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Family Organizer

Family Organizer Job Description

Are you passionate about building Black and Brown parent and youth power to ensure that historically underserved students in Oakland have access to a high-quality public education? Do you believe in the leadership and agency of parents and youth to be influential leaders in public education? Join us as a family organizer to partner with schools to find, train and coach parent and youth leaders so they can advocate effectively for equitable access to high-quality public schools. 

About Families in Action for Quality Education (FIA Oakland) 

Families in Action for Quality Education was founded in 2019 among leaders of the five largest and high performing East Oakland charter schools to protect access to quality public schools through elevating authentic parent and youth leadership. We recognized that we were suffering political losses that threatened our families’ access to high quality charter schools. We needed to act differently to get different results. Four and a half years later, FIA has scaled its work to 45 schools, district and charter, and become a profound source of city-wide family power. FIA’s 500 parent and youth leaders lead campaigns in their schools and city to champion quality education, ensuring that underserved families disrupt inequities at the school and systems level and achieve policy and practice wins. In partnership with Energy Convertors, Great School Voices and its school partners, FIA has become a force to be reckoned with in Oakland education. 

Key Responsibilities

This is a full-time position. FIA uses a hybrid model in our organization, meaning we have 3 in office work days and 2 remote work days per week, in addition to some in-person and virtual evening meetings.

In this role, you will report to and receive weekly coaching from the Senior Organizing Consultant in order to:

  • Recruit, train and lead  a team of parent/community leaders to develop school-based parent-led organizing campaigns to empower parents, youth and teachers to act in the public arena to promote and defend their interests and values. 
  • Use 1:1 meetings to build relationships and identify parent/community leaders. Use a variety of outreach methods to recruit leaders and allies through including school events, house visits, and house meetings.
  • Partner with school leaders and family coordinators to develop family leadership and build sustainable structures to channel parent leadership within schools to accomplish goals such as increased literacy outcomes.
  • Develop the knowledge and understanding of family leaders in education data, the Oakland public education landscape,  and the principles and practices of community organizing.  
  • Develop, lead, and manage education issue campaigns and community collaborations including community meetings, public events and demonstrations, voter education and mobilization initiatives, and other forms of civic engagement.
  • Develop organizing project plans and use monday.com for project management 
  • Input and analyze weekly organizing data and use it to drive weekly and monthly priorities.

Additional skills, duties and responsibilities

  • Build strong coalition relationships among school personnel, diverse community organizations stakeholders, neighborhood leaders and elected officials.
  • Use new media, apps and social media organizing including Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Canvasser app, blogs and email outreach to enhance the on-the-ground work.
  • Perform other duties as required to support the work of the organization as a whole.

Compensation, Benefits and Professional Development

We offer a competitive salary and an excellent benefits package including health care and an employer-matched 401K plan.  Annual compensation range is from $50,000 – $80,000 and is dependent on the candidate’s experience and demonstrated impact.  

FIA takes professional development seriously and invests in development. New organizers receive robust onboarding including training in our organizing principles and power building approach. In addition, FIA organizers receive weekly coaching and development from our Senior Organizing Consultant. Organizers are supported through a weekly organizing team meeting, “Data Party” and Operations/Political Huddle. FIA also hosts an annual off-site retreat and quarterly step-back meetings to build mission alignment, trust-filled relationships and team efficacy.

Your Qualifications

Required:

  • Passion for increasing access, quality and equity in Oakland public education for underserved families.
  • Familiarity with Oakland politics as well as the historical & root causes of educational disparities (ie., racism, systemic issues to maintain white privilege and power).
  • Demonstrated ability to build strong relationships with diverse stakeholders and communities and eagerness to learn and engage in organizing.
  • Ability to write and speak clearly and persuasively, including speaking in small and large group settings.
  • Strong strategic thinking skills and an ability to analyze policies and institutions.
  • Willingness to work as collaborative member and contribute to a team in a dynamic, learning-oriented environment.
  • A valid driver’s license and reliable, insured vehicle (needed to fulfill job requirements) and proof of eligibility to work in the United States.

