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Director, New York Region Impact

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Leadership for Educational Equity | New York, NY
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Leadership for Educational Equity


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Published 12 days ago

Start Date

August 1, 2019

Application Deadline

July 19, 2019

Salary

Benefits and Salary Salary for this position is competitive and depends on prior experience. In addition, a comprehensive benefits package is included.


About Leadership for Educational Equity

Leadership for Educational Equity (LEE) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan leadership development organization dedicated to developing its members’ potential to ensure every child has the opportunity to receive an outstanding education. Our kids and communities need more leaders who believe that educational inequity is a solvable problem. We believe that when our members are organized and reach positions of leadership, they’ll serve as a transformative force for students, communities and the broader movement for educational equity. LEE is a diverse team of passionate and talented individuals committed to making a difference. We are a high-growth, results-oriented organization that operates in an entrepreneurial environment deeply invested in continuous improvement. If you would like to become part of our team and join the fight for educational equity, or if you would simply like to learn more about what we do, please visit educationalequity.org.

Position Summary:

Leadership for Educational Equity (LEE) is seeking a senior leader to serve as Director of Impact in the New York Region. The Director should bring knowledge of the regional political landscape, a deep network of relationships with influential leaders in the local policy and advocacy arena, and the energy and enthusiasm to grow and organize our base of members in the region through engagement in the LEE collective action network.

Directors bring an entrepreneurial spirit to drive our local impact in regions across the country by: (1) actively building a base of civically engaged members and (2) helping our members develop into and assume senior leadership roles in policy, in advocacy and as elected official and (3) developing the organizing skills of our members leading local community organizing efforts. Directors collaborate with our national expert teams at LEE in Elected Leadership, Policy and Advocacy, and Organizing Leadership to bring national gold-standard support in these areas; they partner with our LEE Leadership Development and Design team to develop best-in-class programming in support of the developmental needs and interests of our members; and they work with our partner organizations - i.e. Teach For America - to advance the regional vision and maximize our impact on the ground. The Director serves as the face of LEE and the primary point of contact for members in their region.  

The Director in the New York Region will lead a team of 2 in the region - (1) a Director of Program and Organizing, who takes the lead on local community organizing efforts and strategy. and (2) a Manager of Impact who supports the region programmatically, with an emphasis on recruiting and coaching elected official candidates.

LEE is looking for a strategic leader with strong relationship building skills, a history of collective action success, a thorough understanding of and relationships within the political and education policy landscape of New York City broadly and within the five boroughs, the skills to support a LEE member led community organizing effort in the region, and the ability to inspire and recruit members to run for office. As LEE’s digital engagement initiatives grow, the Director will be tasked with managing members’ journeys through blended learning - digital and in-person engagement and action. The Director will be charged with building a movement that leverages the collective strengths of our members to achieve educational equity for all children in the New York Region. This position will report to a Senior Director of Impact.

Position Location: New York, NY

Travel Requirements: 20% minimum outside the region (which could increase at times based on interest/onboarding needs); frequent travel throughout the five boroughs, and occasional to areas north and east (Long Island and Westchester County)

Responsibilities:

Regional Vision and Strategy (10%)

  • Craft a coherent regional strategy that aligns with LEE's theory of action and supports org-wide goal attainment, including the use of collective action as a tool for member engagement and increased impact in the region

Build and Manage Relationships (20%)

  • Build relationships with members, support/guide them to engage in online learning and small actions (all members), connect them with national supports (mid- to senior-level members), and strategically connect LEE members to work toward common objectives
  • Build and steward relationships with external influencers

Program Management and Implementation (20%)

  • Plan and execute regional events including design and facilitation of regional organizing programming and occasional facilitation of national trainings
  • Manage team towards high impact outcomes and achieving regional vision

Landscape Knowledge and Partners (10%)

  • Deeply understand and navigate the local landscape, political relationships, and power structures in the region to support member action and impact
  • Engage partners toward development of LEE members and impact in the region

Team Management (10%)

  • Manage team of 2 regional staff members towards high outcomes for regional impact

Candidate Recruitment (20%)

  • Recruit candidates for elected leadership and transition to national Candidate Development team upon filing
  • Guide Manager, Impact to effectively support and coach potential candidates

Manage and Support Regional Strategy Team (10%)

  • Lead Director, Program & Organizing to:
  • Recruit Regional Strategy Team (RST) members and engage with them to move them from idea to action - advise, support, and nudge
  • Lead turnout efforts for RSTs; agitate and build the base for collective actions and leverage national platform organizing supports to amplify RST and member impact

 Minimum Qualifications:

  • 6+ years relevant professional experience
  • 2+ years organizing experience either as a volunteer or paid organizer
  • Demonstrated track record of building local networks and partnerships with a diverse community of leaders and creating change with these partners
  • Deep regional expertise and connections and ability to move influencers to achieve impact
  • Baseline level of knowledge and skills in Elected Leadership, Policy and Advocacy, and Community Organizing
  • Ability to communicate and collaborate within a geographically dispersed team
  • Strong, demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity & inclusion
  • Deep passion for educational equity and belief in LEE’s mission and theory of change

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Graduate degree in a field related to education and/or policy (e.g., MPP, M.Ed., JD)
  • Experience coaching others and playing a role in their long-term development
  • Experience managing a high-functioning entrepreneurial team
  • Experience in coaching and recruiting candidates for elected leadership
  • Demonstrated experience effectively working and coaching across lines of difference
  • Demonstrates experience in coalition building and organizing with communities of color
  • Has a network of community and political relationships


About Leadership for Educational Equity

Leadership for Educational Equity (LEE) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan leadership development organization dedicated to developing its members’ potential to ensure every child has the opportunity…

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  • Remote Possible
  • Full Time Schedule

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