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Kindred is a relatively new organization that builds relationships among parents of diverse backgrounds in elementary schools in Washington DC. Our vision is a society where communities care for all children as if they were their own. Grounded in participatory action, we support parents in working collectively toward educational equity in their children’s school through the lens of racial justice.

Interns! Kindred seeks interns year-round to support our programmatic work. If you believe in our mission and are looking for hands-on experience in a results-driven, justice-oriented nonprofit, please send a CV and cover letter describing your interest and availability to: info@kindredcommunities.org.

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Senior Race and Equity Facilitator and Organizer

Full-time

Kindred is a relatively new organization that builds relationships among parents of diverse backgrounds in elementary schools in Washington DC. Our vision is a society where communities care for all children as if they were their own. Grounded in participatory action, we support parents in working collectively toward educational equity in their children’s school through the lens of racial justice. We seek a dynamic, self-reflective, culturally proficient senior race and equity facilitator and organizer to help us grow into new schools for the 2018-19 school year. This role includes competitive pay and benefits and is located in Washington DC.

About Kindred and the Senior Race and Equity Facilitator and Organizer Role

In today’s segregated society, there are few opportunities for parents to connect meaningfully with one another across racial and socioeconomic difference. This leads to families having inequitable access to resources and networks of people, which contributes to the persistent opportunity gap across the city.

Washington DC is home to approximately 45 elementary schools with diverse student bodies where developing connections across difference is possible, but does not tend to happen on its own. Parents need safe and brave spaces with skilled facilitation to build trust and relationships with one another. Kindred strives to establish these spaces by facilitating dialogues among families of diverse backgrounds that culminate in parents taking collective action to advance racial justice and educational equity in their school, and, over time, more widely. We are seeking a senior race and equity facilitator and organizer to work in 2-4 new sites in the 2018-19 school year. Responsibilities include:

Direct Program Implementation (80%)

Parent Organizing

  • Meet with parents 1:1 to build trust,understand their challenges and aspirations, and invest them in taking collective action toward educational equity and racial justice
  • Organize and run focus groups with parents to solicit their input in program refinement
  • Maintain ongoing communication with parents in between dialogue sessions to ensure they feel supported
  • Guide parents to take collective action at conclusion of sessions
  • Motivate 40% parents to lead their own groups in Year 2
  • Cultivate additional parents to form waiting list for future dialogue groups

Dialogue Facilitation

  • Using provided curriculum, co-facilitate dialogue sessions during which parents discuss their identities, histories, and aspirations toward the goal of developing authentic relationships and taking collective action to promote racial justice and educational equity in their school
  • Modify and/or contribute to design of sessions based on your experience facilitating – adjust on-the-spot as needed and adjust sequencing of topics based on content of dialogue and group dynamics
  • Ensure that session outcomes meet intended goals of dialogues

Coaching & Management

  • Lead bi-weekly group supervision and 1-1 coaching of other facilitators designed to increase their reflective capacity, deepen their awareness of their own cultural identities, and strengthen their facilitation skills
  • Manage a team of 2-3 part-time parent coordinators to help build attendance and support logistics for each group
  • Conduct observations of dialogues and debriefs with facilitators and parent coordinators to ensure high program quality across school sites and support their professional growth

Critical Thinking and Design

  • Synthesize what you are learning after sessions and bring your lessons to inform our session design and organizational planning
  • Contribute to design of membership model for ongoing engagement of parents after dialogues end

Communication, Logistics & Teamwork (20%)

  • Maintain ongoing communication with Kindred team and school leadership about progress of dialogue groups
  • Maintain contact database and meetings record to track progress to goals
  • Contribute to the ongoing growth and development of Kindred as an organization by supporting on-going efforts to build our operating and programmatic systems

Desired Attributes, Experience, and Skills

 If you possess an unwavering commitment to the advancement of educational equity and racial justice, and you love to build connections among people, help them uncover critical parts of their identity and cultivate positive energy toward collective change, this is the role for you. Because we are a start-up, we are looking for someone who wants to be part of creating something exciting and new and someone for whom this work is much more than a job; it’s your calling.  We are seeking candidates with the following competencies:

