Associate Director of Advocacy

Regional Support Office Oakland, California


Description

Position Summary

The Associate Director of Advocacy will join KIPP Northern California’s Regional Support Office during a critical juncture as we expand from 17 to over 20 schools. Reporting to our Director of Advocacy and Community Engagement, this position will lead family organizing and advocacy efforts for the network, including developing family leaders through trainings and relationship-building, managing systems for tracking family engagement and advocacy, and leading advocacy actions such as research meetings with elected officials, school board hearings, and advocacy days in the Capitol.

This person needs to embody a deep sense of humility and desire to serve families and students as well as the ability to quickly build trust and adapt to changing situations and environments. This job is dynamic and challenging and, for the right person, extremely rewarding as we bring high quality school options to transform lives and communities.

This person will be based out of our Regional Support Office in downtown Oakland at least twice a week (BART accessible). The job will require reliable transportation to travel to our schools and communities throughout San Francisco.

Experience:

  • 5+ years experiencing working in organizing, especially in public education

Education:

  • Bachelor’s degree preferred

Preferred Qualifications

  • A commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion and the ability to partner across lines of difference 
  • A deep passion for social justice and equity for all children; 
  • Access to reliable transportation and ability to travel across the Bay Area and to Stockton (occasionally);

Knowledge/skills required

  • Ability to communicate effectively with our Spanish-speaking populations
  • Deep knowledge of one or more of the communities in which our schools operate (San Francisco, the Peninsula, East San Jose, Oakland, San Lorenzo or Stockton);
  • Demonstrated commitment to families and students in Northern California;
  • Strong written, verbal communication, and presentation skills with keen attention to detail;
  • Adept at thinking strategically, translating plans into action, and exhibiting excellent judgment;
  • Integrity and commitment to KIPP NorCal’s’ mission and values;
  • Strong project management skills, with the ability to motivate and engage a diverse group of leaders, vendors, and partner agencies;
  • Ability to quickly build trusting relationships with a broad set of people, including families, external stakeholders, school staff, and teammates;
  • Ability to understand data and use data to influence and advocate for families;
  • Ability to self-direct and prioritize among competing goals, exhibit flexibility, and drive for results in a fast-paced, entrepreneurial environment

Essential Functions and Responsibilities

Family Leadership Development

  • Develop a regional Organizing and Advocacy Model for KIPP NorCal 
  • Execute annual and multi-year plans for increasing the number of family advocates and leaders within KIPP NorCal
  • Build trusting relationships with family leaders across the network
  • Plan, develop and facilitate quarterly family leadership workshops both across our network and within each of our sub-regions
  • Partner with external partners to identify and refer our families to additional leadership training and development 

Advocacy Data and Reporting

  • Use the region’s Constituent Relationship Management (CRM) tool to track family leader engagement 
  • Design a pipeline for family leadership development and track program progress
  • Create regular reports for internal stakeholders and make recommendations for improving family leadership capacity
  • Track relationships and execute next steps with elected officials and other stakeholders using our CRM

Advocacy 

  • Work closely with other KIPP NorCal teams to implement authorizer engagement strategy in each of our authorizing districts
  • Organize and support family leaders in hosting research meetings with elected officials, letter writing campaigns and other advocacy efforts to support KIPP students and families 
  • Facilitate successful family meetings with elected officials and other stakeholders ranging from school board members to state legislators
  • Lead families in onsite advocacy days to Sacramento in partnership with our community partners
  • Regularly monitor relevant policy and political news in our host districts for insights into strategy

Physical, Mental and Environmental Demands 

Physical: Ability to navigate office and school campuses, and hold meetings in different spaces. Traditionally, much of the day involves sitting. Ability to access and utilize technology. Occasional lifting/carrying of equipment up to 20 lbs.

Mental: Stress of deadlines and normal work standards, ability to analyze problems and generate alternatives, work with interruptions, concentrate for long periods of time, read, calculate, perform routine math problems, memorize and recall objects and people.

Environmental: This role is currently hybrid with a minimum requirement of 2 days on site (schedule subject to change based on organizational needs). Office environment subject to constant interruptions and distractions.  Occasional classroom/school environment and travel. This position will be expected to travel about 20% of the time from the regional office to school sites and community spaces. This role will be expected to be able to join in-person family meetings at school sites, meet one on one with family and community leaders as well as join community events.

Classification

This is a full-time, exempt position on a full year calendar cycle, located in our Regional Support Office with frequent travel to schools and districts.

About KIPP Public Schools Northern California

We are a thriving nonprofit network of 18 free, public charter schools open to all students. At KIPP, we believe all children should grow up free to create the future they want for themselves and that schools can and should be a critical factor in making that vision a reality. Together with families and communities, we create joyful, academically excellent schools that prepare students with the skills and confidence to pursue the paths they choose—college, career, and beyond—so they can lead fulfilling lives and build a more just world. 

Our student community consists of over 7,000 elementary, middle, and high school students in East Palo Alto, Oakland, San Francisco, San Lorenzo, San Jose, and Redwood City, and Stockton. 79% qualify for free or reduced price lunch, 23% are multilingual learners, and 10% have special needs. We strive to cultivate a representative team of teachers and leaders that reflect our students’ diversity.

Compensation

We are dedicated to you and your family's well-being! KIPP offers a competitive salary as well as a comprehensive benefits package including medical, dental, vision, and transportation benefits. 

How to Apply

Please submit a cover letter and resume by clicking apply on this page.

Questions? Email [email protected]