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External Affairs Associate

Uncommon Schools
Camden, NJ
  • Expired: November 10, 2022. Applications are no longer accepted.
Company Description

Uncommon Schools is a nonprofit network of high-performing, public charter schools providing an outstanding K-12 education in historically under-resourced communities. We have proudly built schools that reflect our student population, with more than 60% of our teachers and staff across our network identifying as a person of color. Uncommon currently manages 53 schools serving 20,000 students in five cities: Boston, Camden, New York City, Newark, and Rochester. We are proud that Uncommon graduates persist in and graduate from college at five times the rate of their peers nationally. We achieve this by offering strong academic, co-curricular, and social-emotional learning that prepares students for success in college and beyond.

Job Description

The External Affairs Coordinator will coordinate and empower our parents and schools to ensure high quality schools for every family through local and state level advocacy. They will establish and nurture relationships with key external stakeholders to ensure that they know, support and protect our schools; and execute on programs and initiatives that deepen the relationships between the schools and the communities we serve. The Coordinator will also advance our external-facing communications and initiatives, including school tour management, website and social media oversight, logistical support of external events and board meetings, and other administrative responsibilities. The position will report to the Camden Regional Senior Director, and will work closely with the Camden regional operations team, school and regional leaders in Camden, members of regional teams in other Uncommon regions, as well members of Uncommon's home office teams.

Core Duties & Responsibilities

Advocacy & External Engagement

Execute the local external engagement strategy to:
  • Educate community leaders, advocates and elected officials about our schools through relationship building, school visits and school-based community projects.
  • Deepen the connections between our schools and communities our schools serve by growing our presence at community events and meetings.
  • Run partner database, ensuring data entry and data integrity in databases.
  • Attend community events regularly in the communities we serve.

Parent Advocacy and Engagement

Implement a parent engagement and advocacy strategy to:
  • Further develop our current core parent advocacy group through consistent programming.
  • Identify and train new parent leaders at each of our schools to engage with officeholders and local leaders, mobilize large groups of parents for advocacy events and initiatives, and lead school-based community engagement efforts.
  • Drive outreach efforts with families and communities associated with our schools regarding opportunities for advocacy and involvement.
  • Lead and implement non-partisan voter registration and get out the vote campaigns among families, in coordination with our Camden schools and local partners.
  • Activate parent leaders to engage with prospective families and support student recruitment efforts to generate new student applications to our schools.

  • Support the annual board scope and sequence around discussion topics, scheduled presentations and key board approvals.
  • Execute project plan and lead board meeting preparation (e.g. monthly communications, information gathering, packet creation, etc.)
  • Provide logistical support for board meetings (e.g. meeting setup, tech support, collecting notes, etc.)
  • Facilitate submission and approval process of all board resolutions with Uncommon teams and the Board of Trustees.

General Outreach and Administrative Support
  • Oversee monthly tour schedule for donors, educators and prospective parents.
  • Handle regional website updates, social media, and school newsletters.
  • Provide logistics support for events and meetings.
  • Run budget processes, inclusive of team purchasing and invoicing tasks.
  • Additional duties and projects as needed and assigned in support of Camden schools.

  • Bachelor's Degree required
  • Minimum 3 years of professional experience in organizing, community engagement or other relevant work with schools and families in communities similar to those we serve
  • Prior experience planning and managing large scale projects
  • Prior experience with grassroots field organizing, including experience in political or issues campaigns, or leading a field organizing team a plus
  • Cultural competency and experience working with families from diverse ethnic and class backgrounds
  • Knowledge of New Jersey and Camden public education, charter schools, and political landscape highly preferred
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Outlook, Excel, PowerPoint), Google Applications and Social Media Platforms (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram)
  • Fluency in Spanish preferred

Additional Information

Our people are what make us uncommon. It's important to us that our compensation practices align with our values and enhance our ability to attract and retain talent. Our compensation philosophy is focused on equity and fairness, retaining our talented staff and valuing their expertise, and transparency and clarity.

Compensation for this position: The starting compensation for this role based in New York is between $60,600-$71,300 and generally, we expect that qualified candidates in this location will be made an offer between $60,600 and $64,200. The starting pay will depend on a variety of factors that may include but are not limited to experience, education, training, certification, and location. Because we value staff staying in their roles over time, we do not currently cap salary ranges.

Uncommon Schools believes in the importance of being a diverse, equitable and inclusive organization that enables our students and staff to thrive. We are committed to building a talented team that reflects the diverse backgrounds and experiences of our students. At the same time, we work to ensure an inclusive community through creating a space for meaningful dialogue about issues of race and identity for our staff and students. 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.

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