Stand For Children

  • Arizona State Organizing Director

    Job Location US-AZ-Phoenix
    # of Openings
    Regular Full-Time
  • The Organization

    Stand is a non-profit education advocacy organization focused on ensuring all students receive a high quality, relevant education, especially those whose boundless potential is overlooked and under-tapped because of their skin color, zip code, first language, or disability.

    The Position

    Your role stands at the intersection of organizing and the fight to change the odds for underserved children and families. The State Organizing Director is responsible for the development and execution of a capacity building plan which will take our organizing to the next level of scale and impact. As part of the Statewide Organizing Team, the State Organizing Director will ensure we have a solid ongoing presence in targeted locations to impact state policy implementation and elections and, where relevant, local policy decisions and elections through school-based, and in some cases community-based parent engagement. Organizing campaigns will be selected through a collaborative process with both national and state staff. The State Organizing Director oversees making sure the organizing plan strategically creates an infrastructure capable of long-term support of organizers who are working directly with parents and teachers to authentically develop and engage parent leaders, hold schools accountable for implementation of state and district policies, with the overall goal of improving literacy rates within a school and closing the achievement gap.


    The purpose of statewide organizing is to build our presence across Arizona, so we can activate for elections and build power for issue campaigns. The State Organizing Director shepherds the strategy and plan to build long-term, grassroots infrastructure capable of increasing our organizing power to execute direct impact, district and state issue and electoral campaigns. The State Organizing Director is expected to yield such outcomes as:


    • An engaged base of supporters and members in strategic legislative districts
    • A diverse grassroots power to mobilize for elections and issue campaigns
    • Mobility – allows people to move up the ladder of engagement on and offline on their own


    The State Organizing Director also oversees the operation on the ground (including management of Organizers) to implement the organizing plan from start to finish. The State Organizing Director will hold Organizers accountable for meeting metrics-based goals and ensure that the organizing staff has the coaching, training, and support they need to build robust teams.







    Develop, write, and implement a strategic and comprehensive, data driven organizing plan that builds our presence across Arizona that includes, but is not limited to:

    • Growth goals, activations, team building, leadership development, mobilizing/action opportunities, key dates, milestones, trainings, statewide calls and digital-organizing calendar;
    • Train and support for parents to be change makers and influence real improvements in Arizona literacy rates based on community and school needs;
    • Collaboration with Marketing-Communications Director to create a strong digital-organizing program;
    • Strategic school, community, and digital-based tactics for capacity building and infrastructure;

    Manage, develop, and train team of organizers, leaders, and volunteers to implement organizing plan including:

    • Set SMART goals for staff up against the deliverables and milestones outlined in the plan and impact agenda and track progress up against impact and organizing goals;
    • Manage staff for results, holding them accountable to planned deliverables, provide analysis on performance and implement plans to maximize results;
    • Recruit, train, manage, and develop staff; and hire staff with approval of Executive Director and National Organizing Director as needed;
    • Provide ongoing professional guidance and training to the organizing staff;

    Coalition and partnership building including:

    • Identify, network, build relationships, and communicate with partners on the ground;
    • Build relationships with key district officials to secure memorandums of understanding (MOU), and school staff to ensure close coordination on informational sessions and parent engagement;
    • Attend events, coalition meetings, and be present in the community as an organizational partner;
    • Represent the voice of Stand for Children in the community.


    • 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 a college education;
    • 6-8 years of organizing experience, at least half of which, includes managing direct reports, building volunteer capacity in diverse communities; managing a statewide campaign with extensive knowledge of campaign strategy and implementation;
    • Excellent recruiter with a proven track record of being able to quickly build a pipeline of volunteers and develop leaders;
    • Proven record of building and managing political relationships with key stakeholders;
    • Ability to communicate a compelling and inspiring vision that will motivate others; strong written and oral communication skills;
    • Proven ability to troubleshoot and problem solve with ability to innovate and take responsibility;
    • Proven self-starter, action-oriented, has a positive attitude, and enjoys challenging work;
    • Willingness to work flexible hours, including some weekends and evenings, and to travel within the state;
    • Experience and/or familiarity with public education systems and how they operate is a plus;
    • Spanish fluency is a plus;
    • Ability to be in multiple locations in the course of a given day, the ability to transport items, and the ability to set up and take down meeting equipment (chairs, tables, projectors, screens, etc.); May require the 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 provide equal employment opportunity (EEO) to all persons regardless of age, color, national origin, citizenship status, physical or mental disability, race, religion, creed, gender, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression or marital status. 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. We predominantly partner with low-income communities of color. Therefore, though race and other legally protected characteristics are never used to make final hiring decisions, we place a particular focus on recruiting staff members who share the backgrounds of the communities we serve.

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