National Development Associate

Application Deadline: Friday, January 18th 11:59 PM

Location Flexible, New York, NY Preferred


About Us

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 30,000 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.

The Opportunity

E4E has realized a number of critical achievements over the past several years, including rapid growth in staff, budget, and impact, and now stands poised to accelerate its progress over the next five years. As we move forward, we will focus on deepening teacher engagement, developing the vision and tools for transformative teacher leadership, and bringing internal systems to the next level to ensure the organization has the infrastructure, resources, and supports necessary to achieve our goals.

To support this work locally, our National Development Team is hiring a National Development Associate (NDA). Reporting directly to the Vice President of Growth Strategy and Development (VPGSD), the NDA will manage and support multiple cross-team and cross-chapter projects and functions during an incredible period of growth for the organization. Working closely with the VPGSD, National Development Team members, and local chapters, the NDA will manage critical team operational functions and internal team reporting systems for both national and local fundraising efforts; supports donor communications and stewardship such as communications writing and creation of donor-facing materials; and collaborates on cross-stream and vital organization-wide projects, including annual report coordination and writing as well as sharing internal and external information sharing about fundraising.

As the successful candidate, you will:

Manage Systems:

  • Work with the Finance Team, VPGSD, National Development Team and local chapters to support gift processing and ensure accuracy of donor information across the organization
  • Work with Finance Team to produce donor-facing budgets and special reports used by both the National Development Team and local Executive Directors/Managing Directors of Development
  • Gather, track, and analyze fundraising data for internal reporting
  • Create and manage consistent systems and standard operating procedures for National Development Team

Support National Development Team Priorities:

  • Collaborate cross-stream on organization-wide projects, including annual report coordination and writing and supporting internal and external information sharing about fundraising.
  • Work closely with the VPGSD to support the stewardship and growth of our National Board of Directors
  • Work together with the Director of Strategy and Regional Giving (DSRG) to coordinate cross-chapter support
  • Support new site development efforts alongside the VPGSD and Co-Founders and Co-CEOs conducting research, creating communications (including reports and proposals), and preparing for meetings with potential supporters

Support Donor Cultivation and Stewardship Efforts:

  • Work with relevant national team members to support tracking and management of donor communications
  • Support the creation and delivery of compelling and meaningful communications such as proposals/reports for new site support, National Board updates, and the annual report.
  • Coordinate with team members across the organization to prepare the Co-CEOs, VPGSD, and DSRG for external meetings


The ideal candidate for this position will have:

  • At least two years of previous experience and demonstrated success supporting client management, sales, or direct fundraising
  • At least one year of professional experience as a Pre K-12 classroom teacher preferred; some form of teaching, school-based professional experience, student-based professional experience or previous work with educational non-profits required
  • A high sense of urgency and demonstrate self-motivation, a focus on goals, and commitment to high-quality execution
  • Strong writing and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to track and prioritize multiple actions and relationships simultaneously
  • Exceptional organizational skills, high level of efficiency, and ability to manage operations with precision
  • Excitement to work closely with various stakeholders to meet ambitious fundraising goals
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and demonstrated leadership ability to motivate others
  • Proven experience in developing and executing effective processes and protocols to ensure effective, efficient, accurate data management, donor follow-up and financial reporting
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Excel, PowerPoint, and Word required; Adobe Illustrator and database (e.g. SalesForce) experience preferred

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
  • 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
  • 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

Benefits & Applying

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.

Applications can be addressed to Jelena Dobic, Vice President of Growth Strategy and Development, and should include a resume and a cover letter. Please ensure that all materials are submitted by Friday, January 18th at 11:59 PM, and address relevant experience and your understanding of how this position connects to the overall mission of E4E.

Educators for Excellence is an equal opportunity employer. We predominantly partner with low-income communities of color. Therefore, though race and other legally protected characteristics are never used to make hiring decisions, we place a particular focus on recruiting staff members who share the backgrounds of the communities we serve.


Full Time


80 Pine Street
28th Floor
New York, NY 10005
United States