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Kindred is a new organization that builds relationships between parents of diverse backgrounds in elementary schools in Washington DC. Our vision is a society where communities care for children as if they were their own. Grounded in participatory action, we build collective action between parents to close the opportunity gap in their child’s school.

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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Parent Dialogue Facilitator

Hourly Contractor
We seek a dynamic, self-reflective, culturally aware facilitator of parent dialogue groups to provide high quality facilitation for 12 sessions between February 1-June 30, 2018. The role is compensated at $50/hour. Sessions run two hours, usually during a weekday morning (8:15-10:15 am) and evening (6-8 pm). We are seeking a facilitator to co-facilitate two sessions at the same school for a total of 4-5 hours/week.

About Kindred and the Parent 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, and this leads to families having access to different and inequitable networks of people and resources that contribute to the persistent opportunity gap. 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 spaces and skilled facilitation to build trust and relationships with one another. Kindred strives to establish these spaces by facilitating dialogues between families of diverse backgrounds that culminate in their taking collective action. We are seeking a facilitator to work in 1 new school year in 2018.

Responsibilities include:

Dialogue facilitation
• Using provided curriculum, co-facilitate dialogue sessions with parents where they discuss their identities, histories and aspirations
• 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 goal of dialogues
• Participate in debriefing with co-facilitator immediately following the session and a 15 minute prep call before each session.
• Participate in ongoing supervision of facilitation as needed with senior facilitator

Desired attributes, experience and skills
If you love to build connections between people, help them uncover new parts of their identity and cultivate positive energy toward collective change, this is the role for you. We are seeking candidates with the following attributes:

  • Exceptional interpersonal skills
    • Able to build relationships with others that foster trust quickly across different races and classes
    • Strong social awareness – you notice who is doing the talking in groups and who isn’t, and you can intervene without making the talker feel bad
    • Clear, approachable communication instincts – people get what you say most of the time and you can notice and respond when you sense misunderstanding
  • Self-motivated and responsible
    • You produce results without a lot of supervision
    • You love setting concrete goals and achieving them
    • You thrive in new environments without a lot of guidelines (we are a start up!)
    • You demonstrate all the basics of professionalism –you show up on time, every time; you are prepared for every meeting; you take personal responsibility for communicating progress to your manager and delivering results
  • Self- and cross-cultural awareness
    • We talk about race and class in these dialogue groups. As the facilitator, you need to be comfortable in your own skin and able to talk about race and class with every kind of person with some help and guidance from us as needed
  • Caring
    • We are an organization that is all about people and relationships. We are seeking someone who isn’t afraid to show a lot of love openly for others.

Desired experience and skills

  • Facilitation – You must have experience facilitating discussions about race and equity.
  • Parent-child relationship knowledge – Familiarity with norms of child development and 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 often has not. We are especially seeking deep experience working with African American communities
  • Critical thinker – You have a track record of seeing patterns between things and being able to connect those patterns to things that need to change or be done differently.
  • Spanish – Spanish fluency is a plus
  • 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
This role begins in late January and lasts through the end of the school year. There is potential for this to turn into a full-time role.

Equal opportunity
Kindred provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics.
To apply Please send a cover letter describing why this job is the right fit for you together with your CV to info@kindredcommunities.org.

Director of Program

Director of Program

Kindred is a new organization that builds relationships between parents of diverse backgrounds in elementary schools in Washington, DC. Our vision is a society where communities care for children as if they were their own. Grounded in participatory action, we build collective action between parents to close the opportunity gap in their child’s school. Kindred is on the cutting edge of a new approach to organizing and engaging families. We seek a senior, experienced manager, captivated and driven by this mission, who thrives in work environments with big goals and a scrappy team to accomplish them.

 

About Kindred and the Director of Program Role

In today’s segregated society, there are few opportunities for parents to connect meaningfully with one another across racial and socioeconomic difference, and this leads to families having access to different and inequitable networks of people and resources, which we define as the “opportunity gap.” 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 brave, safe spaces and skilled facilitation to build trust and relationships with one another. Kindred strives to establish these spaces by facilitating dialogues between families of diverse backgrounds that culminate in their taking collective action to benefit all students. We are seeking a director of program to both directly implement some of our facilitation and organizing, as well as build the program team and strategy to support this work on-going. We will work in 10 DC schools in 2018 with more in DC and beyond in the years to come. Responsibilities for this role include:

