Early Education Associate Community Organizer
ISAIAH is an equal opportunity employer with a strong commitment to social justice. People of color, women, LGBTQ people and people with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.
ISAIAH is a multi-racial, multi-faith, democratic and non-partisan institution-based, statewide community organization. We have more than 100 member and partner mosques and churches, more than 25 barbershops and more than 200 child care centers, who work to promote a caring economy and a multi-racial democracy that honors every person’s dignity. We do this work through intentional, intensive leadership development, collective action and deep partnerships with grassroots organizations and public servants.
ISAIAH works to ensure that all people, particularly those who have historically been left out of opportunity, become involved in shaping the future of their community. ISAIAH is recognized throughout Minnesota and nationwide as being in the vanguard of community organizations advancing racial and economic justice.
Kids Count on Us is an initiative of ISAIAH that works to build a coalition of parents, teachers and providers statewide to fight for more equitable, quality and affordable early education. We believe that every child has a right to an early education, kids deserve culturally relevant and responsive education and early educators deserve dignity and respect through higher pay. We aim to ensure that parents and early educators who have historically been left out of policy decisions become involved in shaping the future of our early education system.
ISAIAH has openings for 2 Kids Count on Us Associate Organizers to work on a full time, temporary basis from December 1, 2019 through May 31, 2020. Organizers will build relationships with childcare center directors, owners, teachers and/ or parents for the purpose of deepening and broadening our fight for early education for all Minnesotans. In targeted regions, organizers will lead an effort for large scale mobilization and civic engagement around early education.
Each of these positions have the same general responsibilities, qualifications and characteristics, although each will have additional specific requirements.
There is potential for the positions to continue beyond 2019.
- Kids Count on Us Center Organizer
- This position will primarily focus on organizing in childcare centers within the 7- county metro and will explore building a network of providers online to move to offline action.
- Kids Count on Us Parent Organizer
- This position will primarily focus on organizing teams of parents statewide and will explore building a network of parents online to move to offline action.
Ideal candidates for these positions will be fluent in Spanish and/or Somali.
Kids Count on Us Associate Organizers will:
- Build a network of childcare center owners, parents and community leaders who will work together to advance an agenda for universal, affordable and equitable early education.
- Raise awareness of the crisis facing Minnesota’s families around the lack of affordable childcare, the scarcity of resources given to the providers and early educators to provide essential care to our youngest children and how this exasperates the opportunity gap in our education system in Minnesota.
- Have the capacity to learn and understand the state policy landscape around childcare and early childhood education.
- Work with grassroots community leaders, providers, childcare workers and parents to design and execute successful organizing campaigns and legislative agendas at a local and state level.
- Explore alignments with labor, faith and community-based organizations.
- Build strong relationship with supervisor and be willing to develop self through feedback/agitation from organizing staff and grassroots leaders.
- Show strong commitment to racial justice and economic justice.
The ideal applicant will have the following qualifications:
- A passion for social justice, early education and grassroots organizing as a means for social change
- A demonstrated ability to work independently and manage multiple priorities in a fast-paced, deadline driven environment
- Ability to work with diverse faith communities, racial groups, and diverse stakeholders
- Experience as a labor or community organizer and/or experience in the early education industry
- A smart phone
- Basic computer skills, including knowledge of Microsoft Office and Internet applications
All applicants must have reliable transportation, a driver’s licenses, proof of valid auto insurance.
- A quick learner and a desire to learn
- High integrity, strong work ethic and “do whatever it takes” approach
- Self-starter, flexible problem solver
- Highly relational and able to quickly build rapport
- A good listener and capable of working well with people from different back grounds
- Able to independently set goals and use them to guide daily actions
- Open to evaluation and direction from supervisor and peer learning with agitation from colleagues
HOW TO APPLY: Send resume and cover letter to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please indicate in cover letter which position you are applying for.
SALARY: Kids Count On Us Associate Organizers will be paid a bi-weekly salary of $1,538-1,730, depending on experience.