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- Advocacy Coordinator, CO, USA

DSST Public Schools (DSST) seeks an Advocacy Coordinator to join one of the leading charter school organizations in Colorado. DSST Public Schools’ mission is to transform urban public education by eliminating educational inequity and preparing all students for success in college and the 21st century.
Overview of Position:
The Advocacy Coordinator will be part of the DSST Advocacy Team which will include two Advocacy Coordinators/Field Organizers led by the Senior Manager of Recruitment, Family Engagement, and Advocacy. The Advocacy Team will be critical to ensuring that parents and community members play a leading role in advancing DSST’s overall goal of eliminating educational inequity and transforming public education for Denver students.
The Advocacy Team will be responsible for ensuring that parent and community engagement is a key aspect of DSST’s expansion. Through base-building, leadership development and grassroots organizing, the Advocacy Team will build the capacity of parents to become effective and skilled advocates within the DSST network, as well as within city-wide and state-wide education related advocacy efforts. The Advocacy Coordinators/Field Organizers, in particular, will lead the daily interactions and field organizing with parents in two key geographic areas: Southwest Denver and Northeast Denver.
Essential Functions:
Advocacy and Engagement:
Responsible for DSST’s grassroots organizing and base-building in Southwest and Northeast
Identify parents to develop into effective parent leaders through trainings and field work;
Ensure organizing field-work is aligned with DSST’s mission and advocacy work, as well as local and state-wide policy advocacy campaigns;
Build strong relationships with designated DSST schools and campuses;
Serve as a resource and effective liaison between parents and designated school(s);
Serve as a reliable sounding board for Advocacy Team members in regards to the varying parent experiences in their respective schools and communities
Parent Leadership:
Understand and apply best practices in parent engagement;
Contribute to the design of DSST’s leadership development parent academies and trainings and implement critical components to ensure DSST parents become effective and skilled advocates;
Conduct and lead daily interactions and communications with designated parent groups;
Plan, conduct and oversee parent meetings and trainings;
Build strong and genuine relationships with parent leaders through one-on-ones, home visits /home meetings and filed work.
Develop and implement leadership development plans for each key parent leader and conduct assessments on an on-going basis
Additional Duties:
Provide frequent reports to Manager of Advocacy as needed and/or required;
Manage data entry and reporting to analyze progress of individual and team goals and overall DSST advocacy and organizing work
Mission Aligned
-- You believe that if everyone is actively committed to equitable and inclusive practices aligned to the DSST mission and values, all students and staff will achieve at high levels.
Growth Mindset
-- You believe that by fostering your own growth mindsets then students and fellow staff will develop a commitment to continuous improvement and thus maximize their potential.
Results Driven
-- You believe that by strategically developing systems and people with a driven sense of urgency and focus on results, students and staff will achieve ambitious goals.
Desires Collaboration
-- You believe that fostering healthy teams, students and staff will achieve a collective success that surpasses that of the individuals.
Job Requirements:
DSST Public Schools seeks candidates with strong character, passion for excellence and a relentless commitment to student achievement.
Experience and demonstrated skill in parent engagement and community organizing preferred;
Ability to identify, set priorities and implement work plan in line with Advocacy Team goals and
DSST’s mission and strategic direction;
Minimum Bachelor’s Degree or commensurate experience;
Spanish-language proficiency preferred;
Knowledge of and experience with K-12 public
Classification: Exempt
Reports to: Manager of Advocacy
Compensation and Benefits: DSST Public Schools offers a competitive salary, comprehensive benefits, and a commitment to continuing professional learning.
We strive to provide choice in benefits options, and empower each of our employees to make the choices that best meet their individualized, personal needs. This includes but is not limited to:
6 Medical Options through Aetna
2 Dental Options through Principal
401K Plan through OneAmerica that includes a 5% gift annually
Physical Demands:
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk and hear. This position is active and may require standing, walking, bending, kneeling, stooping, and crouching throughout the day. The employee must lift and/or move items up to 30 pounds. The employee must have sufficient hand, arm, and finger dexterity to operate a computer keyboard and other office equipment. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.
DSST Public Schools Overview:
DSST Public Schools (DSST) operates a network of tuition-free, open-enrollment public STEM charter schools. All DSST schools are part of the Denver Public Schools (DPS) district and students are admitted through DPS’ School Choice program. Our schools focus on building communities where students and staff are valued for their unique talents. Meaningful relationships are at the core of our model which is why our schools are small enough to ensure every student is known and also why we focus on character development. We have developed systems and structures to ensure our students will be prepared for college, career and life.
The student population across the DSST network is 83 percent students of color and 69 percent free and reduced lunch. This year, DSST will serve approximately 5,300 students at thirteen schools on seven campuses: Byers, Cole, College View, Conservatory Green, Green Valley, Henry and Stapleton. DSST has been approved to open nine additional schools and four campuses by 2022. In 2018-2019, DSST will be opening DSST: Middle School @ Noel Campus. At full enrollment, DSST Public Schools will serve over 10,000 students, one quarter of the DPS 6-12 population, and will help more than double the number of four year college-ready DPS graduates.
DSST Public Schools employees support each other not only to have fulfilling careers, but more importantly, to lead fulfilling lives that combine deeply meaningful professional work with personal well-being. Our core values are central to our program and to our results. These values are embedded in everything that we do and how we do it. The six DSST core values are:
Respect - Appreciating the value of a person or an object through your words, actions and attitude - treating people appropriately with common courtesy.
Responsibility - Able to be trusted and or depended upon to complete tasks, follow directions and own up to your actions.
Integrity - Being truthful, fair and trustworthy in your words and actions - doing as you say and saying as you do.
Courage - Possessing confidence and resolve to take risks and make right decisions in the face of pressure and adverse or unfamiliar circumstances.
Curiosity - Eager to learn, explore and question things to gain a deeper understanding.
Doing Your Best - Putting your best effort into everything you do.
DSST Public Schools proudly values diversity and is an equal opportunity employer. Denver School of Science and Technology does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin age, sex or disability, in admission or access to, or treatment or employment in its programs and activities. Any person having inquiries concerning the School's compliance with the regulations implementing Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VI), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Section 504), or Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), may contact the Assistant Superintendent or Human Resources.
Job posted on 9 March 2018.
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