Hiring Manager: Sarina Sande, Executive Director
Location: Los Angeles, California
Application Deadline: applications reviewed on a rolling basis
Role Tier: 4 - Director
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 34,000 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.
Educators for Excellence, Los Angeles is seeking a Deputy Director, Campaigns to serve as a senior leader on the local team and drive the strategy and execution of all chapter-level campaign work in order to increase E4E-’s impact on elevating the education profession and improving outcomes for all students in Los Angeles starting as soon as possible.
The position of Deputy Director, Campaigns is a deeply rewarding opportunity to work with both the E4E-Los Angeles team and educator members by leveraging campaign, organizing, and management skills. A leader in this role will contribute to the impact of our team by creating a vision for our campaigns that is aligned with our organizational theory of change. This will require creating engaging issue-based campaigns and supporting E4E members who are interested in pursuing leadership in their unions to ensure they are democratic, diverse, and student-focused. This individual should have deep knowledge of how multiple pieces of a campaign (ie strategy, messaging, field, etc.) come together to achieve wins and a passion for managing individuals and teams towards impact.
Scope: What is the nature of the role?
In this role, you will report directly to the E4E- Los Angeles Executive Director. You will manage the work of two teams within the chapter - External Affairs and Organizing & Field - with the Digital and Communications Manager and Organizing Manager reporting to you directly. The Deputy Director, Campaigns will serve as a member of the Local Leadership Team and will hold significant responsibility in ensuring the overall success and sustainability of the chapter, ultimately serving as second in command to the Executive Director. You will...
- Create the vision, goals, and strategy for all chapter-level campaigns that bring together multiple functional areas such as organizing & field, communications, digital, policy, partnerships, etc. to change education policy and push unions to be more democratic, diverse, and student-focused.
- Build comprehensive campaign plans and successfully align and manage two streams of work within the chapter, External Affairs and Organizing & Field (a total of 6 team members), in the execution of chapter-based campaigns and goals
- Set goals and expectations for direct reports and support their performance and ongoing professional development
- Collaborate with national teams and other chapters to incorporate best practices and expertise in communications, policy, digital, and organizing into campaigns
- Support team wide engagement and retention across the chapter through thoughtful engagement in vision setting, strategic planning, and staff development
- Serve as a member of the local leadership team, strategic advisor, and second-in-command to the Executive Director of E4E-Los Angeles
Qualifications & Requirements:
- 7-10 years of professional experience
- Experience managing direct reports and working across teams to drive organizational success
- Passion and commitment to E4E’s mission; experience working on issues relevant to our work; experience working in a policy/advocacy/systems-change organization preferred
- Prior experience with campaign management and/or a deep understanding of campaign tactics and strategies, including how to write and execute a field plan
- Prior experience leading a team in a fast paced environment, ideally one with an organizing or advocacy focus
- Prior experience effectively managing multiple streams of work
- Exceptional communication and collaboration skills
- A coaching style that empowers others to thrive and do their best work
- Bachelor’s degree required.
- Ability to produce and deliver clear, concise, formal and informal oral and written communications to a variety of audiences.
- Exceptional organizational skills, high level of efficiency, and ability to manage operations and multiple projects at one time with precision.
- Proficiency with G-Suite, Salesforce, and/or Voter Contact Platforms
Transportation: Often works out of the office (or home office); currently virtual due to Covid-19
- Time will be divided between office meetings with staff within the organization, self-directed execution of tasks, and meetings with partners.
- Must be able to work occasional weekends and evenings for programmatic events and other priorities.
- Must be willing to work outside of a 40-hour workweek when needed to meet campaign deadlines.
Core Values: What beliefs do you embody? How do you approach your work?
- Equity: We look for opportunities to redistribute power in response to inequity.
- Achieve Ambitious Goals: We strive to have a transformational impact on the staff, teachers, and students we serve.
- Adjust Course: We take a resilient attitude towards roadblocks and adjust strategies to ensure progress to goal.
- Empowering Feedback: We constantly give observable & actionable feedback in a way that demonstrates belief in our people.
- Communication: You listen actively and respond appropriately.
- Deep Belief in Mission: We believe change is possible, so we equip ourselves to achieve it.
Positional Skills - What can you do well?
- Organizing, Planning and Executing - Sense of urgency and demonstrated self-motivation, ability to work both independently and collaboratively to meet ambitious goals.
- 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.
- 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
- Thinking Holistically & Making Connections - Connects the work to the big picture, identifies opportunities to streamline tactics and integrate streams/functions
- Conducting Rigorous Analysis - Uses rigorous logic around aggregate data; performs a variety of analyses to inform decisions with broad impact and solve problems requiring diverse perspectives
- Ensuring Diverse and Equitable Environments - Strong commitment to establishing a diverse, equitable, and inclusive work environment and to developing and retaining talent.
Functional Knowledge - What do you know a lot about?
- General knowledge of all functional areas of organizing (e.g. campaign organizing, building membership, movement building)
- General 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 local education policy landscape
- Demonstrated past experience with planning and facilitating trainings and meetings
- Working knowledge of contemporary data management practices and innovations that can streamline the campaign process and contribute to the integration of related functions
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 Deputy Director role is $81,800-$122,571*
*this is based on LA geography and has been adjusted to reflect the position location.
How to Apply
Applications should consist of a cover letter and resume.
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.
Educators for Excellence believes in providing employees with benefits to support self-care, wellness, and financial stability. We value the whole person and provide benefits such as; paid time off, health insurance plans, competitive salaries that include pre-tax benefits, and cell phone reimbursements. See more information about our benefits here.