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Friday, April 01, 2016

CCSSO Ranks Among Best Places to Work

Contact:Olympia Meolaolympia.meola@ccsso.org202-336-7071

The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) was today named one of the Best Nonprofits to Work For 2016, according to The Nonprofit Times.

"I am proud to lead the Council of Chief State School Officers and have the opportunity to represent our members as well as our hard-working staff each and every day," says Chris Minnich, CCSSO executive director. "CCSSO is not only a great place to work because we have a great aspiration to improve student achievement, but we work together to foster a culture of collaboration and professional growth."

CCSSO is among 50 organizations that made the list in 2016. The list is determined with information from the Best Companies Group, Inc. Best Companies conducts a thorough organizational assessment through a multi-part process that includes a confidential employee survey, contacting sources outside the organization and analyzing the employer benefits and policies. Results are analyzed and categorized according to eight core focus areas:

  1. Leadership and planning;
  2. Corporate culture and communications;
  3. Role satisfaction;
  4. Work environment;
  5. Relationship with supervisor;
  6. Training, development and resources;
  7. Pay and benefits; and,
  8. Overall engagement.


CCSSO ranked No. 37 overall and No. 19 among medium-size nonprofits. Here are a few of the areas in which we excelled: Work environment, Overall engagement, Relationship with supervisor, Role satisfaction, and Pay and benefits categories.

CCSSO is a nonpartisan, nationwide, nonprofit organization that represents the public officials who lead departments of elementary and secondary education in each of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, the Department of Defense Education Activity, the Bureau of Indian Education and the five U.S. extra-state jurisdictions.

As an organization, CCSSO is committed to ensuring that all students participating in our public education system -- regardless of background -- graduate prepared for college, careers, and life.

Through the anonymous survey, CCSSO staff shared why they enjoy working at the organization. Here are a few examples:

"CCSSO has created a culture that exemplifies and encourages a supportive environment. The leadership team does a great job in hiring the right people to carry out its mission--ensure all children have access and opportunity to a high quality education."

"We are dedicated to improving the lives of all children by focusing on state level education policy. Our strategic plan is very clear and outlines our overall goals for the next couple of years (we are all aligned and work in tandem to 'move the needle forward' to ensure all children are successful.)"

"CCSSO is an extremely positive place to work. Everyone is friendly, helpful, knowledgeable and eager to good to work and help fellow employees. There is plenty of opportunities for growth and consistent opportunities to learn and enrich yourself both personally and professionally. I feel it's very unique in this regard. I also am never fearful to speak my mind and I feel the work I do is appreciated."

For more information, see the full list of Best Places to Work For 2016 from The Nonprofit Times.

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The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) is a nonpartisan, nationwide, nonprofit organization of public officials who head departments of elementary and secondary education in the states, the District of Columbia, the Department of Defense Education Activity, and five U.S. extra-state jurisdictions. CCSSO provides leadership, advocacy, and technical assistance on major educational issues. The Council seeks member consensus on major educational issues and expresses their views to civic and professional organizations, federal agencies, Congress, and the public.