Austin Achieve Public Schools is an open-enrollment public charter school with the mission to prepare the youth of East Austin to attend and excel at the nation’s top colleges and universities. We are looking for a passionate Advocacy Coordinator to join our team and help lead efforts to educate and engage internal and external constituencies, ensure a positive organizational reputation with local and statewide leaders and decision-makers, and advocate for public policies that support our mission.
We are looking for someone who is passionate about our mission and demonstrates an eagerness to learn and a desire to affect outcomes for Austin youth. The ideal candidate for this position will have proven leadership and relationship-building skills, with strengths in strategic communication, problem-solving, and project management. This role will require evening and occasional weekend work to participate in meetings and local community events.
Essential Duties & Responsibilities:
•Develop and execute a comprehensive strategy for family engagement in support the organization’s vision for local, state and national impact.
•Conduct elected official engagement efforts and help coordinate parent outreach to build an active culture of advocacy at our schools.
•Assist with the planning, logistics, outreach, and staffing for advocacy events of all sizes, including government hearings, trips, rallies, press conferences, community meetings, and school tours.
•Collaborate and assist with the preparation and distribution of communications, publications, and marketing materials.
•Maintain department calendar with details of school events, project deadlines, recurring reports, important visitors, conferences, etc.
•Work closely with partner advocacy organizations and Austin Achieve staff to advocate for pro-charter school policies in support of the organization’s mission and vision.
•Attend and report on various school events, community hearings, local conferences.
•A minimum of two years' experience in outreach, government relations, public policy, community organizing, or a related field
•Ability to work with diverse stakeholder groups, including elected officials, community members, faculty & staff, and Austin Achieve scholars and families
•Exceptional written, oral and presentation skills that can be utilized in communicating with internal and external audiences
•Strategic problem solver able to think logically through each step of a project
•Strong organization and interpersonal skills
•Passionate about education reform and the belief that every child can be successful
Knowledge & Skills:
•Spanish fluency –reading, writing and speaking (REQUIRED)
•Possess advanced Microsoft and G-Suite skills, proficiency with Mac/Apple products preferred
•Knowledge of Texas and national legislation impacting charter school students, leaders, and families