Stand For Children

Vice President of Organizing

US-OR-Portland
# of Openings
1
Type
Regular Full-Time
Status
Salaried

The Organization

Stand for Children is a nonprofit advocacy group fighting to ensure that every child at the bottom of the economic ladder in America receives the high-quality education he or she needs to rise. A good education is at the core of the American dream -- it is the bedrock of jobs, security and the pursuit of a better life. Yet the life chances of too many children are wasted because their family’s income or neighborhood doesn’t enable them to attend a strong school -- and our whole country pays the price of their squandered potential.

 

Stand for Children is fighting to change the odds. We believe every student who works hard has a right to receive an education that will prepare her for college, career, and a secure future. We advocate boldly for alongside families and teachers for policies and candidates that will make that vision a reality. Over 20 years, we have celebrated successes such as expanding access to quality pre-K, improving 3rdgrade reading proficiency, increasing graduation rates, strengthening academic standards, supporting teachers, increasing the number of quality schools and expanding access to career and technical education and college level classes.

 

Stand for Children is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We are deeply committed to a diverse and culturally inclusive workplace in which our differences broaden our awareness, enrich our daily experiences and contribute to our collective strength. People of color, members of underrepresented ethnic or socioeconomic populations and bilingual/multi-lingual speakers are strongly encouraged to apply.

Stand for Children strives to be an employer of choice. We offer a competitive salary structure, excellent health and dental benefits, a 401k plan with a match, and generous paid time off. We build robust teams with dynamic and collaborative cultures, engaging employees in challenging work that provides opportunity for ongoing growth and skills development.

 

The Position

Your role stands at the intersection of organizing and the fight to change the odds for low-income children and families. As a key member of Stand’s leadership at a moment of tremendous need and opportunity, you build on the progress to date to create a national organizing effort capable of impacting local, state, and federal policy decisions and elections.  As someone motivated by results and impact, you get the opportunity to work with colleagues who not only care deeply about justice and equity, but who are bold and strategic and take responsibility for achieving substantial progress toward greater justice and equity every year, everywhere we work.  Through your innovative and strategic leadership of a growing organizing program and new membership benefits model, you take Stand’s impact to new heights while empowering and developing the leadership of thousands of parents from under tapped communities in the process.

Responsibilities

  • Strengthen Stand’s current organizing model; take our urban organizing to the next level of scale and impact; pilot and hone a statewide organizing strategy that enables a solid ongoing presence in targeted location to impact state policy decisions and elections and, where relevant, federal policy decisions and elections;
  • Spearhead the development, testing, and roll out of a package of useful, economically viable membership benefits that will facilitate recruitment and retention of low- and moderate-income families aligned with Stand’s priorities;
  • Hire, manage, and develop Stand’s national organizing support staff, ensuring they provide outstanding training, coaching, convening, tools, and data to our rapidly scaling network of full- and part-time organizers;
  • Continually identify ways to improve Stand’s organizing program through analysis of data, qualitative feedback, regular visits to affiliates, and deep dives with positive deviants and oversee the change management process to implement improvements across a dispersed network;
  • Upgrade Stand’s systems, processes and tools to better support the program and assist in evaluating the success of the program against key performance indicators.

Qualifications

  • Passionate and unwavering belief in that all children can and must graduate from high school prepared for and with access to college or career training;
  • Demonstrated success and leadership in managing and growing a large-scale community organizing program, preferably within political and/or issue advocacy environments;
  • Exceptional written, oral, interpersonal and presentation skills;
  • Superb, proven management skills, ideally within a matrix management organization;
  • Experience developing or overseeing a membership model a plus.
  • Roles typically require the ability to be stationary for extended periods of time, to travel to meetings outside of the office, to lift more than 10 pounds on occasion, and may require the ability to climb stairs

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