Job Announcement: Base-building Organizer

June 2, 2017 - 9 minutes read



Base-building Organizer – Full-time, exempt


Founded in 2004, Bay Area Parent Leadership Action Network (PLAN) works to empower parents to transform schools so that every child can access an excellent education. We train and organize parents to be leaders in their children’s education, because it takes engaged parents to turn struggling schools into thriving schools.


The Leadership, Equity, Advocacy, & Democracy (LEAD) Organizing Program is a leadership development and organizing program builds and maintains a system to build and activate a network of parents from various cultures who attend “low performing” public schools to organize  community power and advocate to win education justice in Bay Area schools and neighborhoods. The LEAD Organizing program aims to develop the power of families to demand and co-create safe, equitable community schools where all students and families rights are respected, accountability to students and families is critical and whose outcomes support the dreams of students of color to thrive.  The 100% Engaged for Student Success Campaign, seeks to create meaningful shifts in policy, practices and resources in schools, the district and state that ensures standards for transformative family and community engagement practices for student success are met to address racial justice and promote equitable student outcomes.

The Base-building Organizer works with the Campaign and Organizing Lead to build a network of parent leaders from various cultures who organize family and community supporters to demand and co-create safe, equitable community schools where all students thrive and families are 100% Engaged. The Base-building Organizer develops the leadership of families in Bay Area communities whose children attend “low performing schools” to increase their skills and analysis to build unity among families in their schools and neighborhoods who believe children deserve education justice. Through effective school based and neighborhood based engagement, leadership development workshops and campaign meetings, the  Base-building Organizer activates families to take action and leverage their power to create systemic change in  families, neighborhoods, schools, and Bay Area districts


Constituency Engagement (35%)

  • Implement a constituency base-building strategy that includes schools and neighborhood based outreach that increases PLAN’s relationships to schools and community for ongoing recruitment and engagement in campaigns
  • Implement a recruitment strategy that identifies parents, family members and community who express interest in developing their skills and analysis and/or taking action to advance education justice in our community. This strategy must include workshops, trainings, and regular meetings to increase our constituencies’ knowledge, develop their analyses of the root causes of disparate educational outcomes for low-income students of color and engages them in PLAN values, principles and organizing campaigns  

Base Development and Management (40%)

  • Improve the communication, assessment, and engagement structure our base-building system so that it better activates and engages parents, family and community who join PLAN as supporters and members across Bay Area  neighborhoods and public schools to stay committed to developing their leadership to advance the 100% Engaged Campaign and the education justice movement in the Bay Area
  • Work with Campaign and Organizing Lead to develop and implement a coaching model for PLAN base, members, supporters and community to fulfill leadership positions in our campaigns to create meaningful shifts in policy and resources at schools, the District and state levels for student success
  • Work with Campaign and Organizing Lead to manage on-boarding PLAN base into leadership positions through the development of individual leadership profiles and one on ones to ensure leaders understand and can fulfill the commitment and responsibility of being a PLAN Leader   
  • Develop and sustain a system that tracks leadership positions within PLAN, schools, neighborhoods, district, city, county and state systems that are strategic for parents and families to continue development of their leadership, match individuals to appropriate positions and ensure that they are supported through coaching to achieve their leadership goals

Communications (25%)

  • Sustain accurate and up to date written and electronic outreach materials for base-building and campaign engagement that promotes transformative family engagement, PLAN’s organizing and campaign and the impact being achieved
  • Maintain regular social media presence on PLAN’s Campaign website, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram etc. to tell the stories of parent and family transformation and school site implementation of transformative family engagement practices through photos, videos, blog posts and interviews


  • Work at a computer approximately 30% of the time
  • Speak clearly and effectively by phone, face-to-face and before groups
  • Travel to and from school sites and neighborhoods via personal car. Must have valid CA driver’s license and current insurance coverage.
  • Ability to lift and/or carry 20 lbs or more


  • Demonstrated commitment to mission and values of PLAN
  • Two years of community organizing or outreach experience, preferably in a public education setting
  • Experience working in diverse, multicultural and immigrant communities; demonstrated cultural competency
  • Two years of college which could be substituted by related organizing experience
  • Strong oral communication skills; comfort with one-on-ones, phone outreach, and public speaking  
  • Professional writing skills
  • Ability to synthesize and re-organize information so that it is accessible to people with different learning styles and life experiences
  • Ability to lead, motivate and inspire members to develop into leaders and participate in key programs
  • Ability to take initiative and be creative in developing new roles for members and providing the support needed to be successful
  • Excellent organizational skills; ability to manage and prioritize work subject to deadlines in a dynamic and changing environment, as an individual and as a member of a team; detail oriented and conscientious
  • Sound facilitation skills, diplomacy and awareness of group dynamics
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office, Google Suite, relational databases and the internet
  • Ability and willingness to work weekends and evenings when necessary


  • Bilingual – fluent in Spanish and English
  • A parent of a student in the public education system
  • Experience serving on a School Site Council
  • Knowledge of the Local Control Funding Formula


This is a full-time (37.5 hours/week), exempt position. The starting salary is commensurate with experience. Employees enjoy health, dental, vision, life insurance, 401K and Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA) and generous paid time off. We offer an exciting, supportive, fast-paced and flexible work environment with opportunities for growth and professional development.

Our staff focuses on making positive change in the world, celebrates diversity and is committed to being intentionally inclusive in all of our relationships. PLAN is an equal opportunity employer. People of color and women are strongly encouraged to apply.


Please submit the following to the PLAN at

  • Cover letter (no longer than 2 pages)
  • Resume
  • 3 References (at least one parent/community member)

Submissions encouraged by Deadline for Submission: August 18, 2017

Position Start: September , 2017

Position will remain open until filled