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InnerCity Struggle Seeks Parent Organizer

Building a powerful base of parents and community members organized to work toward educational justice in public education

By LatinoLA Contributor
Published on LatinoLA: May 29, 2012


InnerCity Struggle Seeks Parent Organizer


In 1994, InnerCity Struggle (ICS) became an independent center to meet the Eastside's long-standing need for an organization through which the community could demand increased public resources, equity, and justice. ICS's work is centered in four communities: Boyle Heights, unincorporated East Los Angeles, El Sereno and Lincoln Heights.

For 18 years, ICS has worked to promote safe, healthy and non-violent communities by organizing youth, families and community residents in LA's Eastside to work toward economic and social justice. Early in our history, we recognized public education on the Eastside has historically failed to serve as a vehicle for improving the quality of life of individuals and families. As a result, ICS sees educational justice as key to our mission of working with the community for economic and social justice.

The core work of ICS is developing engaged and informed youth and parent leaders who can act as agents for creating quality schools and improving their community. ICS provides the leadership training, knowledge and skills necessary for residents to win public policy changes through collective civic action. Through these efforts, ICS has secured policy changes that have increased opportunities for young people to access a quality education.

Job Description:

InnerCity Struggle is seeking an energetic, experienced Community Organizer to work with parent members of our Familias Unidas component in the role of Parent Organizer. Familias Unidas builds a powerful base of parents and community members who are organized to work toward educational justice in public education. Familias Unidas builds community and parent leadership that advocates for a progressive voice on issues and policies impacting the Eastside.

Primary responsibilities include, but are not limited to the following:
* Coordinate monthly General Membership meetings
* Coordinate monthly Coordinating Committee with Familias Unidas parent leaders.
* Develop and implement outreach and recruitment plans
* Conduct trainings, political education and information sessions with Familias Unidas members.
* Facilitate meetings, coordinate events and collaborate on organizational events
* Build alliances with school representatives and parent organizations
* Participate in campaign development and strategy
* Other duties as assigned by the Director of Community Organizing

Education, Experience and Qualifications:
* Experience working with parents and community residents
* Minimum 2 years experience in community organizing
* Understanding of urban educational and social issues
* Ability to work effectively with school administration, faculty, staff and District officials
* Passion for social justice
* Ability to work collaboratively in a team
* A team player who is able to work flexible hours including evenings and some weekends
* Comfortable working in a fast-paced environment
* Excellent interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills.
* Knowledge of computer programs preferred (Microsoft Office, Graphics/Layout programs)
* College graduate preferred
* Bilingual English/Spanish a must
* Licensed driver with own transportation
* Knowledge of East Los Angeles community a definite plus

Compensation:
Salary based on qualifications and experience
Medical, dental, vision and retirement plan benefits

Please submit a cover letter and resume, with references by June 11th to the following email address: lydia@innercitystruggle.org

Please write your Last Name and "Parent Organizer Position" in the subject heading.
NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE

InnerCity Struggle is an equal opportunity employer.
Women, LGBTQQ and people of color are encouraged to apply.





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