Hiring Manager: Evan Stone
Location: E4E chapter locations preferred (New York, NY; Los Angeles, CA; Chicago, IL; St. Paul, MN; Boston, MA; New Haven, CT) but remote applicants should feel free to apply; approximately ~20% travel expected
Application Deadline: Sunday, May 2nd
Role Tier: 6 - Executive
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 seeks a Chief Program Officer (CPO) to set the vision for our programmatic strategy across the country to execute our Theory of Change. This new position combines our external affairs (communications, digital, policy, and partnerships), organizing and field, and data functions to create a unified programmatic team that will help design our end-to-end programmatic strategy to build teacher power, change policy, and shift unions to sustain those policy shifts resulting in improved outcomes for students and an elevated teaching profession.
This position is the perfect opportunity for an enterprise leader to drive systemic change in education across the country, including our nation’s three largest school districts. 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 Chief Program Officer (CPO) will set the direction for and oversee our programmatic strategy to build educator power to drive systemic change for teachers and students. The CPO will work in collaboration with the Co-CEOs to finalize and execute a comprehensive programmatic strategy to increase E4E’s impact across the country. This includes, but is not limited to our organizing model, ladder of engagement for E4E members, leadership development program, digital list building strategy, and union candidate training and support.
This position will also bring together three previously separate national functions - external affairs, organizing and field, and data to create a more unified vision for our programmatic work and improve support for our chapter teams across the country. The CPO will be responsible for establishing an organizing culture across all programmatic staff in the organization, supporting the growth of our team, and improving our overall programmatic impact as an organization.
Program Leadership, Oversight, and Evaluation:
- Build teacher power to influence policy and unions so that we can improve outcomes for students and elevate the teaching profession
- Oversee the coordination, integration, and delivery of all programs, promoting collaborative relationships between program areas and ensuring that the expectations of teacher members, partners, funders, and other stakeholders are consistently met
- Finalize E4E’s programmatic model and oversee the implementation of this model across the country
- Oversee E4E’s digital and list building strategies to engage a broader cross section of educators in our work
- Oversee E4E’s external brand, message, and communications strategy across all platforms
- Set the vision for E4E’s organizing program and culture and support the development of E4E’s organizers across the country
- Establish, provide oversight, and deliver on key performance indicators org-wide in organizing, digital, advocacy, media, and partnerships
- Regularly analyze and assess E4E’s programmatic impact to drive ongoing improvement in our work
- Leverage existing systems (such as Salesforce) or create new systems to gather and analyze the data to inform the programmatic and operational decision making process and increase E4E's efficiency, transparency, and collaboration across teams.
Team Leadership and Management:
- Lead a merger of previously separated teams into a cohesive new team with ~14 roles and multiple functions (data, communications and policy, digital, organizing, and training)
- Create a team culture where all people can thrive, grow, and develop in order to further the mission of E4E
- Manage and support the Program Team to achieve their performance and professional development goals
- Deploy resources efficiently and effectively toward organizational goals, working with staff to balance workload and effort, and provide regular feedback so that key staff can continuously improve their skills
- Set the vision, strategy, and supports for Program Team members to mentor, encourage, and develop the leadership of staff and teacher members across our six local chapters
- Set the vision for and oversee internal and external training and professional development programming to improve the quality and impact of our work
- Provide assistance and guidance on how to troubleshoot program and staff performance challenges
- Mentor directors, managers, and organizers across the organization to support their development
Enterprise Leadership and Organizational Strategy:
- Serve as a member of the Executive and Senior Leadership Teams, providing input and making decisions on issues of org-wide magnitude
- Participate in the budget development process and maintain a high level of fiscal responsibility
- Implement E4E’s strategic plan as set by the Board of Directors, and in collaboration with the rest of the Executive Team, as well as developing and implementing new initiatives that serve the organization’s mission
