- Location: Sits on the E4E National Team but is LA-based
- Team: Programs Team
- Posted: 2/15/19
- Hiring Manager: Ruthanne Buck, VP of Programs
- Application deadline: 3/17/19
- FAQ- Read our extensive FAQ in advance of applying
Our nation’s history of racism and oppression have 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 25,000 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.
E4E has realized a number of critical achievements over the past several years, including rapid growth in staff, budget, and impact, and now stands poised to accelerate its progress over the coming five years. As we move forward, we will focus on deepening teacher engagement, developing the vision and tools for transformative teacher leadership, and bringing internal systems to the next level to ensure the organization has the infrastructure, resources, and supports necessary to achieve our goals.
To further our mission of equity in education, we seek a Regional Field Director (RFD) to lead and support the national organizing program across all E4E chapters. The (RFD) reports directly to the Vice President of Programs, and will be responsible for driving campaign-specific programing at the chapter level, overseeing specific bodies of organizing efforts, working with chapters to mobilize members around advocacy asks, and to support efforts to encourage E4E members to actively participate in their unions. Candidates should have a working knowledge of unions and other education stakeholders, an understanding of how these groups operate at the state and local level, and experience with political, issue-based and/or union organizing.
The (RFD) should be able to approach our organizing work from a diversity and inclusiveness lens and should be adept at managing across lines of difference. Candidates should have a strong understanding of the role our social identities play in our work as organizers and managers of organizers and play a leading role in creating an inclusive and diverse community of organizers at E4E.
Written and verbal communication skills are important aspects of this role, so applicants must be clear writers who feel comfortable drafting program proposals, formatting documents, and presenting ideas to small- medium- and large-sized groups of people.
Organizing and Advocacy Campaign Planning & Support (60%)
- Travel regularly to E4E chapter sites, often requiring extensive stays
- Oversee and coordinate 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
- Build teacher leadership programs by helping to identify, cultivate, and support new teacher leaders
- Help local outreach teams build critical landscape knowledge of unions, partners and education stakeholders
- Work collaboratively across the organization to enlist the right staff members and external partners to support the needs of the organizing stream
Content and Material Creation: (15%)
- Draft program proposals, project plans and resources; create presentations and present ideas to small- medium- and large-sized groups of people
- 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 (25%)
- 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
- At least 7+ years of professional experience
- Experience working one or more cycles on a political or issue-advocacy campaigns
- Experience working in a union environment, preferably one with school-based members
- Understanding of the education landscape
- 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 organizers
- Proven ability to produce clear, professional guiding materials in support of programs and proposals
- Demonstrated high-quality writing skills and attention to detail
- Excellent listening, interpersonal and problem solving skills, with a proven ability to navigate difficult conversations effectively
- A self-starter with an entrepreneurial spirit; one who can work independently to achieve goals after receiving broad direction
- Ability to work effectively independently and within a team
- Ability to work independently within the context of a plan
- An excellent project manager
- Ability to travel as needed, work weekends and unusual hours
- Must possess a valid driver’s license
- Microsoft Excel and database (e.g. SalesForce) experience preferred, but not required
Candidates must start the application process no later than March 15th at 5pm ET. 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: After you apply, we will email you an invitation to a one way video interview which needs to be completed by the application deadline of March 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! (Note: Check your SPAM for this email)
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