Executive Director, Minnesota

Executive Director, Minnesota

Educators for Excellence

Saint Paul, MN   |   April 13, 2020

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 over 35,000 educators, with chapters in Boston, Chicago, Connecticut, Los Angeles, Minnesota, and New York, 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 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

Educators for Excellence has realized a number of critical achievements over the past several years, including rapid growth in staff, budget, and impact. E4E teachers have prepared policy recommendations and driven major policy victories on issues including school discipline, teacher career ladders, and professional development, while meeting with key decision-makers and advocating for change on the local, state and federal level. Members have increased their representation in union steward roles, won school board elections, and currently hold elected seats in their union executive boards. E4E continues to deepen teacher engagement and support its members who seek to improve the diversity, democracy and student focus of their union.

E4E is seeking a dynamic leader to serve as the next Executive Director of our Minnesota Chapter. This exciting role will set the strategic vision for the chapter, own and implement the fundraising strategy in its next phase of growth, 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 take on leadership roles in their unions and beyond. The Executive Director, Minnesota 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. The E4E-MN ED will work in close coordination and partnership with the National Regional Strategy Team and other national functional teams to collaborate, strategize, and execute on the work. This is an ideal opportunity for an experienced and entrepreneurial leader to play a critical role in the continued growth of a dynamic organization in Minnesota.

During this current Fiscal Year (FY20), which runs through the end of June, the Executive Director’s priorities are to:

  • Raise approximately $1 million towards the chapter budget to fund E4E-Minnesota’s teacher’s policy and advocacy work,
  • Lead a fully staffed team that rates E4E at 80% or above on staff satisfaction and engagement surveys,
  • Oversee programming to engage a movement of 2,300 and growing teacher members in E4E-Minnesota’s campaigns, and
  • Cultivate leaders to take on key positions of leadership in their schools, districts and union.

E4E-Minnesota’s priorities for the upcoming Fiscal Year (FY21) are currently under development, and the incoming Executive Director will be involved in defining and shaping chapter priorities and goals in order to meet the needs of the region.

In this position, you will:

Design and Execute  Local Programs and Strategy

  • Design and execute a local vision and plan for E4E-Minnesota that works in concert with E4E’s theory of change, national strategic plan, and org-wide goals
  • Evaluate opportunities within the local landscape for educators to influence  critical decisions at the state and local levels
  • Design strategies to cultivate teacher members to grow their participation and pursue leadership roles within their districts, states, and importantly, within their unions
  • Lead the team to achieve chapter goals related to organizing, advocacy, and teacher leadership campaigns
  • Create and implement metric based goals aligned with national goals and priorities
  • Manage data systems for evaluating progress toward strategic goals, ensuring that local objectives are met while also aligning efforts with the national organization
  • Design advocacy campaigns that impact policies to align with our local educator created policy recommendations rooted in the E4E Declaration of Teachers’ Principles and Beliefs and strengthen implementation of those policies at the state and local level.

Raise and Manage Funds

  • Work in collaboration with the local Deputy Director and National Development Team to fundraise the annual chapter budget of approximately $1 million
  • Innovate and expand local fundraising activities, with a strong focus on diversifying our current funding base, particularly by cultivating new individual and grassroots donors, exploring earned revenue opportunities, and stewarding relationships with existing partners
  • Administer E4E-Minnesota’s budget, ensuring fiscal responsibility and stability
  • Manage a Local Advisory Board (LAB) to support the growth and stability of the Minnesota chapter

Build and Manage a High Performing Team

  • Serve as a model of our core values and promote a strong team culture
  • Recruit, select, coach and retain talented team members
  • Manage towards ambitious programmatic and operational goals
  • Coach and manage a team of seven, including three direct reports, focused on the following priorities:
    • The vision setting and execution of the chapter’s local policy and external affairs efforts.
    • The implementation of E4E’s grassroots organizing model; teacher leadership programs and event series; and supporting with direct management of a team of Outreach Directors, who are our grassroots organizers.
    • The fundraising of a local budget from a portfolio of individual donors and foundations.
    • The effective implementation of all programs and operational systems.

Represent E4E in the community 

  • 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-Minnesota members
  • Secure opportunities for teachers to share their voice directly in local media
  • Build and maintain relationships with local policymakers, union leaders, key stakeholders, interest groups, and elected officials
  • Establish E4E-Minnesota as a source for the opinions and perspectives of progressive educators on issues that impact Minnesota’s classrooms

Serve on E4E’s Senior Leadership Team

  • Participate in Senior Leadership Team (SLT) calls, retreats, and Executive Director (ED) Cohort meetings, requiring quarterly travel
  • Share input on key decisions that impact the entire organization and proactively develop potential solutions to the concerns identified for the betterment of our work, our culture, our staff and our whole organization
  • Act as a two-way communicator between the local team and the Senior Leadership Team and vice versa, elevating issues and communicating important information
  • Engage in org-wide community-building and work teams (e.g. Diversity Council, identity-based learning communities, serve on hiring committees, etc.)
As the ideal candidate, you have:
  • A deep understanding of the Minnesota education landscape, including experience in at least one of the following fields:
    • Pre-k-12 education instruction
    • Education nonprofit work
    • Prior fundraising experience and/or exposure to building and maintaining donor relationships
  • Experience leading others within the education, education policy, electoral, union organizing, and/or advocacy space
  • The ability to build and maintain a deep  knowledge of key Minnesota policies, economic, social, and political trends and developments; and their impact on the organization, strategy, and our internal and external stakeholders
  • An ability to lead with lead with high emotional intelligence
  • A passion for educational equity, racial justice, and alignment to E4E’s mission and vision
  • An acumen for building an inclusive workplace where Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) 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
  • An ability to coach, 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
  • Experience fundraising and managing a budget
  • A good sense of humor and an appreciation of work life balance

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

Applications must be submitted by Sunday, April 19th, 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.