Your role stands at the intersection of organizing and the fight to change the odds for low-income children and families. The State Organizing Director is responsible for the development and execution of a capacity building plan which will take our organizing to the next level of scale and impact. As part of the Statewide Organizing Team, the State Organizing Director will ensure we have a solid ongoing presence in targeted locations to impact state policy implementation and elections and, where relevant, local policy decisions and elections through school-based, and in some cases community-based parent engagement. Organizing campaigns will be selected through a collaborative process with both national and state staff. The State Organizing Director oversees making sure the organizing plan strategically creates an infrastructure capable of long-term support of organizers who are working directly with parents and teachers to authentically develop and engage parent leaders, hold schools accountable for implementation of state and district policies, with the overall goal of improving literacy rates within a school and closing the achievement gap.
The State Organizing Director shepherds the strategy and plan to build long-term, grassroots infrastructure capable of executing direct impact, issue and electoral campaigns. The State Organizing Director works with affiliate leadership to engage with parent leaders, parents and teachers, to identify barriers and challenges to implementing evidence based state-level and district-level policies and working with affiliate communications staff to develop collateral to support parent and family engagement to increase literacy rates. The State Organizing Director also oversees the operation on the ground (including management of Statewide Organizers) to implement the organizing plan from start to finish.
The State Organizing Director will hold Organizers accountable for meeting metrics-based goals and ensure that the organizing staff has the coaching, training, and support they need to build robust teams. The State Organizing Director will manage Statewide Organizers directly, while the Organizers manage part-time Outreach Coordinators and teams.
The State Organizing Director will report to the National Organizing Director, while acting in service to and in seamless coordination with the Executive Director to empower parents in supporting their own child’s literacy progress, engage with their child’s teacher and principal, and engage with policy leaders and elected officials to ensure policies are effective.