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Managing Director of Outreach, 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 help shift 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, our Chicago team is hiring a Managing Director of Outreach (MDO). Reporting to the Executive Director, the MDO will develop and implement E4E’s organizing model for the local chapter, with a focus on building E4E’s membership, developing members’ leadership skills, and tracking progress to inform strategy. The Managing Director will directly manage one to two Senior Outreach Directors who coach, support and manage a team of Outreach Directors. With the support of the Executive Director, the MDO will oversee the training and development of the entire outreach team. The Managing Director of Outreach will ensure that Senior Outreach Directors leverage best practices as they manage Outreach Directors to build and deepen relationships with teachers. The MDO will also work closely with the Managing Director of External Affairs to help teachers learn about, network around, and take action on policy issues. 

As the successful candidate,

You will:

Designing and Implementing Organizing Strategy

  • Set E4E-Chicago organizing vision and strategy, including the identification of target schools; the allocation of staff and other resources; and the development issue-based campaigns
  • Refine our organizing tactics to build membership, increase teacher engagement in our advocacy campaigns and transform educators into organizers
  • Strengthen team strategy by tracking and analyzing membership growth and engagement, conducting sound data analysis and ensuring data integrity
  • Build relationships with key education stakeholders across the state on behalf of E4E, identifying shared stances and strategic opportunities for E4E to collaborate with other organizations

Management and Leadership

  • Embody E4E’s core values and model organizational stewardship for the outreach team and for the organization more broadly
  • Recruit, lead, coach, and retain our outreach team by directly managing two Senior Outreach Directors who support thirteen Outreach Directors
  • Ensure the team’s professional growth and development in order to implement our local campaigns successfully
  • Maintain strong culture across the outreach team by managing through a lens of diversity and inclusion, and equipping Senior Outreach Directors with the skills and resources to do so in their management
  • Encourage creative thinking around and support the expansion of organizing strategies and norm best practices

You have:

  • A Bachelor’s degree and 7+ years of professional experience, including managing through layers, preferably in issue-based organizing campaigns
  • Track-record of successfully setting vision and direction for a team, and directly managing, coaching and developing a diverse team to achieve ambitious results
  • Exceptional organization skills, high level of efficiency, and ability to manage at the macro and micro level with precision
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills, cultural competence, and demonstrated ability to influence and motivate others, and cultivate trusting relationships with staff and key stakeholders from diverse backgrounds
  • Adept at navigating a fast-paced, entrepreneurial environment, and an ability to manage complexity and moving parts with ease
  • Microsoft Excel and database (e.g. SalesForce) experience strongly preferred
  • Knowledge of the key players and issues impacting the IL educational landscape
  • Must be willing to travel across Chicago frequently, with occasional state-wide travel

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.

Applications can be addressed to Acasia Wilson Feinberg, Executive Director - Chicago and should include a resume cover letter highlighting relevant experience. 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.

 

 

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