Direct program implementation (50%)

  • Using provided curriculum, co-facilitate dialogue sessions with parents where they discuss their identities, histories and aspirations
  • Participate in debriefing and planning with co-facilitator
  • Meet with parents 1-1 to understand their perspectives, recruit them to join a dialogue group, and retain their participation in the group
  • Build the capacity of parents to run their own dialogue groups and to develop their parent organization into one that can sustain the work
  • Train school family engagement specialists in Kindred’s model
  • Meet with current and future partner school principals to hear feedback and establish new partnerships
  • Support on-going communication with Kindred parents and innovative shifts to program

Program design and strategy (20%)

  • Modify and/or contribute to design of sessions based on your experience facilitating and managing the facilitation of other dialogue groups
  • Oversee codification of changes to curriculum
  • Develop and drive the programmatic strategy, including owning ultimate accountability for meeting programmatic goals
  • Contribute to the overarching organizational strategy

Management (30%)

  • Manage a program small team (3-4) of facilitators/organizers and program assistant; guide their personal and professional growth in a manner that matches their strengths
  • Proactively manage up to executive director
  • Contribute to organizational development of Kindred, including core values, performance evaluation, etc.

 

Desired competencies, experience and skills

This is a role for a jack-of-all-trades. You need to both love direct program implementation, excel in paying attention to detail, and love seeing the forest through the trees and be able to “zoom out” to develop strategic direction for the program team. We are seeking someone who wants to dive right in, get into the nitty gritty of Kindred’s program design and implementation, and lead the charge as we think through the scale of our program model to additional sites both within and outside of DC. 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:

  • Exceptional interpersonal and communication skills
    • Able to build relationships with others that foster trust quickly across different races and classes
    • Strong social awareness – you notice who is doing the talking in groups and who isn’t, and you can intervene without making the talker feel bad
    • 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-motivated, responsible and flexible
    • You produce results without a lot of supervision, and you have practiced managing up successfully
    • Setting concrete goals and achieving them is in your DNA, and, because of this, you are willing to scrap what you are doing if it isn’t working and start over when it means achieving a better outcome
    • You thrive in new environments without a lot of guidelines and do not require close management
    • 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
    • You demonstrate all the basics of dominant culture professionalism –you show up on time, every time; you are prepared for every meeting; you take personal responsibility for communicating progress to your manager and delivering results; you are able to maintain confidentiality when appropriate.
  • Well-organized
    • Being organized must be second-nature to you, a skill developed long ago.
  • Self- and cross-culturally aware
    • We talk about race and class in dialogue groups and as a staff. As the facilitator and leader of facilitators, you need to be comfortable in your own skin and able to talk about race and class with every kind of person
    • You believe in participatory action as a means for achieving sustainable outcomes
  • Caring
    • We are an organization that is all about people and relationships. We are seeking someone who isn’t afraid to show a lot of love openly for others.

Desired experience and skills

  • Facilitation – You must have experience facilitating discussions about race and equity.
  • Management – You’ve managed teams of diverse backgrounds, possibly bigger than this one, who could cite the ways you’ve helped them to succeed as a person and professional. You enjoy managing others to outcomes. Your staff sticks around and has been promoted.
  • Technology – You are savvy and experienced enough to use or learn to use the Microsoft Office suite, Gmail, Googledrive, calendars and basic social media (Facebook and Twitter) without guidance.
  • Parent-child relationship knowledge – Familiarity with norms of child development and 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 often has not. We are especially seeking deep experience working with African American and Latinx communities.
  • Critical thinker – You have a track record of seeing patterns between things and being able to connect those patterns to things that need to change or be done differently. You know how to write a strategy and love thinking about the big picture.
  • Spanish – while we will consider exceptional candidates who meet all of the above criteria but are not fluent in Spanish, very strong preference will go to those fluent in Spanish
  • Education and years of experience – Successful candidates will have real-world experience practicing the elements listed above. This is more important to us than any specific degree, though a graduate degree in social work, psychology, education or a related field is a plus.

 

Timing & Compensation

This role begins in April 2018 and is a senior level position. As such, we will compensate at the level appropriate to be competitive for someone with the above skills working in Washington, DC. 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

Kindred provides 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 between schools, between rooms in schools (some of which requires climbing stairs) and carrying approximately 20 pounds of materials.

 

To apply

Please send a cover letter describing why this job is the right fit for you together with your CV to info@kindredcommunities.org.

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