The Community Center for Education Results (CCER), which supports the Road Map Project initiative, is seeking a Director of Anti-Racist Storytelling to develop, implement and lead a communication strategy that centers on community and boldly leads with race. The ideal candidate will be a hands-on leader with the ability to guide teams, support staff, and interns while working with an array of partners (youth leaders, community, university, districts, local government). The candidate will also demonstrate an understanding of the current challenges and opportunities that persist in education in the Road Map Project region and take strong initiative around liberatory frameworks in research and anti-racist methods that serve to shift power to students and communities.

The Director of Anti-Racist Storytelling will report directly to the Executive Director and will lead the Communications Team that works in close collaboration with the Road Map Project region youth, CCER Data and Research, and Community and Family Engagement teams, and other CCER staff and Road Map Project partners. The Director of Anti-Racist Storytelling will work with their team to create leadership pathways for community staff. This is a unique position for someone who has significant strategic communications experience to work with a small, highly collaborative team on a variety of initiatives including advocacy and social media campaigns, special topic reports, and website development.

ABOUT CCER AND THE ROAD MAP PROJECT

CCER is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization established in 2010 to staff and support the Road Map Project—a collective impact initiative to improve student achievement from cradle through college and career in seven King County, Washington school districts: Auburn, Federal Way, Highline, Kent, Renton, (South) Seattle, and Tukwila. Through multi-sector collaboration with hundreds of organizations and individuals, the Road Map Project aims to increase equitable policies and practices in education systems to eliminate opportunity and achievement gaps., and for 70 percent of the region’s youth to earn a college degree or career credential by 2030.

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Lead internal and external communications efforts, providing strategic direction, project management, supervision, and mentorship, as well as communicating strategy and offering consultation to internal and external teams
  • Define the internal CCER organization communications strategy, and facilitate implementation of the communication strategy for the Road Map Project initiative
  • Support a long-term communication strategy while being responsive to emerging efforts
  • Develop trusting and effective partnerships across students, families, community organizations, researchers, practitioners, and other community members
  • Collaborate with community-led groups to develop and define communications approaches that ensure ongoing community engagement and/or multiple feedback loops
  • Co-lead development and publication of reports, briefs, and blog posts
  • Produce compelling and adaptive writing, and develop materials for presentation
  • Provide innovative approaches to Communications operations, including:
    • Social media strategy and practices
    • Influence policy strategies
    • Development and support of a Communication Fellows program
  • Lead the organization’s narrative change toward boldly employing anti-racist language that leads to liberatory practices, including:
    • Capturing and expressing the nuance of narrative in all of CCER’s work

REQUIREMENTS:

  • Demonstrated personal commitment to anti-racism work with an understanding of the challenges and barriers faced by communities concerning race, ethnicity, age, class, ability, immigration status, gender, sexual orientation, etc.—and their intersections
  • Experience developing communication strategies based in anti-racist principles
  • Track record of successful senior-level strategic communications experience, including planning and strategy development, message development, digital communications, and media relations
  • Ability to create new approaches that break long-held barriers, leverage new opportunities, and are relevant in the context of changing cultural, and political and media dynamics
  • Knowledgeable and consistently up-to-date on current communications approaches
  • Adaptive and effective communication, writing, and presentation skills, including the ability to present complex information in an understandable and compelling manner for school- and community-based audiences, and the ability to communicate from a student-centered perspective
  • Experience managing teams — setting strategic direction, providing effective delegation and project management, and offering formative advising and mentorship
  • Strong local relationships and/or the capacity to build and maintain external partnerships across communities including students, parents, community groups/leaders, practitioners, districts, agencies, and funders
  • Experience facilitating communication partnerships with community-based organizations, education systems, and a myriad of partners including youth, families, and community members
  • Creativity and imagination to effectively frame ideas, develop stories, and synthesize complex policy issues in a way that catalyzes system change, appeals to the news media, and to a wide variety of community audiences

DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • Knowledge of education issues from early learning through higher education
  • Political savviness and experience with driving and implementing campaigns and developing communication plans for advocacy purposes
  • Bilingual or multilingual
  • Connections to the Road Map Project region, with a preference for representatives of the region

LOCATION

Currently the position is remote. The CCER office is located in Pacific Towers: 1200 12th Avenue South, Suite 701 Seattle, WA 98144,

COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS

The salary for this position is $96,000 annually. Excellent benefits package, including flexible PTO, health, vision, dental, and life insurance as well as a 401k plan with employer match. CCER is an equal opportunity employer.

CLOSE DATE

Preferred application deadline is 5:00 PM (Pacific Time) on Monday, Aug. 1, 2022, but position will remain open until filled.

TO APPLY

Email: jobs@ccedresults.org
Subject Line: “Director of Anti-Racist Storytelling [Your Last Name]”
Body of email: Include where you learned about this position
Attachments:
  • Cover Letter
  • Resume or CV

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