Community Organizer for School Justice
1512 Townsend Ave.
New Settlement Apartments, home of the Parent Action Committee, is a non-profit, mixed-income housing and community service organization with a 27-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 more than 13,500 youth and adults who live in the surrounding area.
The New Settlement Parent Action Committee (PAC) is an award-winning organization of concerned parents and community members fighting for educational justice for young people and families in the South Bronx and Citywide. Founded in 1996 by parents whose children attended a struggling elementary school, PAC is one of the City’s oldest and most respected parent organizing groups. We have fought and won campaigns for teacher leadership and mentoring, school facility improvement, and reductions in school-based arrests, summonses and suspensions. PAC’s diverse membership, including Latin American and Caribbean immigrants, African-American families, and progressive educators, is united by a deep belief that every child deserves an excellent education in a safe, supportive and inclusive environment, and that the best way to guarantee this right is to improve the quality of neighborhood schools. Our history has been documented in the film Parent Power and Michael Fabricant’s Organizing for Educational Justice: The Campaign for Public School Reform in the South Bronx.
Currently, PAC organizes to end the school-to-prison pipeline in Bronx schools, to improve the quality of neighborhood schools by increasing teacher training and support, to implement community school programming, and to pilot research-based parent engagement strategies that are proven to rebuild relationships between schools and communities. PAC is a founding member of the Coalition for Educational Justice and an active member of the Dignity in Schools Campaign-New York. In addition to our campaign work, we build parent leadership through workshops, bimonthly membership meetings, and regular leadership trainings. PAC’s work is envisioned and led by parent leaders.
Since 2012, PAC has coordinated a sophisticated and complex campaign to end the school-to-prison pipeline in Bronx schools, with specific demands around reducing the number of school-based arrests, summonses and suspensions, increasing training for School Safety Agents and school staff, and supporting the creation of new positive discipline and restorative justice programs. PAC convenes Bronx School Justice, a working group led by parents, educators and advocates in collaboration with the Department of Education and NYPD School Safety.
The Parent Action Committee seeks a bold, creative and committed community organizer to strengthen and expand our school justice campaign. Guided by the Director of Organizing and in coordination with organizers and interns, the Community Organizer for School Justice will work with parents, school staff and community organizations to organize campaigns to improve schools in District 9, the Bronx and throughout New York City. Responsibilities will include:
· Base-building and leadership development to engage parents in our campaign work.
· Cultivating relationships with educators and allies, coordinating PAC’s involvement in local and Citywide coalitions.
· Leading campaign development to expand the resources for positive discipline and restorative justice in Bronx schools and Citywide.
EXPERIENCE, EDUCATION & SKILLS REQUIRED: Minimum two years’ experience organizing grassroots groups and working with families of color; a history of embracing other communities and cultures; strong group facilitation skills; good writing and public speaking skills; proven track record in community outreach, research and campaign development. Passion for social justice, confidence and a willingness to persevere are essential qualities. General knowledge of the principles of Restorative Justice and the New York City public school system a plus. English/Spanish bilingual skills strongly preferred. Work schedule includes some evenings and weekends.
Salary commensurate with experience. Benefits package offered after three months employment.
Level of Language Proficiency
English/Spanish bilingual strongly preferred.
Minimum Education Required
How To Apply
Send cover letter, résumé and list of three professional references to firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: PAC School Justice Organizer Search. No phone calls please. EEO/AA.