Dignity in Schools Campaign-New York Coalition Director

Job Type

Full Time


Minimum: $60,000.00
Details: The salary for this position is $60,000 a year, with a great benefit package.



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New York
United States


What is DSC-NY: The Dignity in Schools Campaign-NY (DSC-NY) is a citywide coalition of over 20 organizations made up of youth, parents, advocates and educators working for systemic policy change to eliminate excessive suspensions and other punitive discipline practices in New York City public schools. DSC-NY is the New York City Chapter of the national Dignity in Schools Campaign with over 100 members in over 20 states. Punitive approaches to discipline disproportionately target students of color and undermine their access to quality education. We organize and advocate for policy alternatives, such as restorative justice, that will create positive school climates and increase educational equity and excellence. Since 2010, DSC-NY has led efforts to change citywide policies and introduce restorative justice practices in New York City schools that have helped decrease overall suspensions by 53%. Yet, the racial disparities in suspension rates have remained. It is critical that DSC-NY continue working to reduce racial disparities in discipline and to target implementation of positive approaches in those schools with the greatest need. DSC-NY activities include: community forums, meetings with government officials, citywide grassroots advocacy, media strategies, recruiting and cultivating allies, and developing pilot school projects that support our campaign demands. 

Position Description: This is a full-time, salaried position.

The DSC-NY is seeking a motivated and energetic individual to serve as a Coalition Director to enhance the capacity for the campaign. The Director will work with diverse individual and organizational members around New York City to lead and carry out activities that meet DSC-NY goals and strengthen DSC-NY’s membership and infrastructure. The Director will: work with members to develop policy priorities, create strategic plans and implement the coalition’s work plan; provide support to members in navigating NYC’s education and political system to support DSC-NY’s citywide campaigns as well as members’ local work; develop relationships and partnerships with a variety of stakeholders; coordinate and provide logistics for coalition meetings and activities; expand the membership; and carry out fundraising for the coalition.

The Director will be accountable to the DSC-NY Steering Committee, made up of the coalition members. The Director will be employed and supervised by and based out of the National Economic and Social Rights Initiative (NESRI), a campaign member group. At NESRI, the Director will work with development, communications, finance, and program staff to coordinate grants, manage finances, carry out communications strategies and carry out plans of the coalition. The Director will also regularly work with grassroots youth and parent organizations in different boroughs in New York City. The job will require frequent work on late afternoons and occasional work on weekends.


●       Minimum of 4-5 years of experience in non-profit organization, campaign development, coordinating coalitions, and advocacy, preferably in the youth organizing field.

●       Master’s degree in relevant discipline preferred, but not required.

●       Passion for community-based organizing and commitment to social justice.

●       Knowledge of education policy and practice.

●       Strong writing skills and experience in creating a wide variety of materials for different audiences.

●       Strong agenda development, meeting facilitation, and public speaking skills.

●       Experience in communications through various media (press, social media, websites, etc.).

●       Strong grant writing skills and experience with fundraising.

●       Knowledge of and interest in human rights strongly preferred.  

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply


Applications: Please submit a cover letter, resume, writing sample and 3 references by email to info@nesri.org with the subject heading DSC-NY Director. We will review applications and schedule interviews on a rolling basis with a final application deadline of April 27. We are looking for someone available to start by June 1, 2018.