Massachusetts Public Education Campaign Coordinator

Apply by Thursday, June 19, 2014


For several years, education justice advocates across the Commonwealth of Massachusetts have been fighting to reclaim public education as a human right and ensure that all students have access to a fair and substantive opportunity to learn from pre-k through high school completion. These efforts include advocating for equity in school funding, affordable transportation and fair and restorative school discipline among a host of other issues. The work has been building and has coalesced into coalitions of youth and community organizers working on multiple campaigns that have yielded some legislative wins. There is now a need for a coordinated campaign that brings together all these groups and allies under one frame. The National Opportunity to Learn Campaign (  seeks to do just that in states and regions across the country – the Campaign Coordinator will lead these efforts in Massachusetts.

Position Summary:

Responsible for coordinating multiple aspects of the growing MA OTL Campaign including managing collaboration between organizing groups, communicating with donors and representing the Campaign locally and nationally.

Work Direction:

Works under the supervision and direction of the Campaign co-chairs and advisors.

Work Duties:

Provide assistance to and coordinate the Boston Truth Coalition in its organizing strategy and direction.  (

Support and collaborate with youth organizations and activists across the state active on public education issues (

Collaborate and coordinate with public education organizations and activists in gateway cities (Fitchburg/Leominster, Worcester, Framingham, Everett, Lynn etc.) across the state. (

Support organizing of sustainable work in educational justice in key locations across Massachusetts, especially in the field of parent organizing.

Collaborate with youth groups, faith groups, parents groups, community organizations and teachers unions to unite their work and campaigns across the state.

Facilitate coordination, research, public policy and exchange of best practices among groups active on public education issues through periodic convening and communications.

Facilitate and support the creation of short and long-term strategic campaign plans.

Outreach to new organizing groups and “grasstops” allies to join the coalition and campaign with particular focus on LGBTQ youth.

Connect with restorative justice and school discipline activists

Monitor state legislative efforts on public education issues and map key allies and opponents. 

Monitor organizations, corporations and foundations promoting the corporate agenda in public education in Massachusetts.

Bring the different efforts together into a statewide alliance called “Opportunity to Learn”

Facilitate and support the creation of short and long-term strategic campaign plans.

Coordinate regular meetings of coalition members for the purpose of advancing campaign strategy.

Provide regular and substantive updates to donors on the progress of the campaign.

Work Direction:

This position will be housed at Massachusetts Jobs With Justice but will work collaboratively with a series of organizations, including those involved with the Opportunity to Learn Campaign in Massachusetts.

Position is full time for one year with the possibility of continuing after that.

Salary $40-45,000 DOE

Full health care and other benefits.

Car and valid license required, travel costs reimbursed.

Please send resume and cover letter to Russ Davis

Application deadline: March 14th, 5pm


Administrative Assistant

Apply by Saturday, August 2, 2014

The Faculty-Staff Union at University of Massachusetts Boston is hiring a half-time Administrative Assistant. This is a 20-hour a week job and the schedule will be arranged with the supervisor. The pay is $15 per hour, with benefits. We expect work will start as soon as possible (start date is negotiable).

General Job Description: The Administrative Assistant will be supervised by the FSU Membership Coordinator, and will be responsible for the FSU’s administrative, billing, and logistical needs as outlined below.

  •  Sending FSU outreach/informational material to bargaining unit members.

  •  Organizing and implementing programs for dues collection and invoicing

  •  Mailing certified letters of demand to dues non-payers.

  •  Collecting, processing, and tracking dues/fees checks.

  •  Database management (including reconciling MTA membership rosters, FSU membership rosters, and HR bargaining unit lists).

  •  Tracking bargaining unit members status changes, making appropriate corrections in FSU database.

  •  Informing Human Resources on a monthly basis of dues deduction additions and changes.

  •  Analyzing and, when appropriate, correcting monthly dues deduction reports.

  •  Processing check requests and FSU bills.

  •  Scheduling meetings and booking meeting spaces.

  •  Making copies and doing general administrative and office work as needed.

    The requirements for the job include: An Associate’s Degree and experience using Microsoft Office and Access. Preference will be given to those applicants with labor union or non-profit experience and/or a demonstrated commitment to the work and mission of labor unions. The ideal candidate will possess proficient written and communication skills, will be comfortable interacting with bargaining unit members in a variety of situations, will have strong attention to detail, and will be able to work independently .

    Please send a letter of interest, a resume and the names and contact information of 3 references to: Faculty Staff Union, University of Massachusetts Boston, 100 Morrissey Blvd., Boston MA 02125. The deadline for receipt of materials is August 2nd. If you have questions, please contact Lorenzo Nencioli, Faculty Staff Union Membership Coordinator (e-mail or call 617 287-6295).