Virginia Education Association

Virginia Education Association

Director of Human and Civil Rights

Based in Richmond, VA


Date of Posting: June 8, 2021
Deadline for Applying: Open until filled
Reports to: Executive Director

The Virginia Education Association (VEA) is seeking applicants for the Director of Human and Civil Rights. VEA is a statewide community of more than 40,000 teachers and school support professionals working for the betterment of public education in the Commonwealth. VEA is the state affiliate of the National Education Association with more than 3.2 million members. See our website at www.veanea.org.

Position Overview
The Director of Human and Civil Rights works with VEA members to advocate for equal and fair resources for every child in the Commonwealth of Virginia regardless of race, sexual orientation and/or zip code. This position leads VEA’s efforts to address Social and Racial Justice issues and inequities. The Director forges partnerships, supports the engagement of minority groups within the VEA community, as well as the broader community, and implements community organizing plans that support public education. The Director coordinates the VEA Minority Leadership Training Program, the VEA Women’s Leadership Training Program, and the VEA Diversity Training Program. The Director serves as staff liaison to Fitz Turner Commission for Human Relations & Civil Rights and the Minority and Women's Concerns Committee.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Establish department goals that align with the VEA Strategic Focus,
  • Design and implement programs to address and protect human and civil rights,
  • Monitor and evaluate outcomes for each department goal, program and initiative,
  • Work with member leaders and field staff to engage in campaign plans to advocate for local disparities in the communities and schools,
  • Create a database of minority and community organizations with a strong and active focus on educational issues in the Commonwealth of Virginia,
  • Perform community analysis and develop strategies for community engagement,
  • Garner support/partnerships around human rights and civil justice, minority and community engagement and equity for all,
  • Provide counsel to governance regarding policies, practices, and/or actions that may have adverse implications to members, students, and the community,
  • Counsel leaders to advocate, organize and take action on racial and social justice issues,
  • Facilitate conferences, workshops, community engagement campaigns, implement national, state and local initiatives, identify content for social justice awareness, and host courageous conversations to elevate members voices to dismantle institutional racism,
  • Attend regional meetings and VEA Board meetings as needed,
  • Serve as staff liaison to the Fitz Turner Commission for Human Relations & Civil Rights and Minority and Women's Concerns Committee,
  • Participate in conferences, webinars, seminars and trainings related to the work of Human and Civil Rights,
  • Coordinate aspects of the VEA’s Leadership Training Programs, specifically working with the Diversity Cadre, Minority and Women’s Leadership Training Cadres and Social Justice Cadre,
  • Serve as a participant on the executive management team that provides association guidance and direction,
  • Propose and administer the annual department budget,
  • Perform management and evaluation of department staff,
  • Approve submission of Leave, Travel, VISA Reconciliation and other reports submitted by staff,
  • Monitor and support the daily responsibilities of the department staff,
  • Serve as integral thought-partner with management colleagues to ensure that racial and social justice issues are integrated into VEA’s programmatic work,
  • Advise the Executive Director on personnel and programmatic issues, as appropriate.

Qualifications and Requirements

  • Master’s or advanced degree preferred; minimum of a bachelor’s degree or specialized training necessary to perform the responsibilities of the job,
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and deliver programmatic content and trainings around racial and social justice issues, organize community campaigns, cultivate relationships, identify potential partners, and coordinate coalitions,
  • Demonstrated leadership ability in networking and working with professional groups and organizations,
  • 7-10 years of experience in organizing and program development preferred,
  • Excellent written, interpersonal communications, and strategic thinking skills,
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office programs,
  • Demonstrated ability to interact effectively with the association leadership and Board of Directors,
  • Valid driver’s license,
  • Occasional weekend work and travel.

Salary and Fringe Benefits
Minimum starting salary of $113,000. VEA offers an excellent fringe benefits package including a defined benefit pension plan, a 401K plan, 17 paid holidays, 24 days of annual leave, 15 days of sick leave, a vision plan, 100% employer paid dental plan, and 95% employer paid health insurance.

Application Procedure
In order to apply, please visit www.veanea.org and click on the link under About/VEA Careers. A cover letter supporting your qualifications for the position is required.


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