DESCRIPTION: Education Coordinator

The Philadelphia Reparations Task Force’s Education Coordinator will lead community cohorts and an education committee to develop reparations proposals that address and resolve the issues in public school and post-secondary education systems for Black Philadelphians. The coordinator will provide pro bono professional expertise, excellent coordinating, and work with reparations stakeholders in Philadelphia. The coordinator will have experience in the sector, and experience in activism, social justice, grassroots community organizing, or reparatory justice. Task Force coordinator will: 

  • Develop, read, review, and write reports.
  • Coordinate meetings, events, and timelines for their committee.
  • Build and maintain partnerships in their sector.
  • Conduct surveys and co-create related reports.
  • Advocate for the descendant group’s self-determination.
  • Develop and manage committees, subcommittees, and stakeholder relationships.
  • Participate in and lead courses, conferences, convenings, fundraising efforts, media and community forums, and public events.

The Education Coordinator will lead teams and cohorts to study, survey, and research how chattel slavery, Jim Crow, and humanitarian rights violations in Philadelphia and the United States education system have mistreated and miseducated the descendant group, and the impacts of what these systems have propagated throughout the United States and the world.

Reports will provide the legislature and Black Philadelphians with a guide on ways to empower the descendant community to replace the current education system with one that is centered and governed by Black students, their families, educators, and industry professionals to:

  • Develop curriculum and standards that advance their posterity in public school, out of school time programming, and post-secondary education with experience-based learning opportunities and real world and real-time application.
  • Teach financial literacy, numeracy, banking, government, taxes, medical curative practices, nature and survival skills, indigenous systems of living, natural sciences and environmental ecology. 
  • Bring traditional elements of education into children’s lives beyond the classroom while innovating the academic experience overall to be culturally competent, nuanced for varied learning styles, and effective in the 21st century.
  • Pipeline extra-curricular activities that sponsor, mentor, guide, and develop students into young professionals in the real world in real-time.
  • Create methods by which truthful and accurate education can exist in mediums such as public broadcast television, social media, museums, historic organizations, and cultural institution exhibits, historic markers, statues, tours, and multimedia projects, including maps, historic timelines, podcasts, and documentaries.
  • Ensure Black, Ancient African, and Indigenous history and heritage education to provide education that directly articulates the descendant groups’ ancestors’ contributions to humanity and society.
  • Prioritize mindfulness and healthy lifestyle practices to improve mental and physical health and spiritual well-being.
  • Provide parents and caregivers with the tools they need to both understand and support their child’s learning styles at home and in school and connect families to additional programs, resources, services, and opportunities that grow their ability to live and lead healthier lives.
  • Build a curriculum that can lend itself to software innovations for the digitally evolving realm of academia and industry.
  • Support the reform of their K-12 and post-secondary education curriculum standards to comport with the academic requirements they determine will advance their posterity.

Necessary Skills and Required Responsibilities

  • Experience in research, educating classrooms, working with children, adult scholars, parents and caretakers, education professionals, and historians.
  • Ability to coordinate committees and collaborate with communities, including working with families, educators, and industry professionals.
  • Display adept organizational abilities in managing the committee’s research efforts.
  • Attend internal Philadelphia Reparations Task Force meetings, committee meetings, and public community sessions.
  • Coordinate with Task Force Members to ensure seamless integration of policy research with public comments.
  • Assist with the integration of the Task Force’s policy goals, public education, and targeted campaigns.
  • Leadership ability to co-create effective initiatives and solutions that acknowledge and resolve past injustices, and build an education system that honors the descendant group.