Founded in 2001, the Massachusetts Charter Public School Association (MCPSA) serves more than 70 schools and 42,000 students. It has an extensive history of supporting and advocating for charter public schools across the state and is currently in a period of exciting organizational growth. Massachusetts charter public schools are widely recognized as one of the highest performing charter sectors in the country. The mission of MCPSA is to create and protect the conditions that will enable the charter sector to thrive, contributing toward the common goal of all Massachusetts’ children having equitable access to high-quality schools.
Reporting to MCPSA’s Senior Political Director, the Organizing Director will work closely with member schools to build, develop, and execute a robust and sustainable advocacy agenda and mobilize volunteers in support of this agenda. This leader will serve as the “face” of MCPSA for member schools, collecting info and keeping them updated about issues that may impact their students and schools. In addition to developing and leading organizing trainings for member schools, the Organizing Director also will build and strengthen community partnerships and relationships in support of member schools’ advocacy agenda.
This is a great opportunity for an experienced organizer who has successfully built and implemented an organizing program, who excels at volunteer management and mobilization, and is excited to work toward building a thriving charter public school sector in Massachusetts.
Advocacy and Organizing Agendas
- With input from the Senior Political Director, develop and execute MCPSA’s organizing and advocacy agendas (with measurable goals and key benchmarks) and work directly with member schools to advance the agenda
- With guidance from the Senior Political Director and Communications Director and in partnership with the Digital Advocacy and Communications Manager, help build and support MCPSA’s digital engagement and mobilization efforts
- Create, track and report out on goals, outcomes, and performance metrics; provide regular progress updates to the Political Director
Relationships, Engagement and Mobilization
- Build and strengthen relationships with member schools through individual and group meetings, regular communication, and trainings
- Cultivate and engage member schools, community partners, and other key stakeholders on charter public school issues and initiatives
- Recruit and develop a core group of families from member schools to mobilize on advocacy and electoral issues
- Plan and execute volunteer engagement activities including rallies, letter writing campaigns, community events, advocacy trainings, lobby days, and direct voter engagement in order to build recognition and promote MCPSA’s political goals
Trainings and Education
- Provide organizing trainings to member schools with measurable goals and benchmarks
- Facilitate collaborations between families and schools with state and local representatives
- Develop educational materials and training modules for member schools, core supporters, and stakeholders
- Represent MCPSA at neighborhood, school, and community meetings
- Passion for and commitment to helping the MA charter public school sector thrive
- Demonstrated experience in developing, coordinating, and carrying out successful organizing campaigns; this experience in a K-12 school environment is a plus
- Knowledge of and experience with building and mobilizing a base of volunteers
- Solid experience and knowledge of building and hosting trainings
- Strong relationship building skills; able to develop, sustain and strengthen relationships and trust over time; comfortable with “cold calls”
- Able to translate wonky political language or strategy into engaging calls to action
- Ability to execute autonomously in a fast-paced environment and manage multiple priorities and meet tight deadlines
- Ability and willingness to travel extensively within Massachusetts
- Excellent communications skills (written and oral)
- Ability to communicate in multiple languages, a plus
- Bachelor’s degree preferred
Location: MCPSA is a virtual organization with team members working remotely. This position requires significant travel (more than 50%) throughout the state, a driver’s license and access to a vehicle, and irregular hours, including some evenings and weekends. The Organizing Director must reside in Massachusetts.
Compensation and Benefits
MCPSA offers a competitive compensation package, including five weeks of paid time off, annual bonus, health, dental, life and disability insurance, and retirement contributions. The base salary range for this position is $90,000 – $110,000.
Please submit an application by visiting https://apply.workable.com/mcpsa/. Applications will be reviewed upon receipt and continue until the position is filled.
Notice of non-discrimination:
The Massachusetts Charter Public School Association is an Equal Opportunity Employer and seeks to hire staff who reflect the diversity of the communities we serve. MCPSA does not discriminate on the basis of an individual’s sex, age, race, color, national origin, alienage, religion, marital status, pregnancy, sexual orientation or affectional preference, gender identity and expression, disability, citizenship, veteran or military status and other personal characteristics protected by law. MCPSA strongly encourages people from underrepresented groups to apply, recognizing and respecting that diverse perspectives and experiences are valuable to our team and essential to achieving our purpose.