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Executive Assistant

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
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. 

The Opportunity
Since 2010, E4E has expanded to six chapters across the country and is emerging from a period of rapid growth to now focus on building and refining our internal systems and communications so all staff are well-positioned to accomplish their goals. Reporting directly to the national Chief of Staff, the Executive Assistant (EA) will provide vital administrative support to three senior leaders, enabling them to maximize their time and focus on critical priorities. The EA will be an experienced support professional with a strong attention to detail and customer service orientation, and an ability to manage multiple projects and competing priorities with grace and humor. 

Based out of our national headquarters in New York City, the EA will support the Co-Founder/Co-CEO, the Vice President of External Affairs, and the head of Training and Organizing.  Responsibilities will primarily focus on completing day-to-day administrative tasks including, but not limited to, heavy calendar management, booking travel, and managing expenses. Additional work streams may include refining systems to assist executives’ ability to function effectively and efficiently, and completing other special projects as needed. The EA will play a lead role in coordinating internal communications across both the Programs and External Affairs teams, managing logistics for both in-person and virtual team events, and providing administrative support for these senior leaders.  

You Will:

Provide exceptional executive support (75%):

  • Support three national senior leaders with administrative support, including scheduling meetings, conference calls, maintaining calendars, arranging travel, managing correspondence, and processing reimbursements and expenditures 
  • Draft and manage a high volume of correspondence to internal and external constituents on behalf of the Co-Founder/Co-CEO and VPs as needed   
  • Build and maintain strong working relationships with Program Coordinators, Assistants, and other operations staff
  • Prepare materials, research, and background information for team retreats; arrange complex and detailed travel plans, itineraries, and agendas, assuming responsibilities for all logistics
  • Manage workflow for the Co-Founder/Co-CEO and VPs to ensure that priorities align to required capacity 

Support special projects (25%):

  • Support the execution of high level organizational projects that cut  across  work  streams in close collaboration with Senior Leadership Team members

You Have:
Required:

  • 4-5 years of executive-level support experience 

Highly preferred

  • Bachelor’s degree 
  • Deep interest in the behind-the-scenes workings of organizations
  • Exceptional organization skills, a high level of efficiency, and an ability to manage operations of multiple projects simultaneously with precision
  • Discretion, strong judgment, and flexibility about overall priorities, day-to-day tasks, and sensitive conversations
  • Exceptional written and verbal communications skills
  • Ability to understand the motivations of others, inspire and compel others to action, and quickly build authentic and deep relationships
  • Proficiency in most of the following platforms: Google Mail, Calendar, and Docs/Drive; Box; Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint; Salesforce is a plus

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 Nisha Dass, Chief of Staff, and should include a resume, 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.

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