Community Organizing and Family Issues (COFI) is a Chicago-based nonprofit that has created a unique, evidence-based approach, The COFI Way, to support the leadership development and organizing of low-income parents of color. The COFI Way is rooted in a vision of building a broad movement of parent leaders working for racial, economic, and educational equity and justice for families. Over the past 25 years, COFI has built the power and voice of thousands of Illinois parents to shape the public decisions that directly affect their lives. COFI has also trained hundreds of organizations across the country to incorporate The COFI Way model into their work.

The new COFI Center for Action and Learning expands COFI’s training capacity and builds a national learning table of organizations around the country to build the capacity of these organizations that seek to build and engage parent leadership. This new position provides an opportunity for an organizer with systems development skills, or a nonprofit/program manager who is interested in learning about organizing, to help develop and grow the new Center.


1. Works with COFI senior management to plan, develop and grow the new COFI Center for Action and Learning.
2. Manages all aspects of COFI’s training of groups nationwide, including Chicago-based and out-of-Chicago on-site training, virtual training, coaching, and consulting.
3. Builds the new COFI Learning Table where COFI itself and COFI-trained partner groups can mutually support and learn from one another – and scale the impact of the organizing.
4. Manages communications and digital content for the COFI Center for Action and Learning to communicate key messages, provide online training and organizing content, and create a platform for peer learning.

5. Coordinates staff trainers, parent peer trainers, and training consultants.
6. Develops and implements a plan to market COFI’s training offerings to assure robust participation.


1.     Manage development of the new COFI Center for Action and Learning

·       Coordinate Center planning work with COFI staff and partners.

·       Lead implementation of the Center launch and development.

·       Develop relationships with partners and stakeholders to engage them in the Center’s work.

·       With Executive Director, develop relationships with national funders to invest in the Center.

·       Develop systems to support ongoing Center operations.

·       Track the Center’s activities and outcomes, and prepare data, narrative and financial reports for internal and external audiences.


2.     Manage implementation of COFI’s training, coaching and consulting work

·       Develop a menu of core training, coaching and consulting offerings and update as needed as the work evolves.

·       Develop and implement communication and marketing strategies.

·       Respond to inquiries and develop new contractual relationships with groups in Illinois and nationally to grow the fee-for-service support for this program.

·       Coordinate implementation of all COFI training, coaching and consulting – including managing staff trainers, parent peer trainers and training consultants.

·       Oversee the tracking of appropriate data in order to understand the impact of the training work and to appropriately price out the work.


3.     Build and support the new COFI Learning Table

·       Reach out nationally to COFI-trained partners to assess interest, build relationships and gather input.

·       Recruit participants to join an ongoing Learning Table where COFI and COFI-trained partners will mutually support and learn from one another – and scale the impact of the organizing.

·       With Executive Director, senior staff and consultants, develop programming and convene the Learning Table – in person and virtually, as possible.

·       With Executive Director and consultants, identify, develop and secure funding relationships to support this new program.


4.     Manage communications and digital content for COFI’s Center for Action and Learning

·       Develop and lead communications for COFI’s Center for Action and Learning with prospects, participants, funders and partners, including key messages and marketing outreach.

·       Manage online and digital training and organizing content.

·       Collaborate with COFI communications staff and consultants (web design, tech and communications/marketing) to elevate and integrate the Center for Action and Learning into organization-wide visibility, outreach, and branding initiatives.


5.     Contribute to the development and management of an effective COFI team

·       Support COFI’s mission, values and growth.

·       Work collaboratively with COFI staff and parent leaders.

·       Attend and actively participate in all staff meetings.

·       Prepare weekly and quarterly work plans and reports.

·       Participate in annual performance reviews and supervisor reviews.

·       Other duties as assigned.


·       Deep commitment to COFI’s mission, vision and values.

·       At least 5 years organizing, training and/or nonprofit management experience.

·       Experience with organizing and/or social justice work; experience with The COFI Way model or other similar organizing models is preferred.

·       At least 2 years supervisory experience, with a proven record of success.

·       Excellent written and verbal communication skills.

·       Outstanding organizational and systems development skills.

·       Strong computer skills including proficiency with web and digital platforms.

·       Comfortable working in a fast-paced, dynamic environment.

·       Demonstrated experience building effective relationships with a wide range of partners and stakeholders.

·       Commitment to building the power and voice of low-income parents of color and demonstrated ability to work effectively across racially diverse communities and cultures.

·       Excellent team building skills with the ability to manage, motivate and coach team members with diverse experiences and levels of expertise.

·       Analysis skills, including experience with data tracking, reporting, program measurement and evaluation.

·       A strategic thinker with excellent judgment and creative problem-solving skills including negotiation and conflict resolution skills.

·       Ability to function independently and exercise discretion and good judgment in decision-making.

·       Willingness and availability to conduct out-of-town travel averaging about once per month.

·       Fundraising experience preferred.

·       English/Spanish bilingual preferred.

·       Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent.


·       Reports directly to the Executive Director


·       Exempt from the Fair Labor Standards Act, as an executive position

·       Can work remotely

·       Regular full time

·       Starting salary range is $51,000 to $60,000 annually, depending upon experience (with generous benefits)



Send cover letter, resume and completed COFI Application Form to applications@cofionline.org.  Forms available at www.cofionline.org/jobs.


About Community Organizing and Family Issues (COFI)


COFI was founded 25 years ago to build the full participation of low-income parents of color in the public decisions – policy, program, practice – that affect them.  To do this, COFI created an innovative, evidence-based leadership development and community organizing model, The COFI Way of Family Focused Organizing, and brought it to low-income communities in Chicago, across Illinois and beyond. Results to date: nearly 5,000 low-income parents of color engaged in a wide range of racial, gender and economic equity campaigns, gaining significant advances for children and families:  winning 100+ new afterschool programs, restoring recess in Chicago,  eliminating zero tolerance discipline in public schools, increasing enrollments in quality early learning across the state and battling exorbitant municipal fees and fines that mire families in poverty.