Executive Director- Chattanooga 2.0


Chattanooga 2.0 launched in 2015 as a cradle-to-career collective impact coalition dedicated to transforming education and talent development outcomes in Chattanooga and Hamilton County, Tennessee. Coalition members—representing institutions and organizations from all sectors—have coalesced around two bold goals: (1) Doubling the percentage of graduates from Hamilton County Public Schools that obtain a post-secondary degree or credential, from 30% to 60% by 2025, and (2) Increasing the overall percentage of adults in Hamilton County with a college degree or technical training certificate from 38% today to 75% by 2025.

Since its founding, Chattanooga 2.0 has built new momentum in Chattanooga and Hamilton County around education and talent development, deepening levels of community collaboration, challenging community leaders to champion systemic change and spurring the launch of several programs and initiatives aligned with the coalition’s goals. The coalition seeks a new Executive Director to advance this work to the next phase. The Chattanooga Chamber of Commerce is the employer of record for all Chattanooga 2.0 staff, providing office space and equipment, and all other organizational structure to support success, with a reporting relationship directly to the Chattanooga 2.0 steering committee.


The leadership team seeks a highly collaborative, innovative problem-solver to lead coalition efforts, in tandem with volunteer leadership, to achieve groundbreaking systemic change in education and talent development that advances greater equity and opportunity for all Hamilton County students and residents. The Executive Director is responsible for leading the work of Chattanooga 2.0 by helping the coalition set and maintain a common agenda, creating a culture of shared accountability, shared measurement and continuous improvement, being the voice of the coalition within the community, and providing supports to the coalition that help drive positive, systemic change.

Key skills required include adaptive excellence, political savvy, analytical thinking, innovative/creative thinking, entrepreneurial mindset, consensus building and a robust understanding of collective impact models of systemic change.

Key functions include:

• Develop and implement a theory of change as well as a monitoring and reporting system by which to evaluate and continuously improve upon the effectiveness of Chattanooga 2.0’s education transformation efforts.

• Conduct research and provide thought leadership in support of innovative program and systems change recommendations to coalition task forces, committees, advisory boards, and members.

• Work in close collaboration with volunteer leadership and Chamber senior management staff to lead public awareness and education campaigns, educating the community and local officials on key issues, challenges, or needs in the community to mobilize policy change and build public will.

• Direct and manage staff, volunteers and stakeholders in creating, implementing and executing programs and partnerships in the education and talent development arenas that achieve the coalition’s goals for a cradle-through-career talent development pipeline.

• Monitor educational, business and policy environments to identify emerging forces, trends and issues, in order to build and modify relationships to effect positive change.

• Cultivate collaborative relationships with stakeholders in the business and education communities to identify and implement strategies to align talent development programming with both present and future workforce needs.

• Over a two-year period, create and implement Chattanooga 2.0’s business plan, eventually achieving status as a stand-alone nonprofit organization.


Successful candidates must possess a bachelor degree, with advanced degrees preferred, plus 7 years prior experience in pertinent fields, with a documented ability to champion systemic change, build coalitions, influence stakeholders, and manage staff and volunteers to accomplish goals. Must be legally eligible to work in the U.S., eligible to obtain a U.S. passport, hold a valid driver’s license and be insurable.


Candidates for this position will be evaluated by an executive search committee consisting of a small group of volunteers. The most qualified individuals will be invited to participate in the next phase of the selection process. For consideration, please submit a persuasive cover letter and resume, combined into one .pdf document of no more than 3 pages length, no later than 2 p.m. on May 5, 2019. Additional supporting documents may be submitted as a separate document, but will not be distributed as part of the initial process. Salary will be commensurate with experience and qualifications.

Send applicant materials to: jobs@chattanoogachamber.com

Information only inquiries, contact: Cheryl Millsaps, VP of Finance & Administration cmillsaps@chattanoogachamber.com