Aug 23, 2019

Managing Director of External Affairs, Los Angeles

  • Educators for Excellence
  • Los Angeles, CA, USA
Senior Management - Director Education (K-12)

Job Description

Lead E4E - Los Angeles’ Participatory Policy Strategy and Advocacy Efforts (50%)

  • Collaborate with E4E-Los Angeles educators to identify and develop organizational policy stances on current education issues, and proposed district and/or state laws and policies that prioritize equitable student outcomes and elevate the teaching profession, in line with E4E’s Declaration of Teachers’ Principles and Beliefs.
  • Organize E4E-Los Angeles’ Teacher Policy and Advocacy Teams by recruiting and selecting members; developing curriculum and leading team meetings; assist the team with research, identifying policy recommendations and designing an advocacy campaign to help teachers learn about and discuss an issue affecting their classrooms and careers; 
  • Coach educators on developing and implementing issue-based campaigns and advocacy plans such as creating an external affairs strategy, preparing strategic communications tactics, conducting desk and field research, shaping and advancing policy objectives, writing about and publishing their policy recommendations, and developing coalitions with external stakeholders.
  • Collaborate with the National Director of Communications to craft and execute messaging for policy stances, as well as author and edit media stories for publication.
  • In partnership with the Local Leadership Team, devise chapter-wide advocacy plans in response to current policy issues, collaborate with the National Manager of Policy and MDXs in other E4E chapters on national educational policy issues and programming.
  • Develop timely issue-based advocacy campaigns and actions (either responsive or proactive to the policy and political climate) that engages members, builds partnerships, and develops E4E Teacher Leaders.
  • Plan and coordinate locallarge E4E-Los Angeles policy events, (such as panel discussions and guest speaker series), connecting teachers with key local and state policymakers.

Manage Membership, Stakeholder Communications and Lead Partnerships (30%)

  • Lead the design and execution of a strategic communications and external relations plans for E4E-Los Angeles.
  • In coordination with the national External Affairs team, communicate the latest relevant E4E-Los Angeles news and district and state education policy information to members and stakeholders through E4E’s blog, email, social media, and in conversations with members.
  • Coach staff members to effectively engage in conversations on current policy issues with teachers through staff development opportunities, internal staff newsletters, and one-on-one conversations.
  • Build authentic relationships with local and state education policy organizations, advocacy organizations, and other key stakeholders on behalf of E4E-Los Angeles, identifying shared stances and collaboration opportunities. Develop strategic, high-yield partnerships with local and state education policy and advocacy organizations that elevate student outcomes and the teaching profession.

Manage Media Relations (20%)

  • Keep informed about local, state and national education policy and political events and relevant media pieces.
  • Engage teachers in raising their voice on education policy issues through social media, letters to the editor, op eds, blog posts and other appropriate media.
  • In coordination with the Executive Director and the National Director of Communications, build relationships with local education reporters and bloggers; draft and pitch letters to the editors and op eds; prepare timely press statements and media advisories for E4E-Los Angeles, as needed; connect educators with timely media opportunities; and pitch media stories to local reporters

Minimum Requirement(s): 

  • Seven-to-ten years of professional experience, and at least 5+ years of relevant experience, including some experience within K-12 education policy in Los Angeles and California 
  • Previous communications, education policy, legislative, community organizing, and/or advocacy/campaign experience
  • Prior experience designing and managing campaigns, with experience creating action plans to achieve desired outcomes
  • Experience with media outreach and preparing press statements, op eds and letters to the editor
  • An ability to help educators discover and articulate links between individual classroom experiences and systemic issues

Ideal Candidate: 

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Master’s degree preferred in Public Policy, Public Administration, Communication Management, Journalism, Public Relations or a related field
  • Experience with writing advocacy emails, social media posts (Twitter and Facebook) and blogs
  • Demonstrated high-quality writing skills
  • Extreme attention to detail
  • Experience with qualitative and quantitative research and data analysis
  • An exceptional ability to cultivate and develop relationships and networks, especially around education issues
  • Deep knowledge of education policy issues at the district and state levels and an exceptional ability to synthesize and communicate such issues to diverse stakeholders 
  • Demonstrated track record of leadership with results and the ability to influence others to achieve outcomes, including motivating teams and lateral management
  • A self-starter with an entrepreneurial spirit; one who can work independently to achieve goals after receiving broad direction
  • Proven track record and ability to organize, plan and execute multiple streams of work, meet deadlines and maintain timely correspondence/follow up

To Apply

Candidates must start the application process no later than August 30th:

  • Step 1: Resume + Questions: Upload your resume and answer a few short questions. Note: Should you move forward in the process, your responses to these questions will be read by every member of the selection committee, so please take the time to respond thoughtfully.   
  • Step 2: Video Interview: Select candidates will be invited to record a one-way video interview which needs to be completed by the application deadline of September 3rd @ 11pm PDT. Our candidates love this flexibility because they get to complete the first part of our screening process whenever and wherever they want and on their schedule! (Note: Check your SPAM for this email).
  • Step 3 & 4: In-person Interviews: Four finalists will be invited to interview with the hiring committee in-person (or over video conference) if necessary. In advance of your interview, you will be asked to submit a short performance task, that will be utilized during your interview day.
  • Step 5: Reference checks: 1-2 finalists will emerge from the interview day. We will check up to 6 of your references.


Title / Level of Responsibility

Director, Deputy Director

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