ANNOUNCEMENT OF OPEN POSITION IN COLORADO
REPORTS TO: Colorado Organizing Director
LOCATION: Denver, Colorado
SPECIAL NOTE: Spanish fluency required
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. You 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 to advocate for better education outcomes for students. You will have 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 organization focused on ensuring all students receive a high quality, relevant education, especially those whose boundless potential is overlooked and under-tapped because of their skin color, zip code, first language, or disability.
Our work in Colorado is currently focused on improving early literacy, engaging parents to be the voice for quality schools, and equitable funding for all schools.
· Build a strong membership base of volunteer teams
o Empower and support parents to influence real improvements in the public education system;
o Build, manage, and maintain a membership base of volunteer leaders and members, organized into highly engaged, active, and independent teams;
o Build relationships with key school staff to ensure close coordination on informational sessions and parent engagement;
o Schedule quality external meetings every week with parents and others that meaningfully contribute to teambuilding and the development of parent leaders and parent members;
o Use face-to-face meetings to assess for leadership potential and recruit volunteer leaders who will build their own teams;
o 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
o 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;
o Support the leadership and advocacy skills of parent leaders by providing ongoing coaching and development, enabling leaders to assume more responsibility over time;
o Work with parent leaders to set goals around team growth, action, and engagement; coaching them to successfully meet those goals;
o 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;
o 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
o Support and maintain organized membership base for parent leaders to strategically engage in campaigns aimed at improving educational outcomes for their students;
o 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;
o Support electoral outreach campaign work through targeted field activities (e.g., phone banking, canvassing);
o Cultivate volunteers for ongoing campaign efforts.
· 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, training 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.
To apply for this position, please complete the online application and upload a resume and thoughtful cover letter at http://stand.org/careers. No calls please.
To learn more about Stand – Colorado, please visit www.stand.org/co.
Minimum Education Required