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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 and families are active agents in leading this change. 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: email@example.com.
Program and Operations Associate Kindred seeks an organized, self-directed, detail-oriented and technologically savvy program and operations associate to oversee all logistics, develop and manage systems to ensure the successful implementation of our program, and lead our external communications and marketing work.
Director of Communications Kindred seeks an experienced communications savant – creative, energetic and relentless – who is captivated and driven by our mission and thrives in work environments with big goals and a scrappy team to accomplish them.
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Program and Operations Associate
Program and Operations Associate
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 an organized, self-directed, detail-oriented and technologically savvy program and operations associate to oversee all logistics, develop and manage systems to ensure the successful implementation of our program, and lead our external communications and marketing work. This role includes competitive pay and benefits.
More about Kindred and the Program and Operations Associate 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.
The program and operations associate will serve as a lynchpin of our organization. This role requires both systems-level thinking and the tendency to sweat the small stuff and understand that the devil is sometimes in the details. Therefore, we seek someone who will keep the trains running while developing, executing, and refining systematic ways to ensure our program is meeting its outcomes. Responsibilities include:
Logistics and Systems
- Maintain filing system for the organization using Google Drive and Dropbox
- Electronically file all records, including photos, consent forms, financial documents, etc.
Customer Relationship Database Management
- Maintain and continue to refine Salesforce as Kindred’s core database for contacts, content, communications and outcomes-tracking; maintain linkages of all other contact systems (e.g., newsletter recipients, donors, event attendees) to Salesforce
- Train staff members in how to use platform
- Maintain records and quality-control record keeping in Salesforce
Supplies and Program Support
- Organize, order, and process expenses for all materials and services required to run dialogue groups and other Kindred events, including food and caregivers for each dialogue session
- Establish relationships with local vendors and develop efficient system for ordering food and supplies
- Ensure all supplies are ready and stored for use in dialogue groups and related celebrations
- Maintain accurate inventory of all supplies
Finance, Scheduling and Office Maintenance
- Keep the office space neat and organized
- Manage relationships and billing with vendors who support the functioning of our office, such as the cleaning company, electrical company and water company
- Process receipts for executive director and program director using Expensify
- Process donation receipts
- Support executive director’s scheduling needs, including setting up conference calls and in-person meetings
Research and General Administrative Support
- Perform research projects as-needed to help the team achieve programmatic outcomes
- Support additional administrative needs as they arise
Communications and Marketing
- Regularly update content on website using WordPress, including creating new content; manage back-end organization and plug-ins for the website
- Support development of content for social media sites
- Develop content for and design Kindred’s monthly parent newsletter
- Create visual assets (e.g., basic infographics, flyers, invitations) to support program team and executive director
- Create and/or amend PowerPoint presentations for external meetings
Special Projects (as assigned)
- Process quickly the goals of discrete projects, develop action plans for achieving them, and execute upon those plans to reach desired outcomes
Desired Attributes, Experience, and Skills
If you possess an unwavering commitment to the advancement of educational equity and racial justice, you love accomplishing tasks quickly with high attention to detail, you are a quick learner, and you are a self-starter, 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:
- Exceptional organizational skills
- You accomplish many tasks in a short amount of time with few to no mistakes
- You know how to prioritize – you pay attention to getting the most important things done first without getting distracted or overwhelmed
- Critical thinking skills
- You independently think through how to set up systems that are intuitive and support the achievement of our outcomes
- You manage independent research projects by working backwards from the question being asked to develop a thoughtful answer
- Excellent communication skills
- You are a clear writer with strong command over standard grammar and punctuation
- You are adept at explaining processes to all types of people – you are not afraid to explain to a manager where they may have made a mistake
- You demonstrate patience in walking others through tasks that may seem simple to you
- Strong intuition for visually appealing design
- You have created Powerpoint presentations, flyers and invitations that are attractive and demonstrate basic visual design principles
- You are comfortable working as a basic level to edit photos, videos and have a sense for what looks good and is compelling to various audiences
- You can complete basic graphic design tasks using programs like Canva
- Technology savvy
- You are an expert in Microsoft Office suite, particularly Excel
- You have knowledge of (or can self-teach) how to set calendar appointments
- You are comfortable learning online apps, such as Doodle and Expensify
- You are well-versed in WordPress or could learn it quickly
- 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 are timely and prepared, and you developed the skill of being organized long ago—this is second nature to you
Additional desired attributes, experience, and skills
- 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
- Self- and cross-cultural awareness – An essential part of this role is to be able to engage productively in courageous conversations about identity, race and equity
- 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
- Fluency in Spanish is desired by not required
Timing, Location, and Compensation
This role begins as soon as possible and is located in Washington DC. We offer a very competitive benefits package including health, retirement matching, flexible work location (within DC area) and paid leave.
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 among schools, among rooms in schools (some of which requires climbing stairs, bending and crouching) and carrying approximately 20 pounds of materials.
