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Educators 4 Excellence Manager of Special Projects, External Affairs in New York, New York

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 33,000 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.

The Opportunity

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. 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.

As part of this work, E4E is launching a full-time, short-term position (one year), on the External Affairs team to support several critical national initiatives over the next year. Reporting directly to the VP of External Affairs (VPEA), the Manager of Special Projects will project manage the roll out of E4E?s second national teacher survey, Voices from the Classroom, including the subsequent round tables, speaking engagements, and national teacher town hall to ensure this project influences the national conversation about teachers perspectives. Additionally, this position will support E4E?s national campaign on Teacher Diversity, Reimagine Represent: Strengthening Education through Diversity, as well as other critical External Affairs projects to uplift the voices of educators across the country and strengthen E4E?s brand.

Over the last nine years, E4E has built a membership of over 33,000 teachers and a strong brand. This position is critical to capitalizing on E4E?s momentum and the unique moment in time to ensure the voices and perspectives of E4E members, our national survey, and our national campaign can shift education policy to improve outcomes for historically marginalized students and uplift the teaching profession. Currently a team of 7 FTEs (with dotted lines to 6 additional FTEs engaged in local external affairs activities in our six chapters), E4E?s National External Affairs team is seeking to add dedicated, short-term (one year) capacity for the planning and execution of a variety of enterprise-wide special projects that will help us improve our impact and capitalize on the important conversations that occur during a presidential election year.

The new Manager of Special Projects will be a seasoned and detail-oriented project manager; an entrepreneurial systems-thinker; and a strong internal and external communicator with an orientation toward action. This role is currently funded for the calendar year 2020 and there is the potential for extending this position beyond the current one-year time period.

You will:

  • Partner with the VPEA to develop a comprehensive, year-long plan, to roll out Voices for the Classroom.

  • To achieve this goal, the Manager of Special Projects will work across the external affairs team and in coordination with chapter staff and other national teams to ensure the plan both supports our national and local campaigns

  • In coordination with the VPEA and the Director of Policy and Partnerships, manage the National Teacher Diversity Campaign to improve national and chapter coordination and support the ongoing engagement of E4E?s partner organizations.

  • Coordinate the additional projects of the external affairs team, including national Teacher Policy Teams, advocacy campaigns, and other activities.

  • Create systems to codify information, improve workflows and address pain points on the external affairs team and in the support of E4E?s six chapters.

  • Oversee team-wide learning and agendas, including conceiving and planning for monthly calls and annual retreat for all external affairs staff (national and chapter).

  • Manage internal communications and necessary reports related to all external affairs? projects.

  • Provide strategic advice and support to the VPEA relating to the planning and execution of convenings of E4E members, team meetings, and other team events.

  • Liaise with the Office of the Co-CEOs on critical projects and initiatives on a consistent basis in order to ensure prioritization of the most critical projects that drive the organization to achieve its short and long-term goals.

  • Work with the VPEA to understand new site fundraising landscapes and support execution of new site fundraising efforts, as organizational needs and plans dictate.

  • All E4E external affairs staff members, no matter their function or level, are expected to be able to: 1) speak on E4E?s mission, programs, and impact with comfort, knowledge, and passion, and 2) engage with E4E members and other stakeholders as needed at events, site visits, and meetings.

You Are:

  • A seasoned project manager with three to seven years of experience at increasing levels of responsibility, including accountability for large events, complex projects, and both internal and external communication;

  • A thinker, planner, and doer?you want to create the strategy and then roll up your sleeves to execute it?and an exceptional project manager with experience leading multiple, complex strategic projects at the same time;

  • A strong writer for multiple audiences, with a keen eye for detail;

  • A natural relationship builder who is comfortable collaborating with internal and external stakeholders at all levels;

  • Fundamentally mission-driven, with a clear and demonstrated passion for educational change (and an interest in getting others excited about E4E?s vision for creating transformational change from within the education system);

  • A next-level communicator adept at influencing others through a variety of communications mediums;

  • Able to demonstrate a high sense of urgency and self-motivation, a focus on goals, and commitment to high-quality execution;

  • Comfortable with traveling to various E4E chapters during the year, on an as needed basis (estimated <20% of time); and

  • Professionally aligned to our work, with at least one year of professional experience in communications, education policy, or the education nonprofit sector, including K-12/higher education; school-based professional experience, or student-based professional experience.

Moreover, all E4E staff 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.

Applications can be addressed to Kris Havens, Vice President of External Affairs, and should include a resume and cover letter. Please ensure that all materials address relevant experience and your understanding of how this position connects to the overall mission of E4E.

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 the communities where we work.