Executive Director, Reclaim Our Schools LA

Reclaim Our Schools LA

Exciting Movement Leadership Job as Executive Director of Cutting Edge Community Labor Coalition in Los Angeles


Executive Director, Reclaim Our Schools LA

Help lead a dynamic community-labor coalition fighting for racial justice and expanded opportunity in the nation’s second largest school district. If you want to make a major contribution to social justice movement building, help set a trend for how labor and community can unite to win major victories, and transform the vision for public education in the U.S., this is a great opportunity for you.

Reclaim Our Schools LA is a coalition led by Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment (ACCE), Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy (LAANE), Students Deserve, and United Teachers of Los Angeles (UTLA). Reclaim has a tremendous track record of cutting edge victories and innovative base-building and coalition work. Over the past five years, Reclaim has played an instrumental role in winning: 70 community schools, a $25 million cut to school police and an end to school police being stationed on school campuses, the creation of the $100 million Black Student Achievement Program, strong COVID protocols with parent and student support, the defeat of a school voucher scheme and more.

In 2022-23 Reclaim is partnering with UTLA around an exciting common good bargaining Beyond Recovery Campaign to win a broad based platform to transform Los Angeles schools. In 2019, Reclaim played a central role in the successful UTLA strike which won a great contract for educators and key community supported proposals. The current campaign includes strong contract demands and demands on ending criminalization of students, expanding community schools and Black Student Achievement Program, ending the criminalization of LAUSD students, climate justice at schools including green space and community gardens, and converting vacant school properties into housing for unhoused students and their families.

The Position:  Reclaim Our Schools LA is seeking an Executive Director to lead the coalition and its Steering Committee in developing and carrying out campaigns, supervise staff, lead the Organizing Work Group of organizers from the core coalition organizations, and build on a robust program of coalition member organizing, mobilization, and advocacy.

Key Duties & Responsibilities:

●      Provide day to day organizational leadership and coalition management to implement goals and objectives set in conjunction with Steering Committee and coalition partners

●      Lead organizational process for the development of Reclaim goals, strategy, and tactics

●      Build strong relationships with coalition leaders and staff, member leaders, ally organizations, other core constituencies, and key policy makers

●      Maintain regular communication with each anchor organization

●      Provide campaign leadership in implementing coalition strategies to win on core issues

●      Develop annual organizational budget (in consultation with the steering committee), manage budget with support for finance staff, and manage allocation of coalition resources to meet the goals and objectives of the coalition

●      Lead organizational fundraising efforts with support of fundraising team from steering committee

●      Lead team of organizers from core coalition organizations in carrying out organizing, leadership development, mobilization, and advocacy activities

●      Identify capacity building resources to support Reclaim and Reclaim member groups

●      Manage staff that works for Reclaim

●      Coordinate work of organizing, communications staff and policy staff from anchor organizations to support Reclaim in achieving its goals and objectives

●      Build alliances with other organizations and leaders and support coalition leaders to engage their allies and relationships

●      Help ensure that coalition consistently centers racial justice in our work

Key Qualifications/Experience

●      Excellent organizing skills and strategy development; an understanding of movement building, leadership development, political education, tactical alignment, and implementation

●      Deep commitment to, and ability to effectively represent, Reclaim’s mission and goals

●      Leadership experience in building and maintaining coalitions and successful advocacy campaigns

●      5 years+ of organizing and base-building in low-income communities of color.

●      Preference for strong familiarity with labor unions and/or strategic campaigns.

●      Commitment to educational justice

Compensation:  $100,000 to $140,000, depending upon experience. Full health and dental benefits with no employee premium; 401K with automatic employer contribution; generous time off; parking.

How to Apply:  Please submit a resume and writing sample in a single file (PDF or MS Word) document, to info@reclaimourschoolsla.org. In the email Subject Heading, include “Reclaim Director Position.” Reclaim Our Schools LA is an affirmative action employer. BIPOC, women, and LGBTQ+ candidates are encouraged to apply.


To apply for this job email your details to info@reclaimourschoolsla.org