Preferred:

  • Proficiency in Spanish 
  • Experience working in Oakland, CA
  • Experience working in African American, Latinx communities and/or multi-racial, multilingual communities
  • Two to five years of professional community organizing or community development experience
  • Knowledge of classroom teaching, grassroots leadership development, education reform, political context, public policy development, and/or public education

Work Environment / Physical Demands

The work environment characteristics and the 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 person in this position. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills.  We are an equal opportunity employer.

Sample “Week in the Life” of an Organizer

  • Meet 1-1 with 8-10 of your parent leaders to strategize about the next steps in your campaign to expand educational options in the district
  • Meet 1:1 with 4-5 potential new leaders in order to understand their self-interest and share the mission and vision of FIA. 
  • Meet 1:1 with 4-5 family coordinators to strategize about their family literacy leadership team and its goals and next action.   
  • Prepare and then support your team of 15-20 parent leaders as they hold their first meeting with the local superintendent about the district’s plans to improve college eligibility outcomes for low-income students
  • Meet with the school leader, family coordinator and two family leaders to reflect on progress in the school’s facility access campaign and plan next steps. 
  • Role-play your upcoming training on power and leadership for the organizing team and receive feedback from your colleagues
  • Train a parent to chair a meeting with her local school board president, and coach her to think through the appropriate tone and level of challenge the group should bring to the board member about their issue
  • Make calls to invite parents to attend an upcoming meeting and schedule 1-1 visits with them for the next week
  • Meet with your supervisor to evaluate your previous parent leader team meeting 
  • Schedule a 1-1 with a local nonprofit leader to learn more about the their work with families and the changing political environment in local cities
  • Read and reflect on a classic organizing text, like Larry Tramutola’s Sidewalk Strategies
Youth Organizer

Youth Organizer Job Description

Are you passionate about building Black and Brown Youth and youth power to ensure that historically underserved students in Oakland have access to a high-quality public education? Do you believe in the leadership and agency of Youths and youth to be influential leaders in public education? Join us as a Youth Organizer to partner with schools to find, train and coach Youth and youth leaders so they can advocate effectively for equitable access to high-quality public schools. 

About Families in Action for Quality Education (FIA Oakland) 

Families in Action for Quality Education was founded in 2019 among leaders of the five largest and high performing East Oakland charter schools to protect access to quality public schools through elevating authentic Youth and youth leadership. We recognized that we were suffering political losses that threatened our families’ access to high quality charter schools. We needed to act differently to get different results. Four and a half years later, FIA has scaled its work to 45 schools, district and charter, and become a profound source of city-wide Youthpower. FIA’s 500 Youth and youth leaders lead campaigns in their schools and city to champion quality education, ensuring that underserved families disrupt inequities at the school and systems level and achieve policy and practice wins. In partnership with Energy ConvertorsGreat School Voices and its school partners, FIA has become a force to be reckoned with in Oakland education. 

Key Responsibilities

This is a full-time position. FIA uses a hybrid model in our organization, meaning we have 3 in office work days and 2 remote work days per week, in addition to some in-person and virtual evening meetings.

In this role, you will report to the Senior Organizing Consultant and be responsible for:

  • Developing school-based Youth-led organizing teams in at least 6 schools by recruiting, training and empowering youth and teachers to act in the public arena to promote and defend their interests and values.  This responsibility will include: 

    • Using 1:1 meetings to build relationships and identify Youth & community leaders. Use a variety of outreach methods to recruit leaders and allies through including school events, house visits, and house meetings.

  • Partnering  with school leaders and school staff  to develop Youth leadership and build sustainable structures to channel Youth leadership within schools to accomplish goals.

  • Developing the knowledge and understanding of Youth leaders in education data, the Oakland public education landscape,  and the principles and practices of community organizing. 

