Location: Chicago or New York, preferred
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 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
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.
As a member of the People & Equity team, reporting directly to the Vice President, People & Equity, the Associate, Diversity, Equity & Inclusiveness (DEI) will be charged with executing specific projects outlined in the DEI strategic plan. This person will play a pivotal role in bringing alive the DEI vision and strategy. This will specifically entail coordinating our Diversity Council, its subcommittees, onboarding and development and designing other initiatives.
The ideal candidate for this position will be a constant learner who is energized by opportunities to solve problems, highly self-motivated and can effectively balance collaboration with entrepreneurialism. This person will be joyful, humble and committed to excellence.
Execute against the Diversity, Equity & Inclusiveness strategy, specifically
- Design and/or execute project plans for active DEI initiatives
- Support the development and execution of the Diversity Council scope and sequence in collaboration with the Diversity Council Officers
- Ensure Diversity Council is prepared for meetings with materials in a timely fashion to achieve its objectives
- Ensure the effective execution of in-person DEI events, including but not limited to Rites of Passage, identify-based learning communities, etc.
- Ensure achievement of (and in some cases create) benchmarks for projects such as Diversity Council subcommittees.
- Manage DEI calendar of events and observances
- Develop and execute project plans in response to emerging staff needs
- Capture, organize and report on DEI data
- Identify opportunities to collect demographic data and staff experience data
- Design and implement data collection approaches, such as standardized, post-event surveys, etc.
- Develop and execute plan to report out on DEI data to team leaders, stakeholders and staff to foster clarity and culturally relevant decision-making
- Manage external DEI professional development opportunities tracker
- Design and send team communications in alignment with communication strategy
- Develop a scope and sequence for staff-wide communications about DEI in collaboration with internal communications
- Identify and execute creative ways to engage our staff
- Manage our DEI platform, resources and materials
- Serve as a joyful and positive culture leader
- Exemplify our core values
- Actively seek out the perspectives of staff members
- Build trusting relationships across staff
- Be responsive to staff issues that arise, alerting stakeholders as necessary
- At least 5 years of work experience in diversity or operations role
- The ability to travel roughly four times each year
- A Bachelor’s degree
- Demonstrated multicultural competence
- Certification in diversity, equity and/or inclusiveness
We are seeking a leader who possesses:
- Ability to develop and utilize systems to manage and track high volume workflow on tight timelines
- Ability to collect, organize and report diversity, equity and inclusiveness data to promote action
- Ability to laterally manage, influence and motivate others to achieve outcomes
- Keen attention to detail
- Outstanding and dynamic written and verbal communication skills
- Strong judgment and decision-making and ability to responsibly manage sensitive information
- Strength in working collaboratively with teams
- Flexibility and openness to maintain a solutions-orientation in an ever-changing environmen
- High emotional intelligence and interpersonal skills
- Professional maturity
- Commitment to constantly learn and grow in diverse ways to improve practice and outcomes
- The consistent ability to remain flexible, calm under pressure and adaptive to change as priorities shift
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 Stacey Mitchell, VP of People and Equity and should include a resume and cover letter. Internal applicants should also submit the internal interview project with their application. 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.