Associate Director of External Affairs
Company: Uncommon Schools North Star Academy
Posted on: August 16, 2019
Company DescriptionUncommon Schools is a non-profit network of 53
outstanding public charter schools in grades K-12 across New York,
New Jersey and Massachusetts. Our mission is to start and manage
outstanding urban public charter schools that close the achievement
gap and prepare students from low-income backgrounds for success in
college and beyond. We are accomplishing that mission every day,
with a college graduation rate that is well above the national
average and thousands of stories of our students and alumni
achieving their dreams.Job DescriptionThe Associate Director of
External Affairs will organize and empower our parents and schools
to ensure high quality schools for every family through local and
state level advocacy. The Associate Director will establish and
nurture relationships with key elected officials and community
leaders to ensure that they know, support and protect our schools;
as well as design and execute on programs and initiatives that
deepen the relationships between the schools and the communities we
serve. The Associate Director will also advance our external-facing
communications and initiatives, including school tour management,
website and social media oversight, logistical support of external
events and board meetings, and other administrative
responsibilities. The position will report directly to the Regional
Senior Director for Newark.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES
- Analyze and navigate the education and political landscape in
Newark and New Jersey.
- Develop and nurture relationships with elected representatives
at the local, county and state level.
- Attend community events regularly in the communities we
- Educate community leaders, advocates and elected officials
about our schools through relationship building, school visits,
community events, etc.
- Manage and conduct outreach to Uncommon families and
communities associated with our 13 schools regarding opportunities
for advocacy and involvement.
- Lead non-partisan voter registration and get out the vote
campaigns among families, in coordination with schools.
- Organize events and activities that provide families with an
opportunity to have their voices heard in their community and by
city, state, and national leadership.
- Identify and train parent leaders at each of our schools to
engage with elected officials and community leaders, mobilize large
groups of parents for advocacy events and initiatives, and lead
school-based community engagement efforts.
- Present to wider parent community on advocacy and engagement
activities and ways parents can get involved.
- Design, initiate, and execute events and initiatives that
deepen the connections between our schools and the communities our
- Manage stakeholder database, ensuring data entry and data
integrity in databases
- Track progress around all outreach efforts, analyze progress
data, and design plans
- Manage monthly tour schedule for donors, educators and
- Manage regional website updates, social media platforms and
- Provide logistics support for events (e.g. advocacy rallies,
professional development workshops for district partners, board
- Execute actions step for board meeting preparation (e.g.
monthly communications, information gathering, packet creation,
- Provide general administrative support
- Manage purchasing and invoicing tasks and processes
- Schedule meeting with various stakeholders
- Capture and disseminate meeting notes
- Strong strategic, analytical and problem-solving skills.
- Ability to create and maintain systems that enhance
- Strong interpersonal and communication skills (written and
- Ability to initiate and build relationship with various
- Team player who is a self-motivated "go-getter" with the
ability to lead and motivate others.
- Comfortable with ambiguity, flexible and able to adapt quickly
to changing priorities, and a sense of humor in the face of
- Knowledge of New Jersey and Newark public education, charter
schools, and political landscape highly preferred.
- Self-awareness with the ability to reflect and adapt to diverse
- Cultural competency and experience working with families from
diverse ethnic and class backgrounds.
- Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Outlook, Excel,
PowerPoint), Google Application
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE
- Bachelor's degree required.
- Minimum three years of professional experience in organizing,
community engagement or other relevant work with schools and
families in communities similar to those we serve.
- Prior experience planning and managing large scale
- Prior experience with grassroots field organizing, including
experience in political or issues campaigns, or leading a field
organizing team a plus.
Additional InformationUncommon Schools offers competitive salaries
commensurate with experience and a comprehensive benefits package.
Aside from extensive professional development, all our staff
members are equipped with a laptop computer, email, and all
Uncommon believes in the importance of being a diverse, equitable
and inclusive organization that enables our students and staff to
thrive. We are committed to building a talented team that reflects
the diverse backgrounds and experiences of our students. At the
same time, we work to ensure an inclusive community through
creating a space for important dialogue about issues of race and
identity for our staff and students. As an equal opportunity
employer, we hire without consideration to race, religion, creed,
color, national origin, age, gender, sexual orientation, marital
status, veteran status or disability.
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