Hiring Manager: Doug Gibson
Location: New York
Role Tier: 4 - Director
Position Terms: Full Time, Salaried Employee until June 30, 2022
Our nation’s education system is leaving millions of students—including an overwhelming number of students of color and low-income students—unprepared for college, career, and life. While research shows that classroom teachers are the single most important in-school factor in improving student achievement, their diverse voices are consistently left out of education policy decisions. For far too long, teachers have been treated as subjects of change rather than as agents of change.
Founded by public school teachers, Educators for Excellence is a growing movement of 35,000 educators, united around a common set of values and principles for improving student learning and elevating the teaching profession. We work together to identify issues that impact our schools, create solutions to these challenges, and advocate for policies and programs that give all students access to a quality education.
What We Do
Our Theory of Change is grounded in two long-term goals that are inextricably linked: better outcomes for our students and the elevation of the quality and prestige of the teaching profession. We achieve these goals by changing policy at the district, state, and federal levels and transforming our teachers’ union to be more student-focused, democratic, diverse, and anti-racist. United around our Declaration of Teachers’ Principles and Beliefs, we are building a powerful movement to lead this change by:
- Organizing educators who share a common vision of equity and excellence in schools,
- Training and supporting teacher leadership, and
- Advocating for teacher-led recommendations at all levels of government, within teachers’ unions, and in the public conversation around education.
Educators for Excellence envisions an equitable and excellent education system that provides all students the opportunity to succeed and elevates the teaching profession.
E4E organizes anti-racist, student focused educators, builds their leadership capabilities and collective power through issue based advocacy campaigns, and supports them to take on positions of leadership in their schools, districts, and most importantly, in their unions. Over our 10-year history, we have made incredible progress organizing teachers to take action to uplift their students and profession. Through E4E, tens of thousands of educators have signed on to a common vision for elevating the teaching profession and improving student outcomes; thousands of teacher members have successfully advocated for and won equity and excellence focused policy changes in their local communities; and hundreds have trained for and taken on positions of elected and appointed leadership in their schools, districts, and unions.
In the coming year, E4E’s programming must build on this momentum while pivoting to meet the moment of dramatic crisis facing our students and teachers. We will be guided by the urgent goal of shaping policy solutions to help students, particularly low-income students and students of color, recover from a year of interrupted and unfinished learning, health and social emotional crises, and unrelenting racial trauma. We will do this by organizing and uplifting the collective voices of anti-racist, progressive educators, recognizing they have also faced significant personal and professional challenges to overcome. We know that our work is more urgent and important than ever during this unprecedented moment in our nation's education history, and as a result we are making strategic investments in our leadership team, infrastructure, and program model to continue to accelerate our efficacy and impact.
Educators for Excellence, Programs Team is seeking a Campaign Manager to lead a dynamic team of organizers in order to help our members bring real, meaningful change to their unions. This position is a deeply rewarding opportunity to leverage organizing and election skills and a commitment to student focused, democratic, anti-racist union leadership through building a powerful voting block within unions who support leaders who better reflect the values of educators.
With chapters currently operating in Los Angeles, New York, Connecticut, Chicago, Boston, and Minnesota, our organizing culture is grounded in our passion for impacting educational systems and revolves around an innovative, roll-up-your-sleeves spirit backed by a shared commitment to continuous professional growth.
Scope: What is the nature of the role?
The Campaign Manager will serve as a key member of the organization’s Program Team, supporting chapters’ efforts to create and execute impactful election strategies that mobilize disenfranchised voters, identify and support leaders, and change educators’ visions of what democratic, anti-racist, student focused union leadership could do for public education.
Key responsibilities for the new Campaign Manager will include:
Support chapter leaders with campaign planning and execution
- Work closely with organizing managers and Executive Directors
- Provide consultation in campaign strategy and management of organizers
- Support organizing managers in leading organizing teams
- Model and coach toward ideal organizing and election tactics
- Assist chapter staff in navigating complex relationships with potential candidates
- Liaise between national and chapter staff
- Track and communicate campaign progress
Cultural leadership: As a member of the Program Team, the Campaign Manager will be a champion of E4E’s Core Values and Commitment to Anti-Racism. This staff member actively embodies anti-racist practices in all aspects of their work, and pushes the organization and their colleagues to continue to grow and improve within these values by modeling a strong and inclusive culture for their team and the streams of work they manage. The Campaign Manager will support a team culture where all people can thrive, grow, and develop in order to further the mission of E4E.
Qualifications & Requirements:
- At least 4+ years of professional experience
- Experience working two or more cycles on elections or issue-advocacy campaigns
- Understanding of the labor movement
- Understanding of the education landscape
- Demonstrated track record of leadership with results and the ability to influence others to achieve outcomes, including influencing and motivating teams
- Experience building and supporting an organizing program, including managing organizers
- Proven ability to produce clear, professional guiding materials in support of programs and proposals
- Familiarity with New York City education and labor landscape
- Demonstrated high-quality writing skills and attention to detail
- Excellent listening, interpersonal and problem solving skills, with a proven ability to navigate difficult conversations effectively
- A self-starter with who can work independently to achieve goals after receiving broad direction
- Ability to work effectively independently and within a team
- Ability to work independently within the context of a plan
- An excellent project manager
- Ability to work weekends and unusual hours
- Database (e.g. SalesForce, VAN, VoteBuilder, etc.) experience preferred, but not required
- Familiarity with G-Suite required
- Familiarity with K-12 Education preferred
- Familiarity with grassroots organizing preferred
Travel & Transportation:
- 20% travel to other chapter locations required
Compensation, Benefits & Applying
Educators for Excellence (E4E) is committed to valuing team members holistically in appreciation of their contribution to the organization’s success and for the good they create for society as part of our mission. While there are many facets of the “Total Rewards” package that come with working at E4E, compensation is a significant factor in a team member’s decision to work here. As such, we strive to attract, retain and reward top talent by offering competitive salaries and benefits that are equitably and transparently administered. Therefore, we do not engage in salary negotiations - our first offer is always our best offer!
The salary band for the Campaign Manager position is $86,105 - $129,022.*
*based on NY geography and adjusted for candidate location.
Within this range, our competitive, non-negotiable salary offer will be based on a candidate’s relevant experience and credentials, role-related competencies assessed through our robust hiring process, and geographic location.
Applications can be addressed to Doug Gibson, Senior Regional Field and Data Director, and should include a resume and cover letter. Please ensure that all materials address relevant experience and your understanding of how this position connects to the overall mission of E4E. This role is funded by a grant and will end with the campaign election cycle on June 30, 2022. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis.
Educators for Excellence is an equal opportunity employer. We predominantly partner with teachers who serve low-income communities, and communities of color. Therefore, though race and other identity markers are never used to make final hiring decisions, we place a particular focus on recruiting staff members who share the backgrounds of the communities we serve.