The National Parents Union is looking for organizers across the nation to join our team of powerful family activists and advocates, so that the national education conversation can focus on our children!
In just two years, the National Parents Union has brought together over 600 warriors from across the United States to affect national education policy.
We are seeking State Organizing Directors. Scroll down to see the job descriptions below!
Send your resume or inquiries to Tafshier Cosby: [email protected]
POSITION: State Organizing Director
(GA, CA, MA, OK, FL, MI, NJ, MS)
REPORTS TO: National Organizing Director
PRIMARY OBJECTIVE: The NPU state organizing director is responsible for coordinating the actions of the NPU statewide hub. The state organizing director will help provide leadership to coalition partners and provide advice, direction, support, and guidance to the NPU state coalition. The state organizing director will lead on outreach and engagement efforts to build state support for NPU including supporting work with governmental agencies, parent organizations, and creating new partnerships with education, social and justice advocates.
- Work with the National Organizing Director to develop and implement organizing plans tiering off statewide efforts.
- Evaluate changing conditions and modify plans accordingly.
- Track progress against NPU state hub organizing plans.
- Support a broad and diverse NPU statewide working group that includes parent organizations, Indigenous leadership, social justice organizations, and partners.
- Collaborate with the multiple coalitions already working in the state to leverage their knowledge and engagement.
- Help research, identify, and bring in new partners through meetings.
- Identify education and social justice issues to support and meet with education and social justice partners.
- Make the NPU working groups a welcoming place for all partners, particularly those newer to organizing parents, by setting and enforcing healthy norms and ground rules.
- Together with the state leaders, share guidance and information from statewide campaigns and issues to the working groups.
- Share other relevant information to NPU working group members through email.
Project coordination and project management:
- Coordinate with partners on developing and maintaining a comprehensive list of NPU priorities (State Parent Power Agenda) for the NPU working group.
- Regularly report to NPU staff on the progress of the state working group needs or concerns and other updates.
- Co-facilitate bi-weekly or monthly calls or identify rotating facilitators and notetakers and disseminate meeting notes to state working group and coalition partners.
- Schedule, support, and attend check-in calls with NPU working group – co-leads.
- In collaboration with the NPU communications team and the NPU working group partners, implement critical state media outreach plans.
- In collaboration with the NPU communications team and NPU working group, create and disseminate state social media generating hits.
- In collaboration with the NPU communications team and NPU working group, write OpEds and news stories support placement.
- Identify state legislative targets and opportunities to build support and visibility around NPU.
- Help identify opportunities to support families and parents organizations.
- Attend in person and virtual meetings and present on NPU.
- Schedule in person and virtual meetings with NPU members and state legislative targets.
- Provide support materials, and coaching to prepare coalition partners for meetings.
Required knowledge & skills:
- 3 + years experience as an organizer, or in a comparable position in grassroots campaigns, including strategy, grassroots organizing, lobbying, communications, and social media.
- Demonstrated effective oversight in implementing organizing plans.
- Knowledge of social justice in a designated state.
- Cultural competence and experience working in a range of communities.
- Exceptional interpersonal skills and ability to collaborate.
- Experience working in coalition.
- Experience working with volunteers.
- Political sense and/or experience in working with the government.
- Strong oral and written communication skills.
- Attention to detail, proactive approach to problem-solving, and ability to assist with multiple tasks simultaneously.
- Highly motivated with the ability to be a self-starter and work independently.
- Preference for English-Spanish bilingual candidates.
- Skills and experience with social media.