COFI seeks an experienced Bilingual (Spanish/English) Policy Campaign Organizer to work with POWERPAC Illinois (Parents Organized to Win, Educate and Renew – Policy Action Council) parent leaders and our team of organizers on a wide-range of policy campaigns. Must be interested in learning The COFI Way of Family Focused Organizing parent leadership development and community organizing model and working on local, city, state and national organizing campaigns led by parent leaders from low-income African American and Latinx communities in Chicago and across Illinois. The economic, gender and racial equity issues that the organization is currently working on include re broadly focused policy campaigns including the Early Learning Campaign addressing barriers to access to early intervention, child care and quality preschool for low-income children and families, the Elementary Justice Campaign seeking to end punitive school discipline policies and the criminalization of youth of color, Health, Food and Recess Campaign that works on food insecurity and other health equity issues for children and families, and the Stepping Out of Poverty Campaign working on asset building, reining in government fees and fines, and other economic security issues for families in poverty.

COFI’s mission is to strengthen the power and voice of low-income families at all levels of civic life – from local institutions and communities to the city, state and federal policy arenas. COFI accomplishes this mission through a unique women-centered model of leadership development and community organizing called The COFI Way of Family Focused Organizing, which emphasizes the interconnection between personal struggles, broader community issues and fights for racial, economic and gender equity. COFI builds capacity for leaders to address these issues at both a personal level and through public action. The work will include hands on working with community leaders and their campaigns.


  • Oversee, coordinate and implement leadership development, strategic planning and organizing campaigns with low-income parent leaders both at the local and broader policy levels.
  • Research, issue development, media and coordination of parent-led local & public policy campaigns.


  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience.
  • Minimum of 2 years of community, labor or electoral organizing experience doing grassroots leadership development or organizing larger issues and public policy campaigns.
  • Experience in program development, program management, and fundraising helpful.
  • Strong organizing and leadership development skills and a commitment to learn COFI’s model, The COFI Way of Family Focused Organizing.
  • A strategic thinker with a demonstrated ability to build campaigns that connect local issues with broader public policy issues.
  • Knowledge, understanding of and commitment to racial, economic and gender equity and the empowerment of low-income families (particularly women); experience working with diverse communities.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication, research, policy analysis and media skills.
  • Strong interpersonal skills; ability to relate easily with a wide range of people, particularly low-income women of color.
  • Excellent organizational skills: planning, time management, computers.
  • Creativity, flexibility, and good problem-solving skills.
  • Willingness to work flexible hours, including some evening and weekends.
  • Must have a car and maintain a valid driver’s license and automobile insurance coverage.
  • Spanish /English bilingual required.
  • Position is supervised by COFI’s Deputy Director of Organizing and Policy and coordinates with other COFI organizers in Chicago and throughout the state.


  • Salary for this position starts in the range of $37,000 to $44,000, depending upon experience; generous, family-friendly benefits are provided; will consider part-time applicants.
  • Women organizers, organizers of color and bilingual organizers are strongly encouraged to apply.

Deadline for applications is March 6, 2020. Interested applicants please email cover letter, COFI Employment Application Form, and resume to or mail to Applications, COFI, 2245 South Michigan, Suite 200, Chicago, Illinois 60616; or fax to 312/226-5144.

COFI is an equal opportunity employer.


COFI Organizer Application Form – updated 11-19

COFI Bilingual Policy Campaign Organizer Announcement 2-2020