Community Engagement Manager (Newark)

North Star Academy Community Engagement Manager

POSITION OVERVIEW

We are seeking a resourceful, outgoing Community Engagement Manager to join in our dynamic External Relations team's work to eliminate the achievement gap in Newark. S/he should have the ability to hit the ground running on organizing, advocacy, voter participation, and community engagement initiatives.

The Community Engagement Manager will organize and empower our parent community to make their voices heard in the fight for great public schools for our city through local and state level advocacy and ensuring that our parents (who are eligible) participate in all elections; establish and nurture relationships with key elected officials and community leaders to ensure that they know, support and protect our schools; and design and execute on programs and initiatives that deepen the relationships between the schools and the communities we serve.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Reporting to the Senior Director of External Impact, the Community Engagement Manager will:
  • Educate community leaders, advocates and elected officials about our schools through relationship building, school visits, community events, etc.
  • Manage and conduct outreach to Uncommon families and school communities regarding opportunities for advocacy and involvement.
  • Lead non-partisan voter registration and get out the vote campaigns among parents, in coordination with schools..
  • Organize events and activities that provide parents with an opportunity to have their voices heard in their community and by city, state, and national leadership.
  • Train parent leaders at each of our schools to engage with elected officials and community leaders, mobilize large groups of parents for advocacy events and initiatives, and lead school-based community engagement efforts.
  • Design, initiate, and execute events and initiatives that deepen the connections between our schools and the communities our schools serve, such as Community Academy classes and workshops.
  • Track progress around all outreach efforts, analyze progress data, and design plans to adjust to real-time data.
  • Attend community events regularly in the communities we serve.
  • Present to wider parent community on advocacy and engagement activities and ways parents can get involved.
  • Manage monthly tour schedule for educators and prospective parents

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Minimum of a Bachelor's Degree, or credits toward a Bachelor's Degree;
  • At least five years of work experience, ideally in organizing or community engagement work, or work with schools and parents in communities similar to those we serve;
  • Excellent oral and written communication and interpersonal skills;
  • Strong organizational skills;
  • Proficient computer skills, including Microsoft Office, Word and Excel, and online Google applications
  • Prior experience planning and managing large scale projects
  • Prior experience working in schools and/or urban communities is preferred;
  • Knowledge of the Newark education and local political scene is preferred;
  • Flexibility of schedule because of both morning and evening meetings, and occasional weekend events.

COMPENSATION

We offer a generous compensation package. All staff members are equipped with the tools needed to succeed, including a dedicated work space, laptop computer, email, high-speed internet access, and all necessary supplies.

As an equal opportunity employer, we hire without consideration to race, religion, creed, color, national origin, age, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status or disability.

Please note that your application will not be saved until you click "submit" at the end of the application question set. Unfortunately, you will not be able to save your resume or answers as you go along. Please take this into consideration. You are welcome to open the application, copy and paste the questions into a Word Document, and then copy and paste your answers into our application once they are complete. Additionally, if you leave your application before beginning the question set, you will need to upload your resume again in order to move forward with the process upon returning. Thanks in advance for the time you are taking to apply to Uncommon Schools.


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