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CCSSO Ranks Among Best Places to Work

NPT Best NonProfits to work for 2016On April 1, 2016, The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) was 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."

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What does it mean to work at CCSSO?

At CCSSO, you will join a team of professionals committed to making sure every child in our public education system – regardless of background – graduates prepared for college, careers and life. CCSSO attracts, supports and motivates our highly talented, committed and diverse team by valuing employee engagement. We foster a solid work/life balance and offer great benefits such as: health insurance, 401k, and paid time off. We also have an easily accessible and convenient location.

The Human Resources team at CCSSO is fully committed to meeting our employees’ needs by providing the highest level of service possible. We believe every individual should be respected, treated fairly, listened to and actively involved in achieving CCSSO’s vision and mission. We hope you will consider joining our team!

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Employee Testimonials

Abdul Abdulbarr

"Hard to believe I’ve been working for CCSSO for 10 years now. I started out as a Webmaster in the Communications department and now am the Creative Technologist for the entire Council. Working at CCSSO is like being with family; it doesn’t ever feel like ‘work’. We all strive for excellence in our personal capacity, as an Organization and when working with our members. CCSSO offers an excellent benefits package and continuously pushes you to be the best you can be."

Abdul Abdulbarr
Creative Technologist

Paul Ferrari

"I’ve worked at CCSSO since 2007 (going on 9 years). I was hired as a Communications Associate and am now the Director of Educator Engagement & Outreach. My job titles have included: Communications Associate, Online Communications Manager, Communications Manager, Director of College and Career Ready Engagement, Director of Educator Engagement & Outreach. What I enjoy most about working at CCSSO is I believe in CCSSO’s mission and vision, and appreciate how the organization works together to achieve these goals. CCSSO empowers its staff and trusts them to lead meaningful work. The culture here has enabled me to focus on personal and professional improvement. My journey at CCSSO has taken me across the country, allowed me to interact with leading minds in education policy, and offered me opportunities to work on exciting projects that make a difference in the lives of teachers and students."

Paul Ferrari
Director of Educator Engagement & Outreach

Margaret Reed Millar

"I began working at CCSSO in 2009 after teaching high school students. I was hired to work as an Associate on the Standards, Assessment, and Accountability team, and since May 2013 I have served as the Director of Member Services and Outreach. I love working at CCSSO and consider myself so fortunate to work at an organization with talented, bright, goal-oriented and kind people who share my passion for improving the educational outcomes of kids of all backgrounds. In three different positions over the last seven years I have been able to travel the country and play a role in substantive education policy conversations in states and nationally that have a direct impact on improving student learning. On top of loving the work I do, I genuinely love the people I work with. I count many of my colleagues as close friends and deeply appreciate the collaborative and positive culture of the organization."

Margaret Reed Millar
Director, Membership and Outreach

Jennifer Poon

"I joined CCSSO over five years ago as a Senior Associate on the Research team, but very quickly drew close to the Innovation Lab Network program, which I now have the pleasure of directing. My career trajectory at CCSSO is a great example of the investment this organization makes in the development of its people. Our passions are cultivated, and our hard work recognized."

Jennifer Poon
Program Director, Innovation Lab Network

Ashley Cheung

"I have been working at CCSSO for three years. I was originally hired as a Program Assistant, now I am a Program Associate. The thing I enjoy the most about working at CCSSO is working with colleagues and members who are committed and passionate about education."

Ashley Cheung
Program Associate, College-and Career-Readiness Standards

Alicia Prescod

“I began working at CCSSO in 2014 after working in higher education. I was hired to work as Program Assistant on the Standards, Assessment, and Accountability team, and since May 2015 I have served as an Associate on the Standards, Assessment, and Accountability team. I love working at CCSSO and consider myself so fortunate to work at an organization with talented, bright and goal-oriented people who share my passion for improving the educational outcomes of kids of all backgrounds. In two different positions over the last two years I have been able to travel the country and supports states across multiple education policy points from rural math to curriculum implementation. The staff at CCSSO is are kind and dedicated to do the best for our nations kids. And they are a cool group of people. I count many of my colleagues as close friends and deeply appreciate the collaborative and positive culture of the organization.”

Alicia Prescod
Program Associate, Standards, Assessment, and Accountability

CCSSO is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, or protected veteran status, and will not be discriminated against on the basis of disability. CCSSO provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities on a case-by-case basis. If you are an individual with a disability and would like to request accommodation as part of the employment selection process, please contact Human Resources at humanresources@ccsso.org.