Overview: Nick Melvoin has spent his career fighting for our city’s school children. He believes that together, with the right leadership, we can ensure that every student in Los Angeles has the opportunity to succeed.
Born and raised on the Westside of LA, Nick served as a Seventh and Eighth grade English teacher at Markham Middle School, an LAUSD campus in Watts. In addition to serving as a teacher, Nick worked in the Obama White House with the Domestic Policy Council and the US Attorney’s office, where he took part in various civil rights investigations as a legal clerk. Before his election on May 16, 2017, Nick led and facilitated efforts by students, parents, teachers, and community members to rethink and shape the future of our city’s schools. He has been an adjunct professor at LMU where he taught teachers how to improve their own advocacy in the classroom. In working for nonprofits such as Teach Plus and Educators 4 Excellence, Nick helped to improve the support teachers across the state receive before and during their time in the classroom, as well as amplify teacher voice in policy-making.
As the second largest school district in the nation, the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) enrolls more than 640,000 students in kindergarten through 12th Grade, at over 900 schools, and over 225 public charter schools. The boundaries spread over 720 square miles and include Los Angeles as well as all or parts of 31 smaller municipalities plus several unincorporated sections of Southern California. In addition to serving as LAUSD Board of Education Vice President, Nick represents Los Angeles Unified Board District 4 which includes the communities of Brentwood, Del Rey, East Hollywood, Encino, Hollywood, Mar Vista, Marina Del Rey, Pacific Palisades, Playa Del Rey, Playa Vista, Tarzana, Topanga, Westchester, West Hollywood, Westwood, Woodland Hills & Venice. Nick campaigned on a platform to LIGHT a path toward a new system of public schools in LA, which includes:
Local Control and Autonomy
Innovation and Creative Thinking
Great Choices for All Families
Human Capital Development and Support, and
Transparency and Accountability.
During the first eight months of his term, Nick and his team have actively engaged in the fight to ensure every family in this district has high-quality school options and that every child in Los Angeles has the opportunity to attain an excellent education.
Responsibilities: The Board District 4 team is comprised of six members, supervised by the Chief of Staff, each responsible for several policy areas, in addition to their various roles in community engagement, communications, and operations. An Education Intern would work in close collaboration with the team and stakeholders by supporting a variety of projects to help LIGHT a path toward reform to ensure all LAUSD students graduate college and career ready.
• Communicate through speech and writing: To be successful in this portion of your role, you would be a good writer, able to digest and explain things clearly to a general audience. You may be responsible for writing blog posts, student stories, emails, or other content related to education and office priorities.
• Research education policies: You may be asked to perform research tasks and provide staff members with information
about topics such as school accountability, early education, literacy, unified enrollment, language immersion, and charter school performance. In addition, you may be asked to review documents using an established template or gather information for constituents. To be successful in this portion of your role, you would need to be organized, thorough, and persistent in gathering information and following up.
• Collaborate on creative projects: You may be asked to contribute to e-newsletters and social media in the form of short informational excerpts or compelling narratives about LAUSD students and schools or innovative education initiatives happening all over the world. To be successful in this portion of your role, you will need to use creativity to relay facts and anecdotes in an engaging way to a wide audience. Projects could include creating and sending a collage of photos to each school in Board District 4, collecting student photos and artwork in office, and creating and facilitating a student art contest.
• Support constituents and stakeholders: To be successful in this portion of your role, you would have strong verbal communication skills, patience, and the ability to gather and relay information clearly over the phone and in writing. You may be asked to answer phones or respond to constituent emails with clarity and empathy and provide the information to the appropriate staff members.
• Be a team player: We are a small office and there will be a culture of pitching in to help others when needed. We believe in urgency, courage, hard work, solving problems, and being kind to others.
Must Have Requirements:
Strong written and verbal communication skills
Passionate about (interested in) educational equity
Ability to work in a fast-paced environment and stay adaptable
Be a self-starter, problem-solver, solutions-oriented and organized
Experience using communications skills through participation in clubs or extracurricular activities
Excellent organizational skills
Grit, a growth mindset, and a good sense of humor