Programs & Outreach Manager

By Ed Allies

Founded in 2016, EdAllies is a Minnesota-based education advocacy nonprofit that partners with schools, families, and communities to ensure that every young Minnesotan has access to a rigorous and engaging education. We advance policies that put underserved students first, remove barriers facing successful schools and programs, and foster an inclusive conversation about what’s possible for students.

POSITION

EdAllies is seeking a Programs & Outreach Manager to coordinate outreach, education, and engagement opportunities to strengthen the role of families, educators, students, and community partners in our advocacy campaigns. The Programs & Outreach Manager will develop strategies for two-way learning within local education communities, providing advocacy training, soliciting actionable feedback to inform EdAllies’ work, and supporting outreach and communications work. The Programs & Outreach Manager will partner across the team to advance communications and policy initiatives, connecting stakeholders to opportunities for action and platforms to amplify community voice. The Programs & Outreach Manager will support campaigns on a variety of issues, including school discipline, culturally relevant schools, college and career readiness, and teacher development.

This position reports to the Senior Director of Strategic Communications and Outreach and is based out of EdAllies’ Minneapolis office. EdAllies offers a hybrid work setting, with employees working 1-2 days in-person and flexibility to work remotely at other times. This position will also spend time in schools and in the community hosting meetings, some of which may take place on evenings and weekends. Occasional in-state travel may be required to meet with stakeholders in different communities.

RESPONSIBILITIES

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Seeking out, building, and maintaining positive working relationships with partners across the education landscape, including schools and school leaders, educators, parents, community leaders, and fellow advocates;
  • Conducting trainings and workshops to help stakeholders learn about the policy process, understand key issues and how they connect to lived experience in schools, and build advocacy skills;
  • Supporting development of program strategy and identifying new opportunities;
  • Supporting event planning and execution;
  • Coordinating issue-specific listening sessions and workgroups; 
  • Identifying opportunities and barriers facing students and parents from historically underserved communities, and the educators that serve them, and ensuring these inform EdAllies advocacy campaigns;
  • Developing presentations and materials to support training and education efforts;
  • Connecting community to advocacy and communications opportunities;
  • Supporting outreach and communications functions through social media and other platforms;
  • Serving as a public-facing ambassador for the organization in meetings, with schools, and through other communication channels;
  • Collaborating closely with team members to advance EdAllies’ mission and vision.
QUALIFICATIONS

Candidates should possess a strong commitment to EdAllies’ mission, and to education equity more broadly. The ideal candidate has:

  • Strong relationship-building skills with demonstrated experience working across line of race, ethnicity, and socioeconomic background;
  • Strong communication skills, including comfort with public speaking and strong writing skills, with the ability to convey accurate, persuasive messages to multiple audiences;
  • Experience organizing groups around advocacy goals;
  • Commitment to principles of student-centered education, culturally relevant schools, and inclusiveness and justice;
  • Ability to self-direct and prioritize among competing goals, and to work both independently and collaboratively;
  • A commitment to integrity (doing what’s right, even when it is uncomfortable), transparency, candor, and collaboration;
  • Personal experience or connection that drives a passion for the work preferred;
  • 2+ years of experience in education, advocacy, organizing, or related field; and,
  • Commitment to operating with EdAllies’ core values of equity, inventiveness, humility, honesty, and courage.
  • Proficiency in Spanish, Hmong, or Somali a plus.
COMPENSATION

The position pays an annual salary of $52,000-$65,000, based on qualifications and experience. EdAllies also provides a comprehensive benefits package that includes medical and dental insurance, paid leave, matching retirement contributions, and more.

HOW TO APPLY

Interested candidates should send the following to aroethke@edalliesmn.org, with “Programs & Outreach Manager Application” in the subject line:

  •   cover letter,
  •   résumé.

Deadline: Priority given to applications submitted by July 13.

WHAT TO EXPECT

Our team will review applications and schedule half-hour interviews with first-round candidates in mid-July. We will select a smaller pool of finalists for more in-depth interviews in late July. We may ask for work samples at this time. The position has an estimated start date of early/mid-September. 

EdAllies is an equal opportunity employer.

We strongly encourage applications from diverse candidates. All decisions regarding recruiting and hiring will be made without unlawful discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, religion, age, pregnancy, disability, work-related injury, covered veteran status, political ideology, genetic information, marital status, or any other factor that the law protects from employment discrimination.