 

  • Develop, lead, and manage community collaborations including community meetings, public events and demonstrations, voter education and mobilization initiatives, and other forms of civic engagement.

  • Develop organizing project plans and use monday.com and Quorum for data tracking and project management. 

Additional skills, duties and responsibilities

  • Build strong coalition relationships among school personnel, diverse community organizations stakeholders, neighborhood leaders and elected officials.

  • Use new media, apps and social media organizing including Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Canvasser app, blogs and email outreach to enhance the on-the-ground work.

  • Perform other duties as required to support the work of the organization as a whole.

Compensation, Benefits and Professional Development

We offer a competitive salary and an excellent benefits package including health care and an employer-matched 401K plan.  Annual compensation range is from $50,000 – $80,000 and is dependent on the candidate’s experience and demonstrated impact.  

FIA takes professional development seriously and invests in development. New organizers receive robust onboarding including training in our organizing principles and power building approach. In addition, FIA organizers receive weekly coaching and development from our Senior Organizing Consultant. Organizers are supported through a weekly organizing team meeting, “Data Party” and Operations/Political Huddle. FIA also hosts an annual off-site retreat and quarterly step-back meetings to build mission alignment, trust-filled relationships and team efficacy.

Your Qualifications

Required:

  • Passion for increasing access, quality and equity in Oakland public education for underserved families.

  • Familiarity with Oakland politics as well as the historical & root causes of educational disparities (ie., racism, systemic issues to maintain white privilege and power).

  • Demonstrated ability to build strong relationships with diverse stakeholders and communities and eagerness to learn and engage in organizing.

  • Ability to write and speak clearly and persuasively, including speaking in small and large group settings.

  • Strong strategic thinking skills and an ability to analyze policies and institutions.

  • Willingness to work as collaborative member and contribute to a team in a dynamic, learning-oriented environment.

  • A valid driver’s license and reliable, insured vehicle (needed to fulfill job requirements) and proof of eligibility to work in the United States.

Preferred:

  • Proficiency in Spanish 

  • Experience working in Oakland, CA

  • Experience working in African American, Latinx communities and/or multi-racial, multilingual communities

  • Two to five years of professional community organizing or community development experience

  • Knowledge of classroom teaching, grassroots leadership development, education reform, political context, public policy development, and/or public education

Sample “Week in the Life” of an Organizer

  • Meet 1-1 with 8-10 of your Youth leaders to strategize about the next steps in your campaign to expand educational options in the district

  • Meet 1:1 with 4-5 potential new leaders in order to understand their self-interest and share the mission and vision of FIA. 

  • Meet 1:1 with 4-5 Youthcoordinators to strategize about their Youth leadership team and its goals and next action.   

  • Prepare and then support your team of 15-20 Youth leaders as they hold their first meeting with the local superintendent about the district’s plans to improve college eligibility outcomes for low-income students

  • Meet with the school leader, Youthcoordinator and two Youthleaders to reflect on progress in the school’s facility access campaign and plan next steps. 

  • Role-play your upcoming training on power and leadership for the organizing team and receive feedback from your colleagues

  • Train a Youth to chair a meeting with her local school board president, and coach her to think through the appropriate tone and level of challenge the group should bring to the board member about their issue

  • Make calls to invite Youths to attend an upcoming meeting and schedule 1-1 visits with them for the next week

  • Meet with your supervisor to evaluate your previous Youth leader team meeting 

  • Schedule a 1-1 with a local nonprofit leader to learn more about the their work with families and the changing political environment in local cities

  • Read and reflect on a classic organizing text, like Larry Tramutola’s Sidewalk Strategies

Organizing Fellow Consultant

Organizing Fellow Consultant 

Are you passionate about building Black and Brown parent and youth power to ensure that historically underserved students in Oakland have access to a high-quality public education? Join us as an Organizing Fellow to find, train and coach parent and youth leaders so they can advocate effectively for access to high-quality public schools. 

