Director, Strategic Policy & Program Support

Director, Strategic Policy & Program Support

About Leadership for Educational EquityLeadership for Educational Equity (LEE) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan leadership development organization dedicated to developing its members’ potential to ensure every child has the opportunity to receive an outstanding education. Our kids and communities need more leaders who believe that educational inequity is a solvable problem. We believe that when our members are organized and reach positions of leadership, they’ll serve as a transformative force for students, communities and the broader movement for educational equity. 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.  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 about what we do, please visit educationalequity.org.Position Summary:The Director, Strategic Policy and Program Support manages a portfolio of fellowships designed to develop and increase the effectiveness of LEE members to successfully pursue and effectively serve in policy, advocacy, organizing and elected leadership roles. The Director ensures that LEE members participating in our fellowship programs are supported and empowered to seek and pursue leadership and policy impact opportunities at all levels that will help to achieve educational equity and excellence for all children.The Director’s portfolio of fellowship programs currently includes the LEE Public Leaders Fellowship (LPLF) and the Leading with Equity and Excellence (LEE) Regional Cohort Fellowship and Annual Conference. Fellowship oversight will include program design and delivery, program evaluation, outreach and recruitment, selection, matching of members to appropriate opportunities, designing coaching opportunities and support of fellowship participants, and tracking/supporting strong alumni networks. The Director will be responsible for ensuring our fellowship programs incorporate a strong diversity, equity and inclusiveness lens. The Director will also help to assess the needs of our members and work closely with other LEE teams to identify gaps in our current programming, provide ideas and recommendations for new (or changes to existing) fellowship programs, and then support the design and implementation of new fellowships.Additionally, the Director will play a critical role in integrating policy knowledge, skills and mindsets into the leadership development of members across a variety of career paths through these fellowship experiences. In addition to program development, the Director will be responsible for developing strong relationships with external organizations involved in the education policy and advocacy landscape in order to expose fellows to the current policy and advocacy issues of the day and prepare them for the many opportunities they may meet in their own leadership journey.The ideal candidate will demonstrate passion for and demonstrated success in developing and leading trainings for adult learners; expertise in education policy; advocacy skills and knowledge; have comfort engaging with high-impact policy, advocacy and elected leaders; thrive in a collaborative and entrepreneurial environment; and be a proven self-starter.The Director, Strategic Policy and Program Support will be a member of the Policy and Community Impact team and will report directly to the Senior Director, Policy and Community Impact.Position Location: FlexibleTravel Requirements: Up to 30%Responsibilities:Program Design and Development (50%)Design and lead high-quality programming and support to cultivate and assist LEE’s mid- and senior-level policy, advocacy, organizing, and elected leaders in their current and future roles Redesign, relaunch, and manage the LEE Public Leaders Fellowship (LPLF) to include member identity development and equity-focused impact on education policy.This regional cohort fellowship will focus on collective impact among senior leaders in policy, advocacy, organizing, and elected leadership roles. In addition to in-person convenings, the Director will leverage program alumni, senior leader needs assessment data, and virtual tools and trainings to meet program objectives. In collaboration with the Leadership Development and Design (LDD) team, support the design and execution of LEE’s Senior Leader Summit, an in-person program for senior leaders across policy, advocacy, organizing, and elected leadership to engage in deep, meaningful discussion about high-impact policy solutions, effective advocacy/organizing strategies, and equity-minded governance, while building their personal network of other senior-level leaders influencing education policy across the country. In collaboration with critical NI partners, design curriculum for in-person, blended and online trainings for fellows, providing leadership support, DEI development, and advocacy, policy, and organizing skill development Support the evolution of the fellowship programmatic supports toward increasingly scalable models for engagement, development and learningProgram Management (35%)Manage recruitment, selection and program development for LPLF, including designing coaching opportunities and member supports; and building data-driven insights from the program to identify opportunities to increase effectiveness of LEE fellows and the fellowship program Track progress of fellows to measure overall program effectiveness based on the extent to which fellowship cohorts meet their impact goals, data and feedback gathered from both members and staff, and continuously improve fellowship programs Develop a consistent alumni outreach program that includes members taking action together, strengthening the network and working together to affect policy changes in their community Create senior member-to-member networks and other supports as needed to ensure senior LEE members are creating lasting impact through their fellowship experience and beyondStrategic Member Advisement (10%)In collaboration with other Directors of Strategic Policy and Program Support, co-develop/co-manage a scalable coaching program that matches senior members to other members with key areas of expertise Provide 1:1 coaching on policy strategy for LEE’s senior policy, advocacy and elected leadersSpecial Projects (5%)As assigned, including writing and editing policy briefs and research requests Minimum Qualifications:Bachelor’s degree required 6 years relevant professional work experience, including 3-4 years experience and confidence in engaging with high-impact policy, advocacy and/or elected leaders Experience and confidence in engaging with high-impact policy, advocacy, organizing and elected leaders Demonstrated ability to conduct political landscape analysis and strategy Demonstrated ability to design and implement high-quality programming for adult learners, including a thorough understanding of adult learning principles and effective training methodologies Commitment to coaching leaders and playing a role in their long-term leadership development Proven ability to work across lines of difference with diverse audiences and partners Excellent verbal and written skills Strong attention to detail Demonstrated ability to plan strategically, prioritize time, and manage implementation of plans in fast-moving, changing environments Flexible and committed to continuous learningPreferred Qualifications:Master’s degree preferred At least 3-4 years of previous experience in education policy and/or advocacy Prior experience with fellowship management and designing and supporting career coaching opportunities. Ability to communicate and collaborate within a geographically dispersed team Strong, demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity & inclusion Deep passion for educational equity and belief in LEE’s mission and theory of change