CONTRACTOR: Chief of Staff (Temporary)

Dallas, Texas, United States Full-time

Application closes: No close date

Commit seeks an enthusiastic and self-motivated individual and leader to provide coverage for the full-time Chief of Staff while out on maternity leave from mid-December to mid-April. This contractor will support the organization’s President and Executive Team.

Contract Need

The Contractor will serve as the temporary Chief of Staff and will work alongside Commit’s President and Executive Team to support the organization’s unique distributed leadership approach and build an inclusive, strengths-based culture.  In addition, the Contractor will support the President and Executive Team in leveraging data to inform decision making, project managing our strategic planning process, and ensuring our Executive and Leadership Team functions operate efficiently and effectively. This person also will lead high-impact projects as needed.



  • In close partnership with the President, facilitate Commit’s Executive Team and Leadership Team in executing the organization’s collaborative decision-making structure, making strategic use of weekly and monthly meetings and other touchpoints to shepherd efficient, effective decision making;
  • Support Commit’s annual planning process in partnership with the President and other Executive Team members, as well as an upcoming strategic planning process intended to create a multi-year plan for Commit; Execute and iterate on the strategic planning project plan created by the full-time Chief of Staff;
  • Model and play a key role in helping to build a healthy organizational culture - one that is inclusive, strengths-based, aligned with Commit’s core values, and lives into Commit’s promises to its employees;
  • Assist the CEO and President in supporting Commit’s Board of Directors, including overseeing the development of agendas and producing Board-level reports and materials;
  • Collaborate with Commit’s Analytics team to develop regular data updates that support the CEO, President, and Executive Team in monitoring progress toward organization-wide goals, pursuing continuous improvement, and having impactful, data-informed conversations with partners;
  • Other special projects as assigned


Professional Experience

  • A minimum of five years of professional experience is required; senior management experience and/or a track record of success in a chief of staff role is especially desirable
  • Experience setting and executing data-informed strategy and effectively managing complex, collaborative projects across multiple constituencies;
  • Experience building and scaling operations, people management, or other capabilities in growing organizations, particularly by developing and implementing systems and processes to increase the effectiveness and efficiency of a growing organization;
  •  Experience facilitating individuals/groups with diverse perspectives to decisions and action
  •  Knowledge of educational policy and trends is desired; demonstrated passion for the transformative power of education will be a key qualification for any applicant.


Skills & Qualifications

  •  Self-starter with a propensity to be productive in a characteristically collaborative, impact-oriented, and evolving organization;
  •  Demonstrated ability to collaboratively lead teams in designing, revising, and implementing strong systems and processes, and developing the tools required to support them;
  •  Strategic, tactical, and data-driven problem-solving orientation and ability;
  •  Excellent attention to detail and ability to execute multiple concurrent projects at various stages of maturity;
  •  Exceptional written, oral, interpersonal, and presentation skills that support the ability to effectively interface with team members and constituencies at all levels;
  •  Intermediate to advanced skills in Excel and PowerPoint;
  •  Bachelor’s degree is required; advanced certification or relevant Master’s degree, as well as experience in an educational organization and/or the nonprofit sector, is a plus

Contract Duration:

The selected contractor will be expected to work full-time, 40-50 hours per week, from mid-December through mid-April. Exact dates will be determined together. The Commit offices are closed for the Holidays from December 25th - January 1, and for MLK, January 20th.

Location: Dallas, TX

Interested candidates should complete our application in the Recruiterbox platform and include a cover letter, resume and your proposal for this scope of work detailing your set of terms and conditions. For questions about the interview process, contact Dottie Smith at . Please reference the “Chief of Staff Contractor” position in the subject line. For more information about Commit, please visit

The Commit Partnership is an Equal Opportunity Employer that seeks to hire individuals with backgrounds similar to that of the stakeholders they serve. As an organization that embraces equity and inclusion, all employment decisions are based on business needs, job requirements and individual qualifications, without regard to race, color, religion or belief, national, social or ethnic origin, gender, age, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, marital, civil union or domestic partnership status, or any other status protected by federal, state, and local laws.


About the Commit Partnership

65 percent of regional jobs in 2020 will require education beyond high school.  Yet, only 28 percent of public high school students in Dallas County receive a Bachelor’s or Associate’s degree within six years of graduation. The Commit Partnership is a coalition of 200 partners committed to a single, urgent vision: Our community working together to ensure all students receive an excellent and equitable education.

 We strive to integrate Commit’s Core Values into everything that we do. Our Core Values:

  • Equity & Inclusion: We work with others to transform systems in ways that ensure every student has access to the resources they need. We help set the table for an expansive conversation, welcoming and valuing every voice at the table, while actively and explicitly working to create outcomes that narrow opportunity gaps and shift power towards communities and individuals most impacted.
  • Systemic Impact: We maintain patience and persistence while relentlessly insisting upon efficient and highly-effective approaches to sustainably change systems to more effectively serve communities.
  • Humility: We embrace the fact that our success depends on our ability to work cohesively with each other and our community. We learn best together.
  • Students First: We are guided by multiple stakeholders, but ultimately our decisions rest upon one question: What is in the best interest of students?
  • Integrity: We will act honestly and ethically in all internal and external decisions, in the ways we present data, and communicate with partners. This unwavering commitment allows us to best serve students, families, and the community.
  • Joy: We bring a constant sense of optimism and fun to this difficult work.

Founded in 2012, The Commit Partnership (“Commit” or “The Partnership”) has become the largest educational community-based collective impact organization in the U.S. as measured by either staff, by budget, or by total students supported (790,000+ ages 0 through 22). Encompassing 200+ partners across Dallas County, including almost every public school district, higher education entity and large foundation in the region, The Partnership also encompasses numerous independent private schools and public charter networks, businesses and educational non-profits. The Partnership’s overriding vision is relatively simple and straightforward: our community, working together, to ensure that all students receive an excellent and equitable education.

Over 100 different local, regional and national investors have supported the backbone to date. They include major foundations, high net worth philanthropists, and corporate partners, all of whom believe that investing in a dedicated backbone organization, armed with powerful data and the power to continually convene and align stakeholders, will lead to meaningful systems change as public and philanthropic funding streams align strategically behind what is needed to grow the number of students with a postsecondary degree or technical certificate.

While The Partnership’s current geographic scope is Dallas County, its early success has led to its recent agreement to support similar burgeoning efforts in Ft. Worth/Tarrant County (350,000 K-12 students) and Houston/Harris County (~900,000 K-12 students). Collectively, these three regions educate 1 in 3 children in Texas and roughly 4% of the nation’s K-12 population. When aligned in the future by common data and goals, these regions could prove a powerful force behind aligned advocacy to alter state public funding streams and key policies benefiting students.