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Program Lead, Racial Equity and Access Program – MAC

Massachusetts Advocates for Children (MAC) is a private non-profit organization dedicated to removing the barriers to educational and life opportunity for Massachusetts children and youth. We do so by advocating for and partnering with students and families; transforming school cultures to be inclusive, safe, and supportive; and creating systemic change so all children and youth can learn, reach their potential, and thrive.

Leadership of the Racial Equity & Access Project (REAP) (formerly the Boston School Reform Project) provides an extraordinary opportunity for an experienced advocate interested in advancing a racial equity agenda in Boston’s education sector. REAP emerged from a decades-long effort to center racial equity in MAC’s work with the Boston Public Schools. REAP does this work from an intersectional perspective that seeks an understanding of the ways racial inequities relate to and reinforce other inequities, including those rooted in disability, immigration status, economic stratification, and language/culture. To date, REAP has focused its work on addressing the impacts of racial trauma on students, disparities in the use of punitive school discipline and racial bias in the assignment of Boston’s students with disabilities to segregated educational environments. Using a racial justice lens and a deep understanding of institutional racism and its impact on children, the REAP Program Lead will work to build external partnerships and leverage internal resources and expertise to advance racial equity in the Commonwealth’s largest school district.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

With the full support and direct supervision of MAC’s Executive Director, REAP’s Program Lead will:

  • Strengthen MAC’s current relationships with organizations of students, parents, and educators in the Boston community.

  • Build MAC’s credibility and influence with key decision-makers on educational issues in the city, including BPS staff leadership, the Boston School Committee, the Boston City Council and education staff who are part of the mayor’s executive team.

  • Craft and implement an evidence-based advocacy agenda—including participatory action research projects, as capacity allows—to make progress in Boston on REAP’s identified priorities, based on close collaboration with other MAC programs and the establishment of strategic partnerships and coalitions with community allies.

  • Expand the REAP’s funding base by working with MAC’s Development Team to identify and cultivate long-term individual and institutional financial partners of the program.

  • Support the efforts of MAC’s Helpline team to assist the families of students of color in Boston.

  • Participate actively in MAC’s Program Leadership Team, providing overall direction and coherence to the organization’s programmatic work.

  • Leverage REAP’s experience advancing a racial equity agenda in Boston to animate and invigorate MAC’s internal Racial Equity Initiative.

Qualifications and Skills:

  • Deep understanding of and commitment to an anti-racist perspective as it applies to educational issues in Boston.

  • Knowledge and experience of Boston’s complex community dynamics around race and a strong network of community connections—especially in communities of color—strongly preferred.

  • A demonstrated intersectional perspective on the operation of systems of oppression and disempowerment in school and community settings.

  • J.D. with certification to practice law in MA and “community lawyering” experience preferred, but not required.

  • A minimum of three years of experience providing program leadership in an organization with a strategic commitment to advance social justice through individual and/or policy advocacy, preferably in education.

  • Successful experience building enduring relationships with funding partners to support racial equity program work.

  • Demonstrated leadership qualities and interpersonal skills necessary for working effectively with a variety of groups, from policy makers to parents, civic leaders, and the media.

  • Ability to work productively in a team-oriented environment, while having the capacity to follow through independently.

  • Exceptional listening skills, as well as great verbal and written communication skills.

  • Ability to work flexible hours, understanding that some evening and weekend work is required.

  • Working fluency in Spanish or another high-incidence language in Boston preferred.

Salary and Benefits:

  • This position is full-time, combining remote work with work at the MAC office in downtown Boston.

  • Starting salary range is low-mid 60s, commensurate with experience.

  • Generous benefits including health insurance, paid vacation, two personal days and 11 holidays each year.

  • Pre-tax programs for commuter and health expenses.

  • Work with a collegial and inspiring team that values and respects your contributions to our success!

To Apply:

  • Please send cover letter, resume, and writing sample to careers@massadvocates.org , with “Program Lead, REAP” in the subject line

  • Three recent professional references will be required upon request.

Massachusetts Advocates for Children is proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and do not discriminate based on race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, veteran status, disability status, or any other applicable characteristics protected by law.