- Set and steward the organization's strategic direction both nationally and in each of our chapters; including helping to shape E4E’s next strategic plan and developing a comprehensive programmatic impact plan for the organization
- Champion E4E’s mission, Core Values, and Commitment to Anti-Racism, both inside and outside the organization
- Actively embody anti-racist practices in all aspects of their work, and push the organization 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
Qualifications & Requirements:
At least ten years of professional experience, including experience at least one of the following:
- Leading comprehensive issue-based, electoral, or organizing campaigns
- Managing a comprehensive campaign that includes earned/paid media, digital, data, and field components
- Managing teams in a nonprofit, government, or philanthropy setting, overseeing multiple programs or contracts (ideally at an organization serving low-income youth or communities)
- Demonstrated experience managing a high-performing team in a multi-site structure, including professional development and mentorship
- Demonstrated knowledge of online and offline issue or electoral campaign strategy and tactics including the use of digital tools, earned and paid media, grassroots organizing, and ads
- Demonstrated expertise in community organizing, training, and leadership development
- Comprehensive working knowledge of campaign planning, program development, education policy
- Expertise in one or more of the following service areas: political campaigns, issue-based advocacy, public policy, grassroots organizing, labor unions, education, youth development
- Demonstrated ability to analyze and compile complex data for planning and reporting purposes
Transportation: Often works out of the office, with 20% travel (currently virtual due to Covid-19)
Core Values: What beliefs do you embody? How do you approach your work?
- Dynamic Leadership: You think strategically, set bold visions for our programmatic work.
- Achieve Ambitious Goals: You envision beyond the status quo.
- Adjust Course: You pivot effectively in a dynamic landscape.
- Diversity, Equity and Inclusion: You leverage our differences as strengths and look for opportunities to redistribute power in response to inequity.
- Communication: You listen actively and respond appropriately.
- Solutions Orientation: You have a deep belief in our mission and take part in finding solutions for the problems we identify.
Positional Skills - What can you do well?
- Cultivating Relationships & Collaborating Excellent relationship-building skills with an ability to communicate and work effectively with a variety of internal and external stakeholders; a persuasive negotiator able to utilize relationships to mobilize others to action.
- Allocating and Managing Resources A practical ability to get things done; the ability to set clear priorities, delegate, and guide investment in people and systems.
- Enterprise Leadership Wisdom and good judgment; organizational savvy; keen analytic, organization and problem-solving skills to enable sound decision-making.
- Leading Change The intellectual flexibility and managerial courage to shift direction and bring others along.
- Ensuring Diverse and Equitable Environments Strong commitment to establishing a diverse, equitable, and inclusive work environment and to developing and retaining talent.
- Building High Performing Teams Hire high-quality, talent whose strengths match the needs of the work; develops an environment of camaraderie and collaboration that enables teams to meet & exceed goals
Functional Knowledge - What do you know a lot about?
- Broad knowledge of all functional areas of organizing (e.g. campaign organizing, building membership, movement building)
- Broad knowledge of all functional areas of external affairs (e.g. media & press, writing & public speaking, digital campaigns and marketing)
- Experience with union organizing, union bylaws & collective bargaining
- Demonstrated knowledge of national and local education policy landscapes
- Demonstrated past experience planning and executing integrated, strategic, and innovative communications in support of achieving campaign goals
- Working knowledge of contemporary data management practices and innovations that can streamline the campaign process and contribute to the integration of related functions
- A forward thinker with a track record of utilizing new methods of community engagement and connectivity, who will be driven by innovation in developing digital best practices in the current and post-COVID-19 world
Benefits & Applying
Educators for Excellence provides a comprehensive and highly competitive benefits package for all full-time team members. Our benefits extend beyond health care coverage to help provide team members with a work-life balance that includes childcare, wellness initiatives, professional development, retirement savings, and more! See more information about our benefits here.
Please submit your application by Sunday, May 2nd. Educators for Excellence is an equal opportunity employer. We predominantly partner with low-income 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.