Application Deadline: Sunday, July 21st
Our nation’s history of racism and oppression have led to inequities across sectors of society, including education, 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 over 32,000 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 this by:
- Building a movement of forward-thinking teachers through grassroots organizing in communities across the country
- Identifying and training teacher leaders within that broader movement to take on key positions of influence in their schools, districts, states, and perhaps most importantly, within their teachers unions
- Creating teacher-led policy recommendations in order to bridge the divide between policymakers and the classroom
- Advocating for implementation of teacher-generated policy ideas
- Scaling this model to reach critical mass in the communities we serve and across the country
- 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 has realized a number of critical achievements over the past several years, including rapid growth in staff, budget, and impact. E4E teachers have prepared policy recommendations and driven major policy victories on issues including school discipline, teacher career ladders, and professional development, while meeting with key decision-makers and advocating for change on the local, state and federal level. Members have increased their representation in the union’s House of Representatives, won school board elections, and currently hold elected seats in their union governing body. E4E continues to deepen teacher engagement and support its members who seek to improve the diversity, democracy and student focus of their union. As the national organization continues to expand, it will focus on bringing internal and operational systems to the next level to ensure it has the infrastructure, resources, and supports necessary to achieve ambitious goals.
E4E is seeking a dynamic leader to serve as the next Executive Director of our Boston Chapter. This exciting role will set the strategic vision for the chapter while also leading a high-performing team. The Executive Director will have strategic and operational responsibility for programs, growth and execution of our mission to elevate the voices of teachers in state and local education policy and to support teachers to become more active in their unions. The Executive Director, Boston will engage with a wide array of stakeholders (e.g., district leaders, national and local partners, donors, board members, community leaders, teachers, etc.) to help set and execute a vision that elevates the teaching profession and improves student outcomes. This is an ideal opportunity for an experienced and entrepreneurial leader to play a critical role in the continued growth of a dynamic organization.
In this position, you will:
Design and Execute a Local Impact Plan
- Design and execute a local vision and plan for E4E-Boston that works in concert with E4E’s national strategic plan and goals
- Manage systems for evaluating progress toward strategic goals, ensuring that local objectives are met while also aligning efforts with the national organization
- Lead the team to achieve chapter goals related to membership, teacher leadership growth, and engagement in advocacy
- Shape and lead on campaign initiatives and work in partnership with the National Development Team to fundraise the annual budget of approximately $1.2 million
- Work in partnership with the National Program Team to mobilize E4E-Boston members around advocacy asks, and to support efforts to encourage members to actively participate and pursue leadership roles in their unions (learn more about our organizing model)
Build and Manage a High Performing Team and Quality Programming
- Be a model for strong team culture
- Recruit, select, coach and retain talented team members
- Manage towards ambitious goals
- Design advocacy campaigns that encourage the implementation of our policy recommendations at the local and state level
- Coach and manage a team of 7, including three direct reports, focused on the following priorities:
- The vision setting and execution of the chapter’s local policy efforts.
- The implementation of E4E’s grassroots organizing model; teacher leadership programs and event series; and supporting with direct management of a team of Outreach Directors, who are our grassroots organizers.
- The fundraising of a local budget from a portfolio of individual donors and foundations.
- The effective implementation of all programs and operational systems
Be the voice and face of E4E-Boston
- Give speeches, author op-eds, attend education events and conferences, work with media, and engage with teachers and the general public to uplift the perspectives and ideas of E4E-Boston members
- Secure opportunities for teachers to share their voice directly in local media, with support and guidance from the National External Affairs Team
- Build and maintain relationships with local policymakers, union leaders, key stakeholders, interest groups, and elected officials
- Establish E4E-Boston as a source for the opinions and perspectives of progressive educators on issues that impact Boston’s classrooms
Ensure Financial Security
- Develop and expand local fundraising activities, with a strong focus on cultivating new – and leveraging existing – relationships with local foundations and individual donors
- Administer E4E-Boston’s budget, ensuring fiscal responsibility and stability
- Build and manage a local Board of Advisors to support the growth and stability of the Boston Chapter
As the ideal candidate, you have:
- A deep understanding of the Boston education landscape, including at least 2 years of experience in one of the following fields:
- Pre-k-12 education instruction
- Community organizing, campaign organizing, and/or union organizing
- Experience leading others within the education, education policy, campaign organizing, and/or advocacy space
- A passion for educational equity and alignment to E4E's mission and vision
- An acumen for building an inclusive workplace where diversity and individual differences are valued and leveraged to achieve the vision and mission of the organization
- Experience managing high-performing teams by setting clear, well-defined desired outcomes and managing to outcomes, through layers
- Political savvy and demonstrated track record of effectively navigating complex power dynamics and building coalitions
- The ability to build and maintain a deep knowledge of key Boston legislation, economic, social, and political trends and developments; and their impact on the organization, strategy, and our internal and external stakeholders
- A clear and effective communication style and an ability to empathize with and understand the perspectives of others
- An ability to persuade and gain the support of others and motivate others to action by leveraging strong internal and external relationships
- A track record of overcoming obstacles in challenging environments
Moreover, all E4E staff demonstrate our Core Values:
- Respect and Professionalism: We act with personal responsibility, respect, and commitment to high quality work, to our organization and to each other
- Solutions Orientation: We consistently approach even the most complex challenges with positivity, proactive solutions, and the assumption of best intentions
- Growth Mindset: We intentionally create opportunities to develop ourselves and others in order to learn and continuously improve
- Dynamic Leadership: We courageously take ownership, empower others, set bold visions, think strategically, and adapt to change
- Diversity and Inclusiveness: Educational inequity is linked to race, power, and privilege, and so we take action to shift this paradigm by reflecting on our own identities, creating an inclusive and diverse community, and leveraging our differences as strengths
Benefits & Applying
Applications must be submitted by Sunday, July 21st, 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.
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.
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.