REPORTS TO: Organizing Director
BACKGROUND: With roots in the struggle for educational and racial justice, Padres & Jovenes Unidos has evolved into a multi-issue organization led by people of color who work for educational excellence, racial justice, immigrant rights, women's liberation, and health justice for all.Our parents and youth members organize to build power in their communities to challenge the root cause of discrimination, racism and inequity by exposing the economic, social and institutional basis for injustice as well as developing effective strategies to realize meaningful change.
Padres Unidos was formed in 1992 by a group of parents who joined forces to remove the principal at Denver’s Valverde Elementary School who was punishing Spanish-speaking students by forcing them to eat lunch on the cafeteria floor. Jóvenes Unidos, the student branch of Padres Unidos, was formed in 2000 when the youth came together to turnaround their school, Cole Middle School, which at the time was the state’s lowest-performing middle school. Since then, Padres & Jóvenes Unidos has evolved into a racial justice multi-issue organization whose historic wins, rooted in members’ demands to achieve institutional change, have gained local and national recognition.
OVERVIEW OF POSITION: Working in tandem with the Directors Team, the Community Organizer is part of a Field Team responsible for developing, planning and executing effective organizing strategies in the field (target schools, neighborhoods and communities) in order to secure local and state-wide campaign wins. We are seeking a tenacious and revolutionary bilingual (Spanish and English) organizer able to immediately leap into our current campaign work.