Key Responsibilities

This is a part-time, hybrid consultant role. This role will be paid hourly at $25-30/hour, for 20-25 hours per week.

In this role, you will report to the Lead Family Organizer and receive coaching from them in order to:

  • Recruit, train, and lead  a core set of parent/community leaders to develop school-based parent-led organizing teams (PLT’s) to empower English and Spanish-speaking parents to act in the public arena to promote and defend their interests and values. 

  • Use 1:1 meetings to build relationships and identify parent/community leaders. Use a variety of outreach methods to recruit  leaders and allies through 1:1 meetings, door-to-door canvassing, house visits, school visits, school events  and/or house meetings.

  • Develop the knowledge and skill of parent leaders in the data, Oakland public education landscape,  principles and practices of community organizing.  

Additional skills, duties and responsibilities:

  • Plan and coordinate outreach and parent organizing meetings in order to build effective, ongoing organizations and to maintain the involvement of grassroots leaders.

  • Organize parent/youth participation in community meetings, public events and demonstrations, voter education and mobilization initiatives, and other forms of civic engagement.

  • Receive weekly coaching and development from our lead parent organizer.

  • Perform other duties as required to support the work of the organization as a whole

Sample “Week in the Life” of a FIA Organizing Fellow 

  • Meet 1-1 with 8-10 of your parent leaders to strategize about the next steps in your campaign to expand educational options in the district.

  • Meet 1:1 with 2-4 potential new leaders in order to understand their self-interest and share the mission and vision of FIA. 

  • Recruit and train parents to speak at a meeting with their local school board president, and coach her to think through the appropriate tone and level of challenge the group should bring to the board member about their issue

  • Make calls to invite parents to attend an upcoming meeting and schedule 1-1 visits with them for the next week

  • Meet with your supervisor to evaluate your previous parent leader team meeting 

Your Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated ability to build strong relationships with diverse stakeholders and communities

  • Passion for creating more high-quality school options for working families

  • Eagerness to learn and engage in community organizing

  • Familiarity with Oakland politics and education

  • Familiarity with the historical & root causes of educational disparities in the United States ie., racism, systemic issues to maintain white privilege and power

  • Ability to plan and manage work, submit weekly reports and billing invoices.

  • Proficiency in Spanish (desirable, not required)

  • Proof of eligibility to work in the United States

Organization Environment:

FIA is a hybrid work organization, meaning we have 2-3 in-office work days and 2-3 remote work days per week, in addition to some in-person and virtual evening meetings.  Consultants must be able to work in person and remotely.  

Organizador Consultor Becario

¿Le apasiona desarrollar el poder de los padres y jóvenes negros y latinos para garantizar que los estudiantes históricamente desatendidos en Oakland tengan acceso a una educación pública de alta calidad? Únase a nosotros como Embajador de Familia para encontrar, capacitar y desarrollar a padres líderes para que puedan abogar de manera efectiva por el acceso a escuelas públicas de alta calidad.

Responsabilidades clave:

Esta es una posición de tiempo parcial, no exenta pagada por hora. Esta función se pagará por hora a $20-25/hora, durante 20-25 horas por semana.

En este puesto se reportara al Director de Organizadores de FIA y recibirá entrenamiento del personal de FIA para:

  • Reclutar, capacitar y liderar un grupo central de padres/líderes comunitarios para desarrollar equipos de organización dirigidos por padres (PLT, por sus siglas en inglés) en las escuelas para empoderar a los padres de habla hispana para que actúen en el ámbito público para promover y defender sus intereses y valores.

  • Usar reuniones de 1 a 1 para construir relaciones e identificar padres/líderes comunitarios. Use una variedad de métodos de extensión para reclutar líderes y aliados a través de reuniones de 1 a 1, campañas de puerta a puerta, visitas domiciliarias, visitas escolares, eventos escolares y/o reuniones domiciliarias.

