Deputy Director of Education Justice Campaigns

Position Location: Washington, DC or New York City, strongly preferred.

Application deadline: Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until the position is filled. 

CPD’s Education Justice Team seeks an experienced and energetic professional for the position of deputy director. This person will work closely with the director of Education Justice Campaigns, providing leadership, and technical and strategic support to CPD affiliates, partners and coalitions across the country. 

About CPD:

The Center for Popular Democracy and the Center for Popular Democracy Action (CPD) work to promote equity, opportunity, and a dynamic democracy in partnership with innovative base-building organizations, organizing networks and alliances, and progressive unions across the country. We currently work with almost 50 affiliates in 35 states and Puerto Rico to build the strength and capacity of democratic organizations to envision and advance a pro-worker, pro-immigrant, racial and economic justice agenda. CPD is a rapidly-expanding, dynamic organization that offers an exciting opportunity to drive ambitious campaigns and partner with community-based organizations across the country to build political power and win tangible victories that improve the lives of low-wage workers, immigrants, and communities of color.

CPD Education Justice Campaigns:

CPD’s Education Justice team works to achieve a high-performing public education system where access to adequate education is understood as a public good and fulfilled as a fundamental human right. We understand education justice to be a matter of racial justice, and work to ensure that all schools provide safe, inclusive and supportive teaching and learning environments, where democratic values are upheld and schools are an integral part of our communities. We demand a public education system that ensures all children and youth are provided with fair opportunities to grow and the freedom to thrive. Our vision for transforming of our education system requires increased investment and support for public schools as well as the prevention and roll-back of the market-based education reforms and privatization as key priorities.

Job description:

A strong candidate will have significant (at least 5 years’) experience in the progressive education organizing, be firmly grounded in the framing of privatization vs public school solutions, have knowledge about community schools and charter schools fights nationally and/or locally, be a relationship and coalition builder and maintainer, and have a good grasp of the current education policy landscape. 

The Deputy Director’s responsibilities will include working closely with CPD affiliates (currently working in more than 20 regions nation-wide, and growing) in helping to move campaigns for the expansion of community schools, winning local revenue generation for public education, breaking the school-to-prison and school-to-deportation pipeline, among other key education justice issues. A key objective of this work will be to help build a strong network of CPD affiliates and partners who win campaigns and build grassroots power.    

Where relevant, the Deputy Director will represent CPD at national convenings, meetings, and tables on education justice issues and will also serve as a liaison between national education allies, stakeholders, policy centers, progressive education leaders and CPD partners. This includes engaging our work as a key member of the Alliance to Reclaim Our Schools (AROS) and maintaining healthy partnerships with the other AROS members including the teacher unions and community-based organizations.

The Deputy Director will also work closely with other relevant CPD departments and programs, including our Policy Research and Communications team, the Racial Justice Team and the Opportunity Campaigns Teams, among others. The Deputy Director will report to and work with the Director of Education Justice Campaigns to advance the overall success and growth of the Education Justice Campaigns program.  

The Deputy Director will help to provide strategic and technical assistance to partner organizations, coalitions and groups to help build successful education justice campaigns aimed at:

Key goals of the position:

  • Working with other CPD teams and departments to support our partners in building their campaigns, growing their base and building a strong network of partners.
  • Helping lead the development and publishing of strategic research reports, engaging in media advocacy and campaigns to drive progressive policy reform.  
  • Staying up to date on new and shifting policy, legal and political changes in the education organizing field and when relevant communicating that information to CPD partners and the broader public.  
  • Under the direction of and in collaboration with the Director of Education Justice Campaigns, help to develop and strengthen CPD’s Education Justice Campaigns strategy, including by identifying strategic opportunities for growth and success, as well as managing relevant challenges as and when they arise.

Job Requirements:

An ideal candidate will have:

  • a demonstrated commitment to social and racial justice issues and understanding of challenges facing immigrant communities, communities of color, and low-and moderate income families particularly as they relate to education justice;
  • at least 5 years’ experience in progressive education campaign-building, policy work and leadership experience;
  • a strong network and relationships with leaders within community schools / anti-privatization movements and/or with tackling the school-to-prison pipeline;
  • experience working across multiple departments or teams within an organization;
  • experience managing large programs and projects;
  • demonstrated strong leadership skills and an ability to drive projects and programs to completion in fast-paced environment;
  • the ability to work within a coalition of diverse organizations and partners;
  • experience working in diverse communities and with grassroots organizations;
  • excellent writing and communication skills;
  • a results-focused and organized disposition;
  • be self-motivated – proven ability to work both independently and effectively as part of a team; and
  • be willing to have significant travel schedule.

The Deputy Director position will be based in either Washington DC or New York City.

Generous salary and benefits package, depending on experience.

How to apply: Please submit a thoughtful cover letter and resume through this portal:

CPD is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer and actively recruits people of color, women, individuals with disabilities, and members of the LGBTQ community.