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Director, Learning, Development, and Inclusion

Position Grade:  Director 2

Position Location: Flexible Location

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: 

The Director, Learning, Development, & Inclusion will serve on the Leadership Development & Design team and manage a portfolio of National Impact programs to support growth in LEE members’ leadership and their knowledge, skills, mindsets, and behaviors related to our policy and advocacy pipeline. The Director will design and oversee the execution of high-quality virtual, in-person, and blended learning experiences that are grounded in LEE’s pedagogy and liberatory consciousness development model in order to support them in deepening and grow their impact as civic leaders. The primary portfolio will include managing and implementing the People of Color Emerging Policy and Advocacy Leaders Series (EPALS), which is a leadership development program that seeks to prepare LEE members of color to achieve positive impact in the fields of policy and advocacy.

The role requires both independent design and collaboration across the National Impact team and LEE. In particular, the Director will collaborate with LEE’s Policy and Advocacy Leadership team in the refinement of leadership development curriculum. The Director will provide leadership, expertise, and coaching on virtual and blended learning and facilitation from a DEI lens. The Director will also need to collaborate with other LEE staff to rigorously track and analyze data, design program/project evaluation metrics, and make strategic shifts to programming in response to staff and member needs. 

The ideal candidate will demonstrate passion for and demonstrated success in adult leadership development and inclusive facilitation, strong expertise in virtual and blended learning, and strong comfort with identity-based programming. Through this work, the Director ensures that LEE members are supported, inspired, and empowered to seek and pursue leadership opportunities at all levels that will help to achieve educational equity and excellence for all children.

The Director, Learning, Development, and Inclusion will report directly to the Senior Director, Learning, Development, and Inclusion.

Position Location: Flexible

Travel Requirements: 30% including nationwide travel by plane at least three times a year. All travel is pending due to current restrictions on in-person engagement due to COVID-19.

Responsibilities:

Leadership Development (65%)

  • Design and facilitate high-quality blended leadership development experiences to support the growth of LEE members’ leadership and their knowledge, skills, mindsets, and behaviors related to policy and advocacy

  • Lead and manage the implementation of the People of Color Emerging Policy and Advocacy Leaders Series

  • In collaboration with LEE’s Policy and Advocacy team, design and refine content and curriculum for virtual, in-person, and blended programs

  • Design and facilitate high-quality learning experiences rooted in the liberatory consciousness development model related to member identity exploration, systems of oppression, liberation, equity, and more

  • Collaborate with Policy and Advocacy team and Regional Impact team partners to ensure content and design alignment that leads to both individual leadership growth and conversion into new roles within the policy and advocacy field

 

Virtual and Blended Learning Leadership (15%)

  • Support the integration of LEE’s virtual and blended leadership development methodology and design principles into all Policy and Advocacy team’s member-facing programming

  • Provide coaching and consultation regarding virtual leadership programming and diversity, equity, and inclusion to LEE’s member-facing Policy and Advocacy staff and their programming and online courses

  • Support the development of best practices in virtual facilitation, communities, and programming

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Support (15%)

  • Design and/or revise curriculum to support the integration of the liberatory consciousness development model within national member-facing programming

  • Provide ongoing coaching and support to member-facing programming staff to strengthen their practice in facilitating and engaging members from a DEI lens

 

Special Projects (5%)

  • Other projects, as assigned by the Senior Director, Learning, Development, & Inclusion 

 

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree or commensurate years of work experience

  • 6 years relevant professional experience required

  • At least two years experience directly related to program design and management, training, and facilitation, preferably related to civic leadership development 

  • Demonstrated ability to manage teams of facilitators and coordinators

  • Strong program design skills, including a thorough understanding of adult learning and blended learning principles, especially from a diversity, equity and inclusion lens and in a virtual context

  • Demonstrated ability to plan strategically, prioritize time, and manage implementation of plans in fast-moving, changeable environments; Strong attention to detail and demonstrated success in managing and operating data systems

  • Comfort with facilitating identity-based programming for people of color

  • Proven ability to build and leverage relationships with diverse audiences and partners

  • Excellent verbal and written skills and demonstrated track record of effective communication across a complex organizational structure, and partnering with subject matter experts

  • Strong knowledge of topics related to equity, systemic change, and systems of oppression and strong, demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity & inclusion

  • Ability to identify useful metrics and see trends that inform strategy

  • Flexible and committed to continuous learning


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience with designing online courses and virtual learning experiences through platforms such as Thought Industries, Articulate Storyline, or other

  • Experience designing instructional rich media (graphics, video, etc.) through tools such as Canva, Adobe Illustrator, and more

  • Experience working in politics, policy, advocacy or organizing

  • Advanced degree in a relative field

  • Ability to effectively communicate and collaborate within a geographically dispersed team

  • Deep passion for educational equity and belief in LEE’s mission and theory of change

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.