Organization: The Danielson Group

Location: Flexible, US

Express Interest


The Danielson Group’s vision is that all educators and students experience a learning environment that promotes joyful inquiry, efficacy, intellectual rigor, and reflection grounded in the Framework for Teaching (FfT). Charlotte Danielson developed the FfT to promote clear and meaningful conversations about effective teaching practice. The Danielson Group will advance the principles of the FfT by partnering with educators and policy leaders at all levels to strengthen professional practices and promote education policies that elevate teacher development and leadership in service of student learning.

This is a full-time position with flexibility on location (preference for San Francisco or Central New Jersey).

The Opportunity

Educators in 40 states and the District of Columbia have received training on the Framework for Teaching through the efforts of The Danielson Group. Charlotte Danielson founded The Danielson Group to expand the FfT’s reach and promote comprehensive personnel policies aligned with the FfT.

The Executive Director will be responsible for continuing to shape and implement a new strategic plan for The Danielson Group. The Executive Director will focus on executing the plan’s four main goals:

  • Helping educators, districts, states, and nations to apply the principles of the FfT to the continuum of teacher preparation, ongoing development, evaluation, and career path policies and practices
  • Promoting and evolving the FfT’s research-based definition of good teaching and learning, based on new research findings, field needs and deeper understanding of the FfT’s impact on student learning
  • Inspiring comprehensive personnel policies and national conversations about teaching that support teacher development, growth and leadership in service of student learning
  • Building the internal capacity of The Danielson Group to continuously improve the quality and consistency of its services and tools and expand its reach

As part of that work the Executive Director will elevate The Danielson Group’s voice in policy and thought leadership circles and provide a vision for the organization’s delivery of consulting and training services. The Executive Director will determine how best to leverage existing (and new) intellectual property (IP) assets and partnerships to expand service offerings and generate long-term revenue for the organization. The Executive Director will also build out the management infrastructure of The Danielson Group ensuring that the right team is in place to spearhead development and rollout of new service and product offerings, create and execute a marketing and communications strategy for The Danielson Group, oversee delivery of professional development services in schools and districts, expand The Danielson Group’s client base, and manage finance and operations.

The Founding ED will be responsible for:

  • Providing thought leadership and engaging The Danielson Group’s Founder, board members, and consultants as messengers on policies and practices affecting teachers’ growth and development
  • Managing current IP assets and working with the Board of Directors to decide what new services or assets The Danielson Group should develop and provide
  • Developing innovative products and services that provide affordable, scalable, and sustainable FfT implementation solutions
  • Evolving the content of the FfT and other offerings in response to evidence of impact and user feedback
  • Ensuring that the Danielson Group has a sustainable combination of revenue from services and philanthropic sources to support its mission

Candidate Profile

To build on the strong reputation of the FfT and Charlotte Danielson, The Danielson Group seeks a dynamic, visionary, and collaborative leader who is passionate about and dedicated to the organization’s mission. This leader will be politically savvy and able to shape and work in concert with a Board of Directors. Successful candidates will have a demonstrated record of visionary leadership, as well as managerial success and fiscal responsibility in a non-profit, public sector, corporate, or entrepreneurial organization. It is preferred that candidates possess relevant work experience, including knowledge of the FfT, and a proven ability to identify, develop, and/or implement effective public policy.

The Executive Director will possess the following attributes, experience, and knowledge:

Strategic Leadership and Team Management

  • Imagination and creativity in shepherding The Danielson Group towards its new mission in further strengthening the teaching profession
  • A fresh and new perspective on opportunities for the FfT; knowledge of the FfT: the domains, components, elements, common themes, levels of performance and how these relate to one another preferred
  • Familiarity with instruction and pedagogical philosophies aligned with the FfT
  • Experience building and collaborating with an advisory board to create and implement The Danielson Group’s strategic plan
  • A demonstrated record of managerial success as a fiscally responsible manager, strong leadership and people development within a non-profit, public sector, corporate, or entrepreneurial organization and capacity to work with philanthropic supporters required
  • An entrepreneurial spirit and a track record of providing strategic leadership to improve the impact and financial sustainability of complex systems;
  • Proven ability to initiate and maintain relationships with top leaders from key organizations, including proven negotiation skills

Fundraising & Resource Development

  • Experience owning, managing and contributing to the revenue streams of a multi-million-dollar budget
  • A demonstrated track record of working with a wide array of potential funding partners and other key stakeholders; ability to effectively convey the organization’s mission and vision to external audiences
  • An ability to grow the network of schools, districts, and states the FfT and advance teacher career paths through comprehensive personnel policies

Policy & Advocacy

  • Strong knowledge of education policy landscape
  • Experience advocating directly and in partnership with advocacy organizations for state policy that supports and provides incentives for comprehensive personnel policies
  • Outstanding communication skills (including public speaking and writing skills) and the ability to communicate, coordinate and navigate across a wide variety of organizations

Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience.


The Danielson Group has engaged Trisha Sutrisno of Koya Leadership Partners to help in this hire. Please submit a compelling cover letter and resume here.

The Danielson Group is an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourages applications from people of color, persons with disabilities, women, and LGBT applicants.

About Koya Leadership Partners

Koya Leadership Partners is a national retained executive search and human capital consulting firm that works exclusively with nonprofits and social enterprises. We deliver measurable results, finding exceptionally talented people who truly fit the unique culture of our client organizations and ensuring that organizations have the resources and strategies to support them. For more information about Koya Leadership Partners, visit