  • Desarrollar el conocimiento y la habilidad de los padres líderes en los datos, el panorama de la educación pública de Oakland, los principios y las prácticas de organización comunitaria.

Habilidades, deberes y responsabilidades adicionales:

  • Planificar y coordinar reuniones de divulgación y organización de padres para construir organizaciones efectivas y continuas y para mantener la participación de líderes de base.

  • Construir fuertes relaciones de coalición entre diversos grupos de partes interesadas de la organización y líderes vecinales.

  • Organizar la participación en reuniones comunitarias, eventos y demostraciones públicas, iniciativas de educación y movilización de votantes y otras formas de compromiso cívico.

  • Desarrollar y administrar relaciones con una amplia base de constituyentes de comunidades objetivo (incluidas instituciones comunitarias, funcionarios públicos, agencias gubernamentales locales, agencias de servicios sociales, maestros y líderes escolares) y generar su apoyo para los esfuerzos de reforma educativa.

  • Recibir capacitación y desarrollo semanales de los miembros de nuestro equipo organizador

  • Realizar otras tareas según sea necesario para apoyar el trabajo de la organización en su conjunto.

Ejemplo de una “Semana en la vida” de un padre embajador de  FIA

  • Reunirse 1 a 1 con 8-10 de sus padres líderes para diseñar estrategias sobre los próximos pasos en su campaña para expandir las opciones educativas en el distrito.

  • Reunirse 1 a 1 con 2-4 nuevos líderes potenciales para comprender sus intereses y compartir la misión y la visión de FIA.

  • Reclutar y capacitar a los padres para que hablen en una reunión con la presidente de la junta escolar local y capacitarlos para que piensen en el tono y el nivel de desafío apropiados que el grupo debe presentar al miembro de la junta sobre su problema.

  • Hacer llamadas para invitar a los padres a asistir a una próxima reunión y programar visitas de 1 a 1 con ellos para la próxima semana

  • Reunirse con su supervisor para evaluar su reunión anterior del equipo de padres líderes

Sus calificaciones:

  • Familiaridad con la política y la educación de Oakland.

  • Familiaridad con las causas históricas y fundamentales de las disparidades educativas en los Estados Unidos (es decir, racismo, problemas sistémicos para mantener el privilegio y el poder de los blancos).

  • Capacidad demostrada para construir relaciones sólidas con diversas partes interesadas y comunidades.

  • Experiencia y sensibilidad hacia entornos de trabajo multiculturales.

  • Voluntad de trabajar como miembro y contribuir a un equipo en un entorno dinámico de aprendizaje.

  • Pasión por crear más opciones escolares de alta calidad para las familias trabajadoras

  • Ganas de aprender y participar en la organización comunitaria.

  • Prueba de elegibilidad para trabajar en los Estados Unidos

  • Altamente organizado y capaz de gestionar múltiples prioridades.

  • Competencia en español

Ambiente de trabajo:

FIA es una organización de trabajo híbrida, lo que significa que tenemos de 2 a 3 días de trabajo en la oficina y de 2 a 3 días de trabajo remoto por semana, además de algunas reuniones nocturnas en persona y virtuales. Ofreceremos flexibilidad en torno a los días de trabajo en persona según los protocolos de salud en cualquier día o semana, según la situación actual y las recomendaciones de salud pública, para garantizar la seguridad y la salud de nuestro personal y miembros de la comunidad. Somos un empleador que ofrece igualdad de oportunidades.

Director of School Partnerships and Organizing

Director of School Partnerships and Organizing 

Job Description

Are you an experienced school leader with deep experience with family-school partnership? Are you passionate about leveraging the power of families to transform public schools?  Do you enjoy coaching and collaborating with school leaders to reimagine the role of families in schools? We would love for you to consider joining FIA Oakland as our Director of School Partnerships and Organizing.  

