Stand for Children is a powerful voice for students. Our mission is to ensure that all children, regardless of their background, graduate from high school prepared for, and with access to, a college education. To date, Stand for Children’s eleven state affiliates (AZ, CO, IL, IN, LA, MA, OK, OR, TN, TX, and WA) have impacted the lives of millions of children through their state and district level work.
The Stand for Children family consists of two separate organizationsStand for Children, a grassroots membership lobby for children exempt under section 501(c)(4) of the Internal Revenue Code, and Stand for Children Leadership Center, a leadership development organization exempt under section 501(c)(3).
Stand for Children and the Stand for Children Leadership Center work together to:
- Educate and empower parents, teachers, and community members to demand excellent schools; and
- Advocate for effective local and state education policies and investments and ensure that those policies impact classrooms and students.
Separately, Stand for Children works to elect courageous leaders who will stand up for our priorities.
We stand for achievement by all students, through quality early childhood education, effective, empowered and supported teachers and principals, engaged families with high expectations, and other strategies that provide students the tailored instruction and support they need to graduate high school ready for college.
We stand for access to high quality schools for all students, especially students in poverty, students of color, and students learning English. To expand access to all students, we advocate for effective educational leadership at all levels, sufficient and effectively spent school funding, and clear, accurate information about how schools are performing for parents, educators, and the community.
We believe all children deserve an equal opportunity to succeed in life. Education is the key that unlocks the door to success, but far too many children, through no fault of their own, aren’t getting the education they need to make it in life. We are passionately committed to righting this wrong.
Stand for Children seeks an outstanding strategist and manager to build and lead the Tulsa chapter as the Tulsa Director; the mission of the Tulsa Director will be to improve student outcomes in Tulsa public schools by strategically employing a variety of tactics to affect change. The Tulsa chapter will be Stand for Children, Oklahoma’s newest chapter, and the incoming director will have an opportunity to work with dedicated community members and leaders who are committed to improving outcomes for students in Tulsa. S/he will: ensure effective collaboration with district leadership, as well as city, neighborhood, and constituency groups; organize parents, teachers, and community-members motivated to help improve Tulsa schools; and, in partnership with the Executive Director, create and manage the execution of state and city-level strategic electoral and legislative advocacy plans to improve outcomes for students in Tulsa. The Director will eventually deploy a strong team of Tulsa Organizers and Family Engagement staff to achieve measurable outcomes and expand the work in Tulsa. S/he will also ensure the sustainability of the work by cultivating local donor relationships, including fundraising part of and maintaining the Tulsa chapter budget. The Director will report to the Oklahoma Executive Director and will be based out of Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Responsibilities will include:
Community Organizing, Policy, & Advocacy
- Building and maintaining strategic and collaborative relationships with district leadership and key stakeholders, including community members, business leaders, elected and appointed decision makers, and others, in order to identify and propose advocacy opportunities in alignment with Stand for Children’s policy agenda and Stand for Children members;
- Supervising, partnering with, and guiding community organizers to strategically build and mobilize the Tulsa chapter to advance its goals to improve outcomes for students;
- Creating and executing an Tulsa advocacy strategy in conjunction with staff and chapter leadership; making strategic decisions about which tactics will best advance the goals of the chapter to improve outcomes for students;
- With support from the Oklahoma Executive Director, facilitating the development of action campaigns by working with allies to develop highest leverage action, playing a key strategy development role (for both mobilization and campaigns) and managing execution of the strategy;
- Maintaining up-to-date expertise in the local context in order to ensure the chapter always has a set of clear objectives and a strong campaign plan to achieve goals;
- Continuously building knowledge around educational best practice and what will improve outcomes for students locally; using that knowledge to craft and execute thoughtful, strategic plans;
- Creating detailed recruitment and electoral plans for critical races; as appropriate, recruiting and cultivating candidates for key elections, and continuing to coach and support them after election;
- Leading political efforts to engage with and elect school board members who will champion Stand’s priorities;
- Learning and staying abreast of what is working across the state and country to improve public schools;
Developing and managing a high performing team within the year
- Driving, supervising, and supporting a team of organizers to thoughtfully and effectively utilize Stand for Children’s organizing model in order to ensure the development of a broad base of Chapter teams across Tulsa;
- Driving, supervising, and supporting a Family Engagement Manager to launch and oversee Stand’s family engagement program, Stand University for Parents, and ensure the program is meeting all benchmarks for success;
- Building and maintaining a collaborative, supportive team culture;
- In partnership with the Executive Director, developing and managing Tulsa Chapter budget;
- Raising a percentage of the Tulsa Chapter budget in partnership with the Executive Director;
- Cultivating and maintaining key donor relationships in order to grow and sustain the Tulsa program; and
- Working closely with national and state staff to identify and secure support from donors.
The Tulsa Director will be joining a national team of professionals committed to improving children’s lives. Stand for Children’s managers are empowering, entrepreneurial leaders who are committed to providing outstanding supervision in order for staff to develop as professionals and grow within the organization.
QUALIFICATIONS AND QUALITIES REQUIRED
- Passionate and unwavering belief in and alignment with Stand for Children and Stand for Children Leadership Center’s shared mission to ensure that all children, regardless of their background, graduate from high school prepared for and with access to a college education;
- Demonstrated knowledge of the history and political landscape of Tulsa and its constituencies, including the students and families served by Tulsa schools;
- Minimum of 5 years of working closely with community members or parents to achieve change, including teaching, community or political organizing, advocacy, or relevant leadership experience; campaign experience a strong plus;
- Proven track record of leading and executing visionary strategies for social change;
- Significant management experience, including hiring, supervising, and developing a team of direct reports;
- Noteworthy understanding and experience within Tulsa’s District and state-level education policy arena;
- Track record of success in maintaining strategic relationships and working collaboratively with diverse organizations and constituencies, including, but not limited to, government bodies, businesses, and funders;
- Existing relationships with key stakeholders in the education community in Tulsa strongly preferred;
- Demonstrated success with fundraising strongly preferred;
- Spanish language proficiency strongly preferred;
- Strong interpersonal, communications, and team-building skills; and
- Availability to manage a flexible and independent schedule, including attending key community events on evenings and weekends.
Competitive salary (commensurate with experience). Excellent benefits: full health and dental coverage; life insurance, long-term disability and long-term care coverage; 401K with a match plan; flexible spending/benefits plan; holidays and vacation accrual.
Stand for Children and Stand for Children Leadership Center are equal opportunity employers and candidates of color are strongly encouraged to apply. To apply for this position, please go to http://stand.org/careers to fill out our online application, including uploading your resume and a thoughtful cover letter. No calls please.