Manager, School Discipline Initiative

Vacancy Announcement – January 23, 2013

Position Location:        Atlanta, GA                                                                                                                 
Travel:                              40-50%                                                                                                                         


Founded in 1909, the NAACP is the nation's oldest and largest civil rights organization. Its members throughout the United States and the world are the premier advocates for civil rights in their communities, conducting voter mobilization and monitoring equal opportunity in the public and private sectors.

Summary of Duties:

The Manager, School Discipline Initiative works with the Education Director and department staff to support units advocating for school discipline reform and education improvements. The manager will assist pilot state conferences and local units in devising strategic campaigns that lower rates of expulsions and suspensions for students of color. The manager will also support member interaction with state and local decision-makers. The manager will implement our state legislative and regulatory priorities, create materials for those issues, develop relationships with and educate lawmakers and agency officials, conduct grassroots and coalition outreach, facilitate public education events and identify candidates for states where consultants are needed. The manager will work with and coordinate with NAACP staff.  Specific job responsibilities will include, but will not be limited, to the following:

  • Provide support in implementation of national strategic plan for education, lending input on trends, victories, and vulnerabilities;
  • Work with Education Director to identify and meet strategic growth needs of state conferences and potential staff and consultant opportunities;
  • Identify resource needs for priority issues and work with experts to create and enhance data and persuasive materials to advance goals;
  • Develop and maintain relationships with legislators, state agencies, and interest groups to advance the Association’s interests around passage or prevention of legislation;
  • Actively promote legislative and regulatory priorities;
  • Work with Association staff to implement grassroots meetings and workshops to train membership and advocates in citizen advocacy;
  • Support capitol visitation days in states where appropriate;
  • Lead the research, preparation and delivery of state-specific training and presentations
  • Conduct outreach programs to law enforcement agencies, parent groups, teachers, school administrators, and other stakeholders; and
  • Identify and capitalize upon opportunities for collaboration within and outside the Association


The ideal candidate for this position will possess many, if not all, of the following professional qualifications, competencies and personal qualities:

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • At least 3 years’ experience serving in legislative, administrative or advocacy role related to education issues.
  • Experience designing and implementing statewide advocacy campaigns.
  • Experience integrating youth and adult issue organizing groups and strategies. Must be familiar with the political process of state governments and have experience analyzing legislation and regulations.
  • Must understand legislative, regulatory and legal issues surrounding education and juvenile justice.
  • Familiarity with social justice organizing techniques  Excellent verbal and written communication skills;
  • Strong interest in and ability to articulate education issues;
  • Excellent time management skills and ability to work both collaboratively and independently;
  • Ability to prepare and present workshops to our membership and represent the Association with professionalism;
  • Ability to work well with other departments within the Association;
  • Must be able to work under pressure and on a wide variety of issues at the same time.
  • Willingness to work on new projects as they arise.
  • Willingness and ability to travel as needed and to work non-standard hours as needed


It is the continuing policy of the NAACP to take affirmative action to assure equal opportunity for all current and prospective employees without regard to race, color, national origin, ancestry, age, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, personal appearance, marital status, familial status, family responsibility, pregnancy or other pregnancy-related conditions, childbirth, disability, military/veteran status, citizenship status, religion or political affiliation, past convictions or incarceration, prior psychiatric treatment, or any other status protected by federal or state law, local ordinance or Executive Orders. The NAACP is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

To Apply:  Resume, cover letter, and salary requirements should be sent to NAACP:

Email: (preferred method)
Mail: NAACP – Human Resources, 4805 Mt. Hope Drive, Baltimore, MD 21215

Fax:  (410) 580-5735

Please note that this position is grant-funded and employment is contingent
upon the continuation of such funds.