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 a National Organizer and State Organizing Directors. Scroll down to see the job descriptions below!
Send your resume or inquiries to Tim Langan [email protected]
POSITION: National Organizer
REPORTS TO: National Organizing Director
PRIMARY OBJECTIVE: The NPU National Organizer will play a crucial role in supporting our mission to support parents who have lived experience and are authentic voices, advocates and organizers who are engaging, educating and empowering families, neighbourhood by neighbourhood across the United States. We are looking for someone to join our energetic, visionary and solutions-oriented national staff to help build the powerful movement of the National Parents Union. The ideal candidate will be someone who is multifaceted, able to adapt to changing conditions, believes deeply in self-determination and community power, and who embodies a commitment to both personal and systemic transformation.
Relationship building, Organizing (80%)
- Works with the director in setting national organizing strategies.
Build relationships that add to the network of parent organizations as National Parent Union members from among organisations and community leaders from diverse backgrounds.
- Execute strategy, goals, outcomes, and an evaluation method, which includes metrics
- Enter and track data in our organisational database system, maintain accurate and contemporaneous records, and participate in the analysis of actions and trends related to membership.
- Work with leaders to organise actions and to mobilise around NPU’s state and federal legislative platform.
- Engages, educates and motivates a diverse network on effective organizing.
Perform other duties as assigned.
- Create national training for basic,intermediate and advanced organizing skills and engage participants in setting realistic, yet challenging, goals.
- Host meetings in person and on ZOOM
Location & Travel (10%)
Location is negotiable.
The National Parents Union has concentrations of staff and members across the United States. Travel is required; frequency and duration of travel is negotiable. On average, this position will be expected to travel [3-4 times per year for a total of 1-4 days per trip, year round].
- Equivalent work experience.
Minimum of five years’ organizing experience.
- Understanding of effective organizing, public policy advocacy, and the legislative process.
- Demonstrated experience working with diverse groups, including ability to reach across racial, ethnic, generational, socioeconomic and denominational lines.
- Demonstrated ability to write well and speak articulately in English.
Computer literacy in Google Suite, ZOOM, social media and the use of the
- Internet for research and experience with data collection and understanding of the importance of databases.
- Must be able to conduct training via webinars and conference calls.
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.