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Chief of Staff to the Co-CEOs

Location: New York, NY Preferred; flexible to Boston, Chicago, Minnesota, Connecticut or Los Angeles

Team: National Office of the Co-CEOs

Hiring Manager: Evan Stone and Sydney Morris, Co-Founders and Co-CEOs

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 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
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
As a key member of the Senior Leadership Team, the Chief of Staff will report directly to the Co-Founders and Co-CEOs and assume a critical role in driving the organization’s short and long-term priorities. The Chief of Staff’s (COS’) responsibilities will include oversight and execution of E4E’s annual impact planning processes while ensuring smooth day-to-day operations. The COS will oversee the 4-person team supporting the Co-CEOs, managing the team to excellence in support of the Co-CEOs. The COS will manage standing meetings and retreats with the Senior Leadership Team and E4E’s internal communication systems, working closely with Co-CEOs to ensure the organization’s structures and processes adapt to meet the needs of a growing team. Finally, the COS will own high-priority organizational projects that cut across different teams and work streams.

Responsibilities

Strategic Long-Term Planning, Vision Setting and Execution

  • Set the high-level vision and create the systems for Senior Leadership Team members and local chapters to develop comprehensive, high quality long-term local and national annual impact plans
  • Ensure that annual strategic plans for chapters and national work streams are developed in tandem, align with and leverage each other in meeting the organization’s goals and driving towards E4E’s mission
  • Develop efficient and effective systems to monitor progress and hold chapters and national work streams accountable to goals

Internal Communications and Systems Building

  • Establish new and modify current internal communications systems across the organization so that local chapters and national teams streamline the sharing of information, best practices and processes, and all team members have the most up-to-date information and feel connected to the larger team and mission
  • Ensure that as E4E grows, its internal structures, processes and communication systems maximize efficiency and productivity
  • Develop and maintain a long-term calendar for the organization and ensure that E4E meets major benchmarks
  • Plan and execute events and meetings that bring together Senior Leadership Team members across the organization to share information including, but not limited to, step-backs, retreats, team gatherings, etc., collaborating closely with other national work streams
  • Develop and manage day-to-day Senior Leadership Team communication, meetings and project planning to ensure no national stream or chapter operates in a silo and the interconnectedness of projects are realized and leveraged

Day-to-Day Management of the Office of the Co-CEOs

  • Work closely with both Co-CEOs to support strong execution in their roles and ensure they spend their time in the most efficient and strategic ways; Manage up to support and maintain project timelines and anticipate their needs before they arise
  • Directly manage all members of the Office of the Co-CEOs (OCC), including the Program Associate, Project Manager, and Executive Assistant(s), and ensure the group is working in tandem to provide the highest level of support to Co-CEOs and the organization
  • Work with the Executive Assistant(s) to strategically manage the Co-CEOs’ calendars, such that they reflect their greatest priorities on a daily, weekly and monthly basis
  • Build relationships and foster a sense of team in a high-performing, fast-paced work atmosphere
  • Develop and manage the day-to-day decision-making process between the Co-CEOs and Senior Leadership Team
  • Assess E4E’s critical projects and initiatives on a consistent (weekly and monthly) basis and ensure that the Senior Leadership Team and Co-CEOs prioritize the most critical projects that drive the organization to achieve its short and long-term goals
  • Work with the Co-CEOs and other members of the Senior Leadership Team to manage the planning and execution of frequent meetings with the Board of Directors

Special Projects

  • Direct and execute high-level organizational projects that cut across work streams including professional development opportunities and other special projects, closely collaborating with other Senior Leadership Team members
  • Coordinate and monitor complex national projects/initiatives that impact multiple work streams to ensure they are aligned with other organizational priorities, occur in a timely fashion and are effectively rolled out/implemented

Qualifications

  • At least 5-7 years of professional experience in strategic planning, special projects and/or chief of staff-type roles
  • Deep experience working with senior leadership to drive forward key priorities and a track record of results when managing complex projects/initiatives; ability to drive action individually and through others to meet deadlines and achieve results
  • Ability to work autonomously, in ambiguous situations with little direction, running towards problems without being asked; solutions-oriented with strong judgment for the right course of action in any given situation
  • One year of K-12 classroom teaching, school or student-based professional experience or previous work with educational non-profits highly preferred
  • Exceptional critical and strategic thinking skills; adept at looking at challenges and executing multi-pronged solutions in collaboration with others, ideally in a fast-paced, growth oriented, entrepreneurial environment
  • Impeccable execution skills and experience navigating complex processes and building out, creating, implementing and improving upon organizational systems
  • Experience successfully planning and executing high-stakes meetings, retreats and step-backs
  • Deep experience with direct and lateral management
  • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills; ability to write compellingly in another person’s “voice”
  • Demonstrated and proven ability to build relationships across lines of difference, influence, motivate and inspire others
  • An orientation towards servant-leadership, thriving on helping others be their best selves and anticipating their needs before they are communicated
  • The consistent ability to remain flexible, calm under pressure and adaptive to change as priorities shift, acting as a model for the Office of the Co-CEOs and the organization at large

Moreover, all E4E candidates will have a/an:

  • Empathy for, understanding of, and respect for the teaching profession
  • Deep commitment to the core values of E4E and passion for students, improving education, and closing the opportunity gap
  • Political savvy and keen interest in/understanding of education policy, the education reform movement broadly, and the power and politics of the education landscape both locally and nationally
  • Tenacity, grit and the ability to take initiative and thrive in a fast-paced, entrepreneurial start-up environment
  • Ability and eagerness to go above and beyond and do whatever it takes to get the job done and meet/exceed goals, including working frequent weekday evenings and some weekends

Benefits

Salary for this position is commensurate with experience. In addition, a comprehensive benefits package is included. See more information about our benefits here.

Educators for Excellence is an equal opportunity employer. We predominantly partner with low-income communities of color. Therefore, though race and other legally protected characteristics are never used to make final hiring decisions, we place a particular focus on recruiting staff members who share the backgrounds of our communities.

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