Employment Opportunity: PARENT TRAINER

March 30, 2018 - 8 minutes read

PLAN | Bay Area Parent Leadership Action Network Employment Opportunity
April 2018


Founded in 2004, Bay Area Parent Leadership Action Network (PLAN) is a social justice organization that develops the leadership and builds the power of parents to transform schools so that all children achieve student success. We train parents and families to believe that their voices matter, while we develop their skills and knowledge that will strengthen their capacity to advocate for their children. We organize a network of parents from different cultures who support each other, create a shared analysis of institutional racism’s impact on students of color, and an understanding of the need for systemic change. We develop parent leaders who build a membership and support base of families, teachers, staff, and principals to organize campaigns that promote change- in values, practices, system design and resources.


The Parent Trainer works to sustain and expand our Training and Leadership Development services within the Leaders for Engaged and Active Parents Program (LEAP). The LEAP program builds the capacity of families and schools to create safe equitable community schools with which all stakeholders are 100% engaged for student success. This position focuses on delivering a curriculum that supports the transformation of culture and practices within school communities around the values of leadership development, shared responsibility, transformative change, equity and racial justice.

The Parent Trainer reports directly to the Family School Partnership Lead.  By creating a positive learning environment that encourages and motivates parents, the Parent Trainer develops the leadership of families in “low-performing” school sites to increase their skills and analysis to build unity among families in their schools and neighborhoods who believe children deserve education justice.


Training and Partnership Strategy Implementation (50%)

  • Implement program curriculum in workshops, trainings and academies that builds the leadership skills of parents to be active participants in their child’s development, promote the joy of learning in their families and build their confidence to advocate for the resources needed for every child’s brilliance to shine so that schools abandon punitive models of communication and discipline throughout Alameda County
  • Implement program curriculum in workshops, trainings and academies that builds the capacity of principals, teachers and staff to value parent voice, create partnerships with families and use transformative engagement practices in their daily work with students and families throughout Alameda County
  • Ensure curriculum and materials are high quality and available in native languages of participants
  • Work with Administrative Lead to coordinate logics for the workshops, trainings and academies including but not limited to site partnership agreements, registration, childcare, interpretation, food and volunteer support
  • Represent PLAN in family engagement initiatives in Alameda County that support the leadership development of parents of color

Leadership Development Management (25%)

  • Conduct 1-on-1s with families to learn the successes and challenges they and their children experience in the education system
  • Work with LEAP Parent Organizer and parent leaders to complete individualized Leadership Development Plans with LEAP program participants
  • Work with LEAP Parent Organizer and Family and School Partnership Lead to assess and develop innovative strategies that engage parents at different stages of skill and knowledge development to work with their peers achieve goals within Leadership Development Plans
  • Work with LEAP Parent Organizer to recruit parents to explore and participate in advanced leadership opportunities in Alameda County and PLAN programs

Evaluation and Communications Management (25%)

  • Sustain accurate and up to date written and electronic outreach materials that promote to targeted communities and demographics leadership development, workshops, trainings and academies
  • Consistently implement evaluation tools and strategies for every workshop, training and academy that effectively measure impact and document transformative impact on families and the education system
  • Maintain accurate and current registration, media releases and workshop and program evaluation records and materials
  • Work with Development and Communications Lead to produce high quality photos, videos, blog posts and interviews highlighting transformative impact


  • Work at a computer approximately 30% of the time
  • Stand approximately 40% 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 the mission and values of PLAN
  • Two years of relevant experience as an organizer, advocate or trainer
  • Two years of experience in an education or social justice setting
  • Bilingual – fluent in Spanish and English
  • Experience working in diverse, multicultural and immigrant communities; demonstrated cultural competency
  • Strong oral communication skills; comfort with one-on-ones, phone outreach, and public speaking
  • Ability deliver information so that it is accessible to people with different learning styles and life expectancies
  • Ability to lead, motivate and inspire the parents to develop into leaders and participate in key programs
  • Ability to take initiative and be creative
  • 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
  • Excellent facilitation skills, diplomacy and awareness of group dynamics
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office, Google Suite
  • Ability and willingness to work weekends and evenings when necessary


  • Two years college in education, community services, or related field
  • Experience training, organizing, or advocacy in a social justice and/or public education setting
  • Speak clearly and effectively by phone, face-to-face and before groups
  • Ability to travel to and from school sites
  • A parent of a student in the public education system
  • Experience using online and social media tools
  • Motivated by results
  • Willingness to innovate 


This is a full-time 37.5 hours/week), exempt position. Salary commensurate with experience. Employees enjoy health, dental, vision and life insurance and generous paid time-off.

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 fathers are strongly encouraged to apply.


Please submit the following to  resume@parentactionnet.org:

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

Position Open: Immediately

Position Start: May 1st

Position will remain open until filled