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Lead Education Organizer, Parent Action Committee

New Settlement Apartments


Description
PROGRAM OVERVIEW AND POSITION DESCRIPTION: We seek an experienced community organizer to lead the Parent Action Committee (PAC) in a movement whose goal is to transform public education in NYC. PAC is an innovative grass roots organizing project led by parents in the Southwest Bronx, focused on the systemic improvement of public schools. The Lead Organizer will guide the staff of two Education Organizers and an intern and strengthen PAC's broad base of parents and community members, who are committed to education reform work, understand what it takes to build a movement and are prepared to take bold action to transform local schools and the NYC public school system as a whole. PAC is a cofounder and core member of the New York City-wide Coalition for Educational Justice (CEJ), working with the NYC-based Annenberg Institute for School Reform of Brown University, and the only parent organization in the citywide Dignity in Schools Campaign; a student-led coalition working to reduce suspensions and arrests and increase the use of positive discipline in city schools. PAC is a key component of a broader community-building agenda at New Settlement that has gained momentum progressively over the past decade. PAC continues to develop a model of community organizing for education reform, using a comprehensive, layered approach focused on local schools as well as citywide policy and practice. Formed by a small group in 1997, PAC has grown to include hundreds of parent and community members, a strong core leadership group, and a wide base of supporters and colleagues. Our work has been featured as a model in action-research studies for a decade, beginning with Community Organizing Case Study: School Improvement in the South Bronx [March 2001: NYU Institute for Education and Social Policy] and including Michael Fabricant's recent Organizing for Social Justice [2010: University of MN Press].

Responsibilities:
AREAS OF RESPONSIBILITY: Staff development & supervision, development of winnable parent-led organizing campaigns, coordinating the leadership development for members, supporting growth of the membership base in our local schools, coalition & alliance building, and working with grant writer on fund development. The lead organizer convenes staff meetings; leads the development of campaigns; oversees the implementation of appropriate strategies and tactics; and provides leadership in collaborating with other New Settlement departments on joint projects and overall organizational and administrative work.

Qualifications:
EXPERIENCE, EDUCATION & SKILLS REQUIRED: At least three years as a full-time staff organizer in a progressive social-change organization. Passion for social justice and improving the lives of low income and working class people of color. Experience with leadership development, skills training and popular education. Staff management & supervisory experience. Experience working in coalitions. Highly organized and able to achieve goals in multiple task areas within established timelines. Flexibility, lots of energy, and an ability to flourish in a fast-paced, action oriented, environment. Excellent verbal and written communication skills. Strong organizational skills. B.A./B.S. in relevant field or M.S.W. preferred but not necessary. Knowledge of NYC Public Schools preferred. English/Spanish bilingual skills highly desirable.

SALARY AND BENEFITS OFFERED: $45,000+, depending on experience. Comprehensive benefits package, including 401(k).

How TO APPLY:
TO APPLY: Send cover letter, résumé and list of three references to edorg@newsettlement.org, Subject: PAC Lead Organizer Search. New Settlement Apartments, 1512 Townsend Ave., Bronx, NY, 10452. EEO/AA

About Organization:
OVERVIEW OF NEW SETTLEMENT APARTMENTS: New Settlement Apartments, home of the Parent Action Committee, is a non-profit, mixed- income housing and community- service organization with an excellent reputation and a 20-year track record of active commitment to neighborhood revitalization, community building and organizing, and positive youth development. New Settlement currently provides year-round educational, cultural and recreational programs and social services to 4,800 youth and adults who live in the surrounding area.


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