View Our Website View All Jobs

Program Coordinator, Chicago

About Us

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

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

Through our work, we provide an opportunity to undo an inequitable educational system caused by systems of oppression.  E4E has expanded to six chapters across the country since 2010 and is looking this year to deepen in impact and excellence. Therefore, we focus advancement on increasing excellence within roles so that each employee’s work directly impacts our mission and vision.

To further our mission of equity in education, we seek a Program Coordinator (PC) to support the E4E-Chicago chapter. The PC reports directly to the Chief of Staff, and will support the rapid growth of Educators for Excellence-Chicago by providing high-level administrative and logistical support and ensuring that the Office of the Executive Director is efficient, effective and impactful. The Program Coordinator will focus on flexibly by responsively addressing day-to-day and longer-term needs to sustain E4E’s efforts in Chicago, while developing new systems and maintaining current systems to keep operations and larger initiatives running effectively. This is an ideal role for someone with previous executive assistant or support experience looking to transition to a mission-driven organization.

You Will:

Executive Support:

  • Support the Executive Director of E4E-Chicago including: scheduling and calendar management, managing internal and external scheduling requests, as well as book and prepare travel itineraries
  • Respond to e-mail and phone inquires on behalf of the chapter or the Executive Director
  • Write briefings for meetings, events, and travel for the Executive Director
  • Assist the Executive Director and Managing Directors with general research
  • Support the Executive Director in development work, including prospecting, communications tracking, scheduling and meeting preparation

Team support and office management:

  • Provide support in areas such as information technology, purchasing, brand management, marketing, administration and finance, with assistance from national team members
  • Facilitate successful transitions for new staff members, including leading local training sessions
  • Develop, maintain and improve office systems and operations to enhance collaboration, efficiency and productivity
  • Coordinate aspects of office accounting, event and program budgeting, billing, staff expenditures and reimbursements
  • Represent E4E-Chicago to local and national vendors and partners, and seek out new vendors as needed
  • Boost team culture by creating opportunities for team building and staff appreciation

Program and Project Management:

  • In collaboration with the chapter’s Outreach Team and Managing Director of Policy, plan and organize logistical details for chapter large events (100+ attendees) and programs
  • Support chapter Outreach Directors and teacher leaders with executing logistical details for chapter small events and regular programs, including Teacher Policy Teams and School Team Leaders
  • Contribute to a strong team culture through designing and implementing chapter-specific programs, trainings, and events, as well as national internal initiatives
  • Work with the National Team’s Operations Associate to identify and implement best practices, and to spearhead internal knowledge management initiatives

You Have:

  • Prior experience supporting executives and a desire to work in a mission-driven environment
  • An interest in precision and getting things right
  • Stellar organization and logistics skills, multi-tasking skills, and attention to detail
  • Discretion and judgment about overall priorities, day-to-day tasks, and sensitive conversations
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving abilities, with an eye toward building and strengthening processes and seeking solutions from a wide variety of sources
  • A deep curiosity and excitement to learn and figure things out coupled with an ability to be flexible in a fast paced work environment
  • Proficiency in most of the following platforms: Google Mail, Calendar, and Docs/Drive; Dropbox; Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint; Salesforce (preferred)
  • Experience developing systems and structures to meet the needs of a growing team
  • Experience in project management; track record of success in executive support highly preferred

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

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 Alysha Daytner, Chief of Staff, E4E-Chicago, 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 our communities.

Read More

Apply for this position

Required*
Apply with Indeed
Attach resume as .pdf, .doc, or .docx (limit 2MB) or Paste resume

Paste your resume here or Attach resume file