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Welcome to Families for Excellent Schools

At Families for Excellent Schools, our employees are passionate about their belief that all children should have access to great schools and a great education. We have diverse professional and personal backgrounds, and we don’t simply accept them - we celebrate them, we support them, and we thrive on them for the benefit of our employees, organization and the communities with which we work.  We are an active and energetic group, who like to roll up our sleeves and get things done, which reinforces our culture and organization's core values of Collaboration, Results, Grit, and Respect. FES has created a multi-step recruiting process built to guide the selection of individuals that can thrive in the roles they take on. Not all processes are the same, but below is an overview of our typical application process. Keep in mind that some processes may include more or fewer steps.
  • Applying: Apply for a role through the links on this page and our Human Resources (HR) team will reach out if your resume stands out for the role.
  • HR Phone Interview: A 30-minute phone interview with one of the recruiters on the HR team to discuss your experiences and skills, and to answer your questions about FES.
  • Manager Phone Interview: Your chance to connect with the manager for the role. This is a good opportunity for us to hear more about how your skills and experience are relevant to the role and for you to hear more about the ins and outs of the team and role.
  • Hiring Exercise: You will be asked to complete an assignment created specifically for this role. This step gives FES more insight into your skills for the role and gives you a taste for responsibilities of the role.
  • In-Person Interview: You will meet with members of the team you are interviewing for, as well as other FES staff. This will give us more insight into your fit for the role and at FES and give you a chance to meet your potential colleagues.
  • References: We will reach out to your former managers and peers for more insight into your experiences.
  • Decision/Offer: Our HR team will reach out to you with our decision.

We typically inform candidates of next steps within a week of each step and your point of contact throughout the process will be one of our recruiters on the HR team. We look forward to meeting you!

National Team

Managing Director, Data

Location: New York, NY

As our Managing Director of Data, you’ll lead our efforts to build an best-in-class data system with the education reform advocacy space to have transformational national impact. You will be the system owner of our new CRM (Salesforce) and will lead the innovation that needs to happen to leverage that foundation. This will include road-mapping the system vision, developing innovations in data usage to drive excellent organizing and field work, taking an interface designed for parent organizing and expanding it to support electoral work, conducting electoral modeling and microtargeting, and overseeing user onboarding and organization-wide reporting.

Executive Assistant to the CEO

Location: New York, NY

Families for Excellent Schools seeks a talented and organized Executive Assistant. Reporting to the Chief of Staff to the CEO, the Executive Assistant will manage calendars, provide administrative support, arrange travel itineraries, and complete expense reports for the CEO. Alongside these duties, the EA will also collaborate with other staff to coordinate and complete tasks, meetings, and special projects.

Associate, Research and Policy

Location: New York, NY

As Associate of Research and Policy, you will support the communications team in numerous areas. Reporting to the Director of Research and Policy, you will manage development of all policy research content – white papers, and short analyses, aligned to the overall campaign. You will work as an integral member across multiple teams and dive headfirst into a fast-paced environment. If you are an expert writer, love working with data and people, and want to be involved in mission driven work, we happily invite you to apply to join our team!

Connecticut Team

Connecticut State Director

Location: New Haven, CT

The Connecticut State Director’s mission is to help achieve lasting –and transformational – change in education in Connecticut. The CT State Director has a unique opportunity to play a critical role in the growth of a dynamic organization that is committed to elevating the voices of families and lifting student achievement. This person will have access to best-in-class campaign strategists who will support his/her efforts to build a successful and enduring state program. If you are a strong manager with a proven record managing across complex systems and across lines of differences, we invite you to apply!

Massachusetts Team

Massachusetts Organizer

Location: Lowell, MA

Families for Excellent Schools seeks a strong relationship-builder with a passion for advocacy for a Massachusetts Organizer role. This person will be responsible for Organizing families in a city in MA, collaborating with our team in Boston, and reporting to our MA Organizing Director, Andy Bean. Locations available are: Lawrence, Springfield/Holyoke, New Bedford/Fall River, Lowell, Worcester, MetroWest, Fall River, Framingham. The Organizer conducts outreach to families, develops and supports parent activists, engages with elected officials, and develops and manages advocacy events. If you are excited about being out of the office, love talking to people, are a strong recruiter and want to be involved in mission-driven advocacy work, we happily invite to apply to join our team!

New York Team

Organizing Fellowship Director

Location: New York, NY

As Organizing Fellowship Director, you will package-up and run a fellowship program that provides parent activists with skills they need to advocate for great schools. Specifically, you will work to recruit and train parent activists who are passionate about strengthening educational outcomes within the NYC public school system. Working closely with and reporting to the National Managing Director of Organizing, you will directly oversee all aspects of the fellowship program, including branding, recruitment, classroom training, field training, and volunteer retention. This is a great opportunity to grow a program with strong institutional support, access to philanthropic support, and an existing membership base as Families for Excellent Schools grows statewide. The vision is to pilot this fellowship in NYC, but eventually take the same program to additional states.