Director, Organizing Strategy - Chicago and Indianapolis
- Job posted by Leadership for Educational Equity
Details: Benefits and 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.
The Director of Organizing Strategy will be responsible for successfully developing strategies around and execution of community organizing leadership development toward collective action for educational equity in two regions: Chicago, IL and Indianapolis, IN. Primarily, the Director of Organizing Strategy will develop strong relationships with and among LEE members in those regions and lead those members through the stages of the organizing cycle to drive meaningful impact for kids.
This work will involve identifying strong leadership and leadership potential in LEE’s regional membership and developing those members as highly skilled volunteer community organizers. The Director of Organizing Strategy will design and implement effective programs, group trainings and one-on-one coaching to support members’ development of foundational community organizing skills that build on the strong foundation of our community organizing model.
Through the successful design and execution of regional organizing events, the Director of Organizing Strategy will ensure that LEE’s work occurs in strong partnership with local communities, while bringing to this work the sense of urgency and indignation necessary to create equitable opportunities for all students.
As part of the Organizing Leadership team at LEE, the Director of Organizing Strategy will be an integral part of the training staff at National Organizing Workshops. The Director of Organizing Strategy will be responsible for accurately tracking and reporting on regional metrics and progress to goals.
The Director of Organizing Strategy will also be responsible for tracking emerging best practices, innovating new approaches to tackle challenges that are relevant across organizing contexts as well as those that are unique to our membership, and supporting efforts to scale the work of the Organizing Strategy subteam within the Organizing Leadership team.
Position Location: Chicago, IL or Indianapolis, IN
Travel Requirements: 50% (Expectation to spend time monthly in each region, plus travel for national events 4-5 times per year)
Regional Strategy Team (RST) Coaching, Training, and Leader Development (55%)
- Identify, support, develop and train member and community leaders in two regions to help lead the collective action work through one-one-one coaching, agitation, and group trainings
- Coach members in both regions through LEE’s organizing methodology from base-building through action
- Partner with the School Organizing Initiative to train, mentor, and coach teacher leaders and school-based teams
- Create and implement individualized leadership development plans based on each leader’s talents and ambitions
- Support work through lens of diversity, equity, and inclusion, and ensure that RSTs are effectively partnering with communities most affected by educational inequity
Consult on Regional Strategy (10%)
- Partner with your manager to develop strategic guidance for the Regional Strategy team that helps them meet their objectives
- Develop a deep partnership with the Directors of Regional Impact to ensure our members are effectively supported in understanding the political landscape
- Partner with the Communications team to support members in developing a communications strategy to engage and communicate with constituency and build credibility/power in the region through media coverage
National and Regional Training Facilitation (15%)
- Serve as a member of the training staff at National Organizing Workshops, including leading large group learning and developing new lesson plans to best fit the needs of our membership
- Design and implement a scope and sequence of regional trainings to meet the RST’s development needs
Compliance and Performance Management (10%)
- Continuously track important metrics and progress to goals in two regions to ensure our data is accurate, accessible and effectively able to inform our execution of the organizing work
- Execute performance to goal management and to expense management functions
- Ensure expenses are coded properly
- Ensure data is recorded and managed to organizational standards
- Execute compliance projects as determined by the Senior Director, Organizing Strategy
Special Projects (10%)
- Innovate, test, and refine new approaches to LEE’s organizing work that continuously expands our ability to support our members to be change agents within their communities
- Other projects as assigned by Senior Director, Organizing Strategy
- 5-7 years professional experience
- Two years of experience in relational community organizing similar to LEE’s model, i.e. broad based organizing, coalition building, union based organizing and field operations that build local organizations
- Familiarity with the political landscape of one of the two regions
- Highly effective communication, facilitation, coaching and relationship building skills
- Ability to analyze a context in order to draft and execute strategic plans that drive achievement of goals
- Ability to quickly apply skills and lessons learned through prior organizing experiences to LEE’s organizing model
- Ability to accurately track metrics and progress to goals efficiently and effectively
- Excitement about working in a fast-paced, entrepreneurial environment that requires strong flexibility as LEE continuously learns how to best achieve impact for students
- Deep alignment with LEE’s mission
- Experience applying a lens of diversity, equity, and inclusion
- Up to 50% travel required and ability to work occasional evenings and weekends
- Ability to lift 20 lbs (will need to carry supplies into meeting spaces and assist in setting up meeting spaces – moving chairs and tables, setting up equipment, navigating conventions spaces, etc.)
- Access to reliable transportation. Position requires travel to meetings on a daily basis.
- Bachelor’s degree
- Proficiency with LEE’s model of community organizing
- Experience working with LEE members
- Sophisticated knowledge of political and education landscape in Chicago and Indianapolis
Minimum Education Required