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Community Organizer

Family Engagement | Oakland, CA | Full Time

Job Description

Job Description

Community Organizer



At Lighthouse Community Public Schools (LCPS), we believe an exceptional education brings out each child’s unique light and potential. Founded in 2002, LCPS operates two high-achieving K-12 public charter schools--Lighthouse and Lodestar--serving nearly 1,000 students in East Oakland.  With a vision of transforming our community through creating a family of exceptional schools serving youth and families in Oakland, our mission is to prepare diverse students for college, a career of their choice, and to be lifelong changemakers.  Grounded in our core values of community, integrity, agency, love, and social justice and rooted in the EL Education model, LCPS is a leader in fostering innovative schools achieving exceptional student outcomes where each child is at the center of their own learning. LCPS will continue to increase its impact as we grow to a third site in 2019, ultimately serving 2500 low-income students and their families. Lighthouse exists to counter persistent educational inequity that threatens our collective future. Lighthouse is a beacon for public education and each graduate fulfills the promise of a better, brighter Oakland and our results can testify.  95% of our graduates, almost all of whom are first generation college students, are accepted to four-year colleges.  Lighthouse was named the Hart Vision Charter School of the Year in 2013  and Lighthouse Community Charter High School was named the #1 high school for closing the achievement for low-income, Latino students in 2016.  

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The realization of our mission to prepare students for college and career can only be actualized when our parents are fully engaged in the education of their children and have  a voice to make positive change in their communities. The Community Organizer’s primary skill set includes the ability to build parent leadership and creating opportunities for parents to be active in their communities. This job includes deep listening, empowering parents to become politically aware and savvy and building strong positive relationships with internal and external entities.   All of this is in service of LCPS’ mission and vision.   



  • Mission and Core Values Focus: Inspired by our mission and belief that all students can achieve, models the LCPS’ values of community, integrity, love, social justice, and agency and is committed in being part of the work to close the achievement gap

  • Strong Organization & Project Manager: Able to coordinate, prioritize, and oversee multiple, large projects being carried out by self and/or multiple stakeholders across the organization

  • Individual and Team Collaboration: Self-discipline to work both independently and collaboratively with our CEO, Director of Operations, Family Liaisons and the Family Recruitment Specialist on assigned tasks.

  • Detail Orientation and ability to manage multiple streams of data and present data to stakeholders regarding political climate in OUSD, and city and statewide education policies that can impact our organization

  • Agency: Innovative change maker that can take action to change, grow and improve practices in service of meeting our goals.

  • Skilled Collaborator, Communicator, and Relationship Builder: Works with diverse stakeholders inside and outside the organization to share the mission and vision of our family of schools in order to make the wider Oakland community aware of our organization and  in executing

  • a parent led campaign that supports our organization’s mission and vision.


Roles and Responsibilities:


Be the Organization Representative

  • Develop and manage relationships with a broad base of constituents from targeted neighborhoods (including faith-based institutions, public officials, local government agencies, social service agencies, teachers, CCSA and school leaders), and build their support for the school’s efforts.

  • Advocate for the best interests of the Lighthouse community on Education and Oakland issues.


Be well informed on Education Politics

  • Attend all Oakland Unified School District meetings to stay up to date with education policies  in Oakland

  • Learn  and understand the latest changes in education policies and both State and Citywide political issues


Community Outreach

  • Conduct one-to-one visits with parents and community members

  • Execute listening campaign with parents from our family of schools

  • Work with the Family Recruiter Specialist to expand community awareness and information to East Oakland families


Project Management

  • Be passionate about mobilizing the parent community to take positive, purposeful action to improve the lives of children, youth, and families in East Oakland

  • Collaboratively develop, plan and implement time specific plan to resolve identified community issues

  • Plan and coordinate public forums and meetings, led by parent leaders


Community Building

  • Build community amongst parents across racial, ethnic, cultural, and socio-economic lines

  • Plan and execute community building events that serve the community while raising awareness


Develop Parent Education Opportunities

  • Facilitate, recruit, and execute  parent education events that inform parents of various topics (OUSD updates, Measure G, Leadership building, etc.)


  • Additional Responsibilities, as assigned



Requirements to Apply:

  • Bilingual English/Spanish

  • AA degree or equivalent work experience

  • Work experience in schools or with youth and families

  • Demonstrated ability to build strong relationships with diverse stakeholders and communities

  • Excellent oral and written communication, collaboration, initiative, and leadership skills

  • Strong strategic thinking skills and an ability to analyze policies and institutions

  • Experience with and sensitivity to multicultural work environments

  • Willingness to work as a member of and contribute to a team in a dynamic, learning environment

  • A valid driver’s license and reliable, insured vehicle (needed to fulfill job requirements)

  • Proof of eligibility to work in the United States

  • Ability to work evening meetings and some weekends

  • Demonstrated understanding of issues facing urban communities, specifically East Oakland

  • Warm, congenial, and able to maintain cooperative working relationships



  • Experience in project management

  • Experience in Parent Communication and Engagement

  • Experience with Google Apps administration



  • Reports to: Lighthouse Family Liaison


Time Commitment:

This is a 12-month position (220 days). This role needs to be able to have a flexible work schedule as a number of evening and weekend events are mandatory such as canvassing and attending organizing/external events. When on-site or not otherwise approved by supervisor, this role is  to maintain minimum building hours of M - F from 8:00 - 5:00 p.m.



This role is a salaried, full-time, exempt position. Lighthouse offers competitive wages; benefits include a comprehensive employer-contributed retirement plan, medical and dental coverage, medical and dependent care FSA, and professional development opportunities. LCPS also offers generous PTO/vacation, including approximately 6 weeks of vacation/holidays scheduled with supervisor approval and 8 sick/personal days.



Interested candidates should submit:

  • Resume

  • Cover letter describing your interest in this exciting position and why you are an optimal fit

  • 3 references with Name, Email, Phone Number and Title/nature of working relationship


Application submission screening and initial phone interviews will be completed on a rolling basis until filled.  In-person interviews and performance tasks will take place on-site.   

Start Date:



People of color and bilingual candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.  

Lighthouse Community Public Schools is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity at all levels.