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Massachusetts Advocates for Children
Racial Equity & Access Project (REAP)
Senior Project Director

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Description

Massachusetts Advocates for Children (MAC) is a private non-profit organization dedicated to being an independent and effective voice for children who face significant barriers to equal educational and life opportunities. The overarching goal of the Racial Equity & Access Project (REAP) at MAC is to eliminate opportunity and achievement gaps for Boston Black and Latinx students, intersecting with students living in poverty, immigrant children, English language learners and students with disabilities. The primary focus will be on school discipline reform to disrupt the “school to prison pipeline.” Using a racial justice lens and a deep understanding of institutional racism and its impact on children, the REAP Director will work to build external partnerships and leverage internal resources and expertise to advance these goals.

Responsibilities

  • Develop an advocacy plan for REAP based on an assessment of identified gaps and needs in Boston Public Schools for Black and Latinx students and an assessment of community-based and internal (to MAC) resources and expertise.
  • Based on the plan, engage in administrative advocacy with a racial justice lens to prioritize activities that lead to closing the achievement gap, systemic improvements in school discipline reform and disrupting the “school to prison pipeline.”
  • Collaborate through coalitions and other means with community leaders, parents, students, educators, and administrators, the Boston School Committee and the Boston Teachers Union, in order to conduct the advocacy above.
  • Participate in grant proposals and fundraising to expand REAP.
  • Serve as a member of the senior management team and participate in organizational efforts to implement a racial justice lens on the advocacy work of all MAC programs.

Qualifications

  • Deep commitment to and demonstrated expertise and leadership in racial justice, education reform, community and parent empowerment, and coalition building.
  • Understanding of intersectionality of race, class, gender, and disability with systems of oppression and disempowerment in school and community.
  • Familiarity with school programs for students with disabilities and for English language learners.
  • Fundraising experience, especially with grant writing, preferred.
  • Experience in education policy and advocacy and understanding of schools and how they function.
  • Knowledge of Boston’s political landscape preferred.
  • Demonstrated leadership qualities and interpersonal skills necessary for working effectively with a variety of groups, from policy makers to parents, civic leaders to the media.
  • Ability to work productively in a team-oriented environment, while having the capacity to follow through independently and play a leadership role within the organization.
  • Exceptional listening, oral, and written communication skills.
  • Attorney or advanced degree in education or public policy preferred, otherwise a minimum of a Bachelor’s degree and significant years of experience.
  • Ability to work flexible hours, understanding that some evening and weekend work is required.

Bilingual skills in Spanish or other high incidence language is preferred, but not required. Salary and benefits are competitive. Massachusetts Advocates for Children is committed to creating a diverse work environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. Please send cover letter and resume by July 2 to Johanne Pino, jpino@massadvocates.org or in the mail to MAC, 25 Kingston St. #2F, Boston, MA  02111.