  • Advanced facilitation skills
    • Demonstrated comfort managing group dynamics while facilitating the dialogue process
    • Ability to make observations about group dynamics and make adjustments or intervene as necessary to cultivate a safe space and ensure the active participation of all members of the group – you notice who is doing the talking and who isn’t, and you can intervene without making the talker or the quieter group members feel bad
    • Ability to synthesize information for clarity and understanding
    • Ability to keep the group focused on goals and outcomes while simultaneously providing the space necessary for group members to develop authentic relationships and experience growth in their self-awareness and racial consciousness
  • Exceptional interpersonal and political skills
    • Ability to build relationships with others that foster trust quickly across race, class, and other social identity markers
    • Ability to navigate power dynamics and develop political maps to diagnose sources of influence within a community
    • Clear, approachable communication instincts, appropriate to audience – people get what you say most of the time and you can notice and respond when you sense misunderstanding
    • Excellent written communication skills
  • Self-motivation and sense of responsibility
    • You produce results without a lot of supervision and have practiced “managing up” to a supervisor, including pro-actively sharing information and seeking thought partnership
    • You love setting concrete goals and achieving them
    • You thrive in new environments without a lot of guidelines (we are a start-up!)
    • You are timely and prepared, and you developed the skill of being organized long ago—this is second nature to you
    • You are willing to change course when data indicates we should and are able to shift priorities and approaches to maintain excellent performance during periods of stress and/or ambiguity
  • Self and cross-cultural awareness
    • We talk about race and class in these dialogue groups and as a staff. As the facilitator and a leader of facilitators, you must be comfortable in your own skin and able to talk productively about race and class with all people, with some help and guidance from your teammates as needed
    • You effectively guide group members along their respective journeys toward cultural proficiency, with a focus on building racial consciousness

Additional desired attributes, experience, and skills

  • Bilingual (Spanish & English) – While we will consider exceptional candidates who meet all of the above criteria but are not bilingual, very strong preference will go to those fluent in Spanish
  • Education or mental health – Our model is a crossbreed of educator-meets-psychologist – we would like you to have experience or knowledge in one of these areas either as a teacher, social worker or something related
  • Technology – You are savvy and experienced enough to use or learn to use the Microsoft Office suite, Gmail, Google Drive, Salesforce, calendars and basic social media (Facebook and Twitter) without guidance
  • Parent-child relationship knowledge – You are familiar with the norms of child development and have experience with parents and children – either as a parent yourself or through working with parents
  • Experience with traditionally marginalized populations – You have experience working with and valuing people who our system historically has not and whose communities continue to experience systematic oppression in our nation. We are especially seeking deep experience working with Latinx and African American populations
  • Critical thinker – You have a track record of seeing patterns among things and being able to connect those patterns to things that need to change or be done differently
  • Education and years of experience – We envision successful candidates having real-world experience practicing elements of what we have listed above. This is more important to us than any specific degree

Timing, Location, and Compensation

This role begins between August and September 2018 and is located in Washington DC. We are very family-friendly and, so long as you are available for parents and every one of your sessions, we can likely work around your schedule. The salary range for this role is $70,000-$80,000 and the specific compensation level will be set commensurate with experience. We will consider paying moving costs if you are moving into the city. Living in Washington, DC is an expectation of the role, though we will consider candidates living in the surrounding areas who are deeply familiar with the city. We offer a very competitive benefits package including health, retirement matching, flexible work location (within DC area) and paid leave.

Equal Opportunity

Kindredprovides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. This role requires physical activity in the form of moving among schools, among rooms in schools (some of which requires climbing stairs) and carrying approximately 20 pounds of materials.

To Apply

Please send to info@kindredcommunities.org:

  • Your CV
  • A cover letter describing why this job is the right fit for you
  • Your responses to this set of exercises
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