Title: Director of Organizing
Reports to: CEO
Location: Newark
Posted: January 6, 2021

How to Apply

Overview of Responsibilities:

The Director of Organizing is primarily responsible for developing and leading Project Ready’s Advocacy and community activation work in Newark, NJ. The ideal Director of Organizing will use their people management experience to develop existing School-Based Organizers and build a powerful movement of parents and families advocating for quality education across Newark, NJ, and protecting and expanding access to excellent schools.

The ideal candidate will have organizing experience with an understanding of high-quality public school systems, a knack for developing people as leaders in their communities, and comfort with running local advocacy and non-partisan political campaigns.

The Director of Organizing will also coach, mentor, and develop a campaign manager responsible for executing local campaigns. The ideal candidate should be personable, know education policy and advocacy landscape, and a passion for educational justice. Excellent project management and written/verbal communication skills are required.

The position reports to the CEO and receives strategic direction from the Chief of Staff. This position will be based in the Newark area.


Training and Coaching (50%)

Develop and train multiple School-Based Organizers to identify, develop, and partner parents to win local and statewide c3 campaigns.

  • Train and support assigned organizers, including Project Ready training programs, observations in the field with feedback, staff meetings, and retreats.
  • Use data on parent actions to support organizers’ decision-making.
  • Deliver onboarding training to new School-Based Organizers.
  • Help organizers develop and implement parent campaigns, knowing their community and issues; remain a step ahead in local and statewide organizing opportunities to inform campaign design; articulate specific, developmentally appropriate, and differentiated strategies to engage families in campaigns.
  • Support the organizers in fostering relationships with community-based organizations, faith leaders, elected officials, civic and community leaders that lead to the positive activation of the community and neighborhoods where Newark Families have a presence.
  • Hold weekly one-on-one coaching sessions that include a plan focused on skill-building, feedback from the lead organizer on the past week’s observations in the field, action steps, and a clear plan to achieve development goals.
  • Hold bi-weekly team meetings that include an agenda based on collaboration and partnership.
  • Observe organizers in the field at least twice weekly, with coaching and reflection on observations of 1:1s, team meetings, parent actions, or training.
  • Use observations from the field to inform organizers’ professional development plans that tie-in to career goals and performance evaluations.

Project Ready Membership & Campaign Development (50%)

  • Support Campaign Manager in Identifying, training, and developing Project Ready members to be leaders in Newark, NJ.
  • Increase Newark resident voting participation by leading our campaign team to success.
  • Build multiple PR membership teams that drive local issue work and develop parents and families into a powerful voice in their schools, neighborhoods, cities, and state.
  • Develop and lead training in collaboration with staff to grow members in their advocacy, organizing, and leadership skills.
  • Train and guide leaders and teams in relationship building, research, and policy development to building political power in Newark.
  • Prepare leaders to hold demand meetings, press events, public actions between parents and public officials, including state legislators and local school board members.
  • Mobilize members to lead or attend large public forums, rallies, and demand actions demonstrating community members’ power.
  • Develop, implement, and adjust unified campaign strategies (state, citywide, and local communities).
  • Manage and maintain a timely and comprehensive database of current and potential members called on for political action and advocacy.
  • Oversee the execution of non-partisan electoral campaign operations, including coordinating and turning out volunteers for phone banking and canvassing in conjunction with School-Based Organizers.
  • Develop and maintain external relationships related to Project Ready’s community organizing work in Newark, including the political, grasstops, education sector, local government, neighborhood, and faith-based institution relationships that advance Project Ready’s membership goals in the city.
  • Develop proficiency in educational excellence, learning best practices in school development, education policy, and excellent public schools.
  • Participate in internal and national staff development sessions with organization partners.
  • Oversee the completion of daily administrative and reporting activities, including timely submission of timesheets, significant daily data entry of field activities, manager reports, and credit card forms.
  • Performs other duties as required to support the organization and its mission.

Required Capabilities:

  • Demonstrated track record of exemplary management experience
  • Community organizing and leadership development experience
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to build relationships quickly with diverse stakeholders
  • Experience managing multiple, simultaneous work efforts and a strong ability to plan strategically and marshal resources toward implementing that plan while staying on top of specific tasks and consistently meeting deadlines.
  • Ability to take the initiative and high levels of ownership for outcomes, and exercise sound judgment in day-to-day decision-making
  • Spirit of Yes: Embrace the obstacles that will pop up and be creative in coming up with solutions. Embrace the changing landscape and adapt quickly.
  • Action-oriented: You must love getting people together to take action. You must be willing to step outside of your comfort zone and know how to motivate others to get out of theirs.
  • Strong commitment to social and educational justice
  • Willingness to work flexible hours including weeknights and weekends; ability to travel and work remotely; driver’s license and access to a vehicle
  • Strong technology skills with expertise in Google Suite (Docs, Sheets, Slides, Forms)

Preferred Capabilities:

  • Experience in management or management training
  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Spanish speaking
  • 3-5 years of professional work experience
  • Prior experience in community, labor, or political organizing
  • Campaigning, lobbying, advocacy, public policy, training, or relevant experience
  • Comfort with multiple modes of effective communication, including social and on-line media tools


Please send the following to Shennell McCloud at shennell@projectreadynj.org.

  • Cover letter answering the following questions:
    • What is it about our mission that resonates with your experience and interests?
    • What makes you an exceptional candidate for this position in particular?
    • Where did you learn about this opportunity?
  • Resume
  • List of Three References with phone numbers and emails (will only contact after notifying you)
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In addition to a competitive salary, Project Ready offers a full benefits plan.

Project Ready is an equal opportunity employer.