About Families in Action for Quality Education 

The Families in Action for Quality Education coalition (FIA Oakland) unites 40 district and charter school communities representing 16,500 students to build leadership, influence and political power to reposition families, youth and stakeholders as influential school and city-wide leaders. In addition to power building, FIA has a robust and creative approach to new media, hosting podcasts, awards shows and digital media that amplifies our mission. Since 2019 FIA has trained over 500 parent and youth leaders who lead impactful campaigns at the school and city level to advance policy and practice changes. FIA has become a force to be reckoned with in Oakland public education.

Key Responsibilities

In this role, you will report to the CEO with coaching from FIA’s senior organizing consultant in order to:

  • Lead impactful collaboration with school partners to build a vision, capacity and structures for powerful family leadership.  

  • Collaboratively develop and manage to project goals and milestones. 

  • Build school leader and CEO capacity to lead the culture and systems change required to leverage family leadership and create impact in their schools.

  • Partner with a strong team of organizers who develop family coordinators, parents and youth to lead in school and city-wide campaigns.  

  • Support organizers to partner with schools in service of campaign and partnership goals, using the principles and practices of community organizing in order to build sustainable parent and youth-driven organizations.

Additional skills, duties and responsibilities

  • Strong interpersonal and trust-building skills; proven ability to form relationships and collaborate effectively in service of shared goals.

  • Strategically develop, coordinate and align the work of school leaders and FIA organizers in school based campaigns within a dynamic school ecosystem.  

  • Develop and adjust strategy and goals; manage toward quarterly milestones and communicate progress effectively. 

  • Manage projects with clear goals, milestones and and use organizational tools including monday.com for project management. Leverage CRM to track and manage stakeholder engagement data.

  • Engage with  funders and contribute to  grant management and reporting. 

  • Work in concert with the FIA communications team  to increase synergy and impact. 

  • Work in collaboration  with the Senior Organizing Consultant to  support organizer development. 

Your Resources:

  • Partner with nationally recognized partners including Energy Convertors, State of Black Education and Great School Voices.

  • Coaching and development from CEO and senior organizing consultant.

Compensation

We offer a competitive salary, benefits and retirement package. Annual salary ranges from $125,000 – $160,000  depending on candidate experience, qualifications and potential in the role. 

Your Qualifications

Required:

  • Values  and thrives in racially diverse  teams, and is aligned with our commitment to fostering racial equity, diversity and inclusion.

  • Has strong interpersonal skills, with the ability to create positive, trusting, professional relationships with diverse colleagues.

  • Strong strategic thinking skills and an ability to analyze policies and institutions

  • Highly-organized and able to manage multiple priorities

  • Successful experience working in and contributing to dynamic school organizations and culture of continuous improvement.

  • 5+ years of school leadership experience including  family partnership or community organizing, education and strategy, preferable in low-income communities of color. 

  • Understanding of the historical and root causes of educational inequities in the United States (ie., systemic racism, white privilege and power). Understanding of the public education and education reform landscape

  • Experience developing and supporting public policy solutions to local or regional problems

  • Academic or experiential knowledge in building political power in low-income and multilingual communities of color

  • Strong ability to write and speak clearly and persuasively, including public speaking in small and large group settings

  • Possess a Baccalaureate degree.

  • A valid driver’s license and reliable, insured vehicle  

  • Proof of eligibility to work in the United States

Preferred:

  • Proficiency in Spanish (preferred not required)

  • Master’s Degree in a related field

 

Special Projects Consultant

Special Projects Consultant 

Are you an experienced school leader with deep experience with family-school partnership? Are you passionate about leveraging the power of families to transform public schools?  Do you enjoy owning complex projects that require great people skills, strategic thinking and impeccable organizational capacity? We would love for you to consider joining FIA Oakland as our Special Projects Consultant.  

