Job Title: Senior Director, Policy Trainings
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Employer: Leadership for Educational Equity
Job Location: Flexible, with preference for Washington, DC
Closing Date: 30/11/2016
 
Job Description:

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 http://educationalequity.org/careers.

Position Summary
The Senior Director, Policy Trainings will lead the Policy & Advocacy (PA) team’s work in designing and delivering high-impact national programs to advance LEE members’ skills and effectiveness in the policy and advocacy landscape.  The Senior Director will set a vision and strategic plan for the Advancement & Development mini-team and be responsible for helping the team execute on that plan.  The Senior Director will oversee the design, execution and evaluation of new programming, as well as advising and executing on ways to improve the quality of the PA team’s existing programs, most critically from a diversity, equity and inclusion lens. 

The Senior Director is responsible for the creation of professional and leadership development opportunities for LEE members that will lead them to progress in their leadership skills and attain high-impact roles in the policy and advocacy landscape.  The Senior Director will work closely with other senior directors on the PA team and Leadership Design & Development team to ensure there is collaboration and coordination across the PA team and LEE programming.  The Senior Director will also bring a deep professional network and experiences that contribute to constructing programs.  The Senior Director ensures that LEE members participating in our leadership development programs are supported, inspired, and empowered to seek and pursue leadership opportunities at all levels that will help to close the achievement gap and ensure educational equity for all children.  This position reports to the Vice President of Policy & Advocacy.

Position Location:  Flexible, with preference for Washington, DC

Travel Requirements:  Up to 50%; must be willing to work pre-designated weekends for Policy & Advocacy workshops

Responsibilities:

  • ​Oversee the design, execution and evaluation of new programming, and advise and execute on ways to improve the quality of existing programs (40%);
  • Supervise and manage a high-functioning team of 4-5 staff (20%);
  • Ensure the incorporation of a diversity, equity and inclusion lens in all of our activities, including supporting members in developing their critical consciousness around oppression and its impact on educational inequity (20%);
  • Execute a long-term vision and strategic plan for the Advancement & Development team (10%); and
  • Serve on the senior leadership team of Policy & Advocacy and advise on strategic decisions, lead staff development, and help to shape and model team culture (10%).

Minimum Qualifications: 

  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • At least 8 years of experience in policy or advocacy
  • Minimum of 4 years of demonstrated experience managing teams to meet and exceed goals
  • Experience developing curriculum and designing experiential trainings on topics related to politics, policy, advocacy and organizing
  • Deep professional network and relationships in education policy that can be leveraged for bringing speakers, training, and consultation to LEE
  • Experience coaching leaders and playing a role in their long-term development
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Demonstrated ability to plan strategically, prioritize time, and manage implementation of plans in fast-moving, changing environments
  • Ability to foster creativity to innovate and create new programs
  • Must be willing to work pre-designated weekends for policy & advocacy workshops and attend all fellowship launches and orientations
  • Deep passion for educational equity and a belief in LEE’s theory of change

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Advanced degree in education, policy, or other relevant field (e.g., MPP, M.Ed.)
  • Experience leading and managing a geographically dispersed team
  • Experience serving Teach For America (TFA) corps members and alumni and/or working as TFA staff

Benefits and Salary
Salary for this position is competitive and depends on prior experience. In addition, a comprehensive benefits package is included. 

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.

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