Director, Elected Leadership Fellowships

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Leadership for Educational Equity

Published 8 days ago

June 1, 2021

About Leadership for Educational Equity

Leadership for Educational Equity is a nonprofit leadership development organization inspiring and supporting a network of civic leaders to eradicate the injustice of educational inequity.

Through one-on-one coaching, fellowships, workshops, and resources, LEE works to develop and inspire its members individually and collectively, across all disciplines – as policy makers, advocates, elected leaders and community organizers. LEE membership is free and currently open to all Teach For America corps members and alumni. 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.

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. 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

Position Summary:

The Director, Elected Leadership Fellowships is responsible for designing and executing fellowships that inspire and develop a diverse pipeline of future candidates to run for office. The director will refine and iterate the Elected Leadership Experience as well as design and launch additional fellowships. The director reports to the Senior Director, Elected Leadership Discern. This leader designs programming and experiences designed to inspire diverse members to run for elected office. The director will be responsible for designing the schedule, objectives, and cadence of the all fellowships. The director will also be responsible for securing the fellowship hosts, recruiting the fellows, creating a clear plan and community for alumni engagement, and maximizing the number of fellows who run for office within 1-2 years. Furthermore, the director will work with the Elected Leadership Discern subteam to contribute to the development of a robust, diverse, predictable, and standardized pipeline of future candidates. The director will be expected to bring new ideas to evolve on our recruitment model and help the program grow at scale. 

Position Location: Flexible, Preferred Locations: Chicago, Los Angeles, New York City, Washington DC, Phoenix, Denver, Detroit, Indianapolis

Travel Requirements: 10% - All travel is pending due to current restrictions on in-person engagement due to COVID-19. When travel returns there will be 2-3 team retreats a year and travel may be necessary during the launch of different fellowships.


Launch, Run, and Develop Elected Leadership Fellowships (65%)

  • Oversee all Elected Leadership Fellowships, including recruitment, outreach, fellow selection, program development and design; coaching and member supports; and building data-driven insights from the program to identify opportunities to increase effectiveness of LEE fellows and the fellowship program
  • Envision, design, and manage the entire member experience from first application to exiting the program as alumni built towards supporting our members to run for elected office
  • Connect and develop relationships with other staff across LEE who manage fellowships to gain insights and identify efficiencies
  • Oversee and manage the Elected Leadership Fellows alumni community, building a network of LEE members who can support each other to build their leadership and professional skills
  • Manage the recruitment and engagement of host campaigns serving as placement sites for fellows
  • Spearhead the development of additional Elected Leadership Fellowship programs to expand beyond our current fellowship offerings to support more members to run for Elected Office

Program Analysis (20%)

  • Evaluate the efficacy of the fellowships to produce members ready to run for elected office
  • Lead the evolution of the fellowships’ programmatic supports toward increasingly scalable models for engagement, development and learning
  • Explore new hosting opportunities that will lead to greater impact by reaching more members and communities

Team Strategy and Innovation (10%)

  • Meaningfully contribute to the Elected Leadership-Discern team’s continued need to innovate our approach to candidate recruitment and preparation, including sharing and executing new ideas and reflecting on successes and failures of new strategies and tactics

Special Projects (5%)

  • Special projects as assigned by the Senior Director, Elected Leadership Discern

 Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree or commensurate years of work experience
  • 5 years of relevant professional experience in program leadership, program management, adult learning, and adult learning principles
  • 3 years experience leading programming, fellowships, or internship programs
  • Experience with or desire to learn coaching
  • Demonstrated ability to design and implement high-quality programming for adult learners
  • Experience in virtual and online learning for adult learners
  • Proven ability to build and leverage relationships with diverse audiences and partners
  • Effective communication skills across multiple media
  • Demonstrated ability to plan strategically, prioritize time, and manage implementation of plans in fast-moving, changeable environments
  • Strong attention to detail and demonstrated success in managing and operating data systems
  • Demonstrated track record of effective communication across a complex organizational structure
  • Ability to analyze data and identify useful metrics and trends to inform strategy
  • Flexible and committed to continuous learning 
  • Strong, demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity & inclusion
  • Strong demonstrated ability to meet the challenge of ambitious goals

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience with recruitment, volunteer recruitment (recruiting and supporting volunteers), sales or politics, electoral campaigns, or community organizing
  • Experience personally running for elected office
  • Service on a public board (elected or appointed)
  • Experience in digital engagement 
  • Ability to communicate and collaborate within a geographically dispersed team
  • Deep passion for educational equity and belief in LEE’s mission and theory of change

Benefits and Pay

Pay for this position is competitive and based upon relevant experience and cost of labor for your location. Please use the following link to learn more about compensation for this position: In addition, LEE offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes health, dental and vision coverage for spouses, families and domestic partners; employer-paid basic life and AD&D insurance and short and long-term disability insurance; a retirement package with employer match; family and parental leave benefits; generous paid time off and an organization-wide winter break between Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.  

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.

About Leadership for Educational Equity

Leadership for Educational Equity is a nonprofit leadership development organization inspiring and supporting a network of civic leaders to eradicate the injustice of educational inequity…

Details at a glance

  • Full Time Schedule
  • 4-Year Degree Required
  • Professional


Work may be performed anywhere in United States
Associated Location
1805 7th Street Northwest, Washington, DC 20001

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