Community Organizer – Public Education Campaign

*Please note that LAANE staff are currently working remotely from home. We have no concrete timeline for a return to in-person work, but will ensure the safest working conditions and environment for all of our staff when the appropriate time comes.*

 

Founded in 1993, LAANE is a leading advocacy organization dedicated to building a new economy for all – with a focus on women, low-income communities, and people of color. Combining dynamic research, innovative public policy, and deep coalition organizing, LAANE promotes an economic approach based on good jobs, thriving communities, and a healthy environment. Our work has included raising the minimum wage in 5 L.A. cities, overhauling our waste and recycling system to hold corporations accountable, and creating good, green jobs at LADWP. For more information about our work, visit www.laane.org

 

Campaign Description: LAANE is currently seeking a full-time Community Organizer for our Public Education Campaign. This campaign focuses on Reclaim Our Schools Los Angeles (ROSLA), a dynamic coalition of parents, students and community members at the leading edge of a movement to dramatically increase funding for LA public schools, combat the privatization of the school system, and expand the Community Schools model to ensure that all children in LA have access to a high-quality education. Anchored by United Teachers of Los Angeles (UTLA), LAANE, Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment (ACCE), Students Deserve (SD), ROSLA played a pivotal role during the LA’s Teacher’s Strike of 2019, as parent and student leaders joined teachers in calling for great schools for all, not some.

 

Position Responsibilities: Reporting to the Campaign Director, the Community Organizer will be responsible for coalition-building, parent engagement, and grassroots power building strategies and mobilization on related policy fights. This will include engaging existing allies and cultivating new community stakeholders through direct organizing as well as digital organizing. Additional responsibilities will include supervising interns, program and training development, as well as legislative advocacy as needed. The Community Organizer will be a part of a LAANE campaign team that includes a Campaign Director, Research/Policy Analyst and Communications Associate, and will work closely with ROSLA coalition staff and members.

 

Qualifications:

>> Cultural competency and social justice values/work experience: A strong commitment to racial and economic justice and the labor movement. Knowledge of public education issues is a plus. Fluency in Spanish is a plus.

>> Excellent organizing strategy and campaign planning skills: Experience (2-5+ years) doing community and/or labor organizing, experience working with diverse communities (especially Black and/or Latinx communities) and a multi-racial coalition, working well under deadlines and pressure, detail-oriented, and methodical. Willingness to work longer hours and weekends when necessary. An understanding of civic engagement campaigns is a plus.

>> Working as a leader within a team: Ability to work independently and collectively within a team, well organized, think proactively, possession of strong interpersonal communication skills, and emotional intelligence.

>> Digital organizing experience is a plus. Reliable transportation is required.

 

Terms of employment: LAANE’s salary and benefits standards are competitive, with a salary starting at $58,240. Full family health benefits, 401(k), generous time off, subsidized Transit Access Pass, commitment to work/life balance, parking. Friendly, team-oriented working environment. 

 

Application Process: To apply, email to education@laane.org your cover letter, resume, and 3 references in a single PDF document, with “Education Community Organizer position” in the subject line of the email. This position is available immediately. Interviews will begin January 2021. No phone calls please. Applicants who do not meet the minimum requirements will not receive a response. 

 

LAANE IS AN AFFIRMATIVE ACTION EMPLOYER. WOMEN, LGBTQ PEOPLE, AND BLACK, INDIGENOUS, AND PEOPLE OF COLOR ARE HIGHLY ENCOURAGED TO APPLY.