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Program Coordinator, Chicago

Educators 4 Excellence
Chicago, IL
  • Location: Chicago, IL
  • Team: Chicago Chapter
  • Posted: 7/3/18
  • Hiring Manager: Stacy Moore
  • Application deadline: First round applications due July 19, 2018 @ 11pm ET

About Us

Our nation’s education system is leaving millions of students—including an overwhelming number of students of color and low-income students—unprepared for college, career, and life. While research shows that classroom teachers are the single most important in-school factor in improving student achievement, their diverse voices are consistently left out of education policy decisions. For far too long, teachers have been treated as subjects of change rather than as agents of change.

Founded by public school teachers, Educators for Excellence is a growing movement of 30,000 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 access to a quality education

What We Do

Our Theory of Change is grounded in two long-term goals that are inextricably linked: better outcomes for our students and the elevation of the quality and prestige of the teaching profession. We achieve this by:

  • Building a movement of forward-thinking teachers through grassroots organizing in communities across the country
  • Identifying and training teacher leaders within that broader movement to take on key positions of influence in their schools, districts, states, and perhaps most importantly, within their teachers unions
  • Creating teacher-led policy recommendations in order to bridge the divide between policymakers and the classroom
  • Advocating for implementation of teacher-generated policy ideas
  • Scaling this model to reach critical mass in the communities we serve and across the country

Educators for Excellence envisions an equitable and excellent education system that provides all students the opportunity to succeed and elevates the teaching profession

The Opportunity

E4E 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 these efforts locally, the Chicago chapter is hiring a Program Coordinator (PC). Reporting directly to the Executive Director, the Program Coordinator will provide high-level administrative and logistical support, ensuring that the Office of the Executive Director is efficient, effective and impactful. The Program Coordinator will responsively address day-to-day needs, as well as longer-term needs of the chapter while developing and maintaining current systems to keep operations and larger initiatives running effectively. This is an ideal role for someone with previous executive assistant or support experience looking to transition to a mission-driven organization

You Will:

Provide Executive Support:

Manage and optimize the extremely active calendar of the ED, ensuring it reflects the priorities and preferences of the ED; serve as a gatekeeper of her schedule, effectively prioritizing internal and external scheduling requests

Manage scheduling requests; book and prepare travel itineraries

Respond to e-mail and phone inquiries on behalf of the chapter or Executive Director

Write briefings for meetings, events, and travel for the Executive Director

Assist the Executive Director and Managing Directors with donor and policy research

Support the Executive Director in development work, including prospecting, communications tracking, scheduling and meeting preparation

Ensure excellent communication from the office of the Executive Director by editing and proofreading materials

Complete time tracking and expense reports

Navigate deadline pressures adeptly and with a clear understanding of priorities

Support Office Management:

  • Facilitate successful onboarding (new hire orientation) for new staff members
  • Develop and improve office systems and operations to enhance collaboration, efficiency and productivity
  • Coordinate aspects of office accounting, event and program budgeting, billing, staff expenditures and reimbursements, and stay within budget
  • Represent E4E-Chicago to local and national vendors and partners, and seek out new vendors as needed
  • Boosts team culture by creating initiatives around team building and staff appreciation
  • Contribute to a strong team culture through designing and implementing chapter-specific programs, trainings, and events, as well as national internal initiatives
  • Serve as a point of contact between local and national staff for org-wide updates

Support Event Planning:

  • In collaboration with the chapter’s Outreach Team plan and organize logistical details for large events (100+ attendees) and programs
  • Support Chicago Outreach Directors and teacher leaders with executing logistical details for small events and regular programs, including Teacher Policy Teams and School Team Leader trainings

You Have:


  • Administrative, support or executive assistant experience
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Thrives in an operational role, and demonstrates a passion for behind the scenes workings of organizations
  • Operates with flexibility and thrives in a fast paced, ambiguous work environment
  • Discretion, flexibility and impeccable judgement about overall priorities, day-to-day tasks, and sensitive conversations
  • Ability to understand the motivations of others, inspire and compel others to action, and quickly build authentic and deep relationships
  • Exceptional organization skills, high level of efficiency, and ability to manage operations and multiple projects at one time with precision


  • Some form of school-based experience, student-based professional experience; work with educational non-profits or one year of professional experience as a Pre K-12 classroom teacher
  • A Bachelor’s Degree
  • Some professional experience in issue advocacy, education policy, and/or community /campaign organizing
  • Demonstrated proficiency in most of the following platforms: Google Mail, Calendar, and Docs/Drive; Box; Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and database (e.g. SalesForce) experience

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

Benefits & Applying

Educators for Excellence believes in providing employees with benefits to support self-care, wellness, and financial stability. We value the whole person and provide benefits such as; paid time off, health insurance plans, competitive salaries that include pre-tax benefits, and cell phone reimbursements. See more information about our benefits here

Applications can be addressed to Stacy Moore, Executive Director, and should include a resume. In lieu of a traditional cover letter, you will be asked to submit a video cover letter. Instructions will be emailed to you directly after you submit your application. This role has an anticipated start date of 8/1

Educators for Excellence is an equal opportunity employer. We predominantly partner with teachers who serve low-income communities, and communities of color. Therefore, though race and other identity markers are never used to make final hiring decisions, we place a particular focus on recruiting staff members who share the backgrounds of the communities we serve


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