Colorado Parent Organizer
Your role stands at the intersection of organizing and the fight to change the odds for low-income children and families. As a key member of Stand’s Colorado team at a moment of tremendous need and opportunity, you will be responsible for developing and supporting an organized membership base, using a proven and established organizing model. The Parent Organizer will be responsible for building strong and engaged teams committed to taking local, district, and state action in support of students; developing the leadership skills of members; and initiating and leading campaigns in order to advocate for better education outcomes for students. Through your dedication and passionate approach to the role, you get the opportunity to work with colleagues who not only care deeply about justice and equity, but who are bold and strategic and take responsibility for achieving substantial progress toward our mission every year.
Stand is a non-profit education advocacy group that believes ALL children deserve an equal opportunity to succeed in life. Stand works to accomplish this mission through:
- Education and empowerment of parents, teachers and communities
- Advocacy at state, local and federal levels
- Ensuring that policies and funding reach classrooms and help students
- Election of courageous leaders who will stand for our priorities”
We focus primarily on increasing early literacy and high school success. Additional priorities include, improving school quality and ensuring adequate funding spent wisely.
Build a strong membership base of volunteer teams
- Empower and support parents to influence real improvements in Colorado literacy rates based on community and school needs;
- Build, manage, and maintain a membership base of volunteer leaders and members, organized into highly engaged, active, and independent teams;
- Build relationships with key school staff to ensure close coordination on informational sessions and parent engagement;
- Develop a consistent pipeline of contacts for potential leader and member recruitment;
- 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.
- Passionate commitment to 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, trainings and mobilizing a team of 10 or more volunteers/members preferred;
- Strong community ties to Denver and the constituencies served by Denver 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 1-2 evenings per week 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.
Stand for Children consists of two separate entities. Stand for Children, Inc., a grassroots membership organization is exempt under section 501(c)(4) of the Internal Revenue Code, and Stand for Children Leadership Center, a leadership development organization is exempt under section 501(c)(3)
Stand for Children and Stand for Children Leadership Center are Equal Opportunity Employers. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin or disability. We are committed to a diverse and culturally inclusive workplace in which our differences broaden our awareness, enrich our daily experiences and contribute to our collective strength. People of color, members of underrepresented ethnic or socioeconomic populations and bilingual/multi-lingual speakers are strongly encouraged to apply.