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Director, Colorado Region Impact

Organization Name: Leadership for Educational Equity
Website: educationalequity.csod.com/ats/careersite/JobDetails.aspx?id=462&site=1
Job Post Date: 07 May 2020
Job Terms: Full Time
Anticipated Start Date: As soon as possible

Job Description

Position Summary:

Leadership for Educational Equity (LEE) is seeking a senior leader to serve as Director of Impact in the Colorado Region. The Director should bring knowledge of the regional political landscape, a deep network of relationships with influential leaders in the local policy and advocacy arena, experience in elected leadership (campaigns or candidates), and the energy and enthusiasm to grow and organize our base of members in the region through engagement in the LEE collective action network.

Directors bring an entrepreneurial spirit to drive our local impact in regions across the country by: (1) actively building a base of civically engaged members and (2) helping our members develop into and assume senior leadership roles in policy, in advocacy and as elected official and (3) developing the organizing skills of our members leading local community organizing efforts.

Directors collaborate with our national expert teams at LEE in Elected Leadership, Policy and Advocacy, and Organizing Leadership to bring national gold-standard support in these areas; they partner with our LEE Leadership Development and Design team to develop best-in-class programming in support of the developmental needs and interests of our members; and they work with our partner organizations - i.e. Teach For America - to advance the regional vision and maximize our impact on the ground. The Director serves as the face of LEE and the primary point of contact for members in their region.

The Director in Colorado will manage a Director of Program and Organizing, who takes the lead on local community organizing efforts and strategy.

LEE is looking for a strategic leader with strong relationship building skills, a history of collective action success, a thorough understanding of and relationships within the political and education policy landscape of the Colorado Region with particular focus on Denver and the Denver Metropolitan Area, the skills to support a LEE member led community organizing effort in the region, and the ability to inspire and recruit members to run for office. As LEE’s digital engagement initiatives grow, the Director will be tasked with managing members’ journeys through blended learning - digital and in-person engagement and action. The Director will be charged with building a movement that leverages the collective strengths of our members to achieve educational equity for all children in Colorado. This position will report to a Senior Director of Regional Impact.

Position Location: Colorado - Denver Metro Area

Travel Requirements: 20% minimum outside the region (which could increase at times based on interest/onboarding needs); frequent travel throughout the region, including, but not limited to, Colorado Springs, Pueblo; other areas throughout the state of Colorado.

Responsibilities:

Regional Vision and Strategy (10%)

Craft a coherent regional strategy that aligns with LEE's theory of action and supports org-wide goal attainment, including the use of collective action as a tool for member engagement and increased impact in the region

Build and Manage Relationships (20%)

Build relationships with members, support/guide them to engage in online learning and small actions (all members), connect them with national supports (mid- to senior-level members), and strategically connect LEE members to work toward common objectives
Build and steward relationships with external influencers

Program Management and Implementation (20%)

Plan and execute regional events including design and facilitation of regional organizing programming and occasional facilitation of national trainings
Manage team towards high impact outcomes and achieving regional vision

Landscape Knowledge and Partners (10%)

Deeply understand and navigate the local landscape, political relationships, and power structures in the region to support member action and impact
Engage partners toward development of LEE members and impact in the region

Team Management (10%)

Lead direct report, Director of Program and Organizing, towards high outcomes for regional impact

Candidate Recruitment (20%)

Recruit candidates for elected leadership and transition to national Candidate Development team upon filing

Manage and Support Regional Strategy Team (10%)

Lead Director, Program & Organizing to:
Recruit RST members and engage with them to move them from idea to action - advise, support, and nudge
Lead turnout efforts for RSTs; agitate and build the base for collective actions and leverage national platform organizing supports to amplify RST and member impact

Qualifications

Education Requirement: Bachelor's Degree (4 yrs. college)
Experience: At least 6 years
Skills: Minimum Qualifications:

6+ years relevant professional experience
2+ years organizing experience either as a volunteer or paid organizer
Demonstrated track record of building local networks and partnerships with a diverse community of leaders and creating change with these partners
Deep regional expertise and connections and ability to move influencers to achieve impact
Baseline level of knowledge and skills in Elected Leadership, Policy and Advocacy, and Community Organizing
Ability to communicate and collaborate within a geographically dispersed team, virtually
Strong, demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity & inclusion
Deep passion for educational equity and belief in LEE’s mission and theory of change

Preferred Qualifications:

Graduate degree in a field related to education and/or policy (e.g., MPP, M.Ed., JD)
Experience coaching others and playing a role in their long-term development
Experience managing a high-functioning entrepreneurial team
Experience in coaching and recruiting candidates for elected leadership
Demonstrated experience effectively working and coaching across lines of difference
Demonstrates experience in coalition building and organizing with communities of color
Has a network of community and political relationships

Organization 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 educationalequity.org.

How to Apply

Please apply using the link: educationalequity.csod.com

Contact: Ashley Ellington
Email: staffing@educationalequity.org
Application Due: Wed, 08 Jul 2020
Job Post Online Expiration: Thu, 18 Jun 2020 03:14pm

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