Position Summary: The Education Equity Director will focus on promoting a pathway of educational equity and success for low income and underrepresented students from K-12 through graduation from California’s four-year public universities, working in partnership with diverse community partners in the statewide, multiracial, and cross-sectoral College for All Coalition. Under the supervision of the Executive Director and in coordination with other staff, the Education Equity Director will work to promote student success and social justice in public higher education and to advance educational access, affordability, equity, and racial/ethnic diversity. The Education Equity Director will play a key role in facilitating the College for All Coalition and engaging in multiracial coalition building to advance an educational equity and social justice agenda; develop and implement strategic campaigns (legislative and non-legislative); conduct state and local policy analysis and advocacy; and support community organizing and education strategies that help to build community leadership and capacity to hold accountable educational institutions at the K-12 and higher education levels.
Responsibilities and Duties:
- Facilitate and coordinate the College for All Coalition and steering committee, including guiding a coalition process to develop and win an educational equity and social justice agenda.
- Partner with College for All steering committee and coalition members in creating and implementing strategic campaigns focused on public higher education equity issues impacting California students, including college readiness and equal opportunity and access to public higher education..
- Build the coalition membership base through respectful and inclusive relationship building, strengthen coalition infrastructure and decision-making processes, and cultivate partnerships with educational institutions.
- Analyze the impact of education and budget policies and proposals on California students and their access to public higher education, and develop legislative proposals that promote equal opportunity and access to public higher education.
- Develop fact sheets and community education materials, conduct community education presentations, and provide training and technical assistance to coalition partners regarding education equity and public higher education issues.
- Engage in communications and media strategies that advance education equity and promote equal opportunity and access to public higher education.
- Mobilize community and organizational support around education equity, equal opportunity, and access to public higher education.
- Work with Executive Director and development staff to fundraise for education equity work and manage grants.
- Sincere and demonstrated commitment to advancing social justice and racial justice progress for the highest-need communities.
- Significant experience with and/or knowledge of education equity issues.
- Demonstrated ability to build multiracial coalitions and to establish and maintain effective relationships and partnerships with key stakeholders.
- Minimum 5-7 years experience with public policy organizing and advocacy.
- Strong interpersonal, communication, facilitation and presentation skills, including experience engaging with community organizations and community members on public policy issues and with translating technical analyses into compelling advocacy messages especially preferred.
- Demonstrated success in delivering high-quality work product on a consistent, reliable basis in a fast-paced work environment with ambitious goals.
- Demonstrated success in leading and managing complex projects that are strategic in nature and scope.
- Excellent organizational skills with demonstrated ability to juggle and manage numerous projects simultaneously, and to execute projects on-time and on budget.
- Experience providing general and direct staff supervision, and excellent team building skills.
- Passionate, creative, self-directed and motivated with the ability to work independently and to manage staff.
- Strong analytical and problem solving skills.
- JD, MPP, MPH, MSW, or other relevant advanced degree preferred (applicants with a bachelor degree and strong work experience will also be considered).
- Experience working with media and/or social media tools a plus.
- Bilingual is a plus.
- Ability to work flexible hours (including evenings and weekends) and to travel domestically on occasion; possess valid driver’s license, liability insurance, and access to an automobile.
Annual salary starting at $66,500+ commensurate with experience, plus bilingual stipend. Excellent benefits, including health insurance (medical, dental and vision) and retirement benefits. Parking provided.
Please send a cover letter, resume, writing sample and 3 references to: Education Equity Director, Human Resources, Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Los Angeles, 1145 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90017 or (213) 977-7595 fax or firstname.lastname@example.org. No phone calls please. Advancing Justice – LA only accepts resumes as PDF or Microsoft Word files with no macros enabled.
Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Los Angeles is the nation’s largest legal and civil rights organization for Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders (AANHPIs). Founded in 1983, Advancing Justice – LA serves more than 15,000 individuals and organizations every year. Through direct legal services, impact litigation, policy advocacy, leadership development and capacity building, Advancing Justice – LA focuses on the most vulnerable members of AANHPI communities while also building a strong voice for civil rights and social justice for all communities.
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