State Partnerships Director

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About Tech Talent: The Tech Talent Project is a nonpartisan, nonprofit project dedicated to increasing the ability of the U.S. government to recruit modern technical leaders in order to achieve critical economic, policy, and human outcomes. 

Position Summary

The Tech Talent Project is seeking a State Partnerships Director to lead our work to transform how state governments’ recruit, retain, and empower modern technical leaders. Technology is the foundation on which critical government programs are built. From unemployment insurance to SNAP benefits, a states’ ability (or inability) to deliver technology effectively has a significant impact on outcomes for families and communities. This role is key to growing and expanding our impact – building on our success at engaging strong tech leaders at the federal level, and bringing that strategy to state and local governments. 

The State Partnership Director will help Tech Talent improve state delivery capacity by: building trusting and authentic relationships with government executives and teams; reaching out to talented and diverse technology leaders across the country, inspiring them to serve, and supporting them; connecting qualified leaders with highly impactful opportunities to serve in government; and nurturing a community of current and future public servants, fostering collaboration and shared learning. 

The State Partnerships Director reports to the VP of Partnerships and will be a hands-on leader responsible for owning, growing, and managing state and local government relationships, while nurturing and developing programs to attract and retain qualified technology leaders. The right candidate will be passionate about helping government work better for humans, have the ability to inspire others to serve, and the relationship building and operational expertise to make it happen. 

Essential Responsibilities and Tasks

    • Build and own the relationships with technology leaders considering public service, and support their journey as they consider a commitment to join the government. 
    • Act as the liaison between tech leaders and government tech roles – offering insider expertise, insights, background, and networking opportunities to our partners both in and out of state and local governments.  
    • Curate events, professional development opportunities, and 1:1 relationships to keep the technology and government leaders warm, excited and engaged. 
    • Collaborate with government stakeholders to identify job opportunities, and align on strategies to recruit modern technical leaders to fill roles. 
    • Develop and implement partnership strategy and success by managing deadlines, onboarding, candidate & partner communications, and setting up contracts, vendors, and optimized workflows. 
    • Continuously assess Tech Talent’s strategy to recruit and source technologists with a keen eye on proactive talent development for future growth and opportunities.

What We’re Looking For

    • Bachelor's degree or equivalent combination of education and work experience. 
    • At least 8 years’ experience working in modern technology, nonprofit, and / or government sectors – and ideally, a combination of at least two of these. 
    • Experience recruiting and hiring for teams, and advising on / supporting employee growth, development and engagement. 
    • Proven ability to build strong relationships with executives and cross functional teams, and maintain a network of high-demand professionals to connect to opportunities. 
    • Creative, strategic mindset with ability to implement multiple work streams tactically, effectively and with integrity. 
    • Minimum of three years managing people and/or vendors. 
    • Experience working in a cross-functional, highly collaborative, fast paced environment with competing priorities. 
    • If you have experience across half or more of these elements but not all, that’s ok! We’re interested in learning more about you. 
Applicants will submit a resume, cover letter, and a link to a professional writing sample. This role is open and looking to be filled as soon as possible. Applicants will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the role is filled, however first consideration will be given to those who apply by February 27. If you need accommodation in order to complete this application, please reach out to

Salary Range: $140,000 - $170,000 / year


Our comprehensive benefits package includes 100% employer-paid health, dental, and vision insurance for employees (and their families). Employees are able to enroll in a 401k retirement plan and are eligible for a 3% automatic contribution and up to a 3% employer match on 401k contributions. Employees are also eligible for pre-tax transportation benefits. Employees will receive up to 120 hours of vacation time (cumulative annual rate of accrual), 80 hours of health leave, up to 2 days of casual leave, and 20 hours of volunteer leave annually. Employees will also receive 13 paid holidays throughout the calendar year (9 standard and 4 floating holidays). Employees are eligible for 12 weeks of paid family and medical leave after 90 days of employment.

The Tech Talent Project is a project of the New Venture Fund, a 501(c)(3) public charity that incubates new and innovative public-interest projects and grant-making programs. NVF is committed to attracting, developing and retaining exceptional people, and to creating a work environment that is dynamic, rewarding and enables each of us to realize our potential. NVF’s work environment is safe and open to all employees and partners, respecting the full spectrum of race, color, religious creed, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, political affiliation, ancestry, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status, and all other classifications protected by law in the locality and/or state in which you are working.