National Director of Policy and Communications
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 34,000 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 these goals by changing policy at the district, state, and federal levels and transforming our teachers’ union to be more student-focused, democratic, diverse, and anti-racist. United around our Declaration of Teachers’ Principles and Beliefs, we are building a powerful movement to lead this change by:
- Organizing educators who share a common vision of equity and excellence in schools,
- Training and supporting teacher leadership, and
- Advocating for teacher-led recommendations at all levels of government, within teachers’ unions, and in the public conversation around education.
Educators for Excellence envisions an equitable and excellent education system that provides all students the opportunity to succeed and elevates the teaching profession.
With chapters currently operating in Los Angeles, New York, Connecticut, Chicago, Boston, and Minnesota, our organizing culture is grounded in our passion for impacting educational systems and revolves around an innovative, roll-up-your-sleeves spirit backed by a shared commitment to continuous professional growth.
The National Director of Policy and Communications will sit on our growing National Program Team. The National Program Team supports E4E’s national and chapter-based programmatic work by providing exceptional customer support and execution in the areas of training, organizing and data analysis and reporting.
Reporting to the Chief Program Officer (CPO), the National Director of Policy and Communications is charged with overseeing and managing E4E’s national policy and communications efforts. The Director will supervise the National Policy Manager and the National Communications Manager to create and run E4E’s national campaigns, national survey, and other communication and policy efforts and work collaboratively with chapter Digital and Communication Managers to support all chapter campaigns.
Responsibilities: What actions will you leverage day-to-day?
- In partnership with the CPO, prepare the org-wide strategic communications plan to grow E4E’s brand and increase our influence both nationally and in our key states
- Manage E4E’s national communication efforts including our national teacher survey, “Voices From the Classroom” to ensure E4E is a leading voice in national conversations around educational equity
- Develop and manage a plan to elevate the voices of E4E’s Co-CEOs and Executive and State Directors to ensure they are go-to sources for local and national media around issues relating to educational equity, teachers unions, and education policy.
- Develop and manage systems and training to support chapter communication staff to effectively elevate E4E’s local work and the perspectives of E4E teacher Leaders in the media
- Develop systems to support E4E Teacher Leaders who want to take on positions of leadership in their unions to build their own brand and profile
- Develop talking points and trainings to support E4E staff members (particularly organizers) to facilitate conversations on current policy issues with teachers
- Develop and manage trainings, systems, and process to support E4E teachers to articulate their feedback on national education policy issues through letters to the editor, op eds, blog posts and other appropriate media
Policy Formulation and Strategy
- In partnership with the CPO, formulate organizational policy stances (including our National Policy Agenda) on current education issues and proposed federal laws or policies in ways that elevate the teaching profession, increase educational equity and improve student outcomes, in line with E4E’s Declaration of Teacher Principles and Beliefs
- Advise E4E Chapters on how to craft and execute messaging for policy stances as well as author and edit media stories for publication at the national level to ensure alignment with our policy positions
- In partnership with the organizing and digital teams, advise chapter advocacy plans in response to current policy issues; collaborate with chapter based staff on national educational policy issues and programming
- Manage our National Teacher 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
Partnerships and Advocacy
- Build relationships with National and Local education policy organizations, advocacy organizations, and other key stakeholders on behalf of E4E, identifying shared stances and strategic opportunities for E4E to collaborate with other organizations
- Engage key lawmakers, staffers, lobbyists, and administrative and federal officials in the work and member voices of the E4E.
- Plan and coordinate large E4E policy events (such as panel discussions and guest speaker series), connecting teachers with key local and national policymakers.
- Keep informed about local, state and national education policy and political events
- In coordination with the CPO and local leaders, build relationships with national and local education reporters and bloggers; prepare press statements and media advisories for E4E, as needed; and pitch local reporters
Cultural leadership: As a member of the Programs team, the Director will be a champion of E4E’s Core Values and Commitment to Anti-Racism. This staff member actively embodies anti-racist practices in all aspects of their work, and pushes the organization and their colleagues to continue to grow and improve within these values by modeling a strong and inclusive culture for their team and the streams of work they manage. The Manager will support a team culture where all people can thrive, grow, and develop in order to further the mission of E4E.
