COFI seeks an experienced Senior Organizer to work with a growing team. Must have some experience working with and interest in learning more about COFI’s Family Focused Organizing model. The position will work on local, city, state and national organizing campaigns led by low-income parent leaders in African-American and Latinx communities in Chicago and across Illinois. The racial justice issues that are currently being worked on are broadly focused policy campaigns including the Early Learning Campaign addressing barriers to access to early intervention 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, the 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. The Senior Organizer will be hands on working with community leaders and their campaigns and will also be responsible for training and supervising organizers.
COFI works to strengthen the power and voice of low-income families at all levels of civic life – from local institutions and communities to the city and state policy arenas. COFI accomplishes this mission through a unique women-centered model of leadership development and community organizing called Family Focused Organizing, which emphasizes the interconnection between personal struggles, broader community issues and fights for racial and gender equity. COFI builds capacity for leaders to address these issues at both a personal level and through public action.
- Senior management role: trains and supervises staff.
- Supervise and train local organizing staff around organizing plans to support parent action teams and parent-led public policy organizing campaigns.
- Oversee, coordinate and implement leadership development and strategic planning with low-income parent leaders both at the local and broader policy levels.
- Research, issue development, media and coordination of parent-led local and public policy organizing campaigns.
- Work with COFI staff team to implement COFI trainings and other organizational activities.
REQUIREMENTS AND QUALIFICATIONS:
- Bachelor’s degree or the equivalent.
- Minimum 5 years of community, labor or electoral organizing experience doing grassroots leadership development and organizing larger issues and public policy campaigns required.
- At least 2 years of experience supervising organizers, with a proven record of success.
- Experience in program development, program management, and fundraising helpful.
- Strong organizing and leadership development skills.
- Experience with the COFI model of Family Focused Organizing and commitment to learn more.
- 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 the empowerment of low-income families (particularly women) and experience working with diverse communities.
- Excellent written and verbal communication, research, policy analysis, computer, and media skills.
- Strong interpersonal skills; ability to relate easily with a wide range of people, particularly low- and moderate-income women of color.
- Excellent organizational, planning, and time management skills.
- 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 Illinois driver’s license and automobile insurance coverage.
- Spanish/English bilingual preferred, but not required.
- Salary range is commensurate with experience and starts at $55,000; excellent benefits include health, 403(b) with employer match, disability, paid time-off, flex plan.
- Family friendly work environment with flexible hours and family-supportive benefits.
- Women organizers and organizers of color are strongly encouraged to apply.
Interested applicants please email cover letter, COFI Employment Application Form, and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org or mail to Applications, COFI, 1436 W. Randolph, Chicago, Illinois 60607; or fax to 312/226-5144.
COFI is an equal opportunity employer.