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.
Reporting to the Executive Director, the Chief of Staff will create systems to deliver on the long-term vision, plan, and culture of E4E-Chicago. The Chief of Staff will be a trusted advisor to the Executive Director and a member of the E4E-Chicago’s Leadership Team, ensuring full integration of each stream of work across the chapter, including development, policy, organizing and advocacy. The Chief of Staff will lead on efforts related to building an inclusive, diverse team culture that embodies E4E’s core values. The Chief of Staff will manage one direct report – the Chicago Program Coordinator.
Drive the planning, communication, and operations of the Chicago Team:
Plan weekly meetings, conferences and quarterly step-backs, ensuring team professional development, alignment to strategic goals and opportunities to shift strategy
Develop systems to ensure we integrate the priorities of talent, development, organizing, policy and advocacy across the chapter
Make sure decisions get made, and create systems to manage next steps and deadlines
Consider implications and dependences on national partners or chapters, and facilitate follow-up for any decisions
Oversee team-wide strategic planning and progress reporting:
In coordination with the Executive Director, develop and own a process to ensure local impact planning happens on time
Make sure we stick to our local impact plan
Build systems to track progress toward annual goals and to build clarity about work across the team
Lead communication across the team:
Correctly diagnose team needs and propose solutions and plans to maximize team impact
Establish effective internal communication to build understanding, foster open communication, ensure voices and perspectives are heard
Make sure our chapter prepares for organization-wide initiatives and executes on them in a way that reflects our culture vision
Support the Executive Director to maximize effectiveness:
Manage the Program Coordinator to deliver effective administrative and executive support, as well as data entry, event management and logistical support for the chapter
Work side-by-side with the Executive Director to identify and focus on critical weekly and monthly priorities
Partner with the Executive Director to set and drive the vision for the culture of E4E-Chicago; operate as a culture leader who models our organizational core values
Ensure that the Management Team operates efficiently and effectively and that the Executive Director’s time is being spent in ways that align with the chapter’s priorities
Moreover, all E4E staff must 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
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.
Applications can be addressed to Acasia Wilson, E4E-Chicago’s Executive Director and should include a resume and cover letter. Internal applicants should also submit the internal interview project with their application. 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 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 our communities.
7-12 years of professional experience
Education-sector experience preferred
Previous experience as a Chief of Staff, Deputy Director or similar
Political savvy and keen interest in/understanding of education policy, the education reform movement broadly, and the power and politics of the education landscape both locally and nationally
Exceptional organization skills, high level of efficiency, and ability to manage multiple projects at a time with precision
Complex problem solving and advanced strategic planning
A high sense of urgency and self-motivation, a focus on goals, and commitment to high-quality execution
Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to laterally manage team members and senior leaders
Ability to deliver clear, concise, formal and informal oral and written communications
Knowledge of Microsoft Excel, PowerPoint, and Word required; Adobe Illustrator and database (e.g. SalesForce) experience preferred
About Educators for Excellence
Educators for Excellence is a teacher-led organization that ensures teachers have a leading voice in the policies that impact their students and profession.