Education Advocacy Director - Full-Time

TDP seeks an Education Advocacy Director to listen to and organize teachers, parents and community members around one or two TDP campaigns.  Campaigns involve working with a team of teachers on school level projects, and, at the same time linking school level projects to each other, to training opportunities, and to TDP policy work.  Current TDP campaigns include: social justice curriculum development, school climate change and restorative practices, democratizing school and district decision making.

This position requires researching policy and education history to help inform campaigns, providing support as needed to project teams and attending meetings that occur during the day when team members may be teaching or unavailable, representing team perspectives at meetings, school board meetings and identifying partners and strategic connections. Because TDP has a small staff, this person must also be comfortable assisting with some tasks that pertain to day-to day operations.

Advocacy Tasks:

  • Testify at school board meetings
  • Lead/facilitate a policy collaborative or one-two campaigns
  • Participate in coalitions as needed
  • Meetings and communication with partners on policy work
  • Meet with teachers in need of mentoring around school politics and projects
  • Keep abreast of national trends in teacher activism
  • Research best practices from other cities and times
  • Willing to write Op-Eds and press releases

Possible Administrative Tasks (based on candidate skills):

  • Event and meeting logistics for 6 events per year and 2 meetings per month- includes reserving space, ordering/buying/assembling food and entering evaluations
  • Social media- posting events, news and ideas, producing monthly newsletters
  • Purchasing
  • Trip arrangements for 1-3 trips per year
  • Website management
  • Managing TDP participant database
  • Contributing to grant writing and grant identification
  • Communications with our fiscal sponsor related to vendors and fellows getting paid
  • Video production

All TDP employees must be committed to:

Democratic input and decision making at all levels of the school system with the goal of democratizing public schools so that the reality of  teachers, parents and students inform and guide decisions

Using an equity framework to develop policy so that funding, high level curriculum, strong teachers and positive school climates are accessible to all students

Transforming school climate and using Restorative approaches to forming discipline practices to reduce the school to prison pipeline

Fostering classrooms where learning is connected to student and community realities

Qualifications:

Candidates must be able to demonstrate substantial experience in organizing, teaching/school administration, or education advocacy.  Skills should include: public speaking, research/writing, social media, navigating and negotiating with a large bureaucracy, networking, strong relationship building.  Four year degree preferred.

Salary:

The position offers benefits, paid sick and vacation time. Salary will be based upon experience.