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Field Organizer Job Announcement - Applications Due August 23rd 


The Field Organizer works collaboratively with the DSC national Coordinating Committee (made up of representatives from member organizations located across the country), campaign members and DSC staff. In particular, the Field Organizer builds DSC’s base and leadership in affected communities across the country, and supports local member organizations in their campaigns to end school pushout through training, capacity-building, leadership development, exchanges and the distribution of member support funds to groups on the ground. 


The Field Organizer works as part of a five person staff team with the DSC Program Director, Campaign Coordinator, Communications Coordinator and Administrative Coordinator, based in different parts of the country. Our staff work within a democratic, member-led coalition structure that places affected communities at the center of our decision-making. We value dedication, a collaborative work ethic, and accountability to our grassroots membership bases. The Field Organizer will be supervised by the DSC Program Director in collaboration with the DSC Supervision and Governance Committee made up of Coordinating Committee member organizations.


Because DSC is a coalition, not its own 501c3 organization, DSC is a program anchored by Partners for Dignity & Rights (formerly NESRI), an organization dedicated to building a broad movement for economic and social rights, including health, housing, education and work with dignity. Therefore, all DSC program staff are employees of Partners for Dignity & Rights (P4DR). 


Key Responsibilities:


Support for Members’ Local Campaigns

  • Work directly with DSC’s local member organizations to assist in developing campaigns on school pushout, related issues and the DSC Model Code, Solutions Not Suspensions and Community Not Cops campaigns.
  • Provide workshops and trainings for members, including webinars and other virtual events that can be accessed by a wide range of members, on pushout issues, campaign demands, human rights framework, and leadership development.  
  • Help emerging local formations of youth, parents or educators to get off the ground in school push out work and build capacity.
  • Collaborate with other DSC staff to promote members’ local campaigns among the DSC membership, on social media and within national alliances and spaces.
  • Work closely with the DSC staff team, including the Campaign Coordinator and Communications Coordinator to: 
  • Develop new membership materials, training curricula and tools for emerging campaign issues and goals.
  • Help local groups with media strategy and needs.
  • Manage Member Support Funds that distribute funding to support members’ local campaigns, including developing and assisting members in completing applications, reviewing applications for presentation to the Coordinating Committee for approval, and coordinating check-ins and reports from members on the use of funds.


Coalition Membership and Leadership Development 

  • Maintain regular communication (calls, emails, visits, etc.) with existing and potential DSC member organizations, including one-on-one check-in calls with member organizations in collaboration with the Coordinating Committee.
  • Regularly map national DSC membership and assess membership by region, affected communities, issue focus, and sectors.
  • Orient new member organizations recruited by other member organizations.
  • Work with Administrative Coordinator to update member database and track information on member participation in the coalition for internal reports to the Coordinating Committee and reports to funders.
  • Coordinate three monthly calls (Monthly Membership Call; Program Committee call; and Biennial Meeting Planning Committee call) including preparing agendas, facilitating calls, and preparing youth, parent, and educator leaders to present or help facilitate calls.
  • Support member organizations to participate in the DSC leadership and decision-making structures, including through leadership development for the Coordinating Committee.
  • Support member groups with preparation for DSC national and local events (policy and platform, messaging, human rights framework, publicity, outreach, speaker prep), especially Week of Action events, Days at the Capitol and the Biennial Membership meeting.


National Alliance Building and Promotion

  • Provide guidance and support to DSC members participating in alliances and networks to impact policy on local, regional, and national levels.
  • Participate in and support DSC member representation in regular calls and meetings of the National Youth Alliance on Boys and Men of Color (NYABMoC).
  • Work with the Communications Coordinator to generate content for DSC’s website, blog and newsletter on DSC and member campaigns.


Qualifications:

  • Work experience as a community organizer in a grassroots organization of youth, parents/adults and/or educators.
  • Experience and enthusiasm for working with low-income communities, people of color, and LGBTQ communities and supporting their leadership roles in the work, including in multi-stakeholder coalitions, as well as working with a diverse range of allies, communities, policy-makers, funders and others.
  • Commitment to social justice movement building, anti-racism and a human rights framework.
  • Knowledge of school pushout and the school to prison pipeline.
  • Must be able to work independently and handle multiple responsibilities.
  • Strong training and facilitation skills.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Ability to travel regularly throughout the United States (up to 3 trips a month) and work some nights and weekends (due to the COVID-19 pandemic, our work remains largely virtual right now, but we will begin transitioning back to travel once it is safe).
  • Written and oral fluency in Spanish a plus.
  • Experience working with media, messaging and social media a plus.


Dignity in Schools Campaign is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We strongly encourage people of color, LGBTQ+ individuals, people with disabilities, and individuals from other historically underrepresented groups to apply.


Salary and Benefits: This is a full-time position with a salary of $56,300 (to include annual raises over the first three years). This position includes a generous benefits package with up to $26,600 in additional compensation depending on eligibility for needs-based cash benefits (may include child care/family care reimbursement, dependent expense stipend, student loan and education expense assistance, and medical and transportation reimbursement), as well as fully paid employer health insurance, employer contribution to Simple IRA plan, and four weeks paid vacation, plus sick days and personal days. 

 

Location: The Field Organizer can be based at our New York City offices, or work remotely from anywhere in the continental United States.

 

Safeguarding Policy: DSC is committed to safeguarding children, youth and other vulnerable populations in our collective DSC spaces and we have clear policies and procedures to ensure that individuals who participate in our programs are safe from harm. Therefore, during the interview process we will ask you about your experience working with young people that demonstrates ethical behavior, good judgement and appropriate boundaries, as well as a commitment to following safeguarding policies. We will also ask for professional references that will affirm your experience and commitment to protecting young people from harm.

 

To Apply: Please submit these 4 required items with your application: a cover letter, resume, writing sample and contact information for 3 references. Applications will not be considered unless they include all 4 required items.  Please submit your application to jobs@dignityinschools.org by August 23rd.

 

Field Organizer Job Announcement - Applications Due August 23rd 


The Field Organizer works collaboratively with the DSC national Coordinating Committee (made up of representatives from member organizations located across the country…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    Full Time Schedule
  • Start Date
    October 4, 2021

Salary

$56,300 - $56,300Annual raises over first 3 years

Benefits

This position includes a generous benefits package with up to $26,600 in additional compensation depending on eligibility for needs-based cash benefits (may include child care/family care reimbursement, dependent expense stipend, student loan and education expense assistance, and medical and transportation reimbursement), as well as fully paid employer health insurance, employer contribution to Simple IRA plan, and four weeks paid vacation, plus sick days and personal days.

This position includes a generous benefits package with up to $26,600 in additional compensation depending on eligibility for needs-based cash benefits (may include child care…

Level of Language Proficiency

Proficiency in Spanish not required but preferred.

Proficiency in Spanish not required but preferred.

Location

Remote
Work may be performed anywhere in United States
Associated Location
90 John St, New York, NY 10038, USA
Suite 501

How to Apply

Please submit these 4 required items with your application: a cover letter, resume, writing sample and contact information for 3 references. Applications will not be considered unless they include all 4 required items.

Please submit these 4 required items with your application: a cover letter, resume, writing sample and contact information for 3 references. Applications will not be considered…

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