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Educators 4 Excellence Deputy Director, Campaigns in Chicago, Illinois

Hiring Manager: Stacy MooreLocation: Chicago, IL (temporarily remote due to COVID-19)Application Deadline: Sunday, October 18th

About Us

Our nation?s history of racism and oppression has led to inequities across all 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 35,000 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

The problem of educational inequity is a problem of power. There is not enough political power lined up behind policies that promote an excellent, equitable education to make the changes that need to be made. Teachers are an enormous source of potential power. Few constituencies care more about equity for students than the teachers who have dedicated their lives to educating them. Teachers can be power-builders -- they have direct relationships with other constituencies with the greatest interest: parents and students themselves. This creates a need for an organization such as E4E that can do two things:

  • Create a source of teacher power that can push for excellence and equity.

  • Align the existing power of a teachers union to push for excellence and equity.

The OpportunitySince launching the chapter in 2014, E4E-Chicago has built a large and diverse base of over 7,500 educator members across our city who are dedicated to ensuring all students have access to an excellent, equitable education. E4E-Chicago takes enormous pride in authentically engaging those members as leaders within and outside of their buildings. Within schools, we know that educators are the largest factor promoting stronger academic outcomes for kids and that students across all communities, particularly those in communities experiencing the negative impacts of inequity and systemic racism over many years, need consistent access to high-quality educators, resources, and supports. Beyond the classroom, we believe educators who see the impact of inequity firsthand are the strongest and most credible advocates for change and shaping a future vision for our city. For this reason, E4E-Chicago has always relied heavily on the experience and expertise of our educators, putting them in the driver?s seat as we select issues, craft recommendations, build strategies, elevate leaders, and execute on advocacy efforts that are all in service of advancing both equity and excellence for every student in Chicago.

Educators for Excellence, Chicago is seeking a Deputy Director, Campaigns to serve as a senior leader on the team and drive the strategy and execution of all chapter-level campaign work in order to increase E4E-Chicago?s impact on elevating the education profession and improving outcomes for all students in Chicago.

The position of Deputy Director, Campaigns is a deeply rewarding opportunity to work with both E4E-Chicago?s team and educator members by leveraging campaign, organizing, and management skills. A leader in this role will contribute to the impact of our team by creating a vision for our campaigns that is aligned with our organizational theory of change. This will require creating engaging issue based campaigns and supporting E4E members who are interested in pursuing leadership in their unions to ensure they are democratic, diverse, and student-focused. This individual should have deep knowledge of how multiple pieces of a campaign (ie strategy, messaging, field, etc.) come together to achieve wins and a passion for managing individuals and teams towards impact.In this role, you will report directly to the E4E-Chicago Executive Director. You will manage the work of two teams within the chapter - External Affairs and Organizing & Field - with the Managing Director of External Affairs and four Outreach Directors reporting to you (a total of five direct reports). The Deputy Director, Campaigns will serve as a member of the Local Leadership Team and will hold significant responsibility in ensuring the overall success and sustainability of the chapter, ultimately serving as second in command to the Executive Director.

Responsibilities

In this role you will:

  • Create the vision, goals and strategy for all chapter-level campaigns that brings together multiple functional areas such as organizing & field, communications, digital, policy, partnerships, etc. to change education policy and push unions to be more democratic, diverse, and student focused.

  • Build comprehensive campaign plans and successfully align and manage two streams of work within the chapter, External Affairs and Organizing & Field (a total of 5 team members), in the execution of chapter-based campaigns and goals

  • Set goals and expectations for direct reports and support their performance and ongoing professional development

  • Collaborate with national teams and other chapters to incorporate best practices and expertise in communications, policy, digital, and organizing into Chicago campaigns

  • Support team-wide engagement and retention across the Chicago chapter through thoughtful engagement in vision setting, strategic planning and staff development

  • Serve as a member of the local leadership team, strategic advisor, and second-in-command to the Executive Director of E4E-Chicago

Requirements

As the ideal candidate you have:

  • 7-10 years of professional experience

  • Prior experience working on electoral and/or political campaigns and professional experience in one of the following fields:

  • Community Organizing

  • Advocacy Campaigns

  • Prior experience with campaign management and/or a deep understanding of campaign tactics and strategies, including how to write and execute a field plan

  • Prior experience leading a team in a fast paced environment, ideally one with an organizing or advocacy focus

  • Prior experience effectively managing multiple streams of work

  • Prior experience setting and managing a budget

  • Comfort working within a National/Local organization model

  • Exceptional communication and collaboration skills

  • A coaching style that empowers others to thrive and do their best work

  • Proficiency with G-Suite, Salesforce, and/or Voter Contact Platforms

  • A deep belief in E4E?s Mission and Theory of Change.

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 Stacy Moore, Executive Director of E4E-Chicago and should include a resume and cover letter outlining your candidacy and interest in the Deputy Director of Campaigns position. All applications must be submitted by the end of the day on Sunday, October 18th.

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 the communities we serve.

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