Chief of Staff, Partnerships & Infrastructure

Chief of Staff, Partnerships & Infrastructure

About Leadership for Educational EquityLeadership for Educational Equity (LEE) is a nonprofit leadership development organization inspiring and supporting a network of civic leaders to eradicate the injustice of educational inequity.Through one-on-one coaching, fellowships, workshops, and resources, LEE works to develop and inspire its members individually and collectively, across all disciplines – as policy makers, advocates, elected leaders and community organizers. LEE membership is free and currently open to alumni of several partner organizations including Teach For America, the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI), New Leaders, Latinos for Education, Urban Teachers, and Public Allies. LEE believes that when a diverse group of leaders, grounded in a commitment to equity, are in leadership roles, they will serve as a transformative force for and with students and communities.LEE is a diverse team of passionate and talented individuals committed to making a difference. We are a high-growth, results-oriented organization that operates in an entrepreneurial environment deeply invested in continuous improvement. LEE is honored to have been selected as a LATINA Style 50 Award recipient and a When Work Works award recipient. We are also an Employer of National Service. If you would like to become part of our team and join the fight for educational equity, or if you would simply like to learn more, please visit educationalequity.org.Position Summary:Partnerships & Infrastructure is responsible for LEE’s people, growth, and sustainability, which includes a senior team to set the vision, direction and management of: Talent, Learning & Culture, Strategy, Finance and new organizational partnerships.LEE seeks a strategic, entrepreneurial, and innovative Chief of Staff (COS) to support the Senior Vice President (SVP) in leading the Partnerships and Infrastructure (P&I) team and leading across the organization to foster coherent, impactful strategy development, implementation, and learning . The Chief of Staff will design and continuously update/improve the strategic agenda in close alignment with the vision set by the Senior Vice President. A collaborative leader with a keen eye to tactical implementation, the Chief of Staff will align team leads with the SVP’s long- and mid- term strategic priorities, build team understanding of the overall P&I Team vision, and proactively identify opportunities to advance  LEE’s overall vision for impact. The Chief of Staff will also work deeply across functions beyond the P&I team to foster coherence and integration among LEE teams.The Chief of Staff reports directly to the Senior Vice President, Partnerships & Infrastructure, and will be responsible for the efficient and effective development and execution of strategy, fostering a continuous improvement and learning orientation across the organization and ensuring there is strong coordination, performance management, and culture across and within P&I specific functions.The Chief of Staff will be a values-oriented executive who approaches their work through a diversity, equity and inclusion lens and will collaborate across the organization for the success of their team and LEE. The COS will work closely with all LEE teams, not just P&I, to maximize the scale of the work. As an internal leader at LEE, highly visible across teams, the COS will have a deep personal and professional connection with LEE’s core values and deep understanding of how to design, implement, monitor and adapt strategy in a matrixed organization.Position Location: FlexibleTravel Requirements: Approximately 25% for in-person strategy planning, retreats and/or regional visits. All travel is currently pending due to COVID-19.Responsibilities:Cross-team strategy development and execution (40%)
  • Build frameworks and tools and lead professional development for org-wide use on high priority goals and strategies
  • Provide strategic insights as to where the organization needs to improve to ensure high-quality and consistent delivery to achieve goals
  • Develop an internal partnership model framework that supports cross-functional collaboration and positions the Partnerships and Infrastructure (P&I) team as a strategic thought partner for programmatic teams
  • In partnership with the Strategy team and other data teams develop an org-wide culture of data that allows the management team and programmatic leaders to effectively evaluate programs and initiatives
  • Provide targeted strategy development and support for mission-critical bodies of work
Internal Communications and Engagement (20%)
  • Lead the development of strategy (in partnership with the Talent, Learning, & Culture team and the Communications team) for effective and efficient communications and staff engagement to build culture, inspiration and living our core values
  • With Communications and Talent, Learning & Culture teams, facilitate the execution of monthly internal communications and culture building
  • Manage the Manager of Internal Communications
P&I Team Operations, Learning, and Culture (20%)