Please send a 1-page cover letter describing why this job is the right fit for you, together with your CV, to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Director of Communications
Director of Communications
Kindred is a relatively new organization that builds relationships among parents of diverse backgrounds in elementary schools in Washington DC and mobilizes them to become a force for educational equity within their schools and beyond. Our vision is a society where communities care for children as if they were their own, and parents lead this change. Grounded in participatory action, Kindred is on the cutting edge of a new approach to organizing and engaging families. We seek an experienced communications savant – creative, energetic and relentless – who is captivated and driven by our mission and thrives in work environments with big goals and a scrappy team to accomplish them.
About Kindred and the Director of Communications 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 who provide access to educational opportunities, cultural knowledge and economic advancement. Washington, DC is home to more than 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 among families of diverse backgrounds that culminate in their taking collective action to benefit all students.
We are seeking a director of communications to develop and implement a communications strategy that will achieve three outcomes: (1) build a platform for parents to meaningfully connect with one another digitally; (2) grow the base of parents and allies who use Kindred’s assets to advance opportunity for children through the lens of racial and economic justice; and (3) develop core messages and communications assets that can be used across a variety of audiences. Responsibilities for this role include:
Strategy development (15%)
- Deeply internalize Kindred’s long and short-term programmatic goals, its approach and its audience and its brand
- Run focus groups and interview key audience members to inform strategy development
- Familiarize yourself with the outcomes Kindred aims to achieve and the external messaging and approaches currently employed to accomplish them
- Develop a 3- and 12-month communications strategy that identifies clear priorities, deliverables and measurable outcomes
- Contribute to the overarching organizational strategy
Strategy implementation (40%)
- Implement the strategy, including hands-on creation of communications assets and active management of social media
- Using a minimalist budget, oversee creation of assets such as video and infographics
- Co-lead parent advisory council, a body that will provide regular feedback and serve as a sounding board for key messages
Steward Kindred’s brand and our organization (30%)
- Review and edit all written material, summary documents and grants for effectiveness and branding consistency
- Develop tools for Kindred staff to employ that enable consistent implementation of brand
- Create and manage content for Kindred communications assets, including summary documents, quarterly newsletter, website, parent newsletter and logo
- Develop talking points for key events, and coach presenters
- Contribute to organizational development of Kindred, including core values, performance evaluation, etc.
Co-lead partnership development (15%)
- Together with program director and executive director, identify and build trusting relationships with key partners critical to advancing Kindred’s programmatic goals
- Implement/project manage the partnership to achieve desired outcomes
Desired competencies, experience and skills
Reporting to the executive director, this is a mid-to-senior level role for either someone with demonstrated success in developing and driving a communications strategy or someone with some years of experience and great instincts who is hungry and driven to move into a stretch role. You need to love rolling up your sleeves and creating communication assets yourself with attention to detail, while also being able to “zoom out” to develop a smart strategy that advances programmatic outcomes. 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 written communication skills
- Able to build relationships with others that foster trust quickly across different races and classes.
- Clear, approachable communication and social instincts, appropriate to audience – people get what you say most of the time, and you notice and respond when you sense misunderstanding.
- Compelling, clear and grammatically accurate written communication skills.
- Creative, out-of-the-box thinking
- Kindred strives to break new ground in how it approaches communication with a very diverse set of families. We are seeking someone who is excited by the challenge of thinking through what this could look like and has a track record of demonstrating creative approaches to reaching audiences that mainstream social media often leaves behind.
- Keen messaging instincts
- Kindred’s work is complicated to explain. We work on issues of race, oppression and prejudice across extremely varied audiences. We are looking for someone who can cut straight to the heart of our work and help us figure out how to talk about it, write about it and compel others to support us without watering down the complexity of what we are doing or shying away from the need to address race as a root cause of inequity in the United States.
- Data- and results-driven
- You produce results without a lot of supervision, and you have practiced managing up successfully.
- Your natural instinct is to rely on data regularly to assess how your work is going.
- 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, including during periods of stress and/or ambiguity.
- Self-motivated and responsible
- You thrive in new environments with new challenges – this is what gets you up every day.
- 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.
- 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 our work and as a staff. As the communications director, you need to be comfortable in your own skin and able to talk about race and class with every kind of person.
- You have a demonstrated understanding of systemic oppression in the United States and an understanding of the various ways groups in our society talk about it.
- You believe in participatory action as a means for achieving sustainable outcomes.
- 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
- Social media – You must have experience managing and using all social media tools and a track record of growing a base of followers and users on core social media platforms (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter)
- Technology – You are savvy and experienced enough to use or learn to use the Microsoft Office suite, Gmail, Googledrive, calendars, and graphic design programs without guidance.
- Education system knowledge and parent knowledge – Familiarity with how the DC education system works – including the key actors – and/or the ability to learn it quickly. Familiarity with core themes and research about education – especially as related to the root causes of educational advantage and disadvantage. Familiarity with norms of child development and experience with parents – 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 likely because you are a person of color or because you have deep, immersive experience working with African American and Latinx communities.
- 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. 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. We are looking for previous evidence of success in communications in alignment with the goals outlined above.
Timing & Compensation
This role begins January 2019 or sooner. We provide compensation competitive with other results-oriented nonprofits 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.
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 frequently and irregularly between buildings, between rooms in schools (some of which requires climbing stairs) and carrying approximately 20 pounds of materials.
Please send a cover letter describing why this job is the right fit for you together with your CV to email@example.com.