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Organizing Associate

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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.

The Opportunity

Reporting to the Organizing Manager on the National Team, the Organizing Associate will be responsible for supporting the work of the Organizing Manager, and the Organizing and Training Teams overall, especially in 1) developing and distributing organizing resources, 2) coaching Outreach Directors in basic and advanced organizing tactics and strategies and 3) helping to plan, prepare, and deliver major annual training initiatives. The role will include substantial travel to E4E chapters, shadowing ODs and providing feedback and guidance, creating content (presentations, worksheets, planning templates, agendas) to support chapters, devising surveys of staff needs, hosting trainings in person and online and, for major training events, helping plan and execute training content and logistics (space, food, travel, supplies).                                   

You will:

Create content:

  • Create high quality, detailed, clear materials (presentations, worksheets, how-to guides, templates) that can aid chapter campaigns and initiatives
  • Work collaboratively across the organization to enlist the right staff members and others to participate in the creation and delivery of materials when appropriate
  • Develop surveys to solicit feedback and expectations around trainings and other programs

Coach staff and provide feedback:

  • Periodically travel to E4E chapter sites to support and observe, and to ascertain needs
  • Provide in-person coaching and feedback to Outreach directors in the field
  • Isolate trends observed in specific chapters or at E4E overall and note those trends for the chapter leadership and the national Programs team

Execute events:

  • Along with other E4E national staff, help plan and execute the content and logistical aspects of national E4E training and professional development events
  • Create materials and systems to support E4E in the logistical needs for such events

Support and conduct trainings:

  • Conduct occasional online and in-person trainings for staff and members to build skills and foster leadership development
  • Develop staff members and volunteers across departments to be excellent trainers by involving them in the training creation and implementation process, providing feedback, and by establishing training practice as a norm

You have:

Required:

  • One of the following experiences: at least one year as a Pre-K-12 classroom teacher; some form of teaching, school-based professional experience, student-based professional experience or previous work with educational non-profits
  • Experience working on or with political, electoral and/or advocacy campaigns
  • The ability to travel often to other chapter locations

Preferred

  • Significant experience training and facilitating others, ideally in a political organizing or public education context
  • Proven ability to produce high quality, clear and professional material and agendas, along with supporting worksheets and documents
  • Demonstrated ability to coach and develop others
  • Adept with Word, PowerPoint, Excel, including stylistic and formatting abilities
  • Highly organized, a strong communicator and adept at creating strong systems of organization
  • Tenacity, grit and the ability to take initiative and thrive in a fast-paced and unstructured environment

 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 Felicia Butts, Organizing Manager 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.

 

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