[COMM-ORG] job: organizer, New York City, with salary info

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  From: "Lauren Morse" <l.morse at newsettlement.org>


Position Announcement / Please Post



Lead Education Organizer, Parent Action Committee





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. 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 several hundred 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].



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 work.



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. 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).



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. For more info, see 
www.idealist.org, “new settlement apartments.”



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



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