FORJ Coordinator 2021 Position
Families Organizing for Racial Justice (FORJ) is actively looking for a new Coordinator for the 2021-2022 school year. The FORJ Coordinator, along with other leaders, will support anti-racist initiatives in Newton Public Schools with a particular focus on organizing and aiding FORJ school chapters and infrastructure.
FORJ is building an antiracist city together with families, schools, community members and city leaders through education, individual actions and systemic reforms.
We aspire for Newton to be a racially equitable city where youth and adults exercise personal responsibility for proactively creating an environment where everyone feels valued and connected. Our institutions will maintain antiracist policies and practices benefitting all those who live, work and learn in Newton.
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 any 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 newsletter, program description, persuasive email, 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.)
After a review of applications, the FORJ Board will interview candidates. Current FORJ Coordinator 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.
- Work closely with the FORJ Board: Collaborate on program planning, speaker outreach, coordination, calendar layout, social media postings, fundraising, and community related projects. The FORJ Board is intentionally racially diverse. Attend monthly board meetings. – 4 hours per month.
- Plan, lead and support FORJ meetings: With other FORJ leaders plan content, arrange speakers, lead or co-lead workshops, manage in-person or virtual meeting space [Zoom], track attendance, distribute materials. – average 10 hours per month – varies depending on meeting format or topic.
- Communication: Send and receive communications about upcoming events, manage questions through regular emails, and develop content for the FORJ website.Collaborate with Board members to address pressing matters, high-profile concerns, and bias incidents. Develop community messages with the Board. – 8 hours per month
- Develop Newsletter – Prepare monthly newsletter via MailChimp. Work with intern to collect resources, promote events, design and lay out visual format, edit and proofread. – 2 hours per month
- Supervise intern – Support intern to develop newsletter and social media presence. – 4 hours per month
- 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. As an outgrowth of close working relationships with community members, listen and Identify concerns- 8 hours per month
- Attend periodic meetings with Newton Public School (NPS) personnel: METCO Director Lisa Gilbert-Smith, Superintendent David Fleishman, Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Kathy Lopes, and Communications Director Julie McDonough. Prepare annual report for NPS. – 4 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). Depending on events in Newton and/or at the national level, some months may require more hours. There is always support from other FORJ leaders and the potential for “comp” time.
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 part-time position. Newton Public Schools and the Newton Schools Foundation provide support for this position, which is authorized on an annual basis. The role is supervised by the FORJ Board; the NPS contact person is Kathy Lopes, DEI Director.
Social Justice Experience: Ability to demonstrate a commitment to racial justice, transformative justice, and organizational accountability with on-going learning. Experience working in nonprofit social justice organizations and/or as a community organizer is strongly preferred, though not required. Ability to identify concerns happening in the community.
Knowledge of/Willingness to learn about Newton Public Schools: Experience with or interest in public school systems. Interest in learning about the individual Newton schools. The role directly supports school FORJ initiatives.
FORJ knowledge: Participation in at least 2-3 FORJ events over the past two years preferred.
- 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.
Asian, Black, Indigenous, Latinx, multiracial and other People of Color are encouraged to apply.