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|Job Title:||Director of Minority Community Organizing and Partnerships, #H008|
|Organization:||The National Education Association (NEA)|
|Region:||DC Metro Region|
|Description:||The National Education Association (NEA) is America's oldest and largest organization committed to advancing the cause of public education. Headquartered in Washington, DC, NEA proudly claims more than 3 million members devoted to the following mission: to advocate for education professionals and to unite our members and the nation to fulfill the promise of public education by preparing every student to succeed in a diverse and interdependent world. Our vision is a great public school for every student. We strive to improve the quality of teaching, increase student achievement, and make schools safer and better places to learn.
The NEA has created a new department of Minority Community Organizing and Partnerships, which will be housed within NEA's Center for Advocacy and Outreach. NEA is seeking applications from highly skilled and motivated executives to direct this department. The Director will lead the Association's efforts in developing and implementing a comprehensive strategy to build and sustain existing and new relationships with community organizations and allies, with primary emphasis on ethnic minority communities. These efforts will include building relationships between NEA and its affiliates and outside organizations, entities, and individuals at the federal, state and local levels. The Director will advance NEA's advocacy efforts by assisting the organization and its affiliates in identifying, focusing on and engaging ethnic minority communities to partner with NEA in fulfilling NEA's mission and vision, and collaborating on shared priorities. The Director will be responsible for developing and implementing an annual strategic plan for the Association's outreach to, and relational development with, all external entities. The Director will help integrate partnerships into NEA campaign plans and programs, which will involve significant cross-departmental collaboration with other department directors. The Director of this department will report to the Senior Director of the NEA Center for Advocacy and Outreach, will oversee staff, and will be responsible for building strong relationships between NEA leaders and external organizations and individuals.
-Identifies and builds effective organizational relationships with partners who can assist in the efforts to transform public education, with a particular focus on students and schools most in need. Helps support our own members' engagement, leadership, and organizing of parents and ethnic minority communities and organizations (with a specific focus on those low performing schools that have been selected as NEA's Priority Schools).
-Holds extensive relationships with organizations, entities, and individuals, particularly within or serving ethnic minority (emerging majority) communities.
-Builds the outreach efforts of NEA state and local affiliates both by using NEA's organizational resources to extend outreach efforts to the state and local level, and by assisting state and local affiliates in assessing gaps in affiliates' partnerships and outreach efforts and building their own organizational relationships.
-Supports, in collaboration with other departments, NEA members and leaders pursuing activism, advocacy, leadership, and organizing in ethnic minority communities and organizations.
-Tracks the activities of and assesses the capacity of outside organizations to advocate on behalf of public education and social and economic justice issues, consistent with NEA's core values.
-Identifies new and potentially powerful organizations and entities, as well as trends in outside organizations' advocacy, organizing, civic engagement, communications, or research strategies that may impact NEA's work.
-Aligns and coordinates across multiple NEA departments' various forms of outreach and engagement, measuring the impact of such outreach, and ensuring the overall alignment of our external relations to the NEA strategic priorities.
-Develops and implements detailed processes and procedures for making, monitoring and evaluating annual financial and in-kind contributions to partner organizations to ensure that sufficient returns on investment.
-Collaborates with the Office of the Executive Director to align our outreach work with our ongoing work to build and maintain relationships with individual and corporate donors and foundations, as well as other philanthropic partners.
-Frequent travel required.
-Bachelor's degree required.
-Relevant graduate degree and/or certification preferred.
-A minimum of seven years of NEA state association or equivalent experience required; with at least three years of executive-level experience preferred.
-Demonstrated knowledge of organizational legal and business structures (especially 501(c)(3), 501(c)(4), 501(c)(5), and 527 organizations) and their capacities and functions.
-Skills in evaluating and assessing the organizational capacity of potential partners.
-Demonstrated issue, organizing, or electoral campaign experience.
-Political savvy with ability to navigate sensitive and complex internal and external issues and to manage high level relationships successfully.
-Demonstrated record of effective coalition and advocacy abilities.
-Knowledge of and experience with the philanthropic community, grant writing, and policy analysis.
-Proven ability to effectively manage staff, programs and budgets, including creating successful work teams and developing and implementing team action plans.
-Effective skills in supervision, decision-making, oral/written communications, interpersonal relations, team building, and collaboration.
-Proven ability to measure and evaluate the success of outreach efforts.