About Families in Action for Quality Education 

The Families in Action for Quality Education coalition (FIA Oakland) unites 40 district and charter school communities representing 16,500 students to build leadership, influence and political power to reposition families, youth and stakeholders as influential school and city-wide leaders. In addition to power building, FIA has a robust and creative approach to new media, hosting podcasts, awards shows and digital media that amplifies our mission. Since 2019 FIA has trained over 500 parent and youth leaders who lead impactful campaigns at the school and city level to advance policy and practice changes. FIA has become a force to be reckoned with in Oakland public education.

Key Responsibilities

In this consulting role, you will work closely with the CEO  the lead short term projects that include:

  • Ability to foster strong communication and collaboration with multiple stakeholders: CEO, organizers, school leaders, community partners and family leaders. 

  • Manage projects with systems and strategic thinking; center racial equity  in a context of dynamic school organizations and education landscape.

  • Ability to set clear project  goals, timeline and successfully achieve project 

  • Excellent project management skills; utilize monday.com for intra-team communication and accountability. 

Special Project Scope Examples

  • Codify FIA’s systems for  school partnerships including roles, goal development with school and CBO leaders, capacity building  and communication. Conduct an analysis of current year partnerships. 

  • Codify FIA’s family leadership development and organizing model. Synthesize the best practices and “secret sauce” so that the model can be more easily scaled and replicated.

Your Resources:

  • You will work directly with the CEO and collaborate with the FIA team.

Compensation

We offer a competitive project fee reflective of scope of work, deliverables and timeline.  

Your Qualifications

Required:

  • Successful track record as a school leader who leveraged school improvement science and achieved excellent and equitable student outcomes.   

  • 5+ years of school leadership experience including  family partnership or community organizing, education and strategy, preferable in low-income communities of color. 

  • Strong strategic thinking skills and an ability to analyze policies, institutions, implementation and qualitative/quantitative data with an equity lens.

  • Academic or experiential knowledge in building political power in low-income and multilingual communities of color

  • Values  and thrives in working with racially diverse  teams, and is aligned with our commitment to fostering racial equity, diversity and inclusion.

  • Has strong interpersonal skills, with the ability to create positive, trusting, professional relationships with diverse colleagues.

  • Highly-organized and able to manage complex projects and deadlines.

  • Strong ability to write and speak clearly and persuasively to diverse audiences, including public speaking in small and large group settings.

 

Manager of Operations

Are you passionate about building Black and Brown parent and youth power to ensure that historically underserved students in Oakland have access to a high-quality public education? Do you believe in the leadership and agency of parents and youth to be influential in public education policy? Are you

Joining our growing team as our Manager of Operations and be a part of building our movement in Oakland education.

About Families in Action for Quality Education (FIA Oakland) 

The Families in Action for Quality Education coalition (FIA Oakland) unites 45 district and charter school communities representing 16,500 students to build leadership, influence and political power to reposition families and youth as influential school and city-wide leaders. FIA’s 500 parent and youth leaders lead campaigns in their schools and city to champion quality education, ensuring that underserved families disrupt inequities at the school and systems level and achieve policy and practice wins. In partnership with Energy ConvertorsGreat School Voices and its school partners, FIA has become a force to be reckoned with in Oakland education.

Contact info@fiaoakland.org with any questions.

Operations Manager

Are you an organized, operations enthusiast who is committed to Oakland? Are you passionate about ensuring historically underserved Oakland students have access to a high-quality public education? Do you want to work on a fun team that is making a difference in education? We encourage you to join FIA Oakland as our Operations Manager!

Our Organization

The Families in Action for Quality Education coalition (FIA Oakland) unites 40 district and charter school communities representing 16,500 students to build leadership, influence and political power to reposition families, youth and stakeholders as influential school and city-wide leaders. In addition to power building, FIA has a robust and creative approach to new media, hosting podcasts, awards shows and digital media that amplifies our mission. Since 2019 FIA has trained over 500 parent and youth leaders who lead impactful campaigns at the school and city level to advance policy and practice changes. FIA has become a force to be reckoned with in Oakland public education.

