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52367FW: CEC is hiring a new AA

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  • Lisa Donlan
    Jun 13, 2013

    please spread the word!

    > Administrative Assistant to Community Education Council
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    > The Community Education Council for District One (CEC 1) seeks an Administrative Assistant/Education Organizer.
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    > Background of the CEC and District One
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    > The District One Community Education Council's mission is to help families and educators in Community School District One (31 schools located on the Lower East Side and East Village of Manhattan ) to exercise self-determination and local control over education policy and practices and to participate in decision-making at the level of family, school and community. To further this goal, we organize public meetings and hearings; provide a forum for parents to bring their concerns, and produce analyses and policy proposals which collectively serve to bridge the gap between the DOE, state and federal "rhetoric" and the reality in our district schools.
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    > Our key areas of focus for the 2012-2013 school were:
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    > · work to help meet Middle School needs of D1 families;
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    > · monitor the impact of the DOE Special Education Reforms in D1 and citywide;
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    > · advocate for an equitable admissions policy for our schools that reflects the diversity within D1;
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    > · address space and building issues, including: prioritizing D1 needs for the Capital Plan; revising the Blue Book; evaluating overcrowding; evaluating the effects of co-locations; and advocating for a new D1 school in the SPURA development;
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    > · examine the effects of excessive High Stakes Standardized Testing on students and the D1 community;
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    > · advocate for small class sizes throughout the system;
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    > · evaluate the impact of Charter Schools on the D1 community;
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    > · explore new dual language programs for D1;
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    > · ensure parental involvement in school governance by supporting and strengthening meaningful participation in the District's SLTs, P(T)As, DLT, President's Council and CEC by all families of elementary, middle, and high schools, including new schools and Charter Schools in D1, and;
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    > · educate families on the education policies and positions of the mayoral candidates, including mayoral control.
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    > We believe that a democratically-elected body of parents and community members can best represent the interests of the families in D1, and all of our activities support this fundamental belief.
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    > Job Description: This job consists of two interrelated roles. As a full time and the sole employee of the CEC, the AA provides the administrative support to a local council made up volunteer parents and community members. The AA supports the parent volunteers in carrying out their formal duties including scheduling, preparing for and hosting a business and calendar ( with public session) meeting each month. CEC members also act as liaisons to district schools, depending on the support of the AA to arrange visits to schools, complete surveys, request information and take up issues and campaigns such as: co-location of public or charter schools into an existing D1 schools; school closings or reconfigurations; capital projects; emergencies; and new DoE policies.. These activities require interfacing with various offices within the Department of Education and mastery of related procedures, rules and regulations. The AA will liaise with the District Superintendent, local school leaders and other DoE officials, local elected representatives and community-based organizations.
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    > In keeping with District 1's long history of parental involvement and activism, we strongly believe that our children's education is greatly benefited by a strong and active parent body. The CEC supports and informs active parents in all aspects of our district and schools, ranging from PTAs and SLTs at the school level, to the District Presidents' Council and District Leadership Team at the community level and concerned and committed parents on education issues in the community. A high level of organizing skills is required to help the CEC fulfill this goal.
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    > 1. CEC Administration
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    > · Coordinates logistics related to council meetings and related events. Secures necessary building permits, makes arrangements for school safety agents, etc.
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    > · Prepares council meeting notices, agendas and minutes. Prepares briefing materials and other related informational material for meetings.
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    > · Takes notes and makes transcriptions of important and/or confidential material and correspondence.
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    > · Maintains office coverage based on council meeting schedules.
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    > · Maintains records of reimbursable expenses of council members.
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    > · Makes purchases and maintains financial records in accordance to the approved CEC budget and DoE rules and regulations.
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    > 2. Education Organizing
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    > · Develop program for and operate the Parent Center located in the CEC 1 Office including access to the CEC's laptops, library and parent education programming.
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    > · Do outreach to District 1 parents about education issues affecting District One children and schools including admission policies, testing, common core curriculum, mayoral control, DoE budget and Capital Budget, school portfolio planning, diversity and equity.
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    > · Flyer schools and other community locations, represent CEC 1 at PTA, SLT and other meetings to inform parents about issues of concern and encourage parents to become active in their schools and district and to attend CEC meetings.
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    > · Use the CEC web site, email, social media and other communication to educate the school community, encourage participation and action and promote CEC and D 1 events and policies.
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    > · Work to identify and obtain resources including grants, donations of materials, programs and volunteers to enhance education and opportunities in the district.
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    > Qualifications: A successful candidate for this job will have strong administrative skills to perform the required administrative tasks efficiently and quickly, maximizing the time available for organizing and support. The candidate should be an organizer with a knowledge and passion for education issues, in addition to all other requirements set by the Department of Education for this job. These include: A four year high school diploma or its educational equivalent and three years of office experience, including evidence of typing ability. College education may be substituted for office experience on a year for year basis; however, evidence of typing ability is required.
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    > Mastery of Spanish or Mandarin, Cantonese or Fujanese are strongly recommended.
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    > The AA will be supervised by the CEC 1 President or their designee and will work out of the CEC Office located at PS 20 on Essex Street in the Lower East Side.
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