Job Opportunity: National Coalition Director

Job Opportunity: National Coalition Director 
Posted March 13, 2015 

In recent months, the national conversation has increasingly focused on the racial and socio-economic inequalities in our society and the advocates, organizers and protestors calling for change. The Alliance to Reclaim Our Schools (AROS) is emerging as a prominent voice challenging those inequities in our nation’s school system and demanding the funding and supports for the public schools all our children deserve.

AROS is a national coalition that grew from local organizing in dozens of cities across the country from New York City and Chicago to Austin and Los Angeles. We are committed to securing educational opportunity for students of color and low-income and working-class students. The foundation of this work must be rooted in collaboration among those closest to our schools: the parents whose children attend struggling schools, the teachers who work in them, and the students themselves. Their voices, so often discounted by lawmakers in favor of a blind faith in harmful, market-based reform policies, hold the key to strengthening schools and communities nationwide.

AROS is seeking a full-time director (preferably based in New York City or Washington, D.C.) to push our work forward and position the Alliance as a leader in the movement for education justice.

AROS includes nine national partners: Center for Popular Democracy, the American Federation of Teachers, the National Education Association, the Journey for Justice Alliance, the Gamaliel Network, the Alliance for Educational Justice, the National Opportunity to Learn Campaign, the Annenberg Institute for School Reform, and Service Employees International Union. Together, these partners have developed a common platform called The Schools All Our Children Deserve: Principles That Unite Us, which has garnered the endorsement of well over 100 organizations nationally and served as the basis for three national weeks of action in the past year. Our goals for the next year are focused on building a politically engaged constituency with the power to demand, support and sustain long-term investments in our nation’s schools.

SPECIFIC JOB DUTIES

  • Duties will focus on (but are not limited to) coordinating all aspects of AROS’s organizing plans:
  • Lead and direct the Alliance to Reclaim Our Schools as we carry out an ambitious national campaign for education justice
  • Work with and serve at the direction of the AROS Coordinating Committee, made up of representatives from each of the Coalition members
  • Work closely with the AROS National Campaign Coordinator and serve as the primary liaison with a recently-retained communications firm working with the Coalition
  • Build and maintain all internal controls and processes at AROS
  • Work with the AROS National Campaign Coordinator and the Coordinating Committee to develop and carry out a strategic plan for AROS
  • Manage the operations of the AROS Coordinating Committee, including scheduling, preparing for and facilitating regular calls and face-to-face meetings, developing and sharing notes from those meetings
  • Coordinate and lead all programmatic activities of the Alliance, including national action plans, mobilizations, regional or national gatherings, etc.
  • Build and maintain relationships with individual members of the coordinating committee
  • Coordinate fundraising efforts for the Alliance, including identifying prospects, organizing members of the Coordinating Committee to reach out and meet with potential funders, tracking relationships, writing (or supervising the writing of) grant proposals
  • Coordinate internal communications structures to engage and inform our local grassroots partners, as well as conduct regular external outreach and movement building for AROS through relationship-building with allies and potential allies.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • At least five years of successful experience developing and leading issue-based organizing campaigns, preferably in the areas of public education and/or social justice
  • Experience working in and/or leading coalitions, including developing local and national work plans and coordinating external and internal communications as well as working with a coalition board of directors or coordinating committee
  • Experience with both community-based organizations and labor groups is preferred
  • Experience with social justice-related advocacy and organizing, targeted constituent outreach, voter persuasion and turnout and messaging research experience is a plus
  • Excellent analytic, writing and strategic planning skills
  • Demonstrated ability to manage multiple, often-conflicting deadlines; establish and negotiate timelines; and ensure timely delivery of high-quality work
  • Creativity, flexibility, sound judgment and ability to take initiative and work independently
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to interact professionally with diverse set of actors across all geographies

Send cover letter and resume for this position to Leigh Dingerson at Ldingerson@gmail.com. We are committed to a diverse workforce. Applicants from all backgrounds are encouraged to apply.