School-to-Prison Pipeline Campaign Organizer - Harriet Tubman Center
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Reports to: Youth Voice Lead Organizer
Supervises: Interns, Organizing Fellows
Salary Range: Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience
General Description: direct Harriet Tubman Center’s YOUTH VOICE project to build a youth-driven citywide coalition so that high school students can campaign to eliminate educational practices that increase school-to-prison pipelines. The campaigns would include eliminating zero tolerance for misbehavior and pressing for alternative practices and policies that encourage better learning and higher graduation rates.
Develop and implement a recruiting plan for a citywide youth-driven coalition that focuses on policies and practices that will decrease school-to-prison pipeline. The coalition must become powerful, sustainable, supported by leadership of participating organizations and in relationship to other Harriet Tubman projects.
Staff and train a committee of the YOUTH VOICE Executive Board that leads the effort to create the citywide coalition on the school-to-prison pipeline campaign.
Establish a curriculum and plan for leadership development with the citywide coalition, including their participation in research on best practices of reducing the school-to-prison pipeline.
Develop with the citywide coalition a one-year and 2-year action campaign plan around specific, winnable issues that would decrease to School-to-Pipeline. Outcomes should include:
Sign-on letter signed by principals, school authorities, superintendents in Detroit encouraging specific policies and practices;
Public declarations by school authorities and civic officials, pastors, other community leaders at YOUTH VOICE public meetings;
An alliance with Michigan Organizing Collaborative with each of their member organizations declaring support for Restorative Practices and conducting 3-4 strategic actions or delegatio0ns to key legislators and civic leaders to gain their support;
A meeting by YOUTH VOICE (Executive Board and the city-wide coalition)and allies across the state with the Michigan Board of Education.
With the YOUTH VOICE Lead Organizer and Tubman Director, research funding streams and develop proposals for long-term sustainability of the coalition.
Candidate must have a College Degree (or equivalent in experience); 2 years minimum organizing experience; significant experience working with high school age youth; at least 1 year experience as a staff member or key leader in a major institution (e.g., high school, congregation, agency); reliable transportation; excellent communication skills; valid driver’s license; good writing skills.
All applicants must apply for this position online. (Follow the link to "Apply for this Position")
Please have the following three (3) documents ready to upload to your online application:
An electronic file of your resume (preferably in PDF format) including 3 references and salary history;
A cover letter addressed to Bill O’Brien, Executive Director, Harriet Tubman Center, highlighting why are you applying for the position, what qualifies you for this community organizing position; and salary requirement;
A writing sample (demonstrating your ability to think critically and communicate effectively).
If you need assistance or experience any technical difficulties with your online application, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Resumes will not be accepted via this email address.
Applicants are strongly suggested to read “General Standards for Tubman Organizers” in www.tubmanorganizing.org/resources.