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Position Title: School-Based Parent Organizer

Who are we?

After successfully building a school turnaround model in Detroit, Newark and Washington D.C., Matchbook Learning, a non-profit charter management organization, recently moved our team to Indianapolis, Indiana, to launch a single PreK-8 Innovation Charter School in partnership with the Mayor’s Office and Indianapolis Public Schools (IPS). We have been granted a charter to restart and turn around a low performing IPS school beginning summer 2018. Our innovative, award winning blended turnaround school model, the first of its kind in the nation to be offered to schools with the highest poverty rates and needs, has already achieved extraordinary results. Now, we are excited to develop a scalable model for inner city public education in Indianapolis.   

Who are we looking for?

We are looking for a school-based parent organizer will work to build and develop parent leaders within our school to mobilize in support of our school, as advocates for our students, and to help our parents demonstrate their demand for all of our students to receive a high-quality education.  In addition to mobilizing parents, the organizer will also build relationships with community partners to connect parents to resources and opportunities in order to address our community’s needs.  The organizer will be expected to develop and execute a comprehensive yearly parent engagement plan, which will meet the metrics outlined in the parent organizing grant agreement.  The work of the parent organizer will strengthen and support the school culture by ensuring that parents are critical partners in the school’s success.  Success in this position will mean that parents at the school are engaged and develop as parent leaders and advocates for the school and the community’s needs.

Responsibilities may include, but are not limited to:

  • Build and lead the mission-critical work around parent engagement, leadership and advocacy;
  • Actively engage parents to further invest in their leadership skills and organizing to leverage the school’s educational impact to the broader community;
  • Complete one-on-one relational weekly meetings with current and potential parent leaders and other community stakeholders;
  • Foster relationships and develop champions with community based organizations, faith leaders, elected officials and community leaders that lead to positive engagement of the communities and neighborhoods;
  • Help communicate to parents ways they can get involved in the school, how they can support their students, and the school as a whole.
  • Develop a yearly plan to engage and mobilize parents as partners within the school;
  • Coordinate and lead school based events, such as enrollment fairs, open houses, and block parties that give families an opportunity to be involved in the school and in the community;
  • Develop and implement parental engagement strategies that lead to a meaningful parent-led advocacy including assisting in the development and implementation of the Principal’s Parent Advisory Board;
  • Advise on school-level strategies in support of parents and the school; and
  • Generate letters, make phone calls, office visits, social media posts and other communications as needed;  

Required Qualifications:

  • Minimum 1-2 years in advocacy and/or organizing;
  • Communicate with internal and external stakeholders in a professional and timely manner;
  • Knowledge of targeted communities strongly preferred;
  • Teamwork skills to coordinate with individuals at various levels of leadership within the school and partner organizations;
  • Strong communications skills, especially writing and public speaking;
  • Capacity to execute and track details of an engagement plan; and
  • Willingness to work evenings or weekends for parent and community events, as needed.

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