Key Responsibilities

  • Campaign Operations Management: You will oversee project management in operations, meeting project goals, hiring vendors, and managing timelines. Plan, monitor, and analyze key metrics for day-to-day operations to ensure efficient and timely completion of tasks. You will collaborate with communications and organizing teams to ensure operations of our campaigns are seamless, and conduct weekly data entry and reports.
  • Team Tools: In this area of responsibility, you will manage our data systems like Murmuration and Quorum, manage the implementation of project management tools, and eventually train new staff on our operations tools like Google Workspace and Monday.com.
  • General Operations: You will have the chance to support our board of directors by managing communications, scheduling, meeting logistics, and taking minutes at meetings. You will also maintain accurate records and provide regular reports on operations-related activities.
  • Finance: In this area, you will create and manage contracts, vendors, and agreements. You’ll also monitor campaign budgets and operational goals, process invoices and monitor payments for vendors and contractors. Finally, you will ensure documents like ACH forms and W-9s are completed and filed.
  • Other: Perform other duties as required to support the work of colleagues and the organizations’ mission as a whole.

About the Role

This is a full-time position. FIA uses a hybrid model in our organization, meaning we have 3 in office work days and 2 remote work days per week, in addition to some in-person and virtual evening meetings.

Compensation, Benefits and Professional Development

We offer a competitive salary and an excellent benefits package including health care and an employer-matched 401K retirement plan. Annual compensation range is from $60k – 80k and is dependent on the candidate’s experience and demonstrated impact.

Your Qualifications

Required:

  • Passion for Our Mission: We are unapologetically about increasing access, quality and equity in Oakland public education for underserved families.
  •  Experienced Leader: At least 4 years of professional experience.
  • Gets Things Done. Demonstrated experience accomplishing important goals, and can play the roles of individual contributor on our small team as well as managing and directing the work of others and delegating effectively.
  • Effective Project Manager & Logistics Leader: You enjoy creating, implementing and streamlining multiple projects and systems into a seamless operation. When facing a complex issue or project, instinct is to break it down into manageable pieces to determine the most efficient solution — and then prioritize against competing project needs in order to execute effectively and drive results. You identify potential pitfalls in a project and finds a way to avoid or fix them.
  • Flexible and Collaborative: You are comfortable in the environment of a small team working in a dynamic political and advocacy space where resourcefulness, persistence, and patience are particularly required. You have the flexibility to adjust to external political demands, evolving priorities, and procedures. You have a willingness to work as collaborative member and contribute to a team in a dynamic, learning-oriented environment.
  • Culturally Competent. Thinks and speaks about issues of race, class, gender, and other forms of identity thoughtfully and with compassion.
  • System Builder: You embrace and enjoy metrics, goals, and creating the systems/structures that allow you to meet them. You are savvy with spreadsheets and other technological tools. You are a fast learner and adopter of other systems and technical tools that create efficiencies for your work. You enjoy optimizing your work and making others around you more effective.
  • Unusually Organized: You often get compliments on how organized you are at work and in your personal life. You have battle-tested organizational systems that you’re ready to implement but you are constantly learning and communicating to seek ways to improve.
  • Driver License and Eligibility to Work: A valid driver’s license and reliable, insured vehicle (needed to fulfill job requirements) and proof of eligibility to work in the United States.

Preferred:

  • Oakland Education Experience: experience working in the Oakland education ecosystem is preferred but not required.
  • Financial Experience: experience working with financial operations in a previous role is preferable for this role but not a requirement.
  • Experience in Multiracial, Multilingual Communities: the ideal candidate will have shared life experiences and/or identities with the families we work with in Oakland and/or experience working in African American, Latinx communities and/or multiracial, multilingual communities.
  • Technical Expertise: experience working with our tools is a nice-to-have but not required. Currently, these include Murmuration, Quorum, Monday.com, and Google Workspace.
  • Proficiency in Spanish: is desirable but not required.
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