Job Announcement: Reconstruction Campaign Organizer

Candidates: E-mail your resume & cover letter, describing your experience with similar information campaigns, to korr@zinnedproject.org. This announcement will be up for as long as the position remains unfilled.

The Zinn Education Project (coordinated by Rethinking Schools and Teaching for Change) seeks to recruit a part-time Campaign Organizer to design the next phase for the Teach Reconstruction Campaign. The length of the contract may be up to 12 months.

About the Campaign

To date, the Teach Reconstruction Campaign has engaged thousands of classroom teachers across the U.S. in teaching about Reconstruction (the period between abolition and Jim Crow) with resources beyond the limited scope of textbooks and traditional curriculum. The next phase of the campaign is to extend our efforts to the policy level.

Building on the success of the Teach Reconstruction Campaign to date, we will add a second phase to the project. Phase 2 will focus on targeted advocacy to heighten the likelihood that U.S. teachers will teach about Reconstruction. We will do this with an open letter or petition, signed by highly respected scholars, encouraging school districts to commit to teaching in a meaningful way about Reconstruction. We will begin with our Teach Reconstruction campaign advisors and many of the expert scholars from the recent PBS film on Reconstruction.

The letter or petition will be directed at political decision makers with the message that students should more fully understand the history of Reconstruction. This is an ideal moment, as we are in the 150th anniversary of the Reconstruction Era and the passage of the Fifteenth Amendment. School boards and school administrators influence curriculum, history standards, resources, and course of study. They can play a powerful role in heightening the importance of teaching about Reconstruction.

About the Position

The campaign organizer will design and help implement the second phase of the Reconstruction Campaign in coordination with Zinn Education Project co-directors and staff.

The organizer will:

  • Draft the letter or petition of support, in consultation with key contacts in local school districts;
  • Work with the Zinn Education Project co-directors to secure the endorsement from key historians);
  • Develop a strategy for presenting the letter or petition to key school districts;
  • Design a local and national communications strategy for this phase of the campaign;
  • Establish measures of success;
  • Develop a media toolkit for the petition/letter campaign;
  • Monitor the progress of the campaign;
  • Make adjustments to the plan as needed;
  • Promote the resources at the Zinn Education Project for teaching about Reconstruction to teachers, schools and districts who plan to heighten the teaching of Reconstruction through commemorations of the 150th anniversary of the Fifteenth Amendment.

Requirements

The candidate must have demonstrated experience in designing (a) education campaigns on social justice issues and (b) communications plans for mainstream and progressive media.

Location

  • Washington, D.C.

Contract Length

  • Start ASAP to June 2020

Pay

  • This is a part-time consultant position and fair compensation will be commensurate with the applicant’s experience and availability. If you wish, indicate your desired hourly rate in your application.

How to Apply

Please submit résumé and cover letter to korr@zinnedproject.org. 

The hiring decisions will be made by both Rethinking Schools and Teaching for Change, however the contracting of services will be handled by Teaching for Change. Teaching for Change is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer and actively recruits people of color, women, individuals with disabilities, and members of the LGBTQ community.