POSITION EMPHASIS: This position supports the NEA’s strategic objective to focus the energy and resources of its 3 million members toward the promotion of public confidence in public education by providing professional expertise in support of NEA’s Community Advocacy and Partnership Engagement (CAPE) department in the Center for Social Justice.
POSITION SUMMARY: This position identifies, establishes, engages and coordinates relationships and partnerships with the African American community and other communities of color in support of public education, racial/social justice, and NEA positions. Essential functions include utilizing an established African American community network, serving as a technical resource in community outreach and community engagement to the NEA membership base; providing technical assistance to NEA state and local affiliates in community partnership building; initiating additional/exploratory avenues for outreach; and serving as NEA liaison to interpret and clarify NEA positions, initiatives and objectives on issues that are of importance to ethnic communities. The employee will act as an NEA liaison to expand alliances with civil rights organizations, community organizations, and organizations that impact communities of color, with current, emerging, high profile and/or professionally positioned leaders in the ethnic community. The position also coordinates work with national, state, and local entities—both internal and external—on issues and concerns pertaining to communities of color; and identifies structure, staff, and fiscal resources—both internal and external—to be utilized in implementing community organizing plans that have direct engagement with NEA members on the local level and communities of color. The work is accomplished under the supervision of the Director of the Community Advocacy and Partnership Engagement (CAPE) department. The employee uses a personal computer, a variety of NEA-endorsed software, and travels frequently.
In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act: The position involves creative and analytical thinking; oral and written communication skills; meticulous attention to detail; human relations skills; use of computer keyboard; sitting, standing or walking for long periods; stooping, bending, and reaching; and stamina to work long hours and ability to travel by various conveyances, e.g., automobile, plane.
MINIMUM EDUCATION REQUIREMENT: Master’s Degree in Social Science, Education, Communication or related field or equivalent combination of education and experience from which comparable knowledge and skills may be acquired. MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Minimum of five years of progressively responsible professional experience in outreach programs, policy analysis, program planning and developing strategic initiatives. Experience must include partnerships with established network of African-American community leaders, state and local organizations, high-profile, and faith-based associations. OTHER REQUIREMENTS: Recognition as having mastery, or being a subject matter expert, on the African American community and relevant community and outreach initiatives. Must be able to work extended hours on evenings and weekends. Portfolio and other samples of work products (i.e., publications, presentations, training, etc.) required at time of interview. Frequent travel required.
Selection Criteria: TIER 1 (Essential): Demonstrated high level skills in the use of systems thinking, organizing, organizational development, and building strategies to support African American community outreach programs. Demonstrated experience and connections with well-established civil and racial rights organizations, and African American community outreach network. Demonstrated experience and accomplishments in working with community leaders in problem-solving, and creative and critical thinking. An in-depth understanding of diversity and ethnic concerns of communities of color. Must have demonstrated knowledge of social justice issues and the ability to engage and communicate with a membership base. Demonstrated understanding of culture, traditions and/or language of other ethnic communities. Experience in engaging diverse group dialogue and conversation. Demonstrated success in participating in teams and motivating colleagues. Ability to lead, plan, organize and conduct team efforts. Demonstrated ability to write articles, talking points, reports, and/or produce products that inform or persuade targeted audiences or promote action in support of complex issues. Demonstrated flexibility and ability to handle multiple and complex tasks simultaneously under stringent timeframes and changing priorities/conditions. Demonstrated experience working independently and collaboratively with individuals, and with diverse groups. Proven effectiveness in strategic analysis and action planning. Strong written, oral, interpersonal and collaboration skills. Successful references. TIER 2: (Significant): Familiarity with the Elementary & Secondary Education Act (ESEA), Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and other education related policy. Demonstrated experience in developing and designing tool kits, web-based products, and brochures. Ability to establish relationships and act as a liaison to Governance. Tier 3: (Desirable): Experience in an advocacy organization or association with goals and objectives similar to those of NEA. Understanding of the relationships between NEA and membership constituency groups. Familiarity with labor organizing.