National Policy Manager
Application Deadline: ongoing
Role Tier: 3 - Manager
America’s history of racism and oppression has 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 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.
Lead and advance the org-wide policy agenda and national policy priorites:
- Build the organization’s policy agenda and create buy-in and understanding of these policy priorities and usage of the agenda throughout the organization and with key external partners.
- In coordination with the Organizing & Field Team, co-lead the National Teacher Leadership Team as key advisors on our policy agenda, Teacher Survey, union strategy, and potential national campaigns.
- Monitor, advise, and move forward on opportunities to advance the organizational agenda at the chapter and federal level.
- Plan and execute the National Teacher Survey survey partnerships plan.
- Draft and/or review national & local communications collateral to ensure accuracy and policy alignment.
Support the policy knowledge and learning of the E4E team:
- Create and execute on a scope & sequence of trainings and resources for different roles around relevant policy topics tied to our national policy agenda and skill sets needed to spread the ownership of policy across the organization.
- Support chapters to analyze their local union, contract, and key policy debates for policy agenda alignment in order to identify opportunities for campaigns geared at transforming union policies and leadership.
- Support Digital Communication Manager onboarding by creating and delivering high quality trainings and ongoing coaching related to our key policy topics.
- Directly coach chapter staff in relevant skills re: policy writing/research, selecting targets, policy and political levers, etc. as needed.
- Review and sign off on key chapter policy collateral, such as policy recommendations, memos, letters to public officials, etc.
Advance key partnerships:
- Participate in key coalitions and working groups that will ensure E4E is positioned to weigh in on key policy debates related to our organizational agenda.
- Assess and respond to partnership requests to support the our policy agenda nationally and locally
- Monitor national policy developments to ID and recommend aligned, high-impact opportunities for national actions aligned to the organizational agenda.
- At least 5 or more years of relevant experience in public affairs, education policy, education research, or legislative advocacy, preferably on issues related to equity
- Knowledge of policy recommendations that aim to reduce disparities among public schools and student achievement as well as knowledge of the challenges facing education policymakers
- An ability to analyze how policy proposals may impact E4E and our work with teachers
- Professional experience or previous work with policy or legislative advocacy
- Strong writing, editing, proofreading skills that reflect impeccable attention to detail
- Strong time management and prioritization skills with a record of results in meeting deadlines on time
- Demonstrated ability to produce and deliver clear, concise, formal and informal oral and written communications to a variety of audiences
- A bachelor’s degree in political science, public affairs, or communications preferred
- Exceptional organization skills, high level of efficiency, and ability to manage operations and multiple projects at one time with precision
- Discretion, judgment, and flexibility about overall priorities, day-to-day tasks, and sensitive conversations
- Strong written and verbal communications skills
- Goal-oriented, self-motivated and committed to producing high-quality work products and outcomes
Moreover, all E4E staff must 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
- 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
- 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
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.