National Director of Communications
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; approx ~20% travel
Application Deadline: September 4, 2022
Role Tier: 4 - Director
Founded by public school teachers, Educators for Excellence is a growing movement of 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. We do this by treating teachers as agents of change instead of subjects of change because research shows that classroom teachers are the single most important in-school factor in improving student achievement.
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. 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.
With chapters currently operating in Los Angeles, New York, Connecticut, Chicago, Boston, and Minnesota, E4E’s 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. We know that our work is more urgent and important than ever during this unprecedented moment in our nation's education history.
Reporting to the Chief Program Officer (CPO), the National Director of Communications will sit on our National Program Team. This team supports E4E’s national and chapter-based programmatic work by providing exceptional customer support and execution in the areas of training, organizing and data analysis and reporting. The National Director of Communications is charged with overseeing and managing E4E’s national communications efforts. The Director will supervise the National Communications Manager to create and run E4E’s national campaigns, national survey, and other communication efforts and work collaboratively with chapter Digital and Communication Managers to support all chapter campaigns.
Responsibilities: What actions will you leverage day-to-day?
- In partnership with the Chief Program Officer, prepare the org-wide strategic communications plan to grow E4E’s brand and increase our influence both nationally and in our key states
- Manage E4E’s national communication efforts including our national teacher survey, “Voices From the Classroom” and other major national publications to ensure E4E is a leading voice in national conversations around educational equity
- Develop and manage a plan to elevate the voices of E4E’s Co-CEOs and Executive Directors to ensure they are go-to sources for local and national media around issues relating to educational equity, teachers unions, and education policy.
- Develop and manage systems and training to support chapter communication staff to effectively elevate E4E’s local work and the perspectives of E4E teacher Leaders in the media
- Develop systems to support E4E Teacher Leaders to engage in the media, elevate their voices and E4E’s issues, and to build their own brand and profile
- Develop talking points and trainings to support E4E staff members (particularly organizers) to facilitate conversations on current policy issues with teachers
- Develop and manage trainings, systems, and process to support E4E teachers to articulate their feedback on national education policy issues through letters to the editor, op eds, blog posts and other appropriate media
- Keep informed about local, state and national education policy and political events
- In coordination with the Chief Program Officer and local leaders, build relationships with national and local education reporters and bloggers; prepare press statements and media advisories for E4E, as needed; and pitch local reporters
Cultural leadership: As a member of the Programs team, the Director 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 Director will support a team culture where all people can thrive, grow, and develop in order to further the mission of E4E.
- At least 7+ years of professional experience
- Successful track record of developing clear and compelling communications for a variety of audiences.
- Experience managing 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.
- Bachelor’s degree required.
- Exceptional organizational skills, high level of efficiency, and ability to manage operations and multiple projects at one time with precision.
- Comfort and fluency with SalesForce, G-suite, Slack, and presentation formats like Powerpoint preferred.
Transportation: Often works out of the office (or home office), with ~20% travel (currently virtual due to Covid-19)
- Time will be divided between office meetings with staff within the organization, and self-directed execution of tasks.
- Must be able to work occasional weekends and evenings for programmatic events and other priorities.
- Must be willing to travel to meet with staff across the country.
Core Values: What beliefs do you embody? How do you approach your work?
- Responsiveness - We keep each other in the loop to keep the work moving forward.
- Inclusiveness - We make space at the table for all, so everyone feels like they belong.
- High Quality Work - We ensure all deliverables meet our standard of excellence.
- Ownership - We take part in finding solutions for the problems we identify.
- Equity - We look for opportunities to redistribute power in response to inequity.
- Evaluation and Reflection - We look for opportunities to celebrate success & show growth in ourselves and in our work.
Positional Skills - What can you do well?
- Organizing Planning and Executing - Able to organize, track and manage workflow and resources; clearly articulates plans to others, develops systems to prioritize tasks; executes according to set timelines
- Making Decisions & Demonstrating Judgment – Makes strategic decisions, even in ambiguous situations; weighs factors both within and outside of one’s control to mitigate risk; exercises discernment when involving others in decision-making, leverages data when appropriate
- Tracking, Measuring & Analyzing – Builds and maintains systems and procedures to track data and progress towards individual and organizational goals; analyzes data thoroughly to determine trends & opportunities
- Allocating & Managing Resources - Strategically manages budget and capacity to move the work forward; manages time strategically; plans meetings purposefully
- 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
- Defining Problems to Solve - Synthesizes data; identifies & prioritize opportunities to pursue and problems to solve
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)
- Preferred: Experience with union organizing, union bylaws & collective bargaining
- Demonstrated knowledge of national and local education policy landscapes
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 this role is $95,427 to $143,140.
*based on NYC cost of labor and adjusted for candidates in different geographic regions.
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.
COVID-19 Vaccination Policy
All new employees are required to comply with E4E’s mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policy, which requires all staff be fully vaccinated prior to the start of employment. An employee will be considered fully vaccinated two weeks after receiving the requisite number of doses of a COVID-19 vaccine. Employees may request an exemption as a reasonable accommodation due to a medical reason or sincerely held religious belief.
E4E abides by each state’s requirements, and acknowledges they may change over time. If you advance forward to an interview, you will have the opportunity to ask questions about this job requirement.
Benefits & Applying
Educators for Excellence (E4E) 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 should be submitted by our application deadline.
E4E is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, ancestry, national origin, religion or religious creed, mental or physical disability, medical condition, genetic information, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth and related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, marital status, military or veteran status, citizenship, or other characteristics protected by state or federal law or local ordinance. E4E has a zero tolerance for discrimination, racism, xenophobia or misogyny in any form in our workplace. We strive to create a workplace where everyone feels a strong sense of belonging.
Accommodations: We are committed to creating an inclusive and accessible interview experience and will ensure that all candidates are provided with reasonable accommodations that allow them to participate in the interview process. To request an accommodation, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
EEOC questionnaire: We place a particular focus on recruiting staff members who share the backgrounds of the communities we serve. We encourage all applicants to complete our optional EEOC questionnaire as part of your application process (this optional questionnaire will be included as a short set of questions in this initial application). Completing the optional questionnaire will help ensure our People & Equity team are attracting a diverse pool of qualified candidates for each of our open positions.