EDUCATION JUSTICE ORGANIZER/ADVOCATE

The Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs (“the Committee”) seeks an Education Justice Organizer/Advocate.

ABOUT THE WASHINGTON LAWYERS’ COMMITTEE FOR CIVIL RIGHTS AND URBAN AFFAIRS

The Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs works to create legal, economic, and social equity through litigation, client and public education, and public policy advocacy with a primary focus on racial justice. For the last 50 years, the Committee has been on the cutting edge of civil rights advocacy in the region bringing precedent setting litigation to address discrimination. Our work focuses on injustices in housing, employment, the criminal legal system, education, public accommodations, and civil rights of immigrants. We partner with individuals and communities facing discrimination and with the legal community to achieve justice. The Committee’s staff is unionized and negotiating its first contract. This position is within the bargaining unit. For more information on the Washington Lawyers’ Committee, please go to www.washlaw.org.

POSITION DESCRIPTION

The Education Justice Organizer/Advocate will work primarily with parents of color in District of Columbia Public Schools to exercise their collective power to ensure rich, joyful, and equitable learning communities in their neighborhood public schools.  Black and Brown families disproportionately attend schools that are underfunded, outdated, and segregated. We recognize that parents know the challenges and solutions, and that they have unexpressed power to bring about necessary change.  The Committee has a keen interest in organizing in rapidly gentrifying neighborhoods, where Black and Brown residents are at risk of being left out of planning and decision-making in their neighborhood public schools. We currently support two community and parent organizations in the Anacostia and Brookland neighborhoods, two communities that are experiencing rapid changes in demographics. The work of the Advocate will be integrated into the Committee’s education litigation and policy agenda and work closely with other areas of practice.

The Education Justice Organizer/Advocate will:

  • Build leadership and power among families in schools in underinvested communities, with a focus on schools in Wards 5, 7, and 8.
  • Build relationships, and conduct outreach, and community education with individuals, organizations, and coalitions in DC.
  • Develop/coordinate political education to parents/caregivers, parent/caregiver leaders, and parent/caregiver organizations on a wide-range of education justice and racial justice issues that impact school communities.
  • Mobilize and support community groups to win policy change, including planning and attending events and actions such as campaign rallies, town hall events, listening sessions, and policy advocacy before legislative and executive branch agencies.
  • Conduct policy and factual research and prepare policy memoranda in support of the Education Justice team’s policy agenda.
  • Support existing education justice initiatives, including securing robust, equitable funding for DC’s neighborhood schools, digital equity, and efforts to stop the school-to-prison pipeline, as well as build new initiatives from the ground up.
  • Work with the Education Justice team to investigate and support the identification, development, and pursuit of litigation.
  • Work with other Committee practice areas on racial justice and civil rights issues raised by parents/caregivers at the intersection of housing, employment, disability rights, language access, re-imagining public safety or other areas of work.
  • Other duties as assigned.

SKILLS/QUALIFICATIONS

The ideal candidate will possess the following skills and qualifications:

  • Passion for civil rights, racial equity advocacy and the Committee’s Mission;
  • Familiar with the public education landscape;
  • Experience with community organizing, advocacy, or strategic campaigns: candidate should know how to identify issues, bring communities together, and achieve lasting change;
  • Willingness to work a flexible schedule that will include evening and weekend events
  • Lived experiences in communities historically under-resourced and marginalized due to race, class, gender, etc. welcome
  • Demonstrated awareness and sensitivity to the needs and concerns of individuals from diverse cultures, backgrounds and orientations;
  • Able to contribute to the creation of a diverse, equitable and inclusive culture that encourages and celebrates differences;
  • Understanding the power of social media and how to utilize several platforms is a plus; and
  • Knowledge of the District of Columbia and its neighborhoods and schools is a plus

COMPENSATION

Based upon Washington Lawyers’ Committee experience-based pay scale. Generous leave and employer-funded benefits. View the full posting here.

HOW TO APPLY

Please email a letter detailing your interest, a resume, and brief writing sample to: wlcjobs@washlaw.org. Please place “[your name] – Education Justice Organizer/Advocate” in the subject line. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis and the position will remain open until filled.

This position is a hybrid position with a minimum of three core days required to physically be in the office located in Washington, D.C. We will be participating in-person when it is necessary to provide the highest quality legal services and the most effective advocacy.

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The Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs is an equal opportunity employer. Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging are essential components of the Committee, and we encourage all qualified persons to apply. Applicants are accorded an equal opportunity for selection without regard to actual or perceived race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, disability, medical condition, marital status, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, family responsibility, personal appearance, matriculation, or political affiliation.


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