Parent Organizer, Los Angeles

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Reports to: Director, Parent Organizing, Southern California

Posted: July, 2016

Location: Los Angeles

Overview of Responsibilities:

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The Parent Organizer, Los Angeles will play a key role in identifying, training, and developing parents from across the region to be leaders in their communities. These leaders build powerful organizations that successfully protect and expand charter schools so that all children have access to excellent education. The ideal candidate will be a skilled community organizer, with an understanding of education reform and a knack for developing people as leaders in their communities and a comfort with running local and political campaigns.

The Parent Organizer, Los Angeles will also work closely with the Southern California Organizing Team to lead and execute local campaigns aligned with the organizational missions of both CCSA (501c3) and CCSA Advocates (501c4). The ideal candidate must possess strong interpersonal skills, hands-on experience developing leadership in others, and be well organized and flexible. A sense of humor, knowledge of the charter school policy and advocacy landscape, and a passion for educational justice make the candidate a good fit for the team and position. Strong project management and written/verbal communication skills are required.

About the California Charter Schools Association (CCSA)

The California Charter Schools Association is the membership and professional organization serving 1,230 charter public schools and more than 581,000 students in the state of California. The vision of the California Charter Schools Association (CCSA) is to increase student learning by growing the number of families choosing high quality charter schools so that no child is denied the right to a great public education. The mission of CCSA is to have a million students attending charter public schools by 2022, with charter public schools outperforming non-charter public schools on every measure. For more information, please visit www.ccsa.org.

About the California Charter Schools Association Advocates (CCSA Advocates)

The California Charter Schools Association Advocates (CCSA Advocates) is a 501(c)(4) organization dedicated to increasing the involvement of the charter school community in the public policy arena, creating a pipeline of charter school supporters and activists, electing public officials who support California charter schools, and growing the political influence of the California charter school movement. The vision of the California Charter Schools Association (CCSA) is to increase student learning by growing the number of families choosing high quality charter schools so that no child is denied the right to a great public education. The mission of Advocates is to increase the number of students attending quality charter schools in California as quickly as possible by creating a political environment that is supportive of charter schools.

Essential Duties:

  • Identify, train and develop parents and other community members as leaders in the principles and practices of community organizing in order to build powerful parent-driven teams connected to CCSA Families.
  • Conduct at least 12 one-to-one visits and one house meeting with parents and community members every week, as well as build and manage multiple parent teams in Los Angeles.
  • Build multiple parent teams that drive local issue work and develop charter school parents into a powerful voice in their schools, neighborhoods, cities, and statewide.
  • Develop and lead trainings in collaboration with staff to grow parents in their advocacy, organizing, and leadership skills
  • Train and guide leaders and teams in relationship building, research, and policy development to building political power in Los Angeles and the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD).
  • Prepare leaders to hold demand meetings, press events, public actions between parents and public officials, including state legislators and local school board members
  • Plan and coordinate large public forums, rallies, and demand actions demonstrating the power of charter school parents and families
  • Manage and oversee seamless coordination of electoral campaign operations, including coordinating and turning out volunteers for phone banking and canvassing in conjunction with CCSA Advocates.
  • Work with Director, Parent Organizing, Southern California to develop, implement, and adjust unified campaign strategies (state, citywide, and local communities)
  • Develop and implement campaign strategies and tactics, with parent voices driving decisions
  • Manage and maintain a timely and comprehensive database of current and potential parents who can be called on for political action and advocacy
  • Develop and maintain external working relationships with charter school and system leaders, community-based organizations, and elected officials
  • Manage relationships with leaders from multiple sectors, such as principals, teachers, charter school leaders, elected officials and community leaders to support the agenda of CCSA Families.
  • Serve as an active member of the Southern California Organizing Team and participate in cross-department working groups and committees
  • Participate in internal, regional and national staff development sessions with organization partners.
  • Complete daily administrative and reporting activities, including timely submission of timesheets, significant daily data entry of field activities, manager reports, and credit card forms.

Required Capabilities:

  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Willingness to work flexible hours including occasional weeknights and weekends; ability to travel and work remotely; driver's license and access to a vehicle
  • Experience motivating others to action
  • Experience and willingness to track data daily and use data strategically
  • Ability to build relationships quickly with diverse stakeholders
  • Knowledge of and belief in the essential role of charter schools as a means for improved educational options for students and a lever for broader educational change in California
  • Experience managing multiple, simultaneous work efforts and a strong ability to plan strategically and marshal resources toward the implementation of that plan
  • Ability to take initiative and high levels of ownership for outcomes, and exercise sound judgment in day-to-day decision-making
  • 100% Follow-Through: No dropped balls policy. Stay on top of specific tasks and consistently meet deadlines.
  • Spirit of Yes: Embrace the obstacles that will pop up and be creative on how you come up with solutions. Embrace the changing landscape and adapt quickly.
  • Action-oriented: You must love getting people together to take action. You must be willing to step outside of your comfort zone and know how to motivate others to get out of theirs.
  • Understand and appreciate the use of outcomes-based data and information to help drive performance
  • Strong commitment to social and educational justice
  • Strong technology skills with expertise in MS Office
  • Spanish speaking required for several organizing positions

Preferred Capabilities:

  • 3-5 years of professional work experience
  • Bachelor's degree preferred
  • Prior experience in community, labor, or political organizing
  • Campaigning, lobbying, advocacy, public policy, training or relevant experience
  • Comfort with multiple modes of effective communication, including social and on-line media tools
  • Spanish speaking preferred for several organizing positions

HOW TO APPLY

Please send the following to Sara Erickson at serickson@ccsa.org with a subject line that reads (exactly as written): Parent Organizer, Los Angeles. Please include:

  • Cover letter answering the following questions:
    • What is it about our mission that resonates with your experience and/or interests?
    • What makes you an exceptional candidate for this position in particular?
    • Where did you learn about this opportunity?
  • Resume
  • List of Three References with phone numbers and emails (will only contact after notifying you)

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