Position Description

Family Advocacy Manager (TX 2020-21)
Location GH Texas
Job Category Lead Office (Finance, HR, Development, etc.)
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JOB SPECIFICATION

POSITION:       Family Advocacy Manager, Great Hearts Texas                         

LOCATION:      San Antonio, TX                       

TRAVEL:          Within Texas at least 2-3 days/month during the Texas legislative session.

REPORTS TO: Senior Director of Advancement and Communication

STATUS:          Part-time (20 - 29 hours/week)

FLSA:               Starting at $25/hour

START DATE:   Immediate

 

About Great Hearts: Great Hearts is a network of tuition-free, public schools dedicated to improving education nationwide. A Great Hearts education prepares students to be more than just proficient test takers, but rather, to become great-hearted leaders capable of success throughout their higher education, professional careers, and personal lives. With a curriculum built upon a classical liberal arts tradition and a revolutionary approach to school itself, Great Hearts cultivates the hearts and minds of students in the pursuit of Truth, Goodness, and Beauty.

Great Hearts Texas operates seven academies in Texas. In January, Great Hearts Online will welcome full-time, virtual students from across the state for the first time, and Great Hearts Arlington will open its doors in fall 2021. 

About the Role:  

The Family Advocacy Manager supports Great Hearts Texas’ priorities by working with the advancement team, in partnership with the Texas Charter School Association, to develop a Great Hearts Texas corps of parents into a force capable of organizing and mobilizing to support the legislative, funding, and policy priorities for the charter community.  The Family Advocacy Manager may also support the Advancement team as needed with events, communications, and marketing goals.

 

Accountabilities 

1. 

Identify potential parent advocates to join the Parent Advocacy Team, attaining 100% of weekly and monthly 1:1 meeting goals

  • Table on campuses at pick-up and drop-off and at campus events
  • Host1:1 meetings with prospective parent advocates
  • Maintain relationships with parent advocates through on- and off-line engagement (texting, Facebook group engagement, email, and in-person meetings)

2. 

Develop and support regional Parent Advocacy Team of 30+ parent leaders, resulting in at least 6 parent-led advocacy events/actions over the course of the school year

  • Develop the skills of parent leaders through 1:1 meetings and group trainings/workshops
  • Motivate and coach parent leaders to set and achieve ambitious advocacy goals to make positive change in their local community and public education in Texas

3. 

Lead digital advocacy communication with families and supporters, achieving 100% of digital advocacy goals for the year

  • Create a digital advocacy calendar and draft digital advocacy communications, including Facebook posts, monthly email newsletters, advocacy action alerts, petition and email-writing campaigns, and social media campaigns
  • Maintain advocate database and contact records; track advocacy campaign data; analyze data reports in order to drive continuous improvement

4. 

Plan and execute at least 20 community organizing and advocacy events throughout the year, resulting in at least 400 attendees.

  • Create event project plans, secure RSVPs and manage turnout, and manage all logistics for elected official meetings, school tours, and other advocacy events (multiple events/meetings per month)
  • Coordinate event logistics with state and local elected officials and their offices in service of executing elevating the voices of IDEA families, alumni, and educators.

 

Supervisory Responsibilities (if applicable):  

Lead a network of 30+ volunteer parent advocacy leaders across Great Hearts Texas schools and support them as they develop their skills as advocates.  

Qualities and Competencies: 

  • Passion for Great Hearts Texas’ mission and vision
  • Demonstrated skill in developing leaders, building unity within a diverse group, and inspiring others to take action
  • Excellent communication skills in one-on-one and group settings
  • Highly collaborative
  • Track record of managing volunteers to hit ambitious goals
  • Experience delivering high-quality trainings and workshops
  • Exceptional event planning and execution skills
  • Demonstrated skill in creating and executing community organizing plans with specific goals
  • Demonstrated ability to use independent judgment within the context of an overall plan and structure
  • Ability to work flexible hours, including evenings
  • Ability to travel between all schools and the Texas Capitol during Legislative Session
  • Knowledge of K-12 education policy issues (preferred)

Qualifications : 

  • Education: Bachelor’s Degree 
  • Experience: 2+ years’ experience in grassroots organizing, outreach, and/or campaign management

Knowledge and Skills: 

  • Microsoft Office 
  • Social media
  • Fluency in Spanish is preferred

Additional Requirements

Type of fingerprint clearance: Must be able to pass fingerprint background clearance.

Physical functions: Requires but is not limited to standing, sitting, repetitious hand and body movements, bending, squatting, and reaching. May be required to move or position equipment up to 15 pounds approximately.

Travel required: Will need to travel locally to meet with academy teams and attend certain school activities. Occasional travel to Austin and North Texas.

This description reflects management’s assignment of essential functions, it does not exclude or restrict the tasks that may be assigned.

 

Great Hearts Academies is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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