Application Deadline: Sunday, November 18th, 11:59 PM Please be sure to review our Opportunity Description and our detailed FAQs about this role before you apply.
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.
E4E is seeking a dynamic leader to serve as the next Executive Director of our Connecticut Chapter. This exciting role will set the strategic vision for the chapter while also leading a high-performing team. The Executive Director will have strategic and operational responsibility for programs, growth and execution of our mission to elevate the voices of teachers in state and local education policy and to support teachers to become more active in their unions. The Executive Director, Connecticut will engage with a wide array of stakeholders (e.g., district leaders, national and local partners, donors, board members, community leaders, teachers, etc.) to help set and execute a vision that elevates the teaching profession and improves student outcomes. This is an ideal opportunity for an experienced and entrepreneurial leader to play a critical role in the continued growth of a dynamic organization.
Design and Execute a Local Strategic Plan
Design and execute a local vision and strategic plan for E4E-Connecticut that works in concert with E4E’s national strategic plan and goals
Manage systems for evaluating progress toward strategic goals, ensuring that local objectives are met while also aligning efforts with the national organization
Lead the team to achieve chapter goals related to membership, teacher leadership growth, and engagement
Shape and lead on campaign initiatives and work in partnership with the National Development Team to fundraise the annual budget of approximately $1.1 million
Work in partnership with the National Program Team to mobilize E4E-Connecticut members around advocacy asks, and to support efforts to encourage members to actively participate in their unions (learn more about ourorganizing model)
Build and Manage a High Performing Team and Quality Programming
Be a model for strong team culture
Recruit, select, coach and retain talented team members
Manage towards ambitious goals
Design advocacy campaigns that encourage the implementation of our policy recommendations at the local and state level
Coach and manage:
The Connecticut Managing Director of Outreach on the implementation of E4E’s grassroots organizing model executed by their team of organizers
The Connecticut Managing Director of External Affairs in the execution of local policy priorities, including leading E4E-Connecticut Teacher Policy Teams
The Connecticut Managing Director of Development in fundraising a annual local budget from a portfolio of individual donors and foundations
The local Program Coordinator to ensure a strong team culture, clarity of expectations, and effective implementation of all programs and operational systems
Be the voice and face of E4E-Connecticut
Give speeches, author op-eds, attend education events and conferences, work with media, and engage with teachers and the general public to uplift the perspectives and ideas of E4E-CT members
Secure opportunities for teachers to share their voice directly in local media, with support and guidance from the National External Affairs Team
Build and maintain relationships with local policymakers, union leaders, key stakeholders, interest groups, and elected officials
Establish E4E-Connecticut as a source for the opinions and perspectives of progressive educators on issues that impact Connecticut’s classrooms
Ensure Financial Security
Develop and expand local fundraising activities, with a strong focus on cultivating new – and leveraging existing – relationships with local foundations and individual donors
Administer E4E-Connecticut’s budget, ensuring fiscal responsibility and stability
Build and manage a local Board of Advisors to support the growth and stability of the Connecticut Chapter
A deep understanding of the Connecticut education landscape, including at least 2 years of experience in one of the following fields:
Pre-k-12 education instruction
Community organizing, campaign organizing, and/or union organizing
Experience leading others within the education, education policy, campaign organizing, and/or advocacy space
A passion for educational equity and alignment to E4E's mission and vision
An acumen for building an inclusive workplace where diversity and individual differences are valued and leveraged to achieve the vision and mission of the organization
Experience managing high-performing teams by setting clear, well-defined desired outcomes and managing to outcomes, through layers
Political savvy and demonstrated track record of effectively navigating complex power dynamics and building coalitions
The ability to build and maintain a deep knowledge of key CT legislation, economic, social, and political trends and developments; and their impact on the organization, strategy, and our internal and external stakeholders
A clear and effective communication style and an ability to empathize with and understand the perspectives of others
An ability to persuade and gain the support of others and motivate others to action by leveraging strong internal and external relationships
A track record of overcoming obstacles in challenging environments
Moreover, all E4E staff demonstrate ourCore 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
Applications must be submitted by November 18th,, can be addressed to Evan Stone, Co-Founder and Co-CEO, and should include a resume and 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 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.
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.
About Educators for Excellence
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 30,000 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.
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.