Youth Organizer, Los Angeles

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Title: Youth Organizer, Los Angeles
Location: Los Angeles, CA

Overview of Responsibilities:

As a Youth Organizer, you will have direct contact with your community to organize students and build teams throughout greater Los Angeles. This includes informing students and communities about charter school advocacy, policy, and legislative priorities that may affect school choice. Most importantly, you will be building power for the Charter School Movement. All youth organizers will be hired as part-time employees by the California Charter Schools Association and will also work on the behalf of our tandem 501(c)4 organization CCSA Advocates.

About the California Charter Schools Association (CCSA) (501c3):

The California Charter Schools Association is the membership and professional organization serving over 1,260 charter public schools and more than 630,000 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.

About the California Charter Schools Association Advocates (CCSA Advocates) (501c4):

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 Advocates (CCSAA) 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. For more information, please visit http://www.ccsaadvocates.org/.

Essential Duties:

  • Identify, train and develop students and other community members as leaders in the principles and practices of community organizing in order to build powerful student-driven teams connected to CCSA Families.
  • Conduct at least 4 one-to-one visits students and community members every week, as well as build and manage multiple student teams in Los Angeles.
  • Build multiple student teams that drive local issue work and develop charter school students into a powerful voice in their schools, neighborhoods, cities, and statewide.
  • Develop and lead trainings in collaboration with staff to grow students 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.
  • Prepare leaders to hold demand meetings, press events, public actions between parents and public officials, including state legislators and local school board members.
  • Mobilize students to lead or attend large public forums, rallies, and demand actions demonstrating the power of charter school students and families.
  • Execute electoral campaign operations, including coordinating and turning out volunteers for phone banking and canvassing in conjunction with CCSA Advocates.
  • Work with Manager, Youth Organizing, Los Angeles to develop, implement, and adjust unified campaign strategies (state, citywide, and local communities).
  • Develop and implement campaign strategies and tactics, with student voices driving decisions
  • Manage and maintain a timely and comprehensive database of current and potential students who can be called on for political action and advocacy.
  • 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.
  • Develop a proficiency in education reform issues, learning best practices in school development, education policy, and the elements of excellent public schools.
  • Serve as an active member of the Los Angeles Organizing Team and participate in cross-department working groups and committees.
  • Complete weekly administrative and reporting activities, including timely submission of timesheets and significant weekly data entry of field activities.

Required Capabilities:

  • Alumni of a Charter School and currently located in the Greater Los Angeles area
  • Passionate about your charter school experience
  • Flexibility
  • Team player
  • Must have reliable transportation to Downtown Los Angeles office

Preferred Capabilities:

  • Multilingual (Spanish, Tagalog, Korean, Cantonese or Mandarin preferred)
  • Previous organizing experience

Other Details:

  • Position runs from November 2017 - June 2018 with potential for continuation
  • Approximately 15+ hours per week (including evening and weekend hours)
  • Pay: $15/hour
  • Application Deadline: the position will remain open until it is filled

How to Apply:

Please submit materials as one PDF or Word document including:

  • Resume
  • Cover letter with answers to the five questions below. Please provide one paragraph for questions 2-5.
    • What is your employment status? (Full-time college student, working part time, etc.)
    • What is educational justice and what does it mean to you?
    • What is your experience with charter schools? Do you think Charters are an important piece of the public education system? Why or why not?
    • Do you have an interest in politics, advocacy, or community organizing? What special skills, knowledge, or abilities do you have that will help you to successfully educate and persuade communities?
    • Tell us about a time when you had to accomplish a large, long-term task. What obstacles did you face? How did you plan for them and eventually overcome them?
  • List of Three References with phone numbers and emails (will only contact after notifying you)

Save the document as "your first name and last name" - Youth Organizer, Los Angeles and send the attachment to: OrganizingCareers@ccsa.org

The California Charter Schools Association is an equal opportunity employer.

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