Chief Growth Officer
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:
E4E envisions an equitable and excellent education system that provides all students the opportunity to succeed and elevates the teaching profession.
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:
Team Leadership and Development:
Enterprise Leadership and Organizational Strategy:
Qualifications & Requirements:
Often works out of the office (or home office), with ~20% travel (currently virtual due to Covid-19)
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.
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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.
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