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 meetingsLead/facilitate a policy collaborative or one-two campaignsParticipate in coalitions as neededMeetings and communication with partners on policy workMeet with teachers in need of mentoring around school politics and projectsKeep abreast of national trends in teacher activismResearch best practices from other cities and timesWilling 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 evaluationsSocial media- posting events, news and ideas, producing monthly newslettersPurchasingTrip arrangements for 1-3 trips per yearWebsite managementManaging TDP participant databaseContributing to grant writing and grant identificationCommunications with our fiscal sponsor related to vendors and fellows getting paidVideo 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 decisionsUsing an equity framework to develop policy so that funding, high level curriculum, strong teachers and positive school climates are accessible to all studentsTransforming school climate and using Restorative approaches to forming discipline practices to reduce the school to prison pipelineFostering 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.