Director, Illinois/NW Indiana Impact
Position Grade: Director 2
Position Location: Chicago
About Leadership for Educational Equity
Leadership for Educational Equity (LEE) 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 alumni of several partner organizations including Teach For America, the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI), New Leaders, Latinos for Education, Urban Teachers, and Public Allies. 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.
Leadership for Educational Equity (LEE) is seeking a senior leader to serve as Director of Impact in the IL/NW Indiana (NWI) 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, 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 officials 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, IL/NWI will manage a Director of Organizing Strategy, who takes the lead on local community organizing efforts and strategy. The Director, IL/NWI Impact will be responsible for reallocating time, effort and priorities of direct report to ensure effective strategy in meeting region-wide goals.
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 IL/NWI with particular focus on the Chicago 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 the IL/NWI region. This position will report to a Senior Director of Regional Impact.
Position Location: Chicago with support to/engagement with members living across IL/NWI
Travel Requirements: 10% minimum outside the region (for team events and national programming; this could increase at times based on interest/onboarding needs); frequent travel throughout the region.
Please note that, in service of safeguarding our employees, members, and communities, LEE requires all full time, regular (non-temporary) employees and other employees who engage in any in-person work to submit proof of full COVID-19 vaccination within 60 days of their start date or request a qualified medical or religious accommodation.
The Director should strategize, plan and execute all the responsibilities outlined below according to a strategic vision and operational plan they created to meet organizational goals. The Director will be asked to regularly track and enter their activity with members, and member growth in LEE’s Salesforce system. Additionally, they are tasked with the effective management of two staff members to achieve regional goals and priorities.
Connect Members to Resources & Supports (25%)
- Develop deep knowledge of resources and supports offered by all teams at LEE (including, but not limited to virtual forums, career coaching, virtual content, etc.), and ensure team members have developed similar knowledge
- Conduct 1:1 meetings with members regularly to understand their vision for impact, align with their leadership trajectory, and connect them with supports accordingly, and support team members in strategic execution of meetings
- Develop (in conjunction with our National Impact team) and facilitate regional trainings and events that support member learning or, support team members in developing and facilitating
- Develop and execute a communications strategy (email and social), that aligns with National strategy and with support of a Manager of Communications on the RI team, to inspire members to connect, to use LEE resources, and/or to attend programming
Elected Leadership (EL) Coaching (20%)
- Develop thorough knowledge of electoral opportunities across the state
- Inspire and agitate members to run for elected leadership positions
- Coach members using LEE’s robust coaching program (including virtual content) and supporting them to file for candidacy
- Track outreach, engagement and recruitment efforts via Salesforce and other tools
Support Collective Action Workstreams (15%)
- Directly manage and provide guidance and support to Director Organizing Strategy to execute on key responsibilities, including:
- Recruit Organizing Alliance Leadership Team (OALT) members and engage with them to move them from idea to action - coach, leverage LEE supports, connect across network, and nudge to action
- Lead turnout efforts for and with the OALT; agitate and build the base for collective actions and leverage national platform organizing supports to amplify OALT and member impact
Landscape Knowledge and Partners (15%)
- 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, including securing organizations to host LEE fellows
- Build and steward relationships with external influencers
Team Management (15%)
- Assemble, retain and develop a staff of 1, including supporting direct report in setting a compelling vision for their work, establishing measurable, ambitious, and feasible goals that map to that vision, and tracking progress towards those goals
- Provide day to day leadership to team
Special Projects (10%)
- As assigned by team leadership, in pursuit of organization-wide and team-wide goals
- Bachelor’s degree or commensurate work experience
- 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
- Politics (including candidate and/or public leadership development, campaign plan development, messaging, conducting a field campaign, coalition building and fundraising)
- Policy (including research and analysis, drafting legislation or policy recommendations, advising elected officials and/or other decision-makers, and working for local, state or federal government)
- Advocacy/community organizing (including identifying, recruiting, and developing community leaders; developing and implementing civic engagement plans in target communities; issue campaign work; coalition building; and conducting targeted communications through online advocacy platforms)
- Ability to communicate and collaborate within a geographically dispersed team
- Strong, demonstrated commitment to anti-racism, diversity, equity & inclusion
- Deep passion for educational equity and belief in LEE’s mission and theory of change
- Has a network of community and political relationships
- 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
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.