  • Spearhead the annual planning process which encompasses budgeting, goal setting and staffing for P&I partnering with P&I leaders to establish goals and strategies and effectively allocate resources
  • Manage an accurate and updated team budget and ensure we spend our funds effectively and equitably (e.g .Staff Professional Development fund)
  • Manage Coordinator, P&I  to execute their responsibilities at a high level
  • In alignment with P&I team and SVP priorities, set the agenda for P&I team calls and manage the planning, execution, and evaluation of quarterly P&I team step-backs and retreats in service of creating an inclusive, diverse team with equitable processes
  • Work with the SVP and P&I leaders to create, progress monitor and learn from the implementation of strategy to achieve ambitious goals Regularly assess data on the P&I team’s health and performance and advise on adjustment to strategy
  • Lead efforts within P&I to build culture, aligned to our core values and antiracist commitment
  • Support in P&I team hiring, new staff onboarding, and overall team staffing
Strategic & Special Projects (20%)
  • Member journey codification- Supporting Partnerships team- and in partnership with national, regional, technology and marketing/communications teams - codify the member user journey based on historical data and ongoing data collection; Foster an understanding throughout the organization of the member’s journey and member life cycle; As assigned to special projects, ensure effective cross-team collaboration of designers, developers, facilitators and analysts dedicated to improving member experience
  • Interim Team Leadership and Management- Providing temporary leadership (as needed) during periods of P&I leadership vacancies
  • Lend leadership and strategic thought partnership, facilitation and/or other capacity to high-priority organizational initiatives (e.g. Expanding to new Partners, DEI), as needed
  • Other projects as assigned by the SVP, P&I
Minimum Qualifications:
  • Bachelor’s Degree or commensurate work experience
  • 9 years of relevant professional work experience with 5 years in a role requiring the management of people within or across functions
  • Knowledge and experience in organizational strategy and management in an organization with a matrixed structure
  • Data analysis, insights and presentation
  • Proven track record of managing or effectively facilitating senior level leaders with an ability to get involved in multiple functional areas
  • Ability to set and achieve ambitious goals toward impact
  • Record of results in managing strong execution within and across teams
  • Excellent managerial, interpersonal and networking skills, as well as the ability to establish and maintain professional relationships
  • Impeccable attention to detail and strength in cross-team project planning and management
  • Proven ability to operate and thrive in a fast-paced entrepreneurial environment
  • Comfortable leading a team through rapidly changing circumstances, priorities and goals
  • Deep passion for educational equity and belief in LEE’s mission and theory of change
  • Ability to communicate and collaborate within a geographically dispersed team in a virtual work environment
  • Strong, demonstrated commitment to anti-racism, diversity, equity & inclusion
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Experience working for a 510(c)3 or 501(c)4 non-profit, ideally in education
  • Experience leading in an organization with a hub and spoke model (ie. regional and national teams, central office and satellite offices, etc.)
  • Organizational knowledge management experience
  • Leading or managing strategic planning processes for an organization
  • Master’s degree in relevant field (e.g., MBA, MPP,  JD)
Benefits and PayPay for this position is competitive and based upon relevant experience and cost of labor for your location. Please use the following link to learn more about compensation for this position: https://educationalequity.org/applicant-resources#sec3. In addition, LEE offers a  comprehensive benefits package that includes health, dental and vision coverage for spouses, families and domestic partners; employer-paid basic life and AD&D insurance and short and long-term disability insurance; a retirement package with employer match; family and parental leave benefits; generous paid time off and an organization-wide winter break between Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.An Equal-Opportunity Employer with a Commitment to DiversityLeadership for Educational Equity is proud to be an equal opportunity employer, and as an organization committed to diversity and the perspective of all voices, we consider applicants equally of race, gender, color, sexual orientation, religion, marital status, disability, political affiliation and national origin. We reasonably accommodate staff members and/or applicants with disabilities, provided they are otherwise able to perform the essential functions of the job.An affirmative action-equal opportunity employer.The statements in this description represent typical elements, criteria, and general work performed. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required for the job.