- At least 7+ years of professional experience
- Successful track record of developing clear and compelling communications for a variety of audiences.
- Experience managing multiple direct reports through layers and working across teams to drive organizational success.
- Passion and commitment to E4E’s mission; experience working on issues relevant to our work; experience working in a policy/advocacy/systems-change organization preferred.
- Bachelor’s degree required.
- Exceptional organizational skills, high level of efficiency, and ability to manage operations and multiple projects at one time with precision.
- Comfort and fluency with SalesForce, G-suite, Slack, and presentation formats like Powerpoint preferred.
Transportation: Often works out of the office (or home office), with ~20% travel (currently virtual due to Covid-19)
- Time will be divided between office meetings with staff within the organization, and self-directed execution of tasks.
- Must be able to work occasional weekends and evenings for programmatic events and other priorities.
- Must be willing to travel to meet with staff across the country.
Core Values: What beliefs do you embody? How do you approach your work?
- Responsiveness – We keep each other in the loop to keep the work moving forward.
- Inclusiveness – We make space at the table for all, so everyone feels like they belong.
- High Quality Work – We ensure all deliverables meet our standard of excellence.
- Ownership – We take part in finding solutions for the problems we identify.
- Equity – We look for opportunities to redistribute power in response to inequity.
- Evaluation and Reflection – We look for opportunities to celebrate success & show growth in ourselves and in our work.
Positional Skills – What can you do well?
- Organizing Planning and Executing – Able to organize, track and manage workflow and resources; clearly articulates plans to others, develops systems to prioritize tasks; executes according to set timelines
- Making Decisions & Demonstrating Judgment – Makes strategic decisions, even in ambiguous situations; weighs factors both within and outside of one’s control to mitigate risk; exercises discernment when involving others in decision-making, leverages data when appropriate
- Tracking, Measuring & Analyzing – Builds and maintains systems and procedures to track data and progress towards individual and organizational goals; analyzes data thoroughly to determine trends & opportunities
- Allocating & Managing Resources – Strategically manages budget and capacity to move the work forward; manages time strategically; plans meetings purposefully
- Conducting Rigorous Analysis – Uses rigorous logic around aggregate data; performs a variety of analyses to inform decisions with broad impact and solve problems requiring diverse perspectives
- Defining Problems to Solve – Synthesizes data; identifies & prioritize opportunities to pursue and problems to solve
Functional Knowledge – What do you know a lot about?
- Broad knowledge of all functional areas of organizing (e.g. campaign organizing, building membership, movement building)
- Broad knowledge of all functional areas of external affairs (e.g. media & press, writing & public speaking, digital campaigns and marketing)
- Preferred: Experience with union organizing, union bylaws & collective bargaining
- Demonstrated knowledge of national and local education policy landscapes
Compensation, Benefits & Applying
Educators for Excellence (E4E) is committed to valuing team members holistically in appreciation of their contribution to the organization’s success and for the good they create for society as part of our mission. While there are many facets of the “Total Rewards” package that come with working at E4E, compensation is a significant factor in a team member’s decision to work here. As such, we strive to attract, retain and reward top talent by offering competitive salaries and benefits that are equitably and transparently administered. Therefore, we do not engage in salary negotiations – our first offer is always our best offer!
The salary band for this role is $$95,427 to $143,140.
*based on NYC cost of labor and adjusted for candidates in different geographic regions.
Within this range, our competitive, non-negotiable salary offer will be based on a candidate’s relevant experience and credentials, role-related competencies assessed through our robust hiring process, and geographic location.
Educators for Excellence (E4E) 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 may be addressed to Evan Stone, Co-Founder and Co-CEO, and should include a cover letter and resume that demonstrate an ability to excel in this role as well as a deep belief in E4E’s Mission and Theory of Change.
E4E 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.
How to Apply
Job posted: 2021-08-29