Stand For Children

Illinois Community Organizer and Policy Analyst

US-IL-Chicago
# of Openings
1
Type
Regular Full-Time
Status
Salaried

The Organization

Stand is a non-profit education advocacy group that believes ALL children deserve an equal opportunity to succeed in life. Stand works to accomplish this mission through:

  • Education and empowerment of parents, teachers and communities
  • Advocacy at state, local and federal levels
  • Ensuring that policies and funding reach classrooms and help students
  • Election of courageous leaders who will stand for our priorities”

We focus primarily on increasing early literacy and high school success. Additional priorities include, improving school quality and ensuring adequate funding spent wisely.

The Position

Your role stands at the intersection of organizing and the fight for systemic change to improve the odds for low-income children. As a key member of Stand’s Illinois team at a moment of tremendous need and opportunity, you will play a critical role in the following:

  • Design, scale, and deliver programs to help strengthen partnerships among parents-teachers-students. This work includes, but is not limited to, writing curriculum enhancements on the topics of early literacy and high school success for our signature parent-engagement program, Stand University for Parents. This work also includes collaborating on refinements to our current:
    • Early literacy and parent-engagement program to combat summer learning loss;
    • Pilot parent-teacher home visit program; and
    • School climate and parent-engagement initiative.
  • Grow and develop Stand’s membership base of engaged parent, educator, and community volunteers who support quality public education for all.
  • Research, provide communications support, and advocacy on district and state-level policy matters.

Responsibilities

  • Research and write parent-engagement curriculum;
  • Collaborate with educators and parents to develop and run focus-group testing of pilot programs;
  • Train and manage a team of teachers and volunteers to serve as reading coaches and assistant coaches for our summer reading program;
  • Build, manage, and maintain a membership base of volunteer leaders and members, organized into engaged and independent teams;
  • Deliver presentations and facilitate workshops and other family engagement programs to develop a pipeline of potential leaders and engaged members;
  • Support the leadership and advocacy skills of Stand volunteer leaders by providing ongoing coaching and development, enabling leaders to assume more responsibility over time;
  • Ensure leaders and members are educated and empowered to take action on local and statewide campaigns and can speak confidently about their views to community members and decision makers;
  • Provide teacher perspective in our community engagement and policy;
  • Collaborate with subject-matter experts and educators;
  • Attend and participate in events and meetings on a regular basis of educators, learning experts, partner organizations, legislators, and stakeholders lending support assistance where possible;
  • Work closely with the Government Affairs team to produce persuasive materials and presentations for legislators and other elected officials and stakeholders;
  • Research, structure, and write new college-readiness curriculum for an audience of parents of high school students;
  • Organize, create, and deliver presentation of curriculum program;
  • Prepare and deliver training to other trainers on how to deliver the curriculum program across Illinois;
  • Collaborate with other members of Stand throughout the country when opportunities arise; and
  • Other responsibilities as needed.

Qualifications

  • Passionate and unwavering belief in Stand for Children’s mission and strategy to ensure that all children, regardless of their background, graduate from high school prepared for and with access to college or career;
  • Classroom teaching experience required;
  • Experience in researching, developing, and writing curriculum required;
  • Demonstrated knowledge of state- and district-level education policy;
  • Experience working with diverse populations, Spanish-speaking skills are a plus;
  • Superior relational skills and familiarity with fundraising practices with donors;
  • Outstanding written communication and persuasive speaking skills;
  • Superb attention to detail and strong organizational skills;
  • Strong research and analysis skills, ability to summarize existing research, develop conclusions and provide recommendations;
  • Ability to travel within state of Illinois as needed;
  • Willingness to work flexible hours including 1-2 evenings per week and occasional weekends; and
  • Ability to be stationary for extended periods of time and to participate meetings outside of the office; and ability to lift more than 15 pounds on occasion, and ability to climb stairs.

Stand for Children consists of two separate entities. Stand for Children, Inc., a grassroots membership organization is exempt under section 501(c)(4) of the Internal Revenue Code, and Stand for Children Leadership Center, a leadership development organization is exempt under section 501(c)(3)

 

Stand for Children and Stand for Children Leadership Center are Equal Opportunity Employers. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin or disability. We are 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.

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