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Indianapolis Parent Organizer

The Position

Stand for Children Indiana seeks a dynamic and hard-working Parent Organizer to empower and mobilize our grassroots stakeholders to take local, district and state action in support of students.

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Responsibilities

Build a strong membership base of volunteer teams

  • Build, manage, and maintain a membership base of volunteer leaders and members, organized into highly engaged, active, and independent teams;
  • Develop a consistent pipeline of contacts for potential leader and member recruitment;
  • Engage communities through door-to-door canvassing and phone banking;
  • Schedule quality external meetings every week with parents and others that meaningfully contribute to teambuilding and the development of parent leaders and parent members;
  • Use face-to-face meetings to assess for leadership potential and recruit volunteer leaders who will build their own teams;
  • Deliver presentations and facilitate workshops and larger family engagement programs to develop a pipeline of potential leaders and engaged members;

Engage and develop leaders and members

  • Develop volunteer leaders on leadership skills, advocacy skills, and issue understanding, through rigorous 1-on-1, small group, and large classroom style training, using curriculum developed by Stand for Children especially for parents;
  • Support the leadership and advocacy skills of parent leaders by providing ongoing coaching and development, enabling leaders to assume more responsibility over time;
  • Work with parent leaders to set goals around team growth, action, and engagement, coaching them to successfully meet those goals;
  • Ensure leaders and members are educated and empowered to take action on local and statewide campaigns and can speak confidently about them to community members and decision makers;
  • Project manage and successfully facilitate family engagement programs ranging from single-session workshops to multi-lesson programs, using curriculum developed by Stand for Children;

Activate leaders and members to grow teams and win campaigns

  • Support and maintain organized membership base in order for parent leaders to strategically engage in campaigns aimed at improving educational outcomes for their students;
  • Coach leaders to ensure a majority of all team members are taking regular action and that members are presented opportunities to remain engaged for multiple campaigns.

Qualifications

  • Passionate and unwavering belief in Stand for Children’s mission and strategy to ensure that all children, regardless of their background, graduate from high school prepared for and with access to a college education;
  • At least 3 years of professional experience preferred; political or community organizing experience a plus, experience (volunteer or paid) recruiting, training, and mobilizing a team of 10 or more volunteers/members preferred;
  • Strong community ties to Indianapolis and the constituencies served by Indianapolis Public Schools required;
  • Experience delivering presentations as well as successfully facilitating pre-designed curriculum to small and mid-size groups of adults;
  • Experience working with diverse and bilingual populations strongly encouraged;
  • Proven ability to achieve measurable, meaningful results in a fast-paced environment;
  • Passion for developing parents and other adults to realize their potential, as a critical step to improving education for children;
  • Strong interpersonal, communication, and team-building skills; ability to initiate, foster, and leverage contacts and networks to achieve strong, positive outcomes;
  • Ability to be flexible and steadfast in the face of ambiguity; self-motivated problem-solver and critical thinker;
  • A learning orientation and an ability to embrace and incorporate direct feedback crucial;
  • Willingness to work flexible hours including evenings and occasional weekends; full-time access to a car;
  • Ability to be in multiple locations in the course of a given day, the ability to transport items, and the ability to set up and take down meeting equipment (chairs, tables, projectors, screens, etc.); May require the ability to climb stairs;
  • Fluency in Spanish required.

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