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Director of Education

Posted: Sep 23, 2021

CASA & CASA IN ACTION SYNOPSIS:

As the largest grassroots immigrant advocacy organization in the Mid-Atlantic region, CASA has over 36 years of experience organizing over 115,000 lifetime immigrant, Latino, and working class members. Founded in 1986, our model focuses on blending human services, community organizing, and strategic campaigns in order to serve the full spectrum of the needs, dreams, and aspirations of our members.CASA’s mission is to create a more just society by building power and improving the quality of life in working-class and immigrant communities. Our vision is a future where we stand in our own power, our families live free from discrimination and fear, and our diverse communities thrive as we work with our partners to achieve full human rights for all. CASA has a sister organization, CASA in Action, a separate, but related, nonprofit organization that is exempt from federal income tax under section 501(c)(4) of the Internal Revenue Code. CASA in Action endorses candidates that advance its membership’s priorities and facilitates greater engagement of Latinos and voters of color in elections. Although CASA and CASA in Action share a common goal of supporting immigrants and low-income people in Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Virginia, they are separate organizations with their own board of directors. A set of employees at the two organizations, including the person filling this position, shares their time between the two organizations. This has no effect on salary or benefits.

DEPARTMENT SYNOPSIS:

The Education Department supports CASA’s multi-generation approach to education through engaging youth and their families as a whole in the attainment of educational opportunities for all. All across its footprint, CASA partners with, initiates, and fosters strong relationships between public school systems and parents, and oversees CASA’s efforts to improve educational outcomes for immigrant students and their families through coordinated interdepartmental efforts within CASA. The Education Department’s Life Skills ESOL (in English for Speakers of Other Languages) Program uses Popular Education and Traditional Education methodologies to address the educational needs of its adult learners and provide them with otherwise unavailable educational opportunities. The classes also serve to empower students to make positive and long-lasting social change within their community in coordination with CASA’s organizing and advocacy efforts in the fight for immigration reform, workers’ rights, universal equality, and social justice. The department also supports CASA’s expanding education policy work in strategic partnership with CASA’s Department of Politics & Communications.

POSITION SUMMARY:

The Director of Education will report to the Chief of Programs and Services and is responsible for overseeing CASA’s supportive services to existing schools, parent engagement, adult ESOL, and youth enrichment programs. The Director of Education will be based out of CASA’s Multicultural Center in Langley Park, Maryland but will provide guidance and technical support in all related education services and advocacy efforts in which CASA engages across its footprint in Maryland, Virginia and Pennsylvania.

Apply at https://wearecasa.org/careers/

ESSENTIAL RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Creating original content for op-eds, blogs, and websites, and represent CASA in related education policy work
  • Implementing mechanisms to ensure that CASA members engage in education advocacy opportunities and work with CASA’s Organizing Department to build leadership pathways for interested students and parents
  • Developing and supporting educational opportunities that are culturally/linguistically responsive to the needs of immigrant children, adults and families
  • Creating educational opportunities that recognize and build on the strengths of community members and the immigrant community as a whole
  • Multi-generation/whole family approaches that create opportunities for and address needs of both parents and children together
  • Structuring educational programs with the objective of both short-term learning for children and adults and to improve economic stability of individuals and families
  • Linking early education/K-12 education/adult educational opportunities so individuals are supported as they age and full families are supported
  • Collaborating with CASA’s other departments/ programs including legal, health, workforce development and organizing to ensure members participating in educational services are also accessing CASA’s full range of services and activity engaged in building power for immigrants, working class families and Black and brown community members
  • Preparing and monitoring budget(s), grant and program reports
  • Overseeing management of program expenditures; identifying and preparing applications for alternative funding sources
  • Ensuring program and grant deliverables are reported upon accurately and in a timely manner
  • Supervising staff, personnel, volunteers and consultants
  • Development and maintenance of relationships with high-level school staff, board members, and university representatives

Comply with all other duties assigned by the supervisor related to the position.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • 10 plus years of relevant experience that demonstrates a history of growth, increasing responsibility or promotion, preferably in leadership positions at organizations working with working class immigrant communities of color
  • Master’s Degree in Education or related field, Ph.D. in Education desirable
  • Minimum of 5+ years of experience working in Public Education
  • 5+ years of experience in policy and/or advocacy; education policy in Maryland is preferred
  • Valid US Driver’s License and reliable transportation

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES REQUIRED

  • Bilingual proficiency in Spanish and English (writing and speaking) preferred, French is a plus
  • Strong writing and verbal skills, required
  • Demonstrated commitment to: racial justice; education equity; dismantling racist institution and structures; growing an organization that reflects the community CASA serves
  • Ability to develop culturally responsive programs that meet the needs of children and families, particularly children from low-income communities;
  • Experience developing, promoting and implementing non-traditional programs; establishing and overseeing cooperative agreements; as well as representing programs to a variety of audiences;
  • Ability to plan, manage and organize multiple projects; identifying and analyzing problems/issues and recommending strategies and solutions;
  • Experience preparing and administering budgets; directing and evaluating the work of others;
  • Display strong interpersonal skills; establishing collaborative working relationships with internal and external stakeholders in the course of performing assigned duties
  • Commitment to growing CASA as a membership organization
  • A proven track record of navigating complex issues, leading a diverse team, managing multiple stakeholders, making decisions, and driving strong results
  • Highly organized and able to manage multiple ongoing projects

Physical Requirements:
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear. The employee is frequently required to walk, sit and use hands to finger, handle, or feel. The employee is occasionally required to stand and reach with hands and arms. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision and ability to adjust focus.

Work Environment:
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

ADA: CASA will make reasonable accommodations in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.

OSHA: A Director of Education is not to handle human body fluids, biological agents, laboratory chemicals, or be exposed to hazardous materials such as noise, asbestos, or carcinogens.

CASA de Maryland, Inc. and CASA in Action do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, gender identity age, mental or physical disability, ancestry, marital status and national origin.

This job description will be reviewed periodically as duties and responsibilities change with business necessity. Essential and marginal job functions are subject to modification. Nothing in this job description restricts management's right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.
 

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