Learn about the FORJ Coordinator position

FORJ Coordinator 2021 Position

For the 2021-2022 year, Newton Public Schools authorized a stipend to hire a FORJ (Families Organizing for Racial Justice) Coordinator. For more information regarding FORJ, please visit www.forjnewton.com 

To apply, please send the following to Erica Streit-Kaplan erica@forj.org on or before February 12, 2021.

1)    Write a letter of interest about why you would like to take this position (see job description and qualifications below). Please include a description of your training and experiences that qualify you for this position.

2)   Provide a current resume.

3)   Provide names and contact information for two people who have worked with you in a professional or volunteer capacity who can serve as references. 

4)  Be prepared to either provide or write a sample of your writing – such as a section of a newsletter, a program description, or a piece about an upcoming racial justice event at your school or work, etc. We can provide a prompt if you wish (i.e. write a few paragraphs for a section of an upcoming FORJ newsletter for you to write if you wish.)

After a review of applications, the FORJ Board will interview candidates. Elisa Rodriguez will help the new coordinator smoothly transition into the role over the spring. The FORJ Board will support the coordinator during the school year.  

Job Description:

  1. Work closely with the FORJ Board: Collaborate on program planning, speaker outreach, coordination, calendar layout, social media postings, fundraising, and community related projects. Attend monthly board meetings. – 4 hours per month.
  2. Plan, lead and support FORJ meetings: Plan content, arrange speakers, lead or co-lead workshops, manage in-person or virtual meeting space [Zoom], track attendance, distribute materials. – 10 hours per month. 
  3. Communication: Send and receive communications about upcoming events, manage questions and concerns through regular emails, and develop content for the FORJ website. Develop and coordinate community messages with the Board regarding pressing matters. Manage and respond to FORJ emails that come in from collaborators such as community groups, school leaders, and people outside of Newton who want to learn about FORJ. Triage messages to FORJ Board members. – 8 hours per month
  4. Develop Newsletter – Prepare monthly newsletter via MailChimp. Collect resources, promote events, design and lay out visual format, edit and proofread. – 8 hours per month
  5. Support parent leaders and school-based FORJ groups – Collaborate with FORJ leaders to build the organizational capacity for school groups and look at new initiatives. Compile best practices and share examples and strategy. Provide consultation for special meetings such as Welcome Back METCO Parent Nights, meeting with School principals, and Dynamic Diversity nights at schools. – 8 hours per month
  6. Attend periodic meetings with Newton Public School personnel: METCO Director Lisa Gilbert-Smith, Superintendent David Fleishman, Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Kathy Lopes, and Communications Director Julie McDonough. – 2 hour per month 

If time allows: Attend periodic meetings related to FORJ work such as Overdue, Newton Family conference, etc.  

FORJ members engage in a range of community work to further racial justice. Note that the purpose of this position is to coordinate the school and family aspects of FORJ work.

The Coordinator will work approximately 40 hours/ month (estimated 10/hours per week). 

Stipend:

The Coordinator will receive $14,000/year, divided into monthly stipends of $1,166/month towards the 40 hours of work per month. There are no benefits associated with this position. We are grateful to NPS and the Newton Schools Foundation for their continued support of FORJ.  

Requirements:

Experience:

Strong knowledge of Newton: Live in Newton and/or have at least one child attending Newton public schools; interest in learning about the individual Newton schools. This role primarily supports the school FORJ initiatives and not the broader city wide issues (housing, policing, etc). 

FORJ knowledge: Participation in at least 2-3 FORJ events over the past two years.

Social Justice Experience: Ability to demonstrate a commitment to racial justice, with on-going learning. Experience working in nonprofit social justice organizations and/or as a community organizer is strongly preferred, though not required. 

Skills:

Interpersonal Skills: Approachable and able to work with a variety of people and needs. Emotional intelligence (connecting with others in a judicious and empathetic way). A background in counseling would be an asset. 

Organizational Skills: Attention to deadlines and details, ability to plan, multitask, and prioritize.

Facilitation Skills: Experience facilitating or teaching large and small group meetings, establishing norms, developing agendas, and designing meetings.

Technology Skills: Experience with Google Docs and Excel. Experience with MailChimp or other marketing platforms OR willingness to learn.

Writing Skills: Excellent writing skills. Willingness to draft and collaboratively edit key documents with FORJ leaders.

Initiative: Ability to work independently with limited guidance from the Board. Ability to take initiative, analyze information, and offer insights.