The Opportunity Educators for Excellence has realized a number of critical achievements over the past several years, including rapid growth in staff, budget, and impact, and now stands poised to accelerate its progress over the coming five years. As we move forward, we will focus on deepening teacher engagement, developing the vision and tools for transformative teacher leadership, and bringing internal systems to the next level to ensure the organization has the infrastructure, resources, and supports necessary to achieve our goals.
To support this work nationally, our National Development Team is hiring a Director of Regional Giving (DRG). The DRG reports directly to the Vice President of Growth Strategy and Development and is an essential link between E4E’s national development team and local chapters’ development efforts. E4E currently fundraises national support from national partners — the Foundations and Individual Giving Leads will manage these partnerships. Additionally, each E4E chapter is working to grow their base of local donors with the aim of being fully sustained by local donors. The local Executive Director and Managing Director of Development are responsible for local fundraising efforts. The DRG reports to the Vice President of Growth Strategy and Development and is an essential bridge between national and local work, ensuring that all chapter and national fundraising staff operate as a cohesive team. The DRG coaches and supports local Executive Directors and Managing Directors of Development in our six chapters; coordinates organization-wide projects between the national and local team; and ensures timely and accurate information-sharing among teams. In some cases, the DRG will also steward external relationships with donors and prospective partners in local communities.
Conduct Strategic Planning and Analysis
Create a comprehensive, multi-year organization-wide fundraising strategy and coordinate local fundraising efforts
Develop high-level strategic plans for internal and external work
Work in partnership with local Executive Directors and Managing Directors of Development to set vision and direction for local fundraising— develop and support local implementation of a multi-year strategy for ambitiously increasing the size and number of gifts
Coordinate across relevant national streams and local teams to implement integrated fundraising activities
Collaborate with national and local teams to support the creation of organization-wide communications (i.e. annual report)
Create systems to codify information and share best practices across chapters
Create systems to share local updates and information with National Development team members and Co-CEOs when relevant
Build Relationships and Develop Staff
Guide local fundraising efforts by identify trends to create and execute trainings, learning opportunities and professional development for Executive Directors and Managing Directors of Development
Coach and support local Executive Directors and Managing Directors of Development in the creation of stewardship plans, the analyzing of data and trends, the identifying of new donors, and the execution of fundraising activities
Build relationships across chapters and between the national and local teams to create a strong, single fundraising team that simultaneously supports organization-wide and local efforts
Strategize, coordinate, and support the execution of timely, accurate and compelling interactions with funders in partnership with the Executive Directors, local Managing Directors of Development, the Vice President of Growth Strategy and Development and Co-CEOs.
Work with the National Development Associates, and Vice President of Growth Strategy and Development to understand new site fundraising landscapes and support execution of new site fundraising efforts
Serve as main point of national contact for local chapters and help lead the development and communication of organization-wide opportunities for fundraising (online appeals or campaigns) as well as best practices across chapters
Assess E4E’s critical projects and initiatives on a consistent (weekly and monthly) basis and ensure that the Senior Leadership Team and Co-CEOs prioritize the most critical projects that drive the organization to achieve its short and long-term goals
Manage the planning and execution of frequent meetings with the Board of Directors
Eight to ten years of professional experience, including roles focused on direct and/or lateral management and advising senior leaders, and at least 4 years of direct fundraising experience
At least one year of professional experience as a Pre K-12 classroom teacher preferred; some form of teaching, school-based professional experience, student-based professional experience or previous work with educational non-profits required
A proven track record of success in leading teams and motivating others, in a variety of circumstances, to reach and surpass ambitious goals
Excellent interpersonal skills and prior experience coaching and developing others to accomplish results
Exceptional organization skills, high level of efficiency, and ability to manage operations with precision
Strong project management experience
Ability and willingness to achieve results through others and laterally manage Senior Leadership Team members as well as peers
A high sense of urgency and demonstrate self-motivation, a focus on goals, and commitment to high-quality execution
Commitment to building a base of mission-aligned partners who are excited to bring their diverse resources (ideas, networks, time, skills, and experience, in addition to financial resources) to bear in order to achieve our mission
Excellent judgment, discretion, and impeccable ethical standards
Ability to understand the motivations of others, inspire and compel others to action, and quickly build authentic and deep relationships
Demonstrated ability to produce and deliver clear, concise, formal and informal oral and written communications
Comfort with traveling to various E4E chapters during the year, up to 40% of travel time
Knowledge of Microsoft Excel, PowerPoint, and Word required; Adobe Illustrator and database (e.g. SalesForce) experience preferred
Moreover, all E4E staff demonstrate our Core Values:
Respect and Professionalism: We act with personal responsibility, respect, and commitment to high quality work, to our organization and to each other
Solutions Orientation: We consistently approach even the most complex challenges with positivity, proactive solutions, and the assumption of best intentions
Growth Mindset: We intentionally create opportunities to develop ourselves and others in order to learn and continuously improve
Dynamic Leadership: We courageously take ownership, empower others, set bold visions, think strategically, and adapt to change
Diversity and Inclusiveness: Educational inequity is linked to race, power, and privilege, and so we take action to shift this paradigm by reflecting on our own identities, creating an inclusive and diverse community, and leveraging our differences as strengths
Founded by public school teachers, Educators for Excellence is a growing movement of 25,000 educators, united around a common set of values and principles for improving student learning and elevating the teaching profession. We work together to identify issues that impact our schools, create solutions to these challenges, and advocate for policies and programs that give all students acc...ess to a quality education.
Educators for Excellence envisions an equitable and excellent education system that provides all students the opportunity to succeed and elevates the teaching profession.
Educators for Excellence ensures that teachers have a leading voice in the policies that impact their students and profession.
Our Core Values:
We are a community of leaders united in our commitment to students and teachers, drawing upon our personal experiences with a connection to educational inequity. All of our work, actions, decisions, and goals are driven by the belief that every child deserves an excellent education and, in order to achieve this, we must elevate the quality and prestige of the teaching profession.
Even though our work is urgent, we believe how we work is just as important as what we are working to accomplish. Our core values guide how we fulfill our mission, in partnership with teachers and on behalf of students.