Call for Director of Education & Communications

The Marian Cheek Jackson Center for Saving & Making History is a community-based nonprofit and oral history hub dedicated to honoring, renewing, and building community in Northside and Pine Knolls—two historically Black neighborhoods in Chapel Hill, NC that were active sites during the Civil Rights Movement. As our Director of Education & Communications, you will 1) implement and oversee the Center’s k-12 intergenerational curriculum in local, oral, and civil rights history, Learning Across Generations and 2) develop and maintain MCJC branding and messaging strategies across print-based and online platforms.

The Learning Across Generations curriculum is based on Center resources, including the 150 oral histories and hundreds of archival materials held in the MCJC Oral History Trust.  It is dedicated to bringing local history—including that of life under Jim Crow and civil rights struggle—into creative dialogue with students across the Chapel Hill, Carrboro, and Orange County schools.  In keeping with the Center’s community-first planning model, the curriculum is supported by a Community Mentor Team, a group of senior educators and civil rights activists who serve as advisors, facilitators, and featured guests.  The Learning Across Generations curriculum is part of the Jackson Center’s larger aims to secured intergenerational continuity and to disrupt conventional history by advancing often muted voices, including those of elders and youth.

Leading communications at the Jackson Center is as much about maintaining an active web presence and managing internal systems as it is about constantly developing and renewing community connections, of which our old-school “print link,” The Northside News, is a key component.

What You’ll Do // Primary Responsibilities

Education:

  • Develop and enhance the local, oral, and civil rights history workshops that make up the Learning Across Generations k-12 curriculum
  • Lead hands-on, multi-sensory lessons and workshops that allow students to critically understand and examine complex social justice concepts and their relevance today
  • Engage Community Mentor Team members as advisors and co-workshop leaders
  • Expand and sustain funding and capacity for Learning Across Generations through grant prospect research and grant writing
  • Train and coach service partners in workshop facilitation
  • Coordinate new and strengthen existing school/community/University partnerships
  • Maintain program budget and ensure oversight and accountability.

Communications:

  • Manage monthly production of The Northside News
  • Oversee social media platforms and assist with minimal website updates, including blog and news posts
  • Support all branding and information sharing for Learning Across Generations
  • Serve as an ambassador for the Marian Cheek Jackson Center

Who You Are // Skills & Qualifications

  • You are committed to social justice and racial equity work, with a demonstrated capacity to connect with individuals across racial, ethnic, cultural, religious, gender, sexual orientation, and ability.
  • You are passionate and curious about Black history and activist efforts for civil rights.
  • You understand the value and practice of oral history or listening from “the bottom up”
  • You have a basic understanding of how systems of oppression intersect and are eager to engage young people in conversations about how they operate.
  • You take independent initiative and are able to collaborate with a small team of colleagues.
  • You have strong written, verbal, and digital communication skills.
  • You are open-minded, flexible, and responsive to new work ideas and methods.
  • You are self-motivated with a positive and professional approach to management.
  • You are detail oriented, organized, and able to remain focused in the face of uncertainty or pressure.
  • You are experienced with WordPress, Adobe InDesign, and Photoshop or have a desire to learn these web-based design platforms.
  • You have a valid driver’s license and automobile with insurance required.

 Salary & Benefits:

Depending on qualifications, salary will range from $30,000.-33,000., with a health stipend of
$350/month and generous personal time and holiday leave. The MCJC supports all staff in
opportunities for professional development.

The Marian Cheek Jackson Center

Director of Educations & Communications Application

Application and Selection Process
Please submit the following documents to contact@jacksoncenter.info by Monday, April 15 with Director Application in the subject line:

–       Resume, including a list of 3 references with contact information

–       Cover Letter, indicating your specific interests in the position and your sense of why you are a good fit for the job and organization

–       Supplemental Questionnaire

1.     Mrs. Marian Cheek Jackson’s words “Without the past, you have no future,” serve as a guiding principle for our work. In 200 words or less, ideally focusing on a salient aspect of your own life, what does this mean to you?

2.     You are invited to teach a workshop on your favorite topic.  What does it look like?  You may submit this in the form of a lesson plan, a descriptive narrative, or another style that seems appropriate to you.

Applicants will be required to attend an interview likely between May 6-17 for an anticipated start date between June 15-July 1.

For general information, please see our website, www.jacksoncenter.info.  Email Executive Director Della Pollock (della@jacksoncenter.info) with any additional questions.