Mar 30, 2022

Community Organizer - San Jose

$63,000 yearly
  • Innovate Public Schools
  • Remote (San Jose, CA, USA)
Full-Time Civic Engagement Education/Training

Job Description

About Innovate Public Schools
Innovate Public Schools is a nonprofit organization focused on ensuring that all Bay Area students, including low-income students and students of color, receive an excellent education. We’re building a movement of families, educators, and business and elected leaders who together will make this vision a reality. We build the capacity of parents and educators to innovate and act together to create world-class public schools, and we publish easy-to-understand school quality data and research that highlights both problems and solutions.
Innovate Public Schools supports parents across the region to build powerful community organizations in their local communities that can successfully push for better schools and hold the system accountable to the needs of families and children. Innovate leads a network of grassroots community organizations led by passionate parent leaders from all across the San Jose.
About the Position
As an Innovate community organizer in San Jose, you will work alongside of the most veteran community organizing staff in the country, including professional organizers who have built successful low-income, volunteer-driven education reform efforts throughout California. This is a full-time / exempt position.

Hiring Organization

Innovate Public Schools


Key Responsibilities
  • Identify, train and develop community leaders in the principles and practices of community organizing in order to build powerful parent-driven organizations affiliated with Innovate Public Schools
  • Develop and manage relationships with a broad base of constituents from targeted neighborhoods (including faith-based institutions, public officials, local government agencies, social service agencies, teachers and school leaders), and build their support for the reform efforts of Innovate’s affiliated parent organizations.
  • Conduct at least 15 one-to-one visits with parents and community members every week
  • Over time, build and manage multiple parent organizations that drive local school reform work and bring new community leadership to communities in San Francisco or Santa Clara / San Mateo Counties
  • Plan and coordinate large public forums and meetings, led by parent leaders
  • Participate in local, regional and national staff development sessions with organization partners
  • Participate in fundraising and administrative activities as required
Your Resources
  • Extensive formal training in community organizing through participation in Innovate’s national, year-long Community Organizer Training Program (COTP)
  • Membership in a national cohort community of organizers through the COTP, with the opportunity to learn from and share with others in your field
  • Weekly coaching and development from veteran organizing team members and national experts in the field
  • Learning about latest changes in education policies and cutting edge practices in designing new, world-class schools through collaboration with experts on Innovate’s other teams
Qualifications (Required)
  • Baccalaureate degree or equivalent work experience
  • Work experience in low-income communities
  • Demonstrated experience in community organizing or advocacy work (paid or voluntary)
  • Demonstrated ability to build strong relationships with diverse stakeholders and communities
  • 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
  • Experience with and sensitivity to multicultural work environments
  • Willingness to work as member of and contribute to a team in a dynamic, learning environment
  • Passion for creating more high-quality school options for working families
  • Eagerness to learn and apply Innovate’s approach to community organizing
  • A valid driver's license and reliable, insured vehicle (needed to fulfill job requirements)
Qualifications (Preferred but not required)
  • Two to five years of professional community organizing or community development experience
  • Understanding of the education reform landscape
  • Academic or experiential knowledge related to building social capital and political power in low-income and multilingual communities
  • Skills as a trainer with specialized knowledge in grassroots leadership development, political context, public policy development, and/or public education
  • Experience developing and supporting public policy solutions to local or regional problems
  • Experience working with African American and/or Latino communities
  • Proficiency in Spanish

Industry/Service Area

Community/Capacity Building, Education, Youth Development




Compensation depends on experience and is highly competitive. Innovate offers very generous benefits including:

  • Vision,
  • Health, and
  • Dental insurance
  • 20 days paid time off per year (increasing to 25 after 2 years of employment)
  • two floating holidays
  • 13-14 paid fixed holidays per year (including office closure between Dec 24th - New Years Day)
  • 5% employer contribution to 401k.

Application Instructions

Please submit a cover letter explaining your interest in the position and what you would bring to Innovate Public Schools, as well as a copy of your most recent resume.
Start date: ASAP
Application deadline: open until filled.

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