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 27,000 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 support this work nationally, our National Development Team is hiring a Director of Regional Giving (DRG). The DRG reports directly to the Vice President of Growth Strategy and Development and is an essential link between E4E’s national development team and local chapters’ development efforts. E4E currently fundraises national support from national partners — the Foundations and Individual Giving Leads will manage these partnerships. Additionally, each E4E chapter is working to grow their base of local donors with the aim of being fully sustained by local donors. The local Executive Director and Managing Director of Development are responsible for local fundraising efforts. The DRG reports to the Vice President of Growth Strategy and Development and is an essential bridge between national and local work, ensuring that all chapter and national fundraising staff operate as a cohesive team. The DRG coaches and supports local Executive Directors and Managing Directors of Development in our six chapters; coordinates organization-wide projects between the national and local team; and ensures timely and accurate information-sharing among teams. In some cases, the DRG will also steward external relationships with donors and prospective partners in local communities.
Conduct Strategic Planning and Analysis
- Create a comprehensive, multi-year organization-wide fundraising strategy and coordinate local fundraising efforts
- Develop high-level strategic plans for internal and external work
- Work in partnership with local Executive Directors and Managing Directors of Development to set vision and direction for local fundraising— develop and support local implementation of a multi-year strategy for ambitiously increasing the size and number of gifts
- Coordinate across relevant national streams and local teams to implement integrated fundraising activities
- Collaborate with national and local teams to support the creation of organization-wide communications (i.e. annual report)
- Create systems to codify information and share best practices across chapters
- Create systems to share local updates and information with National Development team members and Co-CEOs when relevant
Build Relationships and Develop Staff
- Guide local fundraising efforts by identify trends to create and execute trainings, learning opportunities and professional development for Executive Directors and Managing Directors of Development
- Coach and support local Executive Directors and Managing Directors of Development in the creation of stewardship plans, the analyzing of data and trends, the identifying of new donors, and the execution of fundraising activities
- Build relationships across chapters and between the national and local teams to create a strong, single fundraising team that simultaneously supports organization-wide and local efforts
- Strategize, coordinate, and support the execution of timely, accurate and compelling interactions with funders in partnership with the Executive Directors, local Managing Directors of Development, the Vice President of Growth Strategy and Development and Co-CEOs.
- Work with the National Development Associates, and Vice President of Growth Strategy and Development to understand new site fundraising landscapes and support execution of new site fundraising efforts
- Serve as main point of national contact for local chapters and help lead the development and communication of organization-wide opportunities for fundraising (online appeals or campaigns) as well as best practices across chapters
- 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
- Manage the planning and execution of frequent meetings with the Board of Directors
- Eight to ten years of professional experience, including roles focused on direct and/or lateral management and advising senior leaders, and at least 4 years of direct fundraising experience
- At least one year of professional experience as a Pre K-12 classroom teacher preferred; some form of teaching, school-based professional experience, student-based professional experience or previous work with educational non-profits required
- A proven track record of success in leading teams and motivating others, in a variety of circumstances, to reach and surpass ambitious goals
- Excellent interpersonal skills and prior experience coaching and developing others to accomplish results
- Exceptional organization skills, high level of efficiency, and ability to manage operations with precision
- Strong project management experience
- Ability and willingness to achieve results through others and laterally manage Senior Leadership Team members as well as peers
- A high sense of urgency and demonstrate self-motivation, a focus on goals, and commitment to high-quality execution
- Commitment to building a base of mission-aligned partners who are excited to bring their diverse resources (ideas, networks, time, skills, and experience, in addition to financial resources) to bear in order to achieve our mission
- Excellent judgment, discretion, and impeccable ethical standards
- Ability to understand the motivations of others, inspire and compel others to action, and quickly build authentic and deep relationships
- Demonstrated ability to produce and deliver clear, concise, formal and informal oral and written communications
- Comfort with traveling to various E4E chapters during the year, up to 40% of travel time
- Knowledge of Microsoft Excel, PowerPoint, and Word required; Adobe Illustrator and database (e.g. SalesForce) experience preferred
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 Jelena Dobic, Vice President of Growth Strategy and Development, 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. Please note that this position can be based out of any of our regional offices. You can learn more about our local chapters here.
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 we serve.