National Organizer, Education and Justice Transformation

United States
Full Time
