Advancement Project is a next generation, multi-racial civil rights organization. Rooted in the great human rights struggles for equality and justice, we exist to fulfill America's promise of a caring, inclusive and just democracy. We use innovative tools and strategies to strengthen social movements and achieve high impact policy change.
Advancement Project's California office engineers large-scale systems change to remedy inequality expand opportunity and open paths to upward mobility. Our goal is that members of all communities have the safety, opportunity and health they need to thrive. Our California offices' primary programs include: Educational Equity - Ensures school facilities for all and expands educational opportunities for low-income children from birth through high school graduation; Equity in Public Funds - Reveals significant discrepancies between the allocation of public funds and the needs of low-income communities and communities of color; Healthy City - Provides an information + action resource that unites community voices, rigorous research and innovative technologies to solve the root causes of social inequity by transforming how people access and use information about their communities; and Urban Peace - Reduces community violence so that poor neighborhoods are safe enough for children to learn, families to thrive and communities to prosper.
The Associate Director will report directly to the Director of Educational Equity and generally share responsibilities with the Director as needed and designated by the Director.
Specific responsibilities include but are not limited to:
- Directly supervise, oversee and support Educational Equity staff and operations on day-to-day basis. Provide work planning and professional development support to staff executing project deliverables and ensure the highest quality.
- Facilitate operations, workflow and accountability between Sacramento, Bay Area and Los Angeles, staff to ensure very high quality and effective work products on all grants and contracts.
- Support agency wide organizational development and ensure adherence to agency wide goals and policies within the project area as needed.
- Responsible for implementing strategic goals set by Director and Management Team.
- Work with and support Director on policy frameworks, fundraising/development and budget management, staff management, and grant/client development activities.
- Manage select grants and projects and work with staff primarily, and sometimes with partners and stakeholders to articulate project goals, scope of work and timelines. With project parameters confirmed, provide leadership and support to staff executing project deliverables and ensure the highest quality.
- Support policy and advocacy plan development with staff on K-12 education and school finance in state and local settings.
- Research and integrate emerging trends in education, law, policy and best practices in K-12 education and school finance.
- 7+ years experience in non-profit/government leadership role and senior project management required.
- 5+ years in staff supervision, management and development required. Past experience supervising virtual, non-local staff a plus.
- Substantive background in politics, law, policy and practice in K-12 education and school finance at state and local level required. Experience in early care and education a plus.
- Demonstrated familiarity with and confidence reviewing and analyzing data and statistics from a variety of sources, including educational and economic studies, governmental budgets, census reports, etc. is required.
- Experience designing, implementing and managing quantitative or qualitative research projects or technology projects a plus.
- Excellent interpersonal skills and the proven ability to work with diverse communities, leaders and staff.
- Prior experience in development and fundraising a plus.
- Excellent written and oral communication skills (i.e., facilitation, outreach and message delivery) are required.
- Flexibility to adjust and contribute to continually evolving work situation and changing priorities.
- Must be able to travel at least monthly.
- High computer proficiency and comfort a must. Working knowledge of GIS a plus
- Strong academic background in law, public policy, education, social work or other related field required. J. D. preferred. Masters degree or greater required.
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