The Manager of Advocacy & Organizing will be responsible for leading the Partnership for Los Angeles Schools’ advocacy strategies in support of greater equity in our education system. As a member of the policy team reporting to the Director of Policy & Planning, this position will align with and support the Partnership’s policy and system change objectives through community organizing & advocacy. Working through the Partnership’s Parent College, Family Action Teams, school community representatives and community partners, the Manager will organize advocacy campaigns for positive change in the education system. In addition, the Manager will support the Partnership’s systems change objectives through research, policy analysis and strategy.
The Manager’s key responsibilities include the following areas and may change based on the needs of the organization and schools we serve.
Manage our organizing & advocacy strategy, including identifying and organizing opportunities and actions at the neighborhood, district and (occasionally) state level.
Build and maintain strategic partnerships with community partners, education advocates and local officials.
Build capacity and coach parent leaders to strengthen parent leadership and advocacy.
Plan, develop, and supervise implementation of Parent College advocacy curriculum and other trainings for parents on topics including organizing, leadership and policy, and contribute to positive family engagement strategies at schools.
Conduct policy analysis and research to support advocacy campaigns.
Other duties as assigned.
The ideal candidate will have:
Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university.
3-5 years of professional experience in education, community organizing, advocacy and/or social service, preferably in the field of educational justice.
Strong belief in the Partnership’s mission, approach, and core values.
Knowledge of public education systems and policies.
Experience working in a fast-paced, entrepreneurial environment; adaptable when managing multiple shifting priorities; ease at managing competing demands and determining priorities independently.
Comfort and experience with developing and leading trainings and professional development for adult learners.
Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including the ability to clearly communicate complex ideas with a wide range of stakeholders (parents, teachers, staff, community leaders, and others).
Experience using data and research to track work, frame issues, and drive future advocacy.
Reflective, life-long learner.
Hold a valid California driver’s license.
Availability to work some evenings and Saturdays during program year.
Experience working in one of the three communities we serve (Boyle Heights, South LA and Watts) strongly preferred.
Fluent in Spanish preferred.
COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS This is a year-round, full-time position. Compensation will be commensurate with experience. The Partnership offers a competitive benefits package, including health, vision and dental insurance, and a 403(b) retirement program.