National Director, Regional Strategy (Deadline- Feb 20)

Location: Flexible to chapter locations (NYC, LA, BOS, CT, MN, CHI) and remote

Team: Regional Strategy

Posted: 1/27/19

Hiring Manager: Simone Ward, VP of Regional Strategy

Application deadline: 2/20/19

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About Us
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 over 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

The National Director, of Regional Strategy is a critical role on the Senior Leadership Team and the second full-time hire on our newly created Regional Strategy Team. You will support the Vice President of Regional Strategy, to ensure E4E’s chapters across the country are successful in implementing E4E's Theory of Change.  The Vice President of Regional Strategy manages every Executive Directors across the organization to attain strong results, and reach their ambitious goals, which include but are not limited to:

  • Attract, hire and retain high-performing team members
  • Develop a strong local team culture 
  • Meet programmatic goals of:
    • Identifying, training and supporting K-12 teachers to become leaders
    • Implementing teacher-led policy recommendations 
    • Leading high-level issue-based advocacy campaigns
    • Meet and/or exceed union leadership goals
  • Meet fundraising goals and building a sustainable local chapter

You Will Focus On:

Providing Capacity and Support for Executive Directors:

  • Based on a needs assessment of Executive Director's strengths and areas for growth, develop coaching plans and professional development around specific topics, such as:
    • Time management & prioritization
    • Setting vision and direction
    • Organizing, planning, and executing
    • Management
  • Serve as an interim Executive Director in chapters during Executive Director’s temporary leaves or during transition periods on an as-needed basis
  • Travel extensively and serve as support for Executive Directors and local staff needs
  • Create a learning community for Executive Directors to improve performance
  • Ensure excellent performance of Executive Directors across all 6 chapters

Communication and Executive Support:

  • Improve and streamline communications from leadership and national department to Executive Directors and local chapters
  • Ensure excellent partnership between the Regional Strategy Team and national departments (Development, People & Equity, Policy, External Affairs, Office of the CEOs, etc.), streamlining communication, ensuring deadlines are met and work products delivered
  • Be a conduit of information flow between other national departments and local Executive Directors
  • Organize off-sites, ED retreats, and regular meetings
  • Provide administrative and logistical support to VP of Regional Strategy as department requires (e.g. PowerPoint, social media, scheduling etc.)

Strategic Planning: 

  • Develop a "Vision of Excellence" for Executive Directors with a path to achieve that vision

  • Ensure chapters create ambitious yearly local impact plans, that are alighted to our theory of change, our 5-year strategic plan, and meet a bar of excellence, which you will help to create
  • Create one cohesive vision for the organization, which combines local impact plans and department plans (People & Equity impact plan, Finance impact plan, etc.)

You Have:

  • A bachelor’s degree
  • Required: Professional experience with grassroots and union organizing, policy and 
  • Required: Professional experience with fundraising 
  • Highly preferred: some form of professional experience as a Pre K-12 classroom teacher, school-based or student-based or previous work with educational non-profits
  • Highly preferred: Prior experience as an Executive Director 
  • Experience managing through layers 
  • A proven track-record of supporting and coaching managers to meet 
ambitious goals and lead their team to success
  • Willingness and ability to travel extensively to local E4E chapters in Los Angeles, 
New York, Minnesota, Chicago, Boston, Connecticut and elsewhere 

Superpowers + Skillsets

  • An exceptional ability to cultivate and develop relationships and 
networks with a diverse constituent base, preferably around education 

  • Excellent interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to motivate, 
coach and manage others 

  • Exceptional organizational skills, high-level efficiency, ability to multi-task and ability to 
manage at the macro and micro level with precision 

  • Extensive project management and strategic planning experience 

  • Strong desire to coach and develop growing managers in a fast-paced, 
entrepreneurial, start-up environment (previous experience in a similar 
working environment preferred) 

  • Google documents, Microsoft Excel, PowerPoint, Video conferencing, Adobe Illustrator and database (e.g. SalesForce) experience 
  • Systems nerd- you love to create new systems to improve inefficiencies and improve process flow and communication
  • Self starter that can thrive independently
  • Manage multiple working styles and personalities
  • Politically savvy
  • Calm, cool and solutions-oriented under pressure
  • You thrive in virtual and remote environments, mastering all the tools (shared google docs, zoom meetings, conference calls, etc.)


Candidates must start the application process no later than Monday, February 18th at 5pm EDT.   A complete application requires that you do two things:

  • Resume + Questions: Upload your resume and answer a few, short questions.  Note: Should you move forward in the process, your responses to these questions will be read by every member of the selection committee, including the VP, so please take the time to respond thoughtfully.   
  • Video Cover Letter: We will email you an invitation to a one way video interview which needs to be completed by Wednesday, February 20th at 11pm EDT. Our candidates love this flexibility because they get to complete the first part of our screening process whenever and wherever they want and on their schedule!

Educators for Excellence is an equal opportunity employer. We predominantly partner with teachers who serve low-income communities, and 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.


Full Time


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