About the People’s Think Tank
The People’s Think Tank (PTT) is an intersectional movement space for re-imagining a radically democratic future, fiscally sponsored by the Schott Foundation for Public Education.
Members of the PTT network include 40+ grassroots organizations and activist scholars who organize parents, students and community members in low-income communities of color to address racial inequities and advocate for community-based solutions in public education and the range of intersecting issues that affect community wellbeing. The PTT's purpose is to develop actionable strategies and solutions to strengthen grassroots educational and social justice movements by addressing an agenda set by students, families and organizers.
In 2020-2021, the PTT will prioritize creating a space for organizers and leaders to collect data and stories about the impact of COVID 19 on students, families, and communities as well as on organizing efforts and the educational justice movement, share lessons from our members’ responses in terms of demands and programmatic initiatives, and vision a liberatory future for young people and our communities.
Using community-engaged and participatory research processes, the PTT co-designs action research projects with participants, conducting interviews, literature reviews, and case studies of emerging models. The PTT co-produces academic and practitioner products in written, video and artistic formats to support PTT members and the wider social justice movement to implement new strategies in their organizing work. In 2020-2021, the PTT is starting an intersectional organizing research/outreach project.
The position is part time, non-exempt, budgeted for a 12-month period (February 1, 2021 – January 31, 2022). The incumbent will be expected to work an average of 12 hours per week at a rate of $35 per hour, normally during standard business hours, with the number of hours varying depending on level of activity.
Note: Pending success in fundraising activity for research projects, there may be the possibility of adding additional hours per week and/or extending the position past the end date. The candidate is not required to accept additional hours or end-date extension.
Director of Programs & Advocacy
Essential Duties & Responsibilities
PTT Steering Committee Meetings
- Arrange monthly steering committee (SC) meetings: setting dates/times, arranging conference calls, circulating agendas, and taking notes
- Follow up with SC members on completing agreed upon tasks
- Support the SC to develop and implement a fundraising strategy
Online Meeting and Activities
- Arrange and coordinate online meetings of the PTT network - approximately every 3-4 months
- Arrange and coordinate other meetings, including learning exchanges and research-related meetings as needed - approximately every two months
- Identify, engage, and build relationships with PTT members and other social movement builders in support of the PTT’s activities, including the intersectional organizing research/outreach project
PTT Internal & External Communications
- Coordinate internal communications with / among PTT Membership
- Develop materials and other related written communications or products (e.g. video recordings of PTT learning exchanges) and distribute
- Support the development and maintenance of the PTT website, membership email list, and social media communications
Other Duties & Responsibilities
- Support coordination of logistics for in person meetings (if and when resumed) including arranging travel, facilities and support services.
- Ability to build relationships and rapport with community organizers and members
- Highly organized and results driven
- Experience or interest in community organizing, education justice and intersectional movement building
- Meeting planning, facilitation & note taking
- Conference planning & logistics
- Demonstrated capacity to get things done independently as well with others
- Fundraising and grant writing experience a plus
- Experience with website maintenance and social media a plus
How to apply: Please email your cover letter and resume with “PTT Project Coordinator” in the subject line to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Equal employment opportunity and having a diverse staff are fundamental principles at Schott, where employment and promotional opportunities are based upon individual capabilities and qualifications without regard to race, color, religion, gender, pregnancy, sexual orientation/preference, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, veteran status or any other protected characteristic as established under law.