February 5th, 2020
National Center for Learning Disabilities
Headquarters: 1 Thomas Circle NW, #700, Washington, DC 20005
Reports to: Director of Policy & Advocacy
Status: Contract position, time-limited
Travel Required: 35%
The Mission and Vision
The National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD) improves the lives of the 1 in 5 of us who struggle with brain-based learning and attention issues related to reading, math, writing, focus, organization, and more. Our mission is to empower parents and young adults, transform schools, and advocate for equal rights and opportunities for the 1 in 5. We’re working to create a society in which every individual possesses the academic, social, and emotional skills needed to succeed in school, at work, and in life.
NCLD is seeking a Field Organizer on a contract basis who will inform, empower, and mobilize parents and advocates in three states around key issues relating to learning and attention issues. The two main goals will be: (1) offering training and resources to parents and advocates to build a strong network of advocates who can help students with learning and attention issues succeed; and (2) developing an information-sharing pathway to increase effectiveness of advocacy efforts at the local and national levels.
The Field Organizer will be responsible for helping NCLD develop a cohort of parent advocates in three states, plan and host training sessions for parents, and managing the organization’s grassroots advocacy efforts on specific issues. The Organizer will be the primary point of contact for parent advocates and will help build NCLD’s presence and networks in three states.
Specifically, we are seeking a person with the following attributes:
- Relationship building and family engagement skills, including active listening, facilitation, and community and personal empowerment skills;
- Effective communication (written and verbal) with colleagues, NCLD’s stakeholder audiences, partners, and advocates;
- Ability to be nimble and rapidly pivot when needed;
- Attention to detail and the highest standards for excellence in execution;
- Problem solving and critical thinking skills, including asking the right questions and accurately analyzing situations; and
- Action oriented, ready to take on new opportunities.
Duties & Responsibilities
- Lead and manage the planning and execution of multiple training sessions in three states
- Recruit for and engage with parent advisory councils in three states through regular virtual meetings and one in-person meeting per year.
- Establish and maintain relationships with parents, state and local decision makers, and partners.
- Work collaboratively with NCLD policy & advocacy team to develop and execute a grassroots advocacy strategy aligned with NCLD’s federal and state policy priorities.
- Generate ideas for stakeholder engagement and think creatively about how to use graphic design, web resources, and press coverage to generate interest in grassroots and local advocacy.
Required Qualifications & Skill Sets
- 2+ years of advocacy or organizing experience
- Ability to travel out of state regularly
- Ability to work outside/away from office
- Personal connection to learning and attention issues
- Exceptional writing and speaking abilities
- Ability to develop strong relationships and work with community stakeholders
- Sense of humor
Please send a resume and cover letter to email@example.com with the subject line “Job Application: First Name Last Name, Field Organizer”. Due to the high volume of applications we receive, it is not possible to respond directly to all applicants, only to those whose candidacy is being pursued.
The National Center for Learning Disabilities is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to equity and inclusion. NCLD considers all applications without regard to race, color, religion, creed, gender, national origin, age, disability, marital or veteran status, sexual orientation, or any other legally protected status.
For additional information on the organization, please visit their website at www.ncld.org.
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