May 06, 2021

Chief Program Officer

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Full-Time Executive Management (CEO/ED) Programs

Job Description


Chief Program 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 the 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 seeks a Chief Program Officer (CPO) to set the vision and manage the team to execute our programmatic strategy and bold vision for change across the country. This new position combines our external affairs (communications, digital, policy, and partnerships), organizing and field, and data functions to create a unified programmatic team that will help design our end-to-end programmatic strategy to build teacher power, change policy, and shift unions to support improved outcomes for students and an elevated teaching profession.


This position represents an opportunity to drive systemic change in education across the country, including in our nation’s three largest school districts. With chapters in Los Angeles, New York, Connecticut, Chicago, Boston, and Minnesota, our organizing culture is grounded in our passion for impacting educational systems 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 CPO 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. They will set the direction for and oversee our programmatic strategy to build educator power to drive systemic change for teachers and students.


This includes, but is not limited to optimizing our organizing model, ladder of engagement for E4E members, leadership development program, digital list building strategy, and union candidate training and support. This position brings together three previously separate national functions - external affairs, organizing and field, and data to create a more unified vision for our programmatic work and improve support for our chapter teams across the country. The CPO will establish an organizing culture across all programmatic staff in the organization, supporting the growth of our team, and improving our overall programmatic impact as an organization. Specific responsibilities include:



Program Leadership, Oversight, and Evaluation:

  • building teacher power to influence policy and unions and improve outcomes for students and elevate the teaching profession;
  • overseeing the coordination, integration, and delivery of all programs, promoting collaborative relationships between program areas and ensuring that the expectations of teacher members, partners, funders, and other stakeholders are consistently met;
  • finalizing E4E’s programmatic model and overseeing the implementation of this model across the country;
  • overseeing E4E’s digital and list building strategies to engage a broader cross section of educators in our work;
  • overseeing E4E’s external brand, message, and communications strategy across all platforms;
  • setting the vision for E4E’s organizing program and culture and support the development of E4E’s organizers across the country;
  • establishing, providing oversight, and delivering on key performance indicators org-wide in organizing, digital, advocacy, media, and partnerships;
  • regularly analyzing and assessing E4E’s programmatic impact to drive ongoing improvement in our work, and
  • leveraging existing systems (such as Salesforce) or creating new systems to gather and analyze the data to inform the programmatic and operational decision-making process and increase E4E's efficiency, transparency, and collaboration across teams.


Team Leadership and Management:

  • leading a merger of previously distinct teams into a cohesive new team with ~14 roles and multiple functions (data, communications and policy, digital, organizing, and training);
  • creating a team culture where all people can thrive, grow, and develop in order to further the mission of E4E;
  • managing and supporting the Program Team to achieve their performance and professional development goals;
  • deploying resources efficiently and effectively toward organizational goals, working with staff to balance workload and effort, and providing regular feedback so that staff can continuously improve their skills;
  • setting the vision, strategy, and supports for Program Team members to mentor, encourage, and develop the leadership of staff and teacher members across our six local chapters
  • setting the vision for and overseeing internal and external training and professional development programming to improve the quality and impact of our work;
  • providing assistance and guidance on how to troubleshoot program and staff performance challenges, and
  • mentoring directors, managers, and organizers across the organization to support their development.


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 set by the Board of Directors, and in collaboration with the rest of the Executive Team, as well as developing and implementing new initiatives that serve the organization’s mission;
  • setting and stewarding the organization's strategic direction both nationally and in each of our chapters; including helping to shape E4E’s next strategic plan and developing a comprehensive programmatic impact plan for the organization;
  • 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, and pushing the organization to continue to grow and improve within these values by modeling a strong and inclusive culture for their team and the streams of work they manage.


Qualifications & Requirements:


At least ten years of professional experience, including experience in at least one of the following:

  • Leading comprehensive issue-based, electoral, or organizing campaigns.
  • Managing a comprehensive campaign that includes earned/paid media, digital, data, and field components.
  • Managing teams in a nonprofit, government, or philanthropy setting, overseeing multiple programs or contracts (ideally at an organization serving low-income youth or communities).


Technical Skills:

  • Demonstrated experience managing a high-performing team in a multi-site structure, including professional development and mentorship.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of online and offline issue or electoral campaign strategy and tactics including the use of digital tools, earned and paid media, grassroots organizing, and ads.
  • Demonstrated expertise in community organizing, training, and leadership development.
  • Comprehensive working knowledge of campaign planning, program development, education policy.
  • Expertise in one or more of the following service areas: political campaigns, issue-based advocacy, public policy, grassroots organizing, labor unions, education, youth development.
  • Demonstrated ability to analyze and compile complex data for planning and reporting purposes.


Often works out of the 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.


To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to 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.



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