Director, National Community Organizing Training

Director, National Community Organizing Training

This position is based remotely and reports to Innovate’s Vice President of National Strategic Partnerships and Training. In partnership with the Vice President of National Strategic Partnerships and Training, the National Director of Organizing Training will be responsible for leading Innovate’s work to build the field of parent-led community organizing in California and nationwide through our three training programs.The National Director of Organizing Training will be primarily responsible for leading three signature training programs, the Community Organizing Training Program (COTP), the Parent Leader Institute (PLI), and the Senior Political Leadership Program (SPL).  These three “pipeline” programs are focused on providing community organizing training and coaching to senior leaders, professional staff and volunteer parent leaders to traditional public and nonprofit public charter management organizations in California and across the country. In addition, the National Director of Organizing Training will organize and coordinate short-term coaching and consulting to recent COTP graduates in an effort to build capacity within promising cities to participate in our National Strategic Cities Initiative.  Finally, this position will organize and execute, with support from appropriate adjunct faculty, community organizing training programs beyond COTP and PLI focused on building the capacity of organizations within strategic networks of education stakeholders in California to initiate and develop parent-led organizing to champion world-class public schools in California.In addition to this external work, the Director will support the training and development of community organizing skills among Innovate’s staff.At least twice per month travel to the Innovate headquarters in San Jose is required, as well as for COTP sessions, PLIs, and other relevant convenings. Periodic travel to partner organizations across California and the country is also required.This is a full time, exempt position. Compensation depends on experience and is highly competitive. Innovate offers very generous benefits including health and dental insurance, 20 days paid time off per year (increasing to 25 after 2 years of employment), two floating holidays, 14 paid fixed holidays per year (including office closure between Dec 24th - New Year’s Day), 1 day per year paid volunteering time off, and 5% employer contribution to 401k.Key responsibilities include (but are not limited to):
  • Lead the development and execution of Innovate’s signature Training Programs (COTP, PLI, SPL). Build strong relationships with a variety of national leaders, partners, and community  organizations (including education, education adjacent, and civil rights organizations). Maintain an understanding of the national education organizing landscape and political context and gear training programs to that context.
  • Build organizing capacity of parents and organizations through Innovate’s hallmark training programs: COTP, PLI, SPL, and ad hoc parent trainings.
  • Sustain and nourish national organizing networks developed during COTP, PLI, and SPL through networking and continued learning opportunities for cohort members.
  • Build capacity of COTP organizations within their local communities through specific coaching and/or consulting projects
  • Propose annual goals and a 3-year strategic plan for Innovate’s national organizing training programs.
  • With input from the leadership team and approval by the VP, monitor and regularly report on progress toward national organizing training goals. Be responsible for achieving these annual and long-term goals.
  • Manage a diverse team of facilitators to coach and train program participants
Represent Innovate in statewide and national organizing circles as needed, and manage related external affairs particularly in California. 
  • With the VP, develop external relationships that allow us to establish a positive statewide and national organizing training presence.
  • Support fund-raising efforts, as directed by the VP, including development of strategy and maintaining relationships with funders..
Provide professional development in community organizing to Innovate’s regional organizing staff (no more than 10% of time)
  • Provide group training and/or individual coaching in specific core organizing disciplines, such as leader development, organizer development, the relational model of community organizing and power building strategies (e.g., voter engagement strategies).
  • Support strategic thinking around connecting the training and development to the strategic vision of Innovate’s mission and enhance regional political analysis with national context.
Qualifications (Required)
  • Passionate about Innovate Public Schools’ mission to initiate, support, and advocate for great public schools for low-income children and children of color, including support for parents to have public school choices.
  • At least three years leadership experience in community organizing, preferably at the directing level, including moving campaigns as a lead organizer and training new professional organizers.
  • Politically agile: Can accurately read political situations and adjust to changing circumstances to address new challenges and take advantage of unexpected opportunities. Has good common sense.
  • Strategic thinker: Able to set and communicate a compelling strategic vision for Innovate’s work in a region; able to see opportunities and threats and adapt appropriately
  • Excellent writer: Can write for many different audiences and adapt messages and language for different channels (ie: print, web, social media, video, etc.)
  • Excellent verbal communicator and ambassador: Can clearly communicate through speech and represent Innovate effectively to a variety of audiences, including parents, partner organizations, community stakeholders, school leaders, elected officials and potential funders.
  • Comfortable with diversity: Has the ability to work well with all types of people - from low-income parents to elected officials, school leaders to business executives.
  • Collaborative project manager: Can manage multiple projects involving different individuals, teams and vendors to meet collective goals on time and with excellence.
  • Experienced manager: Has experience supervising a team of direct reports and creating a productive, inclusive team culture.
  • Experienced facilitator: Able to facilitate productive meetings.
  • Experienced coach: Able to provide coaching to leaders and institutions in order to help inform their organizing strategy.
  • Transportation: Has a valid driver’s license and insurance and access to a vehicle.
  • Spanish Fluency: Able to speak and write in Spanish
Qualifications (Preferred but not required)
  • Exposure to institution/broad-based community organizing
Work Environment / Physical DemandsThe work environment characteristics and physical demands described here are representative of those an employee encounters while successfully performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools or controls; reach with hands and arms; and talk or hear. The employee must regularly lift and/or move up to 10 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by the incumbent in this position. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills.Application deadlineApply here. Please submit your resume, a cover letter explaining your interest in the position and what you would bring to Innovate Public Schools. Open until filled.Innovate Public Schools is an equal opportunity employer and takes pride in maintaining a diverse environment. We do not discriminate in recruitment, hiring, training, promotion, or any other employment practices for reasons of race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, sexual orientation, marital or veteran status, disability, or any other legally protected status.