National Organizing Manager
Hiring Manager: Doug Gibson
Location: Flexible to Chapter Locations (Boston, Chicago, Hartford, Minneapolis, New York City, Los Angeles)
Application Deadline: open
Role Tier: Manager 3.2
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 35,000 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 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. Over our 10-year history, 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, our 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.
Reporting to the Vice President of Field and Data, the National Organizing Manager will support E4E chapters to deliver on E4E’s Theory of Change to improve outcomes for students, particularly those impacted by the opportunity gap, and to elevate the prestige and quality of the teaching profession.
Scope: In this role you will…
Organizing and Advocacy Campaign Planning & Support
- Travel regularly to E4E chapter sites, often requiring extensive stays
- Support chapter staff in the development and execution of local organizing campaigns and programs
- Observe, participate, and direct some field activities of E4E organizing staff with an eye toward identifying individual and collective trends, needs, strengths and areas for improvement
- Run and implement strategies and goals for issue campaigns and engagement initiatives
- Contribute to organizing excellence by disseminating organizing theory and using past success to inform future campaigns
- Assist outreach teams in identifying and supporting teacher leaders to build teams of educators who fight for change
- Help local outreach teams build critical landscape knowledge of unions, partners and education stakeholders
- Work collaboratively across the organization to nurture a winning culture
Content and Material Creation
- Collaborate on program materials, project plans and resources; create presentations and present ideas to small- medium- and large-sized groups of people
- Work closely with the National Organizing and Training Manager to create and facilitate trainings for staff and members
- Systematically solicit and incorporate feedback from all levels of the organization into plans and programs
- Analyze Salesforce data and organizing reports for trends that can help guide future efforts, plans and resources
Develop Leadership Across our Organizing Teams
- Coach and develop members of the organizing team across chapters
- Encourage creative thinking around and support the expansion of organizing strategies and norm best practices
- Research new and innovative organizing models, strategies, and tactics to be implemented at the local level
- Maintain a strong culture across the Organizing Team by leading and modeling through a lens of diversity and inclusiveness
Qualifications and Requirements:
- 4-7 years of professional experience
- Experience working one or more cycles on a political or issue-advocacy campaign
- Union and education experience preferred
- Excellent oral and written communication skills
- Demonstrated ability to work effectively in teams
- Bachelor’s degree required
- Proficiency with G-Suite, Salesforce, and/or Voter Contact Platforms, Salesforce
Transportation: Often works out of the office (or home office);
- Ability to travel as needed, work weekends and unusual hours
- Must possess a valid driver’s license
Core Values: What beliefs do you embody? How do you approach your work?
- Equity: We look for opportunities to redistribute power in response to inequity.
- Achieve Ambitious Goals: We strive to have a transformational impact on the staff, teachers, and students we serve.
- Adjust Course: We take a resilient attitude towards roadblocks and adjust strategies to ensure progress to goal.
- Empowering Feedback: We constantly give observable & actionable feedback in a way that demonstrates belief in our people.
- Communication: You listen actively and respond appropriately.
- Deep Belief in Mission: We believe change is possible, so we equip ourselves to achieve it.
Positional Skills - What can you do well?
- Organizing, Planning and Executing - Sense of urgency and demonstrated self-motivation, ability to work both independently and collaboratively to meet ambitious goals.
- Allocating and Managing Resources A practical ability to get things done; the ability to set clear priorities, delegate, and guide investment in people and systems.
- Building High Performing Teams - Hire high-quality, talent whose strengths match the needs of the work; develops an environment of camaraderie and collaboration that enables teams to meet & exceed goals
- Thinking Holistically & Making Connections - Connects the work to the big picture, identifies opportunities to streamline tactics and integrate streams/functions
- 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
- Influencing & Motivating - Inspires committed and positive action towards accomplishing individual and collective organizational work goals
Functional Knowledge - What do you know a lot about?
- General understanding of the education landscape
- Advanced knowledge of all functional areas of organizing (e.g. campaign organizing, building membership, movement building)
- General knowledge of all functional areas of external affairs (e.g. media & press, writing & public speaking, digital campaigns and marketing)
- Demonstrated past experience with planning and facilitating trainings and meetings
- Working knowledge of contemporary data management practices and innovations that can streamline the campaign process and contribute to the integration of related functions
- Demonstrated track record of leadership with results and the ability to influence others to achieve outcomes, including influencing and motivating teams
- Experience building and supporting an organizing program, including managing organizer
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 $76,603 to $114,905.
*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.
Benefits & Applying
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.
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.
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 EEOC questionnaire as part of your application process. Completing the questionnaire will help ensure our People & Equity team are attracting a diverse pool of qualified candidates for each of our open positions. Please note this information is not included with your application, and our hiring managers do not have access to race and other identifying information at any point in the interviewing or hiring process, including after a hire is made.
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