Southside Organizer, Government and Community Affairs
Noble is Chicago’s highest-performing and largest network of public charter high schools. Our 18 schools and 1,500 employees currently serve over 12,500 students, 98% of whom are students of color, 90% low-income, and 81% first-generation college-goers. The School Quality and Rating Policy scores for the Chicago Public Schools rated Noble campuses as ten of the top twelve public high schools in the city. Noble supports over 20,000 alumni with 98% of Noble students accepted into college and almost 94% choosing to enroll.
The people we hire must have a commitment to being anti-racist in all areas of our organization. In the past, we have diligently worked toward pursuing the accomplishments listed above. We plan to use that same determination, innovation, and diligence in our goal to become an anti-racist organization. We believe our people are the most valuable asset in preparing our students to be successful in college and lead choice-filled lives - and welcome those ready to join us in that pursuit.
The South Side Community Organizer works as part of the Government and Community Affairs team to strengthen its connections with all stakeholders to advocate so that campuses have the funding, facilities, resources and the ability to innovate in order to achieve Noble’s Mission. This requires the ability to build authentic relationships in order to build power.
- Supporting and managing staff members across multiple campuses on the South Side of Chicago to implement Noble campus visions for parent and family engagement (including supporting Parent Advisory Councils, engaging with parents directly etc.)
- Planning and hosting virtual parent leadership trainings (including work on nights and weekends, virtually and in person)
- Finding and engaging new community partnerships to benefit our students and teachers, strengthen existing partnerships.
- Effectively use digital tools for organizing (i.e. using social media, email lists, calling and using video chat applications and other platforms to build and maintain relationships with stakeholders).
- Preparing Noble stakeholders to advocate for their students at Chicago Public Schools Board of Education meetings, legislative and aldermanic meetings or other public hearings.
- Building and maintaining communication with elected offices through participation in events and continuous updates from Noble
- Serving as point person for large mobilizations like trips to Springfield, press conferences etc.
- Serving as point person for school visits and tours by external partners.
- Creating best-in-class materials for support of the above objective.
- Evening and weekend hours will be required as needed throughout the school year.
Among the many qualifications we are seeking, the ideal candidate for Noble’s next Southside Community Organizer should have:
- Unwavering commitment to Noble's anti-racist commitment and mission of preparing students for college success and the firm belief in the potential of every student.
- Clear alignment with Noble’s core values of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion; Follow-Through; Humility and Self-Awareness; Respect; and Results.
- Listens well in order to quickly build meaningful and trusting relationships
- Strong stakeholder management skills, including ability to easily manage and maintain communication with large numbers of personal contacts.
- Demonstrated proficiency in the use of data to set goals, inform practice, and manage time and results in highly independent team structure.
- Sees what needs to be done and does it. Comfortable with and adapting.
- Communicates clearly and concisely regardless of audience.
- Phone banking experience.
- Self starter with the ability to work independently, research and be resourceful.
- Has a thorough understanding of the Chicago education landscape, the work of Noble and the power and potential of our students, families, alumni and teachers.
- Has knowledge and history of working in southside communities and strong desire to lean in and learn more.
- Proficiency using Zoom, Google Meet, and other video platforms
- Access to use of a car and valid drivers license.
We strive to be among the best places to work in education, and our employee benefits are thoughtfully designed to support us in this ambition. Compensation is commensurate with experience for this role with an expected salary for this position starting at $60,000 annually.
Application Timeline & Process
The priority deadline for applications to Noble’s Southside Organizer role is October 10. Interested candidates should submit a resume and cover letter using this apply link below or by visiting nobleschools.org/careers. After the October 10 priority deadline, select candidates will be notified of initial interviews and moved through various stages of our selection process. This process is expected to include virtual and in-person interviews with a variety of Noble stakeholders, reference checks, and time for both the candidate and Noble to deeply consider a decision. We aim to complete final interviews on October 26, 2022, in person, with an offer being made in early November. Noble’s Manager of Government and Community Affairs is expected to start on November 14, 2022 but the start date can be flexible for an ideal candidate. Please direct inquiries about this role to [email protected].
Statement of Non-Discrimination
Noble is proud to be an equal opportunity employer, making all employment decisions, including recruiting, hiring, training, and promoting without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, veteran status or any other characteristic or classification protected by law.