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Latino Community Organizer

RISE Colorado 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 centered 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. So just like women led the suffrage movement, Cesar Chavez and Dolores Huerta led the farm workers movement, and Martin Luther King, Jr and African Americans led the the Civil Rights movement, low-income families and families of color must be the ones to lead the movement for themselves with us as allies if we’re ever going to truly achieve educational equity. This is what we believe and work towards achieving every day. We’re looking for team members to join us in building this movement!

Position Overview:

The Latino Community Organizer will be a key member of a high-performing team at a critical time of targeted growth. Reporting to the CEO and working in close collaboration with RISE staff, the Latino Community Organizer will be responsible for growing and managing relationships with RISE members, training members to successfully organize around issue campaigns they develop to improve academic achievement in partner schools and communities, and develop members to take on leadership roles in the community to advocate for educational equity. This position requires flexibility and professionalism, as he/she will work closely with current and future RISE members and school and community partnerships. This position requires the ability to be detail oriented while delivering on a large volume of work. This position will support an ambitious growth plan for RISE Colorado.

The ideal candidate will be an entrepreneurial professional with strong skills as described below, a passion for RISE’s mission, and great organizational and time management skills. We’re looking to add someone energetic, critically conscious, and passionate about empowering families to our team. Applicants must also be flexible (we are a start-up!), a quick learner, demonstrate strong relationship building skills, and fluent in English and Spanish.

This is an incredible opportunity to join a start-up 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, and has been recognized as a Bright Spot in Hispanic Education by the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics. 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 view our website, as well as RISE’s Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram accounts.  Interested individuals should complete an application and submit a copy of their resume and contact information for three professional references to opportunities@rise-colorado.org with the subject line: RISE Latino Community Organizer Role.

 

The Latino Community Organizer’s responsibilities include:
  • Organize educational workshops and coalition meetings from start to finish including:
    • 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)
    • Tracking attendance and survey data after all events
  • Serving as the main point of contact between RISE and families by establishing and maintaining strong relationships with members through:
    • Supporting RISE School Partner Specialists with workshop turnout and follow-up to identify prospective members
    • New member recruitment through 1:1s
    • Supporting members to engage in coalition organizing work by providing preparation and training through campaigns
    • Sustaining and growing coalition membership through collaboration with leaders and members
  • Training members to have an impact through organizing with their school and community coalitions to improve academic achievement
    • Convening organizing coalitions for partner schools and communities, and ensuring that coalitions meet regularly
    • Providing 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
  • Leadership Development for Members
    • Identifying leaders for each coalition who will lead organizing work for their coalitions
    • Taking leaders through RISE Colorado leadership trainings, and designing any additional trainings needed to support leaders in carrying forward coalition issue campaigns
    • Supporting and preparing leaders in pursuing potential leadership opportunities outside of RISE Colorado in appointed and elected positions within their schools and districts
Qualifications:

First and foremost, the Latino 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 access to reliable transportation and availability to work weekends and evenings along with the following qualifications:

Skills:

  • Spanish/English Bilingual; Native Spanish speaker required
  • Excellent writing abilities in English and Spanish
  • Ability to work and communicate with culturally diverse groups and individuals
  • Strong relationship-building, 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 with 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 setting
  • Prior experience in and/or good understanding of community organizing and civic engagement work
  • Prior experience in curriculum planning or session planning and execution
  • Previous experience with group facilitation and community outreach
  • Strong tech skills including knowledge and use of Microsoft Office Suite
  • Ability to use social media including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and text messaging
  • Ability to work effectively both independently with a great deal of autonomy and as part of a team

Mindsets & Characteristics:

  • Ability to perform within a lean and resource-constrained environment
  • Flexible and able to excel in a fast-paced and start-up nonprofit setting
  • A history of achieving results and willingness to do “whatever it takes” to reach goals
  • A constant learner who is interested in being 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 Latino 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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