Organization: Families for Excellent Schools

Location: Boston, MA

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Summary:

Families for Excellent Schools seeks a talented strategist and manager to serve as its Massachusetts State Director. Reporting directly to the Chief Program Officer, the Massachusetts State Director will have strategic and operational responsibility for the Massachusetts staff, programs, growth, and execution of its mission to elevate the voices of parents in Massachusetts state and local education policy. The Massachusetts State Director will help lead the evolution and implementation of a comprehensive state strategic plan, recruit the Massachusetts team members, build and engage a diverse membership base, and manage Families for Excellent Schools’ full host of programming. The Massachusetts State Director will also manage Families for Excellent Schools’ engagement with advocacy and school partners, and its participation in coalition work.

This is an ideal opportunity for an innovative and entrepreneurial leader to play a critical role in the growth of a dynamic organization that seeks to elevate the voices of families and lift student achievement. It is an opportunity to work with best-in-class campaign strategists, while building and owning an independent state program. Additionally, it is an opportunity to bring skills honed on campaigns to a long-term role with extensive opportunities for professional development and growth.

As Families for Excellent Schools works to grow the impact of its campaign and programming in Massachusetts, it is critical for the Massachusetts State Director to have the capacity to work both internally and externally to build a local organizing program and communicate its impact to stakeholders. Key areas of responsibility for this role are: (1) strategic and campaign planning; (2) organizing program management; (3) partnership development and communication; (4) fundraising, operations, and external affairs.

Responsibilities:

Responsibilities will include but are not limited to:

Campaign Management

  • Design and manage annual campaign plans, which incorporate legislative and organizing goals, and require collaboration with advocacy partners, schools, and families.
  • Build and manage partnerships with a coalition of school operators, funders, and advocates to develop the strategy and infrastructure necessary to execute on a multi-year advocacy effort.
  • In partnership with this coalition, support implementation of strategies across parent organizing, earned, digital, and paid media, policy work, research, elected and community engagement, and more.

Strategic Planning and Team Management

  • Evolve and execute a strategic plan for Massachusetts, with the guidance and support of the national team.
  • Identify, recruit, support and retain a team of results-oriented, entrepreneurial, creative thinkers to execute Families for Excellent Schools’ work in Massachusetts, and assume responsibility for their professional growth and development.

Organizing Program Management

  • In partnership with the national team, manage execution of Families for Excellent Schools’ organizing model in Massachusetts, including base-building, leadership development, and mobilization work.
  • Create policy recommendations and lead parent-driven advocacy campaigns to encourage implementation of these recommendations at the local and state level.

School Partner Communication

  • In partnership with Families for Excellent Schools’ national team, implement Families for Excellent Schools’ school partnership model with local school partners, including school onboarding, ongoing communication with school staff, and data/performance tracking.
  • Manage the development and ongoing work of a school advisory board, charged with collective decision-making for campaign planning and implementation.

Fundraising, Operations, and External Affairs

  • Develop and expand local fundraising activities, with a strong focus on cultivating new–and leveraging existing–relationships with local foundations and individual donors
  • Administer the Massachusetts team’s budget, ensuring fiscal responsibility and stability.
  • In partnership with the national team, develop annual communications plans that include earned/paid media for annual state campaigns, and amplify the brand/voice of Massachusetts through earned media and events.
  • Build and maintain relationships with local policymakers, advocacy partners, key stakeholders, interest groups, and elected officials.
  • In partnership with the national team, manage execution of Families for Excellent Schools’ organizing model in Massachusetts, including base-building, leadership development, and mobilization work.
  • Create policy recommendations and lead parent-driven advocacy campaigns to encourage implementation of these recommendations at the local and state level.

School Partner Communication

  • In partnership with Families for Excellent Schools’ national team, implement Families for Excellent Schools’ school partnership model with local school partners, including school onboarding, ongoing communication with school staff, and data/performance tracking.
  • Manage the development and ongoing work of a school advisory board, charged with collective decision-making for campaign planning and implementation.

Fundraising, Operations, and External Affairs

  • Develop and expand local fundraising activities, with a strong focus on cultivating new–and leveraging existing–relationships with local foundations and individual donors
  • Administer the Massachusetts team’s budget, ensuring fiscal responsibility and stability.
  • In partnership with the national team, develop annual communications plans that include earned/paid media for annual state campaigns, and amplify the brand/voice of Massachusetts through earned media and events.
  • Build and maintain relationships with local policymakers, advocacy partners, key stakeholders, interest groups, and elected officials.

Qualifications:

Candidates should enjoy working in a dynamic, results-oriented environment in which expectations are high for both the quality and speed of work. In addition, they should have the following:

  • 5+ years of professional experience in education, education policy, community/campaign organizing, and/or advocacy.
  • Experience in strategically planning for and evaluating the growth of an outcomes-based organization.
  • Proven leadership and organizational management experience, including having coached staff, managed and developed high-performance teams, set and achieved strategic objectives, and managed a budget.
  • Experience in preparing and delivering public presentations and superb interpersonal skills with specific examples from a variety of settings.
  • Strong marketing, public relations, and/or fundraising experience, with the ability to engage a wide range of stakeholders, including a board of advisors.
  • Track record of overcoming obstacles in challenging environments.
  • Willingness to travel regularly to Families for Excellent Schools’ operating states (NY and CT) for professional development and collaborative work.

Compensation & Benefits:

Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience.

To Apply:

Families for Excellent Schools has engaged Koya Leadership Partners to help in this hire. Please submit a compelling cover letter and resume to Richard Kwon at https://koya.refineapp.com/jobPosting/apply/948

Families for Excellent Schools is an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourages applications from people of color, persons with disabilities, women, and LGBT applicants.

About Families for Excellent Schools:

Founded in 2011 through a partnership between schools and families, Families for Excellent Schools works to build coalitions of families and their allies and running campaigns that change education policy.  As an organization, Families for Excellent Schools envisions a future where every child attends an excellent school. Currently, Families for Excellent Schools works with 41,000 families and over 100 allies in New York, Connecticut, and Massachusetts.

In order to secure significant wins that create and expand excellent schools, Families for Excellent Schools convenes parents, institutions, and funders to develop and execute its campaigns with the following core strategies:

  • Organizing: Our parent-organizing model focuses on building relationships that lead to actions that build power.
  • Mobilizing: When strategic, we assemble our supporters for large public events to effectively demonstrate power of our families and their allies.
  • Communications: Through earned, paid, social and digital media, we elevate stories of our families who are directly impacted by our failing education system.
  • Elected Engagement: The authority to enact the policy changes that we want will rest in school boards or state legislatures, and we work to create access to those politicians for our members.
  • Policy and Research: Thoughtful policy and research work bolster our credibility with the press and the public, as well as drive the press narrative and parental enthusiasm for our work.
  • Community Allies: Securing the support of community allies such as faith-based organizations and trusted community institutions lends credibility to a campaign.

About Koya Leadership Partners:

Koya Leadership Partners is a national retained executive search and human capital consulting firm that works exclusively with non-profits and social enterprises. We deliver measurable results, finding exceptionally talented people who truly fit the unique culture of our client organizations and ensuring that organizations have the resources and strategies to support them. For more information about Koya Leadership Partners, visit www.koyapartners.com.