Parent Organizer (Bilingual SP/ENG) - Immediate Opening
About the Job
Overview Though 9 in 10 Latino young adults say a college degree is important for success in life, fewer than 15% age 25 or older hold a bachelor’s degree. Voices College-Bound Language Academies exist to change that. Founded in 2006 by East San Jose native and National Board Certified Teacher Frances Teso, Voices is a public charter school network with a mission to prepare all students for the challenges of higher education through the context of an academically rigorous dual-language program. With the Voices dual-immersion model, students receive 80% of instruction in Spanish and 20% in English starting in kindergarten. The percentages shift by 10% per year until reaching 50:50 in third grade. As a result, every student, regardless of home language, graduates bilingual and biliterate in English and Spanish. In 2018-19, Voices will operate four public charter schools: Voices-Franklin McKinley (K-8), Voices-Morgan Hill and Voices-Mt. Pleasant (both Transitional Kindergarten - 4th, growing to Transitional Kindergarten - 8th) and Voices West Contra Costa (Transitional Kindergarten- 2nd). As we expand to serve more traditionally underserved students in Santa Clara County and surrounding counties, Voices seeks additional team members who share a commitment to its mission and believe joyful learning and world-class academic preparation are not mutually exclusive. Voices Academies’ Vision All students graduating from Voices College-Bound Language Academies will possess the knowledge, skills and confidence to succeed in any career path they choose to pursue in life by mastering academic standards and subject matter. Students will be aware of the many positive possibilities for their future, and enjoy learning throughout their lives. They will be able to think critically by asking questions, especially when confronted with the status quo. Our students will have a sense of social responsibility to make their communities better. Role Summary Voices Academies’ Parent Organizer will join Voices during a critical juncture as we prepare for the opening of our fourth school in 2018. Reporting to our Community Engagement Strategist (CES), the Parent Organizer will lead Voices’ work to train and support parents at all Voices school sites to build relationships, develop leadership skills and habits, engage civically in their communities and embody Voices core values of Activism, Si Se Puede Attitude and In Lak’Ech. Our parent organizing seeks to establish and prepare core groups of parent leaders to own and understand their mission and vision for building power for themselves and their community. The Parent Organizer will train parent leaders to be skilled, active, accountable leaders at Voices and in their communities using trainings such as planning and running meetings, testifying in public, conducting research meetings with elected officials, community leaders and experts, preparing and presenting research reports, talking to the media, conducting listening campaigns through one to one conversations, house meetings and group sessions with other parents and community members, building and maintaining a personal network and understanding and using Shared Leadership, among many other training and development opportunities. The Parent Organizer will be based out of Richmond and will require car travel to our local schools and communities throughout the Bay Area. Key Responsibilities Parent Organizing: + Build an active corps of Voices parent leaders at each school site, in addition to assisting the Parent Engagement Manager and/or Community Engagement Strategist in developing the capacity of school level staff to work directly with parent leaders; + Provide training and leadership development opportunities for parent leaders; + Complete 15-20 one to one relational meetings every week with potential and existing parent leaders and community allies or key stakeholders; + Support and prepare parent leaders to conduct monthly research meetings with elected officials and influential community members; + Support growth in each new and developing Voices community. Work with parent leaders to support signature collection, meet with elected officials and other community leaders to advocate for school choice and for Voices schools, and turn out additional parent supporters for charter hearings and other advocacy events; + Routinely communicate with newly enrolled families to keep them engaged and excited about joining the Voices community and helping to plug them into leadership opportunities; + With the Family Recruiter, manage the signature collection process for charter petitions, developing and executing on the strategy to collect hundreds of signatures for each new school to demonstrate demand and to fulfill charter petition requirements; + Build relationships with key community members and leaders to support Voices in the community. Research potential connections between key community leaders and Voices, leading meetings and managing follow-up. Voices Academies Parent Organizer candidates will have the following Requirements Required Qualifications: + Bachelor’s degree or related experience + Demonstrated passion for the mission, vision and values of Voices Academies with a deep commitment to improving the lives of students from low-income communities + Ability to quickly build trusting relationships with a broad set of people, including parents, external stakeholders, school staff, and teammates + Ability to self?direct and prioritize among competing goals, exhibit flexibility, and drive results in a fast?paced, entrepreneurial environment + Adept at thinking strategically, translating plans into action, and exhibiting excellent judgment + Ability to navigate highly political situations fearlessly and diplomatically + Skilled at analyzing, interpreting, and using data to collaborate, identify best practices and areas for improvement, and drive results + Excellent oral and written communication skills in Spanish and English + Outstanding written, speaking, and organizational skills with experience interacting with a broad range of stakeholders + Experience or commitment to public education, social justice, efficacy and equity. Preferred Qualifications: + Knowledge of and experience working with low-income communities preferred + Growth mindset – Desire to learn, engage in crucial conversation, take and implement constructive criticism + Sense of urgency -- Our communities can’t wait to have excellent schools or build their power in an increasingly uncertain world. The time is now. + Perspective – Combine maturity, humility, a strong work ethic, a sense of humor, and a roll-up-my sleeves attitude to celebrate successes as well as navigate times of ambiguity and high levels of stress + Understanding of dual language instructional practices and school design and the unique characteristics of public charter schools is a plus + High proficiency in Microsoft Excel, PowerPoint, Word, and Google Apps + Ability to work well independently and within a team environment; working efficiently, and exercising excellent judgment in making decisions + Tolerate high levels of stress Working Conditions: + Regular requirement to stand, sit, walk, talk, hear, see, read, speak, reach, stretch with hands and arms, stoop, kneel and crouch + Lift and carry objects weighing up to 50 lbs. + Occasional evening and or weekend work + Occasional travel + Willingness to be trained as needed Prior to Employment: Once an offer has been extended, a candidate must meet the following criteria to receive a final contract: + First Aid/CPR Certification + Clear Criminal Background Check + Valid TB Clearance Benefits Key Compensation: + Highly competitive salary + Medical benefits + Exceptional growth opportunities + Retirement plan Contract: + Reports directly to Principal + Permanent Salaried, Exempt Position + At-Will Contract If you have any questions about this position, please contact our hiring team by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you. Voices College-Bound Language Academies is an equal opportunity employer. It is the policy of Voices to afford equal employment and advancement opportunities to all qualified individuals without regard to race, creed, color, religion, national origin, ethnicity, ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, age, physical or mental disability, marital status, citizenship status, medical condition, or any other legally protected status.