At Rocketship Public Schools, we believe in the infinite possibility of human potential.
We believe that every student deserves the right to dream, to discover, and to develop their unique potential. And it is our responsibility and our privilege to unleash the potential inside every Rocketeer we serve. Our non-profit network of public elementary charter schools propels student achievement, develops exceptional educators, and partners with parents who enable high-quality public schools to thrive in their community. We are a collective of parents, teachers, leaders, and students working together to transform the future for underserved communities across our country. At Rocketship Public Schools, we are unleashing potential.
At Rocketship, one of our key pillars is building authentic family power in our community. In our Leadership Organizing Committees (LOCs) and County Coalitions, families advocate tirelessly for their children by becoming community leaders in education equity. The position involves working with current leaders to develop their knowledge of governance, power, political dynamics, and systematic barriers affecting their families, especially for underserved communities. Simultaneously, the organizer will work to recruit and train new leaders in community organizing skills, drawing them into the movement and increasing leader voice, involvement, and presence in the education political landscape of San Jose and California as a whole. The Education Organizer is a full-time, exempt position on Rocketship's External Affairs function, serving the Bay Area community. This role will report to the CA Associate Director of Parent Leadership & Community Organizing and the role will be an essential team leader to the organizing team. This role will collaborate with fellow Education Organizers and the Sr. Directors of External Affairs, as well as partnering effectively with school leaders, families, community organizations, and stakeholders in advocacy for educational equity.
This position asks that you be physically located in the Bay Area. Your primary work may vary from San Jose, the East Bay (Antioch & Concord), and the Peninsula (Redwood City). Essential Functions:
- Build the capacity of parents to understand the State and local educational landscape, key decision makers, and power of community, through the PICO Organizing Cycle.
- Recruit, mobilize, and retain a network of parents and community stakeholders that build advocacy and engagement to transform our local communities.
- Complete one-on-one relational meetings every week (approximately 15-20) with current and future parent leaders and other important stakeholders that build organizing capacity and engagement.
- Work closely with the External Affairs team, remain informed on the local education politics landscape and develop coordinated grasstops - grassroots strategies.
- Foster relationships and develop champions with community-based organizations, faith leaders, elected officials, civic and community leaders that elevates organizing.
- Lead charter renewal parent organizing campaigns and support parent-led civic and local campaigns for education equity.
- Enables a positive, high performance team culture as a leader and shows up a team player and collaborator to the CA External Affairs team and region overall, including demonstrating excellence and innovation to exceed regional goals.
- Other duties as assigned
- The ability to position Rocketship in the policy arena as an agent for positive change through strong communication and strategic skills
- Capacity to think strategically and critically about social, economic, cultural, and political issues affecting a community
- Demonstrated ability to interact and cultivate support among diverse stakeholders
- A results-oriented, goal-driven, team approach to work
- The desire to learn and an openness to challenge
- A sense of urgency and passion for social justice and equity in education
- A commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
- Strong public speaking, writing, and analytical skills
- Verbal and written fluency in Spanish and English
- Experience using Google Apps and a willingness to learn and implement new technology
- Ability to work some nights and weekends, as campaigns require
- This position requires daily travel between school sites and the Rocketship San Jose & other Network offices. Valid Driver's license and access to vehicle required.
- 1+ year experience in community organizing, education reform, or engagement in grassroots movements
- Experience managing and/or leading community organizing campaigns and mobilizing support
- Experience working with organizations or schools in a diverse community
- Familiar with local and/or state politics, education politics & movements
- A Bachelor's degree
Rocketship is committed to the health and safety of our Rocketeers and complies with federal and state vaccine guidelines. For this reason, Rocketship is requiring employees in most regions, including National, California, District of Columbia, and Wisconsin employees, to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Tennessee and Texas regions are not included in this requirement. Under this requirement, applicable employees are subject to vaccination as a condition of employment or subject to religious or medical exemptions. Physical Demands:
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the functions. While performing the duties of this position, the employee is regularly required to talk, hear, and communicate with both adults and children. The employee frequently is required to use hands or fingers, handle or feel objects, tools, or controls. The employee is frequently required to stand; walk; sit; and reach with hands and arms. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds and occasionally climb ladders. Specific vision abilities required by this position include close vision, distance vision, and the ability to adjust focus. The noise level in the work environment is moderate to high. Compensation:
Commensurate with qualifications and experience, plus excellent health and wellness benefits, 403b retirement plan, flexible spending account (FSA), and generous paid time off.
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