For nearly four decades, Connecticut has struggled to create an equitable school funding system for all of its public school students. Currently, Connecticut uses 11 different disconnected formulas to fund its public schools, with each one failing to properly take into account the learning needs of students, the resource needs of school districts, and the financial needs of communities. With growing inequalities and significant fiscal challenges, Connecticut needs a transparent, logical, and efficient school finance system that meets the learning needs of its students and answers the state’s budgetary, workforce, and economic needs. Connecticut School Finance Project is a fiscally sponsored project of TSNE MissionWorks.
Founded in 2015, the Connecticut School Finance Project is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that works to make such a school finance system a reality for Connecticut by serving as a trusted and independent source of accurate data and information about the state’s school funding challenges. The goals of the Connecticut School Finance Project are to 1) build knowledge about how the current school funding system works, 2) bring together stakeholders who are impacted by how schools are funded, and 3) identify solutions to Connecticut’s school funding challenges that are fair to students and taxpayers, and strengthen schools and communities.
Reporting to the Director of Community Engagement, the Community Educator will lead the statewide effort to educate parents, educators, and community members about Connecticut’s school finance system and support them in understanding how the current system affects them. The ideal Community Educator will be committed to engaging diverse people in the conversation, highly motivated, and self-directed. The Community Educator must be passionate about fixing how schools in Connecticut are funded.
This is a great opportunity for an individual who is passionate about working with parents and community members to build knowledge and understanding about how schools are funded and support communities in making change.
Essential Job Functions
- Build a community education plan focused on developing partnerships with parents, educators, community members, and community organizations with the goal of building community members’ knowledge about school finance and interest in affecting change on school finance;
- Develop a school finance curriculum that can be used by the community educator and volunteer leaders to educate community members about the school finance system and how it impacts them;
- Develop system for managing program and growing network of interested stakeholders;
- Connect parents, educators, and community members who are interested in the issue and support them joining community partner groups or other efforts;
- Identify and develop individuals to serve as volunteer leaders of community partner groups;
- Work with community partner group leaders to help them develop plans to engage community members and help them sustain them as motivated supporters over several years;
- Plan and organize bi-annual school finance summits to provide information and training to community partner groups;
- Provide ongoing support, resources and training to volunteer community partner group leaders;
- Connect community partner groups to all of information and resources that the Connecticut School Finance Project has to offer.
- Regular evening and weekend work required;
- Ability to regularly travel statewide (access to a car and valid driver’s license required);
- Ability to travel nationally as needed (10% of time or less).
- Bachelor’s degree in any field;
- A minimum of 3 years post-collegiate professional experience;
- Familiarity with education policy issues preferred;
- Familiarly with Connecticut policy-making process preferred;
- Excellent communications skills, including the ability to communicate complex issues to non-expert audiences through formal presentations as well as one-on-one conversations;
- Demonstrated ability to become a credible source of information about complicated topics;
- Strong ability to work with others to create and implement plans;
- Excellent execution, strong organizational skills, and excellent attention to detail;
- Great ability to partner with other organizations or efforts in order to collaborate or maximize impact;
- Demonstrated ability to “multi-task” and deliver high quality work;
- Approachable, builds rapport quickly and easily with diverse individuals;
- Passionate about the involvement of diverse people and perspectives in solving Connecticut’s greatest social and economic challenges;
- A willingness to learn about Connecticut’s school finance system and related policies;
- Ability and willingness to work with people with a variety of different perspectives on school finance;
- Independent, highly organized, and detail-oriented self-starter;
- Energetic, hard-working, and enthusiastic team player;
- Flexible, resourceful, persistent, and willingness to do whatever it takes to make the project successful;
- Ability to be tactful and diplomatic in challenging situations;
- An optimistic outlook and ability to move past challenges;
- Sense of humor.
Commensurate with experience, salary range is $22- $25 per hour. Complete benefits package including health and dental insurance, retirement plan, paid vacation and paid holidays, sick time, personal days, etc.
We strongly encourage online applications. Please attach your resume and cover letter.
We also accept applications by mail or fax. Send to:
Or fax to: 617.896.9393.
As an EOE/AA employer, TSNE MissionWorks and CTSFP will not discriminate in its employment practices due to an applicant’s race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identification, veteran or disability status.