We’re Hiring!

POSITION: Education Justice Organizer

With a deeply underfunded budget, dangerous building conditions, and rapid privatization of public schools, Philadelphia’s education system is in crisis. Our city’s 200,000+ students and 19,000+ educators deserve a safe and high quality public education system.

To combat this crisis, Philadelphia Jobs with Justice is hiring an Education Justice Organizer to win more public school funding by establishing a city-wide Payments In Lieu Of Taxes (PILOTs) to force corporate non-profits to pay their fair share to Philadephia’s public schools.

The Education Justice Organizer will work in partnership with the Director to create and execute an organizing plan to establish PILOTs in Philadelphia and win students the high quality education they deserve.

This position will run from February 2020 to February 2021.

Primary responsibilities:

● Convene a coalition of key stakeholders, including students, teachers, parents, and community members;
● Develop communications strategies, including press and social media;
● Work with the Director to establish relationships with elected officials;
● Plan strategic direct actions;
● Represent Jobs With Justice in other coalition spaces;
● Assist the Director with fundraising responsibilities when needed.

Qualifications:

● 1-3 years organizing experience, with a particular emphasis on education justice;
● Strong relational skills and ability to connect, engage, and inspire community members;
● Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work with people from diverse backgrounds and cultures;
● Ability to work some nights and weekends;
● Strong and effective communicator;
● Strong administrative and operations skills;
● Comfort in data tracking and online databases
● Demonstrated leadership experience, hard-working, and self-disciplined;
● Ability to work well with a team and motivate others to take action;
● Ability to work well under pressure and manage time efficiently;
● Ability to manage and resolve conflict between coalition members;
● Understanding of and commitment to a broader working class perspective;

Salary: Starting at $40,000 depending on experience.

Benefits: Generous benefits package that includes paid vacation, sick leave, and medical and dental insurance.

Applications will only be accepted electronically. Please submit a cover letter, resume, and two references to devan@phillyjwj.org.

People of Color, Women, People with Disabilities, LGBTQ people, and people from working class backgrounds are strongly urged to apply.

Twenty Years of Solidarity

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Twenty years ago we formed a coalition of unions and community organizations to unite to fight for economic and social justice on the job and in our communities. Over those two decades, Philadelphia JWJ has played a critical role in uniting labor unions and community groups to win bigger victories. Philadelphia JWJ lead and won four-year campaign to defend the workplace rights of Philadelphia security guards, winning major victories including wage raises and paid sick days for guards at the University of Pennsylvania, Temple University, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. We responded to Philadelphia’s public school budget crisis by launching the Good Neighbor Campaign to pressure then-Mayor Nutter to hold the city’s tax-exempt multi-billion dollar universities and hospitals accountable for paying their fair share of our school district’s budget. We’ve supported the Teamsters on strike at Wawa, we’ve fought for fair contracts and fair funding at Community College of Philadelphia, for paid sick days, for our public libraries. This year, we’ve launched innovative, membership based campaigns to win justice and dignity for low wage workers of color across the Southeastern Pennsylvania region, and played a key role in the introduction of a groundbreaking Domestic Workers Bill of Rights.

For 20 years, we’ve been there for the fights that matter most, and this year, we’re asking you to join us in celebration. On Wednesday, October 23rd from 5:30 to 7, we will be honoring several organizations and unions who have done work for justice in the past year, and we will be looking forward to the challenges ahead.

The Rain Can’t Stop Us From Fighting For Philly Students!

On Thursday March 21st, we gathered with Penn students, Penn alumni, public school students, public school teachers, and West Philly community members in front of the University’s College Hall to hear stories from those affected by the School District’s lack of funding and demand that Penn begin negotiations with the City of Philadelphia to make Payments In Lieu of Taxes.

Despite an almost $14 billion endowment and a consolidated operating budget that rivals the entire City of Philadelphia, Penn doesn’t pay taxes on billions of dollars in property holdings. This is true even though Penn and other “mega-nonprofits” do not meet the criteria for tax exemption put forth by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court in 2012. Penn is the largest private landowner in the entire city and public school students are losing millions of dollars a year in funding as a result.

“Growing up just fifteen minutes from Penn, I have seen its spread into West Philadelphia and how it has displaced many families and schools in the area creating its own infamy amongst West Philly residents,” said University of Pennsylvania freshman Dallas Ryan. “I have witnessed how others have been forced to move further west or work for barely livable wages at Penn to keep their homes. We’re not asking for charity—we’re asking for the “civic Ivy” to fulfill its most basic responsibilities to the city that it calls home.”

Check out our press coverage here: Daily Pennsylvanian (and related followup), WHYY, Tribune, Public School Notebook

Stand with Philadelphia’s Domestic Workers!

This month, the PA Domestic Workers Alliance & Councilmember Quinones Sanchez will introduce a Philadelphia Domestic Worker Bill of Rights in City Council and fight to become the largest city in the country to win dignity and respect for nannies, house cleaners, and care providers!

Join the PA Domestic Workers Alliance, Councilmember Maria Quinones Sanchez, Councilmember Helen Gym, other allies in Council, and supporting organizations at our press conference announcing the legislation!