Call for Director of Education & Communications

The Marian Cheek Jackson Center for Saving & Making History is a community-based nonprofit dedicated to honoring, renewing, and building community in Northside and Pine Knolls, historically Black neighborhoods in Chapel Hill, NC. 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 through 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 serves 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 online 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.
  • Coordinate new and strengthen existing school/community partnerships
Communications
  • Manage monthly production of The Northside News
  • Oversee social media platforms and assist with minimal website updates, including blog and news posts
  • Provide design for Center events and branding initiatives
  • Maintain internal systems for ease of communication among staff
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 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 $29,200.-32,000., with a health stipend of $300/month and generous personal time and holiday leave. The MCJC supports all staff in opportunities for professional development.

Application & Selection Process

We are currently accepting applications on a rolling basis. Please submit the following documents to contact@jacksoncenter.info 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. Using 200 words or less, what does this quote mean to you?
    2. What are you passionate about? Rather than writing a traditional paragraph, we invite you to design and submit a flyer or image that describes this passion for us. We recommend using Canva (www.canva.com) as a free and user-friendly design resource if you have limited access to or experience with design platforms!

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