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About Leadership for Educational Equity

LEE is a diverse network of equity-minded leaders at all stages of life and career. By providing 1:1 coaching, meaningful member-to-member connections, and skill-building opportunities, we help our network members do the work needed to ensure an equitable education for children everywhere – whether that’s organizing within their local communities, exploring careers in policy and advocacy, or pursuing elected office.

LEE is a free membership organization currently open to alumni of several partner organizations including Teach For America, the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI), New Leaders, Latinos for Education, Urban Teachers, and Public Allies. LEE believes that when a diverse group of leaders, grounded in a commitment to equity, are in leadership roles, they will serve as a transformative force for and with students and communities.

We are a high-growth, outcomes-oriented organization that operates in an entrepreneurial environment deeply invested in continuous improvement. LEE is honored to have been selected as a LATINA Style 50 Award recipient and a When Work Works award recipient. We are also an Employer of National Service. 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, please visit educationalequity.org.

Position Summary:

Leadership for Educational Equity (LEE) is seeking a senior leader to serve as Director of Impact in the Atlanta 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, Advocacy, & Organizing 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, Atlanta will manage a Director of Organizing Strategy, who takes the lead on local community organizing efforts and strategy. The Director, Atlanta will be responsible for reallocating time, effort, and priorities of direct report to ensure effective strategy in meeting region-wide goals.

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 the greater Atlanta region, 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 Atlanta region. This position will report to a Senior Director of Impact.

Position Location: Atlanta with support to/engagement with members living across the greater Atlanta region

Travel Requirements: 10% minimum outside the region (for team events and national programming; this could increase at times based on interest/onboarding needs); frequent travel throughout the region

Please note that, in service of safeguarding our employees, members, and communities, LEE requires all full time, regular (non-temporary) employees and other employees who engage in any in-person work to submit proof of full COVID-19 vaccination within 60 days of their start date or request a qualified medical or religious accommodation.

Responsibilities: 

Team Management and Vision Setting (30%) 

  • Set a compelling regional vision, establish measurable, ambitious, and feasible goals that map to that vision, and track progress towards those goals
  • Directly manage and provide guidance and support to Director, Organizing Strategy to execute on key responsibilities, including:
  • Recruit and coach regional Organizing Alliance Leadership Team members to move them from idea to action
  • Agitate and build the base and pipeline for collective actions and leverage national platform organizing supports
  • Plan and execute effective actions toward progressively greater collective action wins
  • Engage in managing Director Region Impact community of practice and leverage Policy, Advocacy, & Organizing team members to strengthen regional outcomes

Connect Members to Resources & Supports (25%) 

  • Develop deep knowledge of resources and supports offered by all teams at LEE (including, but not limited to virtual forums, career coaching, virtual content, etc.) and ensure team members have developed similar knowledge
  • Recruit new members to LEE through partnership with local partners 
  • Conduct 1:1 meetings with members regularly to understand their vision for impact, align with their leadership trajectory, and connect them with supports accordingly, and support team members in strategic execution of meetings
  • Develop and facilitate regional trainings and events that support member learning or support team members in developing and facilitating
  • Leverage communications resources to execute a regional communications strategy that inspires members to connect to and use LEE resources and/or attend programming

Elected Leadership (EL) Coaching (20%) 

  • Develop thorough knowledge of electoral opportunities across the state
  • Inspire and agitate members to run for elected leadership positions
  • Coach members using LEE’s robust coaching program (including virtual content) and supporting them to file for candidacy
  • Track outreach, engagement, recruitment, and coaching efforts via Salesforce and other tools; manage timely data entry
  • Ensure our members are set up for success and transition successfully into a campaign partnership with our candidate team at LEE

Landscape Knowledge and Partners (15%) 

  • 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, including securing organizations to host LEE fellows
  • Build and steward relationships with external influencers

Special Projects (10%) 

  • Lead or contribute to team-level, organization-wide, or cross-team special projects as assigned by manager or designee
  • Provide short-term coverage of teams and/or projects during a leave, vacancy, or PTO

Minimum Qualifications: 

  • Bachelor’s degree or commensurate work experience
  • 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/or Community Organizing
  • Strong regional network of community and political relationships
  • Strong, demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, & inclusion
  • Ability to effectively communicate and collaborate within a geographically dispersed team
  • 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

Physical Requirements & Work Demands: 

  • The person in this position may need to occasionally move about inside the office to liaise with staff or access office equipment.
  • Frequent travel within the region to meet with members is required.
  • Occasional evening and/or weekend work is required.

About Leadership for Educational Equity

LEE is a diverse network of equity-minded leaders at all stages of life and career. By providing 1:1 coaching, meaningful member-to-member connections, and skill-building opportunities, we help…

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Benefits and Pay

The position level for this role is Director 2 and the corresponding pay range for this position is $84,000.00-$124,400.00. Pay is competitive and based upon relevant experience and cost of labor for your location. Learn more about compensation herehttps://educationalequity.org/applicant-resources#sec3. In addition, LEE offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes health, dental, and vision coverage for spouses, families, and domestic partners where LEE covers up to 85% of premium costs; 100% employer-paid basic life and AD&D insurance and short and long-term disability insurance; a retirement package with 5% employer match; parental leave benefits; home office setup fund; ongoing virtual work benefits for phone and internet; generous paid time off and an organization-wide winter break between Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. For more information, please review the 2022 Benefits Guide - FT Benefits Eligible Staff guide: 

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1d0fJ_q9HD3JXGCVw6OhH-d7uROlwDCHr/view

An Equal-Opportunity Employer with a Commitment to Diversity

Leadership for Educational Equity is proud to be an equal opportunity employer, and as an organization committed to diversity, and the perspective of all voices, we consider applicants equally of race, gender, color, sexual orientation, religion, marital status, disability, political affiliation, and national origin. We reasonably accommodate staff members and/or applicants with disabilities, provided they are otherwise able to perform the essential functions of the job.

An affirmative action-equal opportunity employer.

The statements in this description represent typical elements, criteria, and general work performed. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required for the job.

Benefits and Pay

The position level for this role is Director 2 and the corresponding pay range for this position is $84,000.00-$124,400.00. Pay is competitive and based upon relevant…

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