Colorado State Organizing Director
Your role stands at the intersection of organizing and the fight to change the odds for low-income children and families. The State Organizing Director is responsible for the development and execution of a capacity building plan which will take our organizing to the next level of scale and impact. As part of the Statewide Organizing Team, the State Organizing Director will ensure we have a solid ongoing presence in targeted locations to impact state policy implementation and elections and, where relevant, local policy decisions and elections through school-based, and in some cases community-based parent engagement. Organizing campaigns will be selected through a collaborative process with both national and state staff. The State Organizing Director oversees making sure the organizing plan strategically creates an infrastructure capable of long-term support of organizers who are working directly with parents and teachers to authentically develop and engage parent leaders, hold schools accountable for implementation of state and district policies, with the overall goal of improving literacy rates within a school and closing the achievement gap.
The State Organizing Director shepherds the strategy and plan to build long-term, grassroots infrastructure capable of executing direct impact, issue and electoral campaigns. The State Organizing Director works with affiliate leadership to engage with parent leaders, parents and teachers, to identify barriers and challenges to implementing evidence based state-level and district-level policies and working with affiliate communications staff to develop collateral to support parent and family engagement to increase literacy rates. The State Organizing Director also oversees the operation on the ground (including management of Statewide Organizers) to implement the organizing plan from start to finish.
The State Organizing Director will hold Organizers accountable for meeting metrics-based goals and ensure that the organizing staff has the coaching, training, and support they need to build robust teams. The State Organizing Director will manage Statewide Organizers directly, while the Organizers manage part-time Outreach Coordinators and teams.
The State Organizing Director will report to the National Organizing Director, while acting in service to and in seamless coordination with the Executive Director to empower parents in supporting their own child’s literacy progress, engage with their child’s teacher and principal, and engage with policy leaders and elected officials to ensure policies are effective.
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.
Develop, write, and implement a strategic and comprehensive, data driven organizing plan that includes, but is not limited to:
- Empowering and supporting parents to influence real improvements in Colorado literacy rates based on community and school needs;
- Build relationships with key school staff to ensure close coordination on informational sessions and parent engagement;
- Build capacity to win as defined by the impact agenda’s direct impact, issue and/or electoral work;
- Identify strategic school-based or community-based tactics for capacity building that include, but are not limited to:
- Providing point of entry opportunities including pledge drives, workshops, informational sessions, team meetings, forums, screenings, watch parties, and days of action;
- Door knocking for pledge cards, issue and voter IDs, voter persuasion, and GOTV;
- Phone banking for follow-up calls to hot leads, referrals, filling shifts, turnout, confirmation, and relationship building;
- Mobilizing and advocacy opportunities including lobby days, board meetings, letters to the editor, emails, call drives, rallies, and office visits;
- And other tactics as necessary.
- Track and analyze performance; trouble shoot and problem solve; adjust plans and strategies when necessary in coordination and with approval of the Executive Director and National Organizing Director.
Manage, develop, and train team of organizers, leaders, and volunteers to implement organizing plan including:
- Set SMART goals for staff up against the deliverables and milestones outlined in the plan;o Manage staff for results, holding them accountable to planned deliverables;
- Identify potential leaders, supporters, and/or volunteers, have a plan to engage and empower them including leadership training and opportunities to move them up the ladder of engagement;
- Set, meet, and exceed benchmarks for volunteer recruitment and grassroots engagement;
- Track progress up against impact and organizing goals; provide analysis on performance and implement plans to maximize results;
- Recruit, train, manage, and develop staff; and hire staff with approval of Executive Director and National Organizing Director as needed;
- Establish a strong professional culture within the state organizing structure focused on accountability, specific goals, innovation, and sense of purpose;
- Provide ongoing professional guidance and training to the organizing staff.
Coalition and partnership building including:
- Identify, network, build relationships, and communicate with potential partners on the ground;
- Attend events, coalition meetings, and is present in the community as an organizational partner;
- Represent the voice of Stand for Children in the community.
- 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;
- 6-8 years of organizing experience, at least half of which, includes managing direct reports and building volunteer capacity in diverse communities;
- Excellent recruiter with a proven track record of being able to quickly build a pipeline of volunteers and develop leaders;
- Ability to communicate a compelling and inspired vision or sense of core purpose and can inspire and motive others;
- Proven ability to trouble shoot and problem solve with eye towards adjusting plans and strategies if necessary;
- Excellent organizational skills;
- Knowledge of campaign strategy and implementation;
- Strong written and oral communication skills;
- Proven self-starter, action-oriented, has a positive attitude, and enjoys challenge work;
- Ability to innovate and take responsibility;
- Job does require some travel within the state;
- flexible hours, including some weekends and evenings;
- 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.