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Program Director and Senior Attorney The candidate will lead a dedicated team of professionals from multiple disciplines working to secure equitable public education opportunities. This position will address “Quality Education for All” and “Ending the School-to-Prison Pipeline,” namely the over- use of punitive school discipline policies and practices that are disadvantageous towards students and push – especially students of color – out of school and into the juvenile and criminal justice systems. Expected to supervise staff, build relationships and work closely with partnering grassroots organizations. This position will use a variety of legal, policy, communications, and coalition-building strategies to assist our community partners in achieving an equitable educational system. Offer a strategic vision that addresses key human rights issues while leading, building, and motivating an energetic, innovative team to identify and eliminate structural inequity in schools serving children of color. Manage the education team, tools, resources, and activities, to ensure goals are accomplished. Develop and implement national strategies to build public will for dismantling the School-to-Prison Pipeline and strengthening public education for all. Oversee implementation of 10+ local and state-level advocacy campaigns in partnership with community-based organizations across the country. Cultivate and manage strategic multiracial relationships, coalitions, and partnerships with stakeholders to build power in communities of color and create a diverse constituency of support for reform. Work in collaboration with management to create project goals and work plans that create systemic change and deliver impact. Utilize metrics and reporting to track progress towards goals, and to keep the leadership team apprised of successes and challenges. Work collaboratively with Executive Director, leadership team and project staff to develop plans and articulate goals/objectives related to the initiative. Assist the Development Department with budgets, fundraising and reporting related to program initiatives. Seek and participate in external events and networking opportunities. Litigate lawsuits and/or administrative challenges to education injustice. Research and challenge current state laws, practices and procedures that are disadvantageous to youth through education reform. Assist Co-Directors and other Program/Project Directors cross functionally in managing investigations and litigation respective to other internal programs/projects. Persuasively articulate the mission, goals and program/project priorities of company’s national office in written and oral presentation. Develop presentation materials, including research, slides, scripts, talking points and proposal collateral for prospect meetings. Works in collaboration with communications team to develop and align strategic messaging related to the Program. Reviews the teams work products to ensure the consistent production of high quality work products and advocacy materials related to educational topics. Manage the Program’s budget effectively and adjust expenditures as necessary. Supervise team, provide timely feedback and support growth of members. Lead, build and motivate an energetic, innovative and responsive team to systemic issues. Foster individual and team member growth and promote team goals/objectives. Maintain collegial work relationships across the organization. Periodically supervise department interns and/or volunteer staff. Represent department as a member of various organizational committees. Bachelor’s degree required, Master’s degree preferred. Juris Doctorate required with state bar membership or ability to waive into the DC Bar and 7 – 10 years of post JD experience with emphasis on litigating and conducting policy and legislative advocacy in the area of education law required. Knowledge of legal and policy issues surrounding education including school discipline and school privatization required. Supervisory experience including mentoring and training junior staff required. Prior experience working with grassroots organizations and/or in non-profit environments required; specific organizing and advocacy campaign experience strongly preferred. Track record of getting results, handling a heavy workload and developing strong working relationships with and among a diverse group of people required. Fundraising, budgeting and planning experience desired. Prior project management experience is necessary and strong technical skills are highly desired. Strong interpersonal, research, analytical and writing skills required. Superior oral communications skills and bilingual ability preferred with fluency in Spanish.
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