- Location: Flexible to chapter locations (NYC, LA, BOS, CT, MN, CHI) and remote
- Team: National Programs
- Start date: June 1
- Posted: 4/26/19
- Hiring Manager: Allie Ebner, Interim Director of Organizing and Training
- Application deadline: 5/17/19 @ 11pm ET
- Read our extensive FAQ!
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.
Reporting directly to the National Director of Training and Organizing, the National Training Manager will ensure that E4E organizing staff and educator leaders are equipped with the resources they need to be effective advocates for change. The Training Manager will be responsible for developing, directing and overseeing a national training program for staff and educator members, as well as working with each E4E chapter to support the creation of training programs uniquely tailored to meet local programmatic needs.
- Assess the needs of our organizing staff and teacher leaders in partnership with the national Programs Team and chapter leadership, particularly concerning fluency in organizing skills, teachers union knowledge, advocacy skills, and the basics of running a campaign for public office.
- Create training and workshop plans as needed for E4E initiatives including organizing staff onboarding, Union Candidate Trainings, Organizing Team gatherings, ongoing staff and teacher leader development, and program-specific gatherings as needed
- Plan and execute the logistics of national training events, including the management of participant communications and travel, finding accommodations and training sites, and managing training budgets.
- Support in chapter-led creation of training and development programs for members with strategic thought partnership and feedback
- Develop surveys to solicit feedback and expectations around trainings and other programs
- Create reports that can help senior staff assess training effectiveness, and the success of various training modules, programs, or initiatives
Development of Curriculum and Materials:
- Oversee the creation of high quality, clear training materials including PPTs, worksheets, presenters’ and participants’ guides/agendas and writing templates
- Ensure that training programs are well prepared and responsive to the needs of the participant group
- Integrate adult learning theory best-practices, experiential learning, storytelling and creativity into planned trainings and workshops
- Work collaboratively across the organization to enlist the right staff members and external partners to participate in the creation and execution of training programs
- Support members of the outreach staff and other team members in their creation of training plans and resources
- Systematically solicit and incorporate feedback from all levels of the organization into training plans and programs
Facilitation and Facilitator Development
- Lead engaging and thoughtful sessions and workshops with E4E organizing staff and members
- Create warm and welcoming learning spaces
- Employ adult learning theory and hands-on learning opportunities often in trainings and workshops
- Model a facilitator style that is responsive to the needs of the group, with an openness to reading the room, having difficult conversations, and shifting agenda items and discussions as needed to achieve the needs of the group
- Develop the facilitation skills of the organizing team and teacher leaders by actively asking them to assume facilitator roles and providing coaching and feedback.
Qualities of the ideal candidate for this position:
- Experience developing and implementing a comprehensive training program for staff and volunteers, including curriculum development, logistical planning, and interacting across teams and work streams
- An experienced project manager
- An engaging and nimble facilitator
- Proven ability to produce high quality, clear training modules and agendas
- Experience managing staff members both laterally and directly
- Significant experience training entry- and mid-level staff
- One or more cycles of experience on a political (electoral) campaign (two to four cycles preferred); or two years of issue advocacy experience
- An extensive background in and dedication to grassroots organizing
- Adept with Word, PowerPoint and Excel, including strong stylistic and formatting abilities
- Willingness to travel to E4E’s offices in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Minnesota, Connecticut, and elsewhere
A complete application requires that you do two things:
- PART I: Resume + Application 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.
- PART II: Video Cover Letter: You can access your video cover letter HERE which needs to be completed by May 17th 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.