Senior Education Organizer

Job Type

Full Time

Salary

Details: Commensurate with qualifications and experience, plus excellent health and welfare benefits, 403b retirement plan, flexible spending account (FSA), flexible work location/schedule, and generous paid time off.

Published

10/23/2018

Start Date

11/26/2018

Address

Washington
District of Columbia
United States

Description

Organizational Overview

At Rocketship Public Schools, we believe in the infinite possibility of human potential. We believe that every student deserves the right to dream, to discover, and to develop his or her unique potential.  It is our responsibility and our privilege to unleash the potential inside every Rocketeer we serve. Our non-profit network of public elementary charter schools propels student achievement, develops exceptional educators, and partners with parents who enable high-quality public schools to thrive in their community.  We are a collective of parents, teachers, leaders, and students working together to transform the future for low- income communities across our country. At Rocketship Public Schools, we are unleashing potential.


The Position

The Education Organizer, the District of Columbia is a full-time, exempt position on Rocketship’s Growth and Community Engagement (GCE) team serving the Rocketship schools in D.C.. With the support and guidance of the D.C. Regional Director and the D.C. GCE team, this role is responsible for leading the region’s work to achieve the vision of parent leadership and drive parent organizing and community mobilizing efforts throughout our city. This role serves as the GCE school liaison and works to partner with school leaders in support of parent engagement outcomes both in the schools and community. This position will be primarily based in the D.C. region and serve students and families from Rocketship schools, particularly in underserved communities, such as Wards 7 and 8.


This position is critical to regional efforts to support parent engagement across Rocketship schools in the D.C. area by partnering effectively with school leaders, families, community organizations, faith-based institutions, private sector institutions, and civic leaders as key collaborators and stakeholders in advocacy in educational equity. This hands-on, regional role is part of a dynamic community organizing team, and the Education Organizer must:

  • Believe that no student’s life is subject to the destiny of demographics and closing the achievement gap will unleash the potential of our students and families
  • Mobilize charter school parents both at the community and school levels
  • Create and implement trainings, measure the progress of organizing a campaign, and
  • Drive successful campaigns  at multiple school sites within D.C.


This position works closely with schools and the regional D.C. GCE Team to organize parents in Rocketship schools. The Education Organizer will focus on building relationships, identifying and developing the leadership of charter school parents,  and co-creating organizing strategy and campaigns that support regional goals.


Essential Functions

Education Organizing

  • Build and lead the mission-critical work around parent engagement, leadership, and organizing around expanding Rocketship’s community impact
  • Recruit and mobilize a network of teachers, parents, and community stakeholders that build advocacy and engagement for Rocketship’s impact
  • Complete about 15 one-on-one relational meetings every week with current and potential parent leaders and other important stakeholders that build organizing capacity and regional engagement
  • Support all charter renewal and regional growth processes
  • Have significant evening and weekend work

Training

  • Build the capacity of parents to understand the D.C. educational landscape, key decision makers, and power of community
  • Actively engage Rocketship parents in further investing in their leadership skills by building their capacity through formal training and coaching

   Community Engagement

  • Foster relationships and develop champions with community-based organizations, faith leaders, elected officials, civic and community leaders that lead to positive engagement of the community and neighborhoods where Rocketship has and will have a presence
  • Invest in Rocketship’s advocacy work and mission
  • Works closely with the Regional Director by engaging with community stakeholders to inform and drive regional strategy


Qualifications

  • 3+ year in  community organizing, education reform, or engagement in grassroots movements
  • A bachelor’s degree required
  • The ability to position Rocketship in the policy arena as an agent for positive change through strong communication and strategic skills
  • A results-oriented, goal-driven, team approach to work
  • Demonstrated ability to interact and cultivate support among diverse constituencies, including public officials, key external agencies, and stakeholders
  • A valid driver’s license and access to a car for transportation
  • Experience using Google Apps and a willingness to learn and implement new technology


Preferable Qualifications

The ideal candidate will also possess some combination of the following:

  • The desire to learn and an openness to challenge
  • In-depth experience managing and/or leading community organizing campaigns and mobilizing support
  • Experience working with organization or schools in an urban community
  • Familiar with local politics
  • Strong public speaking, writing, and analytical skills
  • Capacity to think strategically and critically about social, economic, cultural, and political issues affecting a community
  • Experiences training or coaching others
  • Confidence, empathy, emotional maturity, and persuasiveness
  • A sense of urgency and passion for social justice and equity in education


Work Location

While this position will be based out of our DC Regional Office at Rocketship Legacy Prep 4250 Massachusetts Avenue, SE Washington, DC. it will require daily local travel within the D.C. region, flexibility of schedule, including the willingness to work on weekends and evening hours as working with families and the scheduling of community events often demand.


Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the functions. While performing the duties of this position, the employee is regularly required to talk, hear, and communicate with both adults and children. The employee frequently is required to use hands or fingers, handle or feel objects, tools, or controls. The employee is frequently required to stand; walk; sit; and reach with hands and arms. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds and occasionally climb ladders. Specific vision abilities required by this position include close vision, distance vision, and the ability to adjust focus. The noise level in the work environment is moderate to high.


Compensation

Commensurate with qualifications and experience, plus excellent health and welfare benefits, 403b retirement plan, flexible spending account (FSA), flexible work location/schedule, and generous paid time off.


How to apply

Visit our website www.rocketshipschools.org to submit your online application and resume.


Rocketship Public Schools provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, marital status, amnesty, or status as a covered veteran in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws. Rocketship Public Schools complies with applicable state and local laws governing non-discrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including, but not limited to, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, and training.


Rocketship Public Schools expressly prohibits any form of unlawful employee harassment based on race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, genetic information, disability, or veteran status. Improper interference with the ability of Rocketship Public Schools’ employees to perform their expected job duties is absolutely not tolerated. Click here for our Sexual Harassment Policy and here for our Title IX Policy.  For questions, concerns, or complaints, please contact Equity/Discrimination Title IX Compliance Officer, Kenzie Kilb. Email: kkilb@rsed.org. Address: 350 Twin Dolphin Drive, Suite 109, Redwood City, CA 94065. Phone: 877-806-0920 ext. 115.


Benefits

Our comprehensive benefits package includes excellent health and welfare benefits, 403b retirement plan, flexible spending account (FSA), cell phone reimbursement and paid time off.

Level of Language Proficiency

English

Professional Level

Professional

Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply

http://www.rocketshipschools.org

To submit your online application visit: https://jobs.lever.co/rocketship?department=Network%20Support&team=Parent%20Leadership%20and%20Regional%20Community%20Engagement


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