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Director, Policy & Advocacy Fellowships

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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 educationalequity.org.

Position Summary

LEE’s Policy and Advocacy Discern team supports LEE members as they seek to enter their first role in policy, advocacy or organizing. Our two Discern fellowships, the Policy Advisor Fellowship and the Policy and Advocacy Summer Fellowship are key drivers in helping members make that transition. The Director of Fellowships will guide the vision and direction of these two fellowships, including how they intersect with one another and are part of an overarching member journey. The Director ensures that by leveraging resources across the organization, we have diverse and robust host and fellow pools and that hosts leave the fellowship satisfied and eager to further engage with LEE and fellows are clear about the next steps in their leadership journey. In addition to leading the early career fellowships, the Director will also provide policy/advocacy skill-building support to entry- and mid-level policy/advocacy leaders by serving as an adjunct instructor for LEE’s Policy & Advocacy Equity Leaders Certificate. The Director will report to the Senior Director, Discern.


Position Location: Flexible

Travel Requirements: Up to 20% travel, including nationwide travel at least three times a year

Responsibilities:

Program Design and Execution of LEE’s Early Career Policy & Advocacy Fellowships (45%)

  • Build data-driven insights from the programs to identify opportunities to increase effectiveness of LEE fellows and the fellowship programs
  • Lead the evolution of the fellowship program supports toward increasingly scalable models for member engagement, development and learning and share insights across the organization
  • Ensure that the Policy Advisor Fellowship is designed to meet both senior LEE member needs as well as for entry-level policy and advocacy leaders
  • Provide coaching and support to develop fellows’ policy/advocacy leadership skills and ensure a fulfilling member experience
  • Oversee the alumni communities, ensuring that fellowship alumni continue to engage with LEE programs and supports, learn about and share new role opportunities in their network, and have the resources needed to take steps in their professional career (with support from Manager, Fellowships)

Selection and Recruitment for LEE’s Early Career Policy & Advocacy Fellowships (35%)

  • Recruit fellowship cohorts that represent diverse identities, including members who demonstrate diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) awareness and whose values align with LEE’s vision and mission 
  • Leverage resources across LEE to identify recruit hosts for both fellowships 
  • Track progress of fellows to measure overall program effectiveness based on the data and feedback gathered from both members, staff and partner organizations
  • Monitor the PASF (Policy & Advocacy Summer Fellowship) and PAF (Policy Advisor Fellowship) fellowship budgets and investments from external organizations 

Member-Facing Resources (15%)

  • Serve as an adjunct instructor for LEE’s Policy & Advocacy Equity Leaders Certificate courses
  • Identify, design and execute new high-quality online programming and supports to help LEE’s entry-level policy and advocacy leaders have impact in their current roles
  • Work across the Policy and Advocacy team to develop supports and resources that will advance members into their first policy and advocacy roles 

Special Projects (5%)

  • As needed by Senior Director, lead on special projects related to Discern workstreams

 Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree or commensurate years of work experience
  • 6 years relevant professional experience
  • 2 years experience managing a fellowship or program
  • 2 years experience in education policy and/or advocacy
  • Experience in engaging with high-impact policy, advocacy and/or elected leaders
  • Demonstrated ability to design and implement high-quality programming for adult learners
  • Commitment to coaching leaders and playing a role in their long-term leadership development 
  • Proven ability to work across lines of difference with diverse audiences and partners
  • Excellent verbal and written skills
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Demonstrated ability to plan strategically, prioritize time, and manage implementation of plans in fast-moving, changing environments
  • Flexible and committed to continuous learning
  • Strong, demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity & inclusion

 

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Advanced, policy-related degree (JD, MPP, MPA, MSW)
  • Demonstrated experience growing programs and/or fellowships
  • 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

 

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

  • Time Commitment
    Full Time Schedule
  • Start Date
    July 1, 2021
  • Education
    4-Year Degree Required
  • Professional Level
    Professional

Salary

$73,320 - $88,920

Benefits

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: https://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; 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.

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…

Location

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

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