May 01, 2021

Chief Growth Officer

  • Promise54
  • Remote
Full-Time Business Development Fundraising/Development Strategic Planning

Job Description

 

Chief Growth Officer



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 (E4E) is a growing movement of 35,000 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 these goals by changing policy at the district, state, and federal levels and transforming our teachers’ union to be more student-focused, democratic, diverse, and anti-racist. United around our Declaration of Teachers’ Principles and Beliefs, we are building a powerful movement to lead this change by:

 

  • Organizing educators who share a common vision of equity and excellence in schools,
  • Training and supporting teacher leadership, and
  • Advocating for teacher-led recommendations at all levels of government, within teachers’ unions, and in the public conversation around education.

 

E4E envisions an equitable and excellent education system that provides all students the opportunity to succeed and elevates the teaching profession.

The Opportunity
E4E organizes student focused, anti-racist educators, builds their leadership capabilities and collective power through issue-based advocacy campaigns, and supports them to take on positions of leadership in their schools, districts, and most importantly, in their unions. Through E4E, tens of thousands of educators have signed on to a common vision for elevating the teaching profession and improving student outcomes; thousands of teacher members have successfully advocated for and won equity and excellence focused policy changes in their local communities; and hundreds have trained for and taken on positions of elected and appointed leadership in their schools, districts, and unions.

E4E must build on this momentum while pivoting to meet the moment of dramatic crisis facing our students and teachers. We will be guided by the urgent goal of shaping policy solutions to help students, particularly low-income students and students of color, recover from a year of interrupted and unfinished learning, health and social emotional crises, and unrelenting racial trauma. We will do this by organizing and uplifting the collective voices of progressive, anti-racist educators who have also faced significant personal and professional challenges. Recognizing that our work is more urgent and important than ever, we are making strategic investments in our leadership team, infrastructure, and program model to further accelerate our efficacy and impact.

E4E remains committed to our Theory of Change and focus on building power to transform teachers’ unions. Holding significant power and influence at every level of education decision making, unions must be a driving force for social and racial justice. It is essential that teachers’ unions rise to dual challenges of radically improving the education system for our students, particularly those who have been impacted by inequitable opportunities, while also elevating the teaching profession and better reflecting the diverse views and interests of their educator members. E4E works to create a more student-focused, anti-racist, democratic teachers’ union that exists as a powerful lever for progress.

 

E4E’s’s Growth team is seeking a Chief Growth Officer (CGO) to lead all aspects of the organization’s comprehensive fundraising program that supports E4E’s bold vision for change, as well as long-term growth and sustainability. The CGO will leverage their exceptional communication, strategy, and relationship-building skills--as well as a commitment to our core values and strong people management skills--to take a highly functioning development operation to the next level. The CGO’s legacy at E4E will be one of transformation at all levels, from overseeing the evolution of our 10-person Growth team to leading on the creation of an expanded and diversified revenue strategy and launching potential new site expansion and growth models in partnership with our Board and Co-CEOs.

 

With chapters currently operating in Los Angeles, New York, Connecticut, Chicago, Boston, and Minnesota, E4E’s organizing culture is grounded in our passion for impacting educational change at the systems level and revolves around an innovative, roll-up-your-sleeves spirit backed by a shared commitment to continuous professional growth.

 

Scope: What is the nature of the role?

The CGO will serve as a key member of the organization’s Executive Team, and as such enjoy a level of access to and partnership with the Co-CEO that extends both parties’ capacity and allows each to “level up” to the highest and best application of their talents. 

 

The CGO will lead a fundraising team charged with raising at least $11.5 million in FY22, while developing and executing a plan for innovative revenue and expansion strategies. Key responsibilities for the new CGO will include:

 

Growth Strategy and Execution:

 

  • co-designing E4E's vision for growth (of business and impact) with the Co-CEOs and Executive Team; own the execution of the associated strategy;
  • identifying innovative ways to grow and diversify partnerships and revenue;
  • measuring and analyzing current revenue streams and relationships to optimize our annual fundraising year over year;
  • improving E4E’s development systems and architecture to position the organization for future sustainability and growth;
  • keeping abreast of trends in the national education landscape and education philanthropy, and contributing to strategic enterprise-level decision-making, and
  • playing a key role, both internally and externally, in representing the organization and liaising with key stakeholders including donors, members, staff, and the Board of Directors.

 

Team Leadership and Development:

 

  • setting and modeling high standards of development outputs;
  • leading, inspiring, and developing E4E's growth and development team;
  • coaching and supporting local executive directors who serve as regional front-line fundraisers, and
  • contributing to the development and maintenance of a diverse, inclusive, solutions-oriented, high-trust team and organizational culture.

Enterprise Leadership and Organizational Strategy:

 

  • serving as a member of the Executive and Senior Leadership Teams, providing input and making decisions on issues of org-wide magnitude;
  • participating in the budget development process and maintaining a high level of fiscal responsibility;
  • implementing E4E’s strategic plan as approved by the Board of Directors, and in collaboration with the rest of the Executive Team, and developing and implementing new initiatives that serve the organization’s mission;
  • championing E4E’s mission, Core Values, and Commitment to Anti-Racism, both inside and outside the organization, and
  • Actively embodying anti-racist practices in all aspects of their work.

 

Qualifications & Requirements:

 

Experience:

  • 10+ years of professional experience, including deep expertise in donor strategy and best practices, experience designing organization-wide fundraising plans, strategizing and engaging a diverse range of constituents (including major donors, foundations, corporations, and prospects), and leading the full range of activities within the development function as both a strategist and as the person who delivers results.
  • Experience building a sustainable, comprehensive development program in a matrixed organizational environment with multiple critical stakeholders.
  • Successful track record of cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding major gifts from individual and institutional donors at the level of six to seven-figures or greater.
  • Experience with capital campaigns and/or earned revenue streams preferred.
  • Passion and commitment to E4E’s mission; experience working on issues relevant to our work; experience working in a policy/advocacy/systems-change organization highly preferred.

 

Technical Skills:

  • Bachelor’s degree required. Master’s degree in nonprofit management, business administration, public administration, community development, public policy, or related field preferred
  • Outstanding presentation and communication skills
  • Experience as a relationship builder and fundraiser.
  • Ability to extract and analyze data to make effective, efficient decisions about donor strategy and process.
  • Comfort and fluency with SalesForce, G-suite, Slack, and presentation formats like Powerpoint.

 

Transportation:

Often works out of the office (or home office), with ~20% travel (currently virtual due to Covid-19)

 

  • Time will be divided between office meetings with staff within the organization and meeting with potential donors.
  • Must be able to work occasional weekends and evenings for fundraising and programmatic events and other priorities.
  • Must be willing to work long hours to reach fundraising deadlines.
  • Must be willing to travel to meet with staff and potential donors across the country.

 

Location

E4E chapter locations preferred (New York, NY; Los Angeles, CA; Chicago, IL; St. Paul, MN; Boston, MA; New Haven, CT) but remote applicants should feel free to apply; approximately ~20% travel expected

 

Benefits & Applying

Educators for Excellence provides a comprehensive and highly competitive benefits package for all full-time team members. Our benefits extend beyond health care coverage to help provide team members with a work-life balance that includes childcare, wellness initiatives, professional development, retirement savings, and more! See more information about our benefits here.

 

To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to leslie@promise54.org. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis.

 

Educators for Excellence is an equal opportunity employer. We predominantly partner with low-income 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.

 

 

Hiring Organization

Educators for Excellence

Qualifications

as above

Industry/Service Area

Education

Level

Executive

Benefits

as above

Application Instructions

cover letter and resume to leslie@promise54.org


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