The National Organizer’s primary function is to coordinate and facilitate parent organizing work on public policy initiatives. The responsibilities are summarized below.

·       Move members to action on issues aligned with UPLAN’s policy agenda, with emphasis on the campaign for increased access to child care and early education.

·       Virtually convene committees of parent leaders and staff from UPLAN member organizations for strategy and training on public policy campaigns.

·       Research and analyze complex policy issues and translate them into meaningful and accessible resource and outreach materials.

·       Support parent leaders to participate in national policy and advocacy tables.

·       With UPLAN leadership, build and maintain relationships and partnerships with advocacy and research organizations strategically aligned with UPLAN’s agenda.

·       Conduct one-on-ones with UPLAN members and partners.

·       In partnership with the Lead National Organizer, provide support for a re-granting program to member organizations for engagement on UPLAN’s policy agenda.

·       With UPLAN leadership, plan and coordinate the program of national gatherings.

·       With UPLAN leadership, plan and coordinate virtual events (e.g. webinars, huddles, town halls) to facilitate sharing and relationships among members.

·       Assist in fundraising, including grant proposals, reports, and grassroots fundraising efforts.

·       In partnership with UPLAN leadership and Communications Consultant, assist with digital communications including the website, blog, social media, and e-newsletter.

·       Support administrative operations such as tracking data on campaign actions, updating contact information, and coordinating travel and events.



·       Bachelor’s Degree preferred; High School Diploma required.

·       5-7 years of experience in policy organizing, program development, or program management.

·       Knowledge, understanding of and commitment to the empowerment of low and moderate-income families. Experience working in diverse settings.

·       Strong relational skills; ability to build friendly, welcoming rapport with multiple diverse stakeholders.

·       Excellent written and verbal communication skills.

·       Excellent organizational skills; ability to multi-task, detail-oriented and flexible to manage broad range of responsibilities.

·       Excellent computer skills with proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite and Google Suite.

·       Creativity, flexibility, and good problem-solving skills.

·       Fluent bilingual (Spanish and English) verbal and written abilities are preferred.

·       Ability to lift up to 25 lbs., to bend, squat, reach above head.


·       This position can be done remotely. COFI and Lead National Organizer are based in Chicago, IL. Candidates based in Chicago and Washington, D.C. encouraged to apply.

·       Domestic travel by plane and motor vehicle required.

·       Excellent benefits include health, 403(b) with employer match, disability, paid time-off, flex plan.

·       Family friendly work environment with flexible hours and family-supportive benefits.

·       Women and people of color are strongly encouraged to apply.


To apply, please submit a completed application, resume and cover letter to applications@cofionline.org. Application available here.

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About United Parent Leaders Action Network (UPLAN)

UPLAN is a national parent-led network of parent leaders and parent leadership organizations united to build a powerful voice to influence policies and programs that matter to low and moderate-income families and children.  UPLAN was formed to create national impact.  Each UPLAN member organization has grassroots parents in the lead, setting the agenda, building power and working to make change on behalf of children and families. UPLAN currently has three national policy campaigns: 1) increasing access and affordability of child care and early education; 2) promoting real parent engagement in education and other family-serving systems; and 3) protecting immigrant families and children.

The National Organizer will be supervised by the Lead National Organizer and will be part of a team of three employees. UPLAN staff members operate under the oversight of Community Organizing and Family Issues (COFI), UPLAN’s fiscal sponsor and lead partner.  COFI's mission is to strengthen the power and voice of low-income and working families at all levels of civic life – from local institutions and communities to the city, state and federal policy arenas.