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.
E4E has realized a number of critical achievements over the past several years, including rapid growth in staff, budget, and impact, and now stands poised to accelerate its progress over the coming five years. As we move forward, we will focus on deepening teacher engagement, developing the vision and tools for transformative teacher leadership, and bringing internal systems to the next level to ensure the organization has the infrastructure, resources, and supports necessary to achieve our goals.
The Connecticut chapter is hiring a Managing Director of External Affairs (MDX). Reporting to the Executive Director of E4E-Connecticut the MDX will work with teachers to learn about and contribute actively to district and state policy discussions affecting their classrooms and careers while leading the communications and partner outreach efforts. The MDX will lead E4E-Connecticut’s Policy Team Program — groups of E4E current classroom teachers who study, produce a policy brief on, and inform advocacy around a policy issue. The MDX help teachers learn about and advocate for teacher-selected policy issues, and ensure that teachers’ voices are heard by key stakeholders. The MDX will oversee E4E-Connecticut’s media relations, member communications, and external partnerships, coordinating closely with the national E4E External Affairs team.
Manage Membership and Stakeholder Communications:
- Prepare the strategic communications plan for E4E-Connecticut, the narrative and encompassing advocacy campaigns
- In coordination with the national External Affairs team, communicate the latest relevant E4E-Connecticut’s news and district and state education policy information to members and stakeholders through E4E’s blog, email, social media, and in conversations with members
- Coach staff members on articulating and facilitating conversations on current policy issues with teachers
- Engage teachers in articulating their feedback on education policy issues through social media, letters to the editor, op eds, blog posts and other appropriate media.
Policy Formulation and Strategy:
- Collaborate with E4E-Connecticut teachers to formulate organizational policy stances on current education issues and proposed district and state laws or policies in ways that elevate student outcomes and the teaching profession, in line with E4E’s Declaration of Teacher Principles and Beliefs
- Collaborate with the National Director of Communications to craft and execute messaging for policy stances as well as author and edit media stories for publication
- In partnership with the Local Leadership Team, devise chapter-wide advocacy plans in response to current policy issues; collaborate with the National Manager of Policy and MDXs in other E4E chapters on national educational policy issues and programming
- Lead E4E-Connecticut’s Policy Teams by recruiting and selecting members; developing a curriculum to help teachers learn about and discuss an issue affecting their classrooms and careers; leading team meetings; helping teams prepare, write about, and publish their recommendations; and leading advocacy campaigns around their recommendations
Lead on Partnerships and Advocacy:
- Build relationships with local and state education policy organizations, advocacy organizations, and other key stakeholders on behalf of E4E-Connecticut, identifying shared stances and strategic opportunities for E4E-Connecticut to collaborate with other organizations
- Engage key lawmakers, staffers, lobbyists, and administrative district, state, and/or federal officials in the work and member voices of the E4E-Connecticut chapter
- Plan and coordinate large E4E-Connecticut policy events (such as panel discussions and guest speaker series), connecting teachers with key local and state policymakers
Manage Media Relations:
- Keep informed about local, state and national education policy and political events
- In coordination with the Executive Director and the National Director of Communications, build relationships with local education reporters and bloggers; prepare press statements and media advisories for E4E-Connecticut, as needed; and pitch local reporters.
- At least five years of professional experience
- Previous communications, education policy, education legislative, campaign/community organizing, and/or advocacy experience
- Prior experience managing communications campaigns, with experience envisioning and creating action plans to achieve desired policy outcomes
- Experience with media outreach and preparing press statements, op eds and letters to the editor
- Bachelor’s degree
- Experience working within the education landscape
- Demonstrated high-quality writing skills and attention to detail
- Experience with writing advocacy and informational emails, social media posts (Twitter and Facebook) and blogs
- Experience with qualitative and quantitative research and data analysis
- An ability to help teachers discover and articulate links between individual classroom experiences and systemic issues
- An exceptional ability to cultivate and develop relationships and networks, especially around education issues
- Deep knowledge of education policy issues at the district and state levels in Connecticut, and an exceptional ability to synthesize and communicate such issues to diverse stakeholders through conversations and in writing
- Demonstrated track record of leadership with results and the ability to influence others to achieve outcomes, including influencing and motivating teams
- A self-starter with an entrepreneurial spirit; one who can work independently to achieve goals after receiving broad direction
- Proven track record and ability to organize, plan and execute multiple streams of work, meet deadlines and maintain timely correspondence/follow up
- Microsoft Excel and database (e.g. SalesForce) experience preferred, but not required
Moreover, all E4E staff 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 Justin Boucher, Executive Director, and should include a resume and cover letter, and writing sample. 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