Position Announcement: DCAESJ Coordinator

Teaching for Change (TFC) seeks to hire a full-time (exempt) coordinator for its D.C. Area Educators for Social Justice (DCAESJ) to support social justice teaching among educators in D.C., Maryland, and Virginia.

Teaching for Change is a national social justice focused education nonprofit based in Washington, D.C., that provides teachers and parents with the tools to create schools where students learn to read, write, and change the world. Founded 30 years ago, Teaching for Change is a national organization with dedicated place-based work in the D.C. metro area.

Launched in the fall of 2017, Teaching for Change’s DCAESJ engages teachers in working groups, teach-ins, workshops, courses, and collaborative actions. There is currently an early childhood and a middle/high school working group (each meets monthly). Key events coordinated by the DCAESJ include: D.C. Area Black Lives Matter at School Week of Action/Year of Purpose, Teach Central America Week, Teach the Beat (go-go), Indigenous Peoples’ Day Teach-in (with the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian), and our annual collaboration with the International Filmfest DC

The DCAESJ collaborates with key institutions to bring scholars, authors, and artists to D.C. area classrooms and offer professional development. These partner institutions include area museums (NMAI, NMAAHC, Anacostia Community Museum, African American Civil War Museum); International Filmfest DC; universities (Howard University, American University, and the University of Maryland); activist organizations (Black Lives Matter at School, SNCC Legacy Project, Washington Teachers Union, Empower Ed); children’s book groups (An Open Book Foundation, Shout Mouse Press, Africa Access, and the Americas Award); schools and school districts (primarily DCPS and ACPS); and many more.

The DCAESJ website and e-newsletters showcase the work of local teachers through stories documenting lessons and other school-based initiatives. 

During this pandemic year, the DCAESJ has provided a vital space for teachers to share ideas and resources and to find mutual support and inspiration. 

The programs and reach of the DCAESJ have grown dramatically over the last three and a half years. TFC seeks a coordinator with strong organizational and communication skills to sustain and expand the DCAESJ.  

The ideal candidate will have at least several years of teaching experience in public schools with knowledge of multicultural education and critical pedagogy.

The DCAESJ is funded by the Community for Just Schools Fund (CJSF), the Taste of Salt Fund (Community Foundation), DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, Humanities DC, Share Fund (Community Foundation), and individual donors. 

The DCAESJ coordinator works closely with the Teaching for Change communications staff and the Education ANew fellow, a CJSF-funded position based at Teaching for Change.

 

Position Description

The DCAESJ Coordinator leads our efforts to build and support a network of D.C. area social justice teachers who are connected to TFC’s work. They organize and facilitate opportunities for teachers in the D.C. metro area across TFC’s program and project areas, including but not limited to: 

    • Teacher working groups: early childhood, elementary, and secondary
    • Black Lives Matter at School Week of Action and Year of Purpose
    • Teach Central America 
    • Teach the Beat: Go Go in the Classroom, 
    • Civil Rights Teaching
    • Zinn Education Project (with Rethinking Schools)
    • Social Justice Books

 

Responsibilities

  • In collaboration with our partners and other staff, coordinate annual events (as noted above).
  • Provide leadership development and collaborative learning opportunities through the existing two working groups (People’s History Curriculum Group for middle and high school teachers and Anti-Bias Early Childhood Working Group) and add a third group for elementary.
  • Coordinate and/or facilitate TFC  professional development  and workshops for D.C. area teachers.
  • Provide professional development and in-class opportunities for D.C. area teachers and students through key TFC partnerships (as noted above).
  • Engage experienced teachers in funded leadership roles for various aspects of the work including the working groups, professional development, and programs.
  • Pursue opportunities to share TFC’s materials and resources among local teachers.
  • Facilitate the documentation and sharing of the work of D.C. area social justice teachers through stories on the DCAESJ website and media referrals.
  • Coordinate DCAESJ volunteers and interns (often inviting them to write stories to document the work of DCAESJ teachers and events).
  • Update the DCAESJ website with news, events, and resources.
  • Maintain the DCAESJ database with teacher participants and key allies.
  • Build and nurture an advisory group of teachers among the D.C. area social justice participants and partners.
  • Support grant and contract administration by ensuring TFC is in compliance with expectations.
  • And more.

 

Responsibilities for all staff 

  • Participate in monthly all staff meetings and program planning sessions
  • Update project manuals with procedures, sample correspondence, key resources, and contacts
  • Develop program reports
  • Support fundraising efforts
  • Commitment to and belief in the mission of Teaching for Change
  • Other duties as assigned
  • And more

 

Required experiences and abilities of a successful candidate

  • Strong organizational and project management skills
  • Willingness to take initiative
  • Eager to learn and able to work both independently and as part of a team in a busy work setting
  • Excellent communication skills, including strong writing and reporting skills
  • Demonstrated experience with social justice education
  • Demonstrable skills in workshop development and facilitation
  • Passion for education and equity issues
  • Minimum of a Bachelor’s degree and ideally a Masters degree in education and/or program management or relevant training and three years of experience
  • Work may be performed remotely during the pandemic, but the employee must be available to meet at the Teaching for Change office in Washington, D.C., on a regular basis. Post-pandemic the employee will work at the D.C. office.

 

Salary and benefits

  • Full individual health care
  • Paid vacation and holidays
  • Employee access to pay for 403(b)
  • Salary for this position is $55,000 to $62,000

 

Timeline

  • The position is available to begin immediately
  • Interviews will be conducted on a rolling basis
  • Position will remain open until filled

 

Qualified candidates should send a current resume and a thoughtful cover letter explaining how they are a good fit for the organization and position to: employment@teachingforchange.org. Only candidates of interest will be contacted. No phone calls, please.

Teaching for Change is an equal opportunity employer.