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African American Community Organizer

RISE Colorado is a multi-racial, multi-lingual non-profit that works to educate, engage, and empower low-income families and families of color to RISE as change agents for educational equity in our public school system.

RISE’s work is based in Aurora Public Schools in Aurora, the most diverse city and school district in Colorado. Our theory of change is that those most impacted by the inequity that exists MUST lead the movement for change. Who is most impacted by educational inequity? Low-income families and families of color. Just like women led the suffrage movement, Cesar Chavez and Dolores Huerta led the farm workers’ movement, and Martin Luther King, Jr and Rosa Parks led the Civil Rights movement, low-income families and families of color must lead the movement for themselves with RISE as an ally if we’re ever going to truly achieve educational equity. This is what we believe in and work towards achieving every day. We’re looking for a community organizer to join us in this movement!

Position Overview:

The African American Community Organizer will be a key member of RISE’s high-performing team and will focus on targeted growth of family engagement in the African American community of Aurora’s public school system. Reporting to the CEO and working in close collaboration with RISE staff, the African American Community Organizer will be responsible for growing and managing relationships with RISE parent leaders and training leaders to successfully organize around educational issue campaigns that the RISE parent leaders choose to improve academic achievement in partner schools and communities. The African American Community Organizer will develop RISE parent leaders to take on leadership roles in the community to advocate for educational equity.

This position requires relationship building, presentation and computer skills, schedule flexibility and professionalism as the African American Community Organizer will work closely with current and future RISE parent leaders, schools and community partners. This position requires a detail-oriented person who can deliver strong outcomes on a large volume of work.

Applicants must be quick, effective learners. They must demonstrate strong relationship-building skills, and it is crucial that they understand, be accepted by and be committed to helping empower the African-American community of Aurora. The ideal candidate will be an entrepreneurial-minded professional with strong skills as described below. This person should have a passion for RISE’s mission and great organizational and time-management skills. We’re looking for someone who is energetic, socially and racially conscious, and passionate about empowering families.

This is an incredible opportunity to join an organization founded by women of color who grew up in the community where RISE works. RISE Colorado was named the winner of Teach For America’s 2014 Social Innovation Award, Inaugural Winner of the Leadership for Educational Equity Venture Fund & Fellowship, recognized as a Bright Spot in Hispanic Education by the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics, and won the 2017 Colorado MLK King, Jr. Humanitarian Award. RISE has been covered globally, nationally and locally for their work with families. To learn more about RISE Colorado, applicants can watch this video, and visit our website. Applicants may also visit us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Interested individuals should complete an application and submit a copy of their résumé along with the name and contact information for three professional references to opportunities@rise-colorado.org. Applicants must include the subject line: RISE African American Community Organizer Role.

 

African American Community Organizer’s responsibilities:

  • Organize educational workshops and coalition meetings from start to finish including, but not limited to:
    • Designing curriculum based on the RISE model and facilitate workshops
    • Reaching out to community members to drive attendance at workshops
    • Arranging all logistics for workshops (meeting space, materials, food, set up and clean up, parent pick-up and drop-off)
    • Tracking attendance and survey data after all events
  • Serve as the main point of contact between RISE and families by establishing and maintaining strong relationships with families by:
    • Supporting RISE School Partner Specialists with workshop turnout and following up to identify prospective RISE parent leaders
    • Conducting 1:1s to develop new parent membership
    • Engaging parents in coalition organizing work and providing preparation and training through campaigns
    • Sustaining and growing coalition and RISE parent membership through collaboration with RISE parent leaders and RISE parent members
  • Train RISE parent members to create positive systemic change in education by organizing within their children’s schools and by developing community coalitions to improve academic achievement. This includes, but is not limited to:
    • Convening organizing coalitions for partner schools and communities, and ensuring coalitions meet regularly
    • Providing the needed support and information for members through their coalition issue campaigns
    • Supporting members to track and gather all data on campaign metrics to monitor and communicate progress
  • Develop RISE parent leadership by:
    • Identifying potential parent leaders for each coalition who will lead organizing work for their coalitions
    • Guiding parent leaders through RISE Colorado’s leadership trainings, and designing any additional trainings needed to support leaders in carrying forward coalition issue campaigns
    • Supporting and preparing leaders to pursue potential leadership opportunities outside of RISE Colorado in appointed and elected positions within their schools and districts
  • Completing timely data entry on, but not limited to:
    • Parent attendance at workshops, coalition meetings and campaigns
    • 1:1 meetings with parents and community members
    • Parent surveys
    • Yearly goals and outcomes

Qualifications:

First and foremost, the African American Community Organizer must embrace the RISE mission to educate, engage, and empower low-income families and families of color to RISE as change agents for educational equity in our public school system. Candidates must have reliable transportation and availability to work evenings and most weekends and along with the following qualifications:

Skills:

  • Keen ability to understand, be accepted by, and be committed to helping empower the African-American community of Aurora
  • Excellent relationship building skills and follow-through
  • Excellent writing abilities in English
  • Ability to work and communicate with culturally diverse groups and individuals
  • Strong team-building and interpersonal skills which enable rapport-building with internal and external stakeholders
  • Good communication skills with demonstrable ability to write effectively, speak persuasively, and listen attentively
  • Strong organizational and project management skills; strong attention to detail
  • Demonstrated experience with sophisticated database management and/or significant skills leveraging a database as a primary tool in managing communication and driving strategic and tactical planning

Experience:

  • Related experience working with a nonprofit, school, or other entrepreneurial, high-performing organization and/or the strong desire to learn and join this type of environment
  • Prior experience in and/or good understanding of community organizing, social- and race-consciousness work and civic engagement work
  • Prior experience in presentation or session planning and execution
  • Previous experience with group facilitation and community outreach (i.e. flyering, door knocking, etc)
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite, data entry and reporting
  • Ability to use social media including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, online calendars, and text messaging
  • Ability to work effectively in teams and autonomously

Mindsets and Character:

  • Have a strong understanding of how class, culture and race intersect and impact education
  • Ability to perform within a lean and resource-constrained environment
  • Flexibility and ability to excel in a fast-paced nonprofit setting
  • High-achieving and results oriented mindset and a willingness to do “whatever it takes” to reach established goals
  • Be a constant learner and achiever who is a proactive, positive member of the team
  • High level of self-awareness, humility, and emotional intelligence

Compensation and Benefits:

RISE Colorado offers a competitive salary, benefits, and retirement along with opportunities for training and professional growth.

Application:

Please fill out the application here. Additionally, please email your resume and contact information for three professional references to opportunities@rise-colorado.org with the subject line: RISE African American Community Organizer Role.

We will only contact candidates chosen for further consideration. No phone inquiries please.

RISE Colorado is an equal opportunity employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce.  RISE Colorado does not discriminate on the basis of race, age, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, or gender identity or expression.

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