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 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 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.
As a key member of the Senior Leadership Team (SLT), the Vice President of People & Equity (VP, P&E) will play a critical role in driving E4E’s short and long-term talent priorities. The organization has emerged from an exciting growth phase where we significantly grew and diversified our overall staff composition, and are looking for a leader who will accelerate our progress in realizing our commitment to DEI. The VP, P&E will help us execute our FY20 People plan and create a roadmap that will take us from our current growth stage to an enduring institution. Reporting to the Co-Founder and CEO, the Vice President of People & Equity will lead the work to ensure that we are identifying and developing diverse leaders who will elevate teacher voice and promote educational excellence and equity.
There are three primary functions of the Vice President of People & Equity:
Set the vision and strategy to build a diverse, equitable and inclusive organization that works efficiently, boldly, and with joy to achieve the vision and mission of E4E;
Manage a high-functioning team that effectively recruits, develops, engages and retains diverse and talented leaders; and
Serve as the organization’s culture leader, and act as a strategic advisor to the Co-CEOs and the Senior Leadership Team (SLT) to hone their ability to lead a multicultural organization effectively.
All work and responsibilities will flow from these priorities, each of which is detailed below:
Set the vision and strategy to build a diverse, equitable and inclusive organization that works efficiently, boldly, and with joy to achieve the vision and mission of E4E:
Internalize our org-wide five year (FY18-22) strategy, and develop the vision and plan for P&E beyond FY20 to ensure that our commitment to our people and their experience is realized
Communicate, motivate and build buy-in on our P&E strategic plans year over year among all internal stakeholders
Continually evaluate and respond to overall staff health through staff surveys, metrics and informal conversations
Facilitate strong cross-departmental collaboration between national streams; work in tandem with the Finance, Operations, Data and Human Assets stream on HR and benefits administration and with the Co-CEOs and other Vice Presidents on organizational design and staff and budget planning
Manage a high-functioning team that effectively recruits, develops, engages and retains diverse and talented leaders:
Manage a team of five full-time employees to maximize their impact and lead their sub-streams effectively (recruitment, DEI, learning and development, and culture and engagement)
Facilitate stronger integration and cross-collaboration within the P&E stream so that org-wide initiatives are thoughtfully designed, effectively communicated and high impact
Support our Manager of DEI to develop and manage the execution our organization’s Diversity Council, and our two-year DEI strategic plan to evaluate and increase equity in our hiring, compensation, evaluation, promotion, retention and employment practices
Support our Director of Learning and Development to execute the strategy to set baseline expectations for effectiveness in all roles, to operationalize our core values across all aspects of the organization, and to design and execute a strategy for professional development and career growth
Support our Managers of Recruitment to refine systems and processes to capture efficiencies and ensure a white-glove experience for both hiring managers and candidates, and to more seamlessly integrate our recruitment and onboarding processes
Support our Senior Associate of People and Equity to manage team operations and analyze a comprehensive set of staff data to make recommendations on how to realize our vision for culture and engagement
Serve as the organization’s culture leader, and act as a Strategic Advisor to the Co-CEOs and SLT to promote their ability to lead a multicultural organization effectively:
Provide strategic talent and DEI advice to Co-CEOs to further their leadership of a multicultural organization
Embody the core values in all interactions, and serve as a culture bearer and enterprise leader across the organization
Serve as a confidential confidante to SLT and the organization to thought-partner on a range of talent, equity and personnel matters
Diagnose the mindsets, knowledge and skill needs of our SLT as it relates to enterprise leadership and managing across lines of difference, and make recommendations to leadership on how to ensure the SLT’s continual growth and development
Benefits and Salary
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.
Step 1: Resume + Questions: By September 17th, upload your resume, cover letter, and answer a few short questions on our career website. Note: Please bear in mind that your responses to these questions will be read by every member of the selection committee should you move forward in the process.
Step 2: Phone Screen: Candidates will be invited to attend a phone interview.
Step 3: Video Interview: Candidates will be invited to interview over video conference with Sydney Morris (Co-Founder & Co-CEO) and/or Nisha Dass (Interim Vice President of People and Equity)
Step 4: In-Person Interview: 4-5 candidates will be invited to an in-person interview day in NYC. In advance of the interview day, you will be asked to submit a couple of work samples, conduct a brief data analysis, and prepare for management-based role plays.
Step 5: Final Interviews: 1-2 finalists will emerge from the interview day and have a follow-up conversation with Sydney Morris. We will also create space for you to do your due-diligence on the organization and meet your direct reports.
Step 6: Reference checks: We will check up to 4 of your references.
At least 7-10 years of professional experience in HR/talent functions and/or DEI strategic planning and/or execution
Skill and experience with setting strategy on staff engagement, culture a/o diversity, equity and inclusion highly preferred
Impeccable project management and execution skills and the ability to manage complexity and high volume; experience navigating complex processes and building, implementing and improving organizational systems and processes
Exceptional critical and strategic thinking skills; adept at looking at challenges and executing multi-pronged solutions in collaboration with others, ideally in a fast-paced, entrepreneurial environment
Ability to manage confidential personnel information with the utmost discretion, judgement and sensitivity
Deep experience and effectiveness with direct and lateral management, especially across lines of difference
Ability to work autonomously, in ambiguous situations with little direction, running towards problems without being asked; solutions-oriented with strong judgment for the right course of action in any given situation
An orientation towards servant-leadership, thriving on helping others be their best selves and anticipating their needs before they are communicated
The consistent ability to remain flexible, calm under pressure and adaptive to change as priorities shift; reliability, follow through, and a high “do-to-say” ratio
Deep experience working with senior leadership to drive forward key priorities, and a track record of results when managing complex projects/initiatives; ability to drive action individually and through others to meet deadlines and achieve results
Ability to synthesize large volumes of quantitative and qualitative data to produce recommendations and adapt strategic plans
Exceptional written and verbal communication skills
Demonstrated and proven ability to build relationships across lines of difference, influence, motivate and inspire others
Eagerness to learn and grow to improve practice
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
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.