Educators 4 Excellence (E4E) is an organization of education professionals who seek to provide an independent voice for educators in the debate surrounding education reform. E4E's mission is to unite the education community around a shared set of goals, principles, beliefs, and actions, which place student achievement first. E4E’s strategy to achieve this mission is to bring together a group of diverse, like-minded professionals in the field of education - current and former teachers, paraprofessionals, and administrators, and provide a forum to learn about, discuss and take action around key issues within the education system. With a common goal of putting the needs of children first, E4E shares research about current practices and policies in order to enhance the quality of the education debate; creates opportunities to network through panel discussions, speakers and peer discussions; and advocates for meaningful reform of education policies at the City and State level. Since its inception in March of 2010, E4E has reached over 1,500 teachers in New York City (NYC) and has an ambitious recruitment goal to increase the voice of teachers in the most important education issues today.
E4E is currently focused on a number of issues that significantly impact children, teachers and schools, including Last In First Out (LIFO), teacher quality and evaluation, national standards, tenure, charter schools, and No Child Left Behind (NCLB). This is an exciting time for E4E as many of these issues are taking center stage, most recently LIFO in NYC. There is growing momentum among key stakeholders to change this policy and make impending teacher hiring/firing decisions based on objective measures of performance, not just tenure. Supportive of an alternative model to LIFO, E4E is well positioned to contribute to the debate. As a result, E4E is scaling up its effort to significantly increase its teacher membership, giving voice to the very individuals affected by this issue. By increasing the number of teachers that are informed, engaged, and well-suited to engage in conversations with legislators, E4E hopes to play a significant role in ensuring passage of a bill to end LIFO.
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Reporting to the Vice President of Programs, the Outreach Director will play a critical role in the effort to reach E4E’s teacher recruiting goal. This is a full-time, temporary position with the potential to become a permanent role. The Director will be a member of the team responsible for adding 2500 teachers by June with a primary priority of mobilizing teacher support to reform LIFO, and a secondary goal of expanding E4E’s membership overall.
• Bachelor’s degree and at least 2 years of professional experience, either in education or community/campaign organizing
• Previous experience in a classroom strongly preferred
• Strong oral and written communication skills, including experience in preparing and delivering public presentations
• Proven team player with appropriate interpersonal skills in a variety of settings
• A self-starter with exceptional organization and time management skills; Ability to design a work plan, prioritize and meet goals
• Grace under pressure and a good sense of humor
• Must be willing to travel throughout the five boroughs and have the ability to work non-traditional hours, including weekday evenings and weekends