Organizing Associate (Deadline — September 3rd)

  • Location: Open to any chapter location
  • Application Deadline: September 3rd, 2019
  • Posted on: August 13th
  • Hiring ManagerAllie Ebner

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 34,000 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

Through our chapters in communities across the country, we provide opportunities for teachers to stay informed, expand their leadership, connect with colleagues and decision-makers, and advocate for change.

The Opportunity

Reporting to the National Director of Organizing and Training on the National Team, the Organizing Associate will be responsible for supporting the work of the Organizing and Training Teams overall. 


Coach Organizers:

  • Provide in-person coaching and feedback to Organizers
  • Build on in-person support with remote coaching, development, and follow-up
  • Support newer organizers in understanding organizing and developing their skills and “organizer voice” while helping more veteran organizers continue to build on their experiences and strengths and see opportunities for growth.  

Build Community Amongst Organizers:

  • Identify opportunities to bring organizers together to learn, grow and strengthen a community of organizing practice
  • Coordinate monthly National Organizing Calls
  • Share exciting organizing work and innovations across chapters to nurture cross-chapter collaboration and growth

Develop and Distribute Organizing Resources:

  • Help create high quality, detailed, clear materials (presentations, worksheets, how-to guides, templates) that support high-quality organizing and campaign work, and ensure that these resources get into the hands of those who need them.

Help to Plan, Prepare, and Deliver Major Trainings and Events:

  • Help plan and execute the content, materials and logistical aspects of national E4E training and professional development events, such as OD Onboarding, Union Candidate Trainings, and Organizing Team gatherings

Serve as a Bridge between Organizers and the National Programs Team:

  • Identify trends, exciting work and needs in the field to share with chapter leadership and the national Programs Team
  • Communicate with Organizers about Program Teamwork and initiatives


  • Required:
    • Experience in grassroots organizing; or working on political, electoral and/or advocacy campaigns
    • One of the following experiences: at least one year as a Pre-K-12 classroom teacher; some form of teaching, school-based professional experience, student-based professional experience or previous work with non-profits.
    • The ability to travel often (up to twice a month) to other chapter locations
    • Demonstrated ability to coach and develop others
  • Preferred:
    • Significant experience training and facilitating others, ideally in a political organizing or public education context
    • Highly organized, a strong communicator and adept at creating strong systems of organization
    • Proven ability to produce high quality, clear and professional material and agendas, along with supporting worksheets and documents
    • Adept with Word, PowerPoint, Excel, including stylistic and formatting abilities
    • Kindness, tenacity, creativity, and the ability to take initiative and thrive in a fast-paced and unstructured environment

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


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.


Candidates must start the application process no later than Thursday, August 30th.

  • Step 1: 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, so please take the time to respond thoughtfully.   
  • Step 2: Video Interview: Select candidates will be invited to record a one-way video interview which needs to be completed by the application deadline of September 3rd @ 11pm CT. 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! (Note: Check your SPAM for this email).
  • Step 3 & 4: In-person Interviews: Four finalists will be invited to interview with the hiring committee in-person (or over video conference) if necessary. In advance of your interview, you will be asked to submit a short performance task, that will be utilized during your interview day.

Educators for Excellence is an equal opportunity employer. We predominantly partner with low-income 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 our communities

Full Time