experiences of students and educators, and win support of the public and policymakers. 

Public Policy: Facilitates the development of the coalition’s public policy priorities and legislative and  administrative advocacy agenda. Builds and maintains relationships with legislators and other key  decision-makers. May represent the organization on statewide groups that are tasked with making  recommendations regarding strategies to improve public education. 

Fundraising: Develops and implements a development plan to sustain and grow the organization that  includes fundraising from foundations and individual donors. Ensures regular communication and  cultivation of foundations and other donors regarding the organization’s progress towards its goals. 

Financial, Operations, and Business Management: Manages the day-to-day operation of the  organization with due diligence to ensure sound budgeting, financial health, and accuracy and  timeliness of accounting with TENM’s fiscal sponsor. Ensures financial resources are utilized to fulfill  the organization’s mission and that any donor restrictions placed on funds are carefully observed. 

Human Resources: Hires and retains staff and consultants appropriate to the budget and needs of the  organization. Develops organizational policies and procedures in consultation with the TENM advisory  board. Oversees hiring, supervision, evaluations, and professional development of staff.  

Advisory Board Engagement: Supports TENM’s Advisory Board to guide strategic direction and ensure  financial integrity of the organization. Convenes and reports to the Advisory Board on progress towards  goals, emerging opportunities, and any potential controversy. Assists with board recruitment. 


Contract will include a base salary of $75,000 to $85,000 DOE plus additional compensation for health  and retirement benefits and gross receipts taxes. 


Statewide; may be based anywhere in New Mexico with occasional travel. 


Apply by September 8 in confidence by emailing a resume and cover letter that addresses why you are interested in this  role to Transform Education NM is an equal opportunity employer  deeply committed to diversity and inclusion in its hiring and organizational practices. We strongly  encourage Black, Indigenous, People of Color, immigrants, LGBTQ individuals, and New Mexicans of  multiple backgrounds and identities to apply.