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Experienced Bilingual Parent / Community Organizer in Kane County Illinois

Presencial, O trabalho pode ser executado em ou perto de Aurora, IL

Detalhes

Tipo de Emprego:Tempo Integral
Data de Início:1 de agosto de 2024
Educação:Ensino Superior Requerido
Nível de Experiência:Mid-level
Salário:USD $47.000 - $54.000 / ano
Starting salaries are based on experience.

Descrição

Overview

Join us in building a grassroots movement of parent leaders working for economic, racial and social justice for families. Community Organizing and Family Issues (COFI) builds the leadership, power and voice of low-income parents to fight for equity on behalf of their children and families. At least 2 years of organizing experience is required.  At COFI, the Bilingual Parent/Community Organizer will work with parent leaders in Aurora, Elgin and other parts of Chicago's west suburbs/Kane County (mostly mothers and grandmothers) in Black and Brown communities on leadership development, local organizing campaigns and larger public policy initiatives aimed at making policy and systems more equitable and responsive to the needs of all families.  A driver’s license, car insurance and access to a car are required.   


Who We Are

COFI is an organizing center that elevates the voices of parents living in communities of color through: 

·       Local Organizing: COFI trains and organizes neighborhood and school-based parent

teams to take action on issues they identify as important to improving life

outcomes for children.

·       Policy and Systems Change Organizing: COFI unites parent leaders

across neighborhoods, race and ethnicity to impact policy changes of priority

benefit to children and families.

·       Sharing the Learning: COFI provides training and resources to parent-led organizations around the country.

COFI’s innovative model of leadership development and community organizing, The

COFI Way, emphasizes the interconnection between personal struggles and broader community issues and builds capacity for parent leaders to address these issues through collective action. Through COFI’s intensive and systematic leadership development and organizing process, parents develop skills, confidence and the organized power to win improvements in schools, communities, and public policies.


What You’ll Do

The Bilingual Parent/Community Organizer will work with parent leaders in Kane County and the west suburbs of Chicago and join a team of other Illinois COFI organizers working on a wide range of leadership development, community organizing and parent-led policy campaigns. Specific responsibilities depend on the position but typically include:

·       Build parent action teams in one or more communities and/or support statewide parent campaign committees.   

·       Facilitate and coordinate components of The COFI Way – a 3-year leadership

and organizing process.

·       Develop parents' leadership skills and capacity to impact change in their own lives and communities.

·       Organize and coordinate meetings, trainings and campaign activities.

·       Coordinate planning and strategy development for parent-led campaigns at the local, citywide and statewide levels.

·       Network with and build relationships between parents and community organizations, advocacy groups and policymakers.

·       Research and analyze complex policy issues and create training and resource materials for parents to help inform their decision-making.

COFI’s current policy campaign issue areas include:

·       Early Learning: addressing barriers to access to early intervention, childcare and quality preschool for low-income children and families.

·       Elementary Justice: seeking to end punitive school discipline policies and the

criminalization of youth of color.

·       Health, Food and Recess: working on food insecurity, and other health and mental health equity issues for children and families.

·       Stepping Out of Poverty: working on utility debt reform, asset building, reining in

government fees and fines, and other economic security issues for families in

poverty. 


Who You Are

Candidates who will be successful in this job will have:

·       Strong grassroots organizing, leadership development and campaign skills.

·       A commitment to building the leadership and voice of parent leaders from low-income Black and Brown communities across Illinois.

·       At least 2 years of experience with community, labor or grassroots electoral organizing.

·       Enthusiasm for learning The COFI Way organizing model and working with COFI’s staff and parent leaders to implement the model.

Other qualifications include:

·       A demonstrated ability to work effectively across racially diverse communities and cultures.

·       Knowledge, understanding of and commitment to racial, economic and gender equity.

·       Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to relate easily with a wide range of people.

·       Strategic thinking skills, with a demonstrated ability to build campaigns that connect local issues with broader public policy issues.

·       Excellent written and verbal communication skills.

·       Research, policy analysis and media skills.

·       Excellent organizational skills including planning, time management and information management.

·       Creativity, flexibility and good problem-solving skills.

·       Willingness to work flexible hours, including some evenings and weekends.

·       Must have a car and maintain a valid driver's license and automobile insurance coverage.

·       Spanish/English bilingual required. 


What Else You Should Know

If hired, you will join a team of dedicated organizing staff working in across Illinois.  You will coordinate closely with other COFI organizers to support the leadership and policy change work led by POWER-PAC Illinois, COFI’s statewide network of grassroots parent leaders.

Women organizers and organizers of color are strongly encouraged to apply. COFI is an

equal opportunity employer.

More information about COFI is available at www.cofionline.org.

Overview

Join us in building a grassroots movement of parent leaders working for economic, racial and social justice for families. Community Organizing and Family Issues (COFI) builds the leadership, power and voice of low-income parents…

Benefícios

Generous family friendly benefits include health, disability, life, 403(b) with employer match, paid time off, flex benefit, flexible scheduling, paid sabbatical after 10 years, and optional vision and dental. Out-of-pocket expenses and car mileage are reimbursed by COFI.

Generous family friendly benefits include health, disability, life, 403(b) with employer match, paid time off, flex benefit, flexible scheduling, paid sabbatical after 10 years, and…

Nível de Proficiência do Idioma

Spanish language fluency (oral and written) required.

Spanish language fluency (oral and written) required.

Localização

Presencial
Aurora, IL, USA

Como se inscrever

Deadline for application is July 21, 2024. Interested applicants should please submit a resume, cover letter and COFI Employment Application to applications@cofionline.org specifying which Illinois location you are applying for. The application can be downloaded from our Jobs Page https://cofionline.org/COFI/about/jobs/ or completed here.

Applications may also be submitted by mail to Applications, COFI, 2245 South Michigan, Suite 200, Chicago, Illinois 60616 or by fax to 312/226-5144.

Start Date: August 2024.

Deadline for application is July 21, 2024. Interested applicants should please submit a resume, cover letter and COFI Employment Application to applications@cofionline.org…

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