Parent and Community Organizer

Website Prince George’s County Educators’ Association

The Prince George’s County Educators’ Association (PGCEA) represents more than 10,000 certified employees, including classroom teachers, school counselors, speech pathologists, media specialists and other non-supervisory educators in the Prince George’s County Public School (PGCPS) system.

PGCEA is seeking an experienced parent internal and community organizer with 2-5 years of experience in strategic program and campaign planning and implementation. This is an exciting opportunity for the right person to help build an innovative program with measurable impact in areas of narrative development, member and community engagement, and advocacy for policy and program that supports and advances a quality public education for every student in Prince George’s County.

The successful applicant for this position will have:

• Knowledge of current educational issues
• Knowledge of union organizing practice and principles
• Demonstrated skill as a community, labor, or political organizer
• Experience working in coalitions and in highly collaborative efforts
• Be able to organize and facilitate public meetings
• Ability to assess and analyze complex political situations and respond appropriately
• Experience in developing campaign plans to mobilize parents/members or run issue campaigns
• Ability to generate and prepare written fliers on issue campaigns and events
• Understanding of the principles of union organizing and coalition building
• Experience in working with coalitions and the public education system
• Proficiency in Spanish and other languages a plus
• Have strong oral, written, and visual communication skills as well as experience using social media tools
• Fluency in both written and spoken Spanish and English

Qualifications:

• 2-5 plus years organizing experience
• Exceptional energy and motivation to do the work
• Ability to work well in a team environment
• The ability to make and follow through on a work plan
• Willingness to conduct house visits and worksite visits
• Good writing skills
• Willingness to work long hours, including nights and weekends
• Valid driver’s license and personal vehicle required
• Strong listening, research, and communication skills
• Familiarity with digital media tools, Microsoft Word, Excel etc.
• Ability to work independently within the context of a plan
• Ability to meet deadlines in a high-pressure environment
• Ability to handle multiple tasks and projects
• Ability to be flexible

Core Responsibilities
• Assists Executive Director in developing and implementing organizing campaign plans, focusing on developing student and parent activists; One-on-one communication with community partners
• Work collaboratively with PGCEA members and local union president to develop a community engagement program that helps advance a shared quality agenda for good schools with community partners
• Provide support to building reps and broader membership in mapping the surrounding school community, surveying members about existing community relationships, and developing relationships with community leaders and parents
• Help building reps develop a school site organizing structure that also prioritizes engaging with parent, student, and community groups
• Network with other unions and community organizations through coalition involvement
• Under the direction of the Executive Director, Represent the PGCEA at meetings and in dealings with outside organizations
• Coordination and supervision of PGCEA parent and community organizing campaigns, meetings, and diverse outreach efforts
• Support the development of parent/community work, trainings, and timely progress within PGCEA campaigns
• Identify potential allies, through available resources such as local politicians, community organizations, and parent participation groups
• Build PGCEA through the development of alliances
• Facilitate communication around parent/community engagement between all levels of PGCEA leadership and membership
• Organize ongoing dialogue with community organizations
• Engage PGCEA in campaigns with parents and community organizations
• Build leadership development and political education programs among parents in the service of assisting people in becoming skilled parent/community organizers and liaisons
• Assess and identify school sites where there are specific opportunities to engage parents on an ongoing basis
• Maintain data regarding community engagement
• Assist members and staff in mapping school communities, surveying members, and the products development of organizing relationships
• Other duties as assigned

Competitive salary and benefits:
Starting salary is commensurate with experience

Excellent benefits including health insurance, short- and long-term disability, life insurance, generous vacation, sick, and holiday leave schedules provided. PGCEA is an equal opportunity employer, and we strongly believe our organization and our work benefit from the experiences and perspectives of a diverse staff.
Qualified applicants should send cover letter, resume and salary requirements to:
Yahnae Barner, Executive Director
PGCEA
8008 Marlboro Pike
Forestville, MD 20747
pgceahelpdesk@pgcea.org
ATTN: Parent and Community Organizer

To apply for this job email your details to pgceahelpdesk@pgcea.org