What is DSC-NY: The Dignity in Schools Campaign-NY (DSC-NY) is a New York City coalition of over 20 organizations made up of NYC public school students, parents, educators, and advocates. Through advocacy and organizing, we seek to transform our schools into safe, welcoming places that support young people to live full, self-determined lives. We advocate for resources and student-centered practices, including restorative justice, that support every young person to learn and grow. We organize to eliminate the police presence that directly impedes learning and violates the dignity and safety of Black, Brown, disabled, and TGNC young people.
DSC-NY is the New York City Chapter of the national Dignity in Schools Campaign with over 100 member organizations in over 20 states. DSC-NY activities include: public actions, workshops, meetings with government officials, citywide grassroots advocacy, media strategies, and recruiting and cultivating allies.
Position Description: This is a full-time, salaried position based in New York City with the option to work from home and/or at our shared office space. Periodic travel within NYC for in person meetings.
DSC-NY is seeking a motivated and energetic individual to serve as a Membership and Campaign Director to enhance the capacity for the campaign. The Director will work with diverse coalition members, including grassroots youth,parent, and educator organizations across the five boroughs of New York City, to lead and carry out activities that meet DSC-NY goals and strengthen DSC-NY’s membership and infrastructure. The Director will: work with members to develop policy priorities, create strategic plans and implement the coalition’s work plan; provide support to members in navigating NYC’s education and political system to support DSC-NY’s citywide campaigns as well as members’ local work; develop relationships and partnerships; coordinate and provide logistics for coalition meetings and activities; coordinate communications for the coalition; and expand the membership.
The Membership and Campaign Director will be accountable to the DSC-NY Steering Committee, made up of coalition members that makes decisions regarding hiring, budget and implementing campaign strategies set by the membership. The Membership and Campaign Director will be employed and supervised by Partners for Dignity & Rights (P4DR), and will work as part of a two-person team.
The job will require periodic evening work with meetings, actions or events scheduled from 4-7pm to ensure that they are accessible for when youth and parents are out of school or work and occasional work on weekends.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
- Lead the collaborative development of a strategic plan and policy priorities for DSC-NY, as well as annual campaign plans, including through an annual membership retreat and monthly meetings with members.
- Lead the implementation of DSC-NY campaigns and projects in collaboration with the Steering Committee and member organizations.
- Coordinate and facilitate DSC-NY meetings, including monthly steering committee and general membership meetings, in collaboration with youth, parent, and teacher leaders from membership groups.
- Coordinate DSC-NY activities and events, work with members to plan agendas, coordinate logistics, conduct outreach, engage in occasional public speaking and prepping of others for public speaking for community education forums, workshops, and direct actions.
- In collaboration with members, engage in relationship-building and coordinate meetings with government officials.
- Provide structures and guidance to support member working groups to carry out their duties to achieve DSC-NY’s goals.
- Work closely with the DSC-NY Communications Working Group to coordinate the development and implementation of communications strategies, including campaign messaging, building relationships with reporters, writing and sending press releases, and developing content for social media.
- Maintain the DSC-NY webpage within the DSC national site;create and update content on a regular basis.
- Conduct outreach to expand campaign membership and allies for our campaign work, including onboarding of new members and facilitating DSC-NY’s coordination with ally coalitions.
- Manage and keep up to date the coalition’s internal communications tools such as email listservs and Google Drive.
The Dignity in Schools Campaign-New York values a diverse workplace and encourages individuals with non-traditional experiences and from historically underrepresented groups to apply.
- Minimum of four years of experience in organizing, non-profit organizations, coordinating coalitions, and/or advocacy, preferably in the youth organizing field
- Proven commitment to social justice, experience working in coalitions preferred
- Knowledge/interest of education policy and practice, specifically in regard to the school-to-prison pipeline, school discipline and climate, and restorative justice preferred.
- Demonstrated ability to envision new possibilities, think strategically, work collaboratively, and take initiative.
- Experience developing campaign strategies, including benchmarks and goals.
- Strong writing skills and ability to create a variety of materials for different audiences, including materials for membership meetings, elected officials, press, and others
- Strong meeting facilitation and public speaking skills
- Strong interpersonal skills, commitment to working collaboratively
- Proven ability to share leadership, delegate appropriately, develop shared accountability structures, be held accountable to agreed upon outcomes, and hold others accountable to agreed upon outcomes
- Proficiency in communications through various media (press, social media, websites, etc.)
- Knowledge of the New York City political landscape preferred.
- Ability to work some evenings and weekends as necessary
Salary and benefits: The salary for this position is $79,825 a year. Benefits include: full health insurance, vision and dental insurance for staff (as well as partners and children); an additional $4,000 to reimburse any medical costs not covered by insurance; additional needs-based benefits that may be added to salary where applicable (such as dependent and childcare benefits, ranging from $2,500 to $10,000 a year for up to three dependents and not to exceed $20,000 total, and student loan or education expense benefits up to $3,600 a year); 20 paid vacation days, 14 sick days and 6 personal days annually; and a Simple IRA retirement plan.
Applications: Please submit a cover letter, resume and 3 references by email to with the subject heading DSC-NY Membership and Campaign Director. We will review applications and schedule interviews on a rolling basis. Start date is sometime April, 2023 but flexible for the right candidate.