Chief of Staff, Chicago

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Full Time



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United States


About Us

Our nation’s education system is 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 27,000 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. 

The Opportunity

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. 

You will:

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

You have:


  • 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

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. See more information about our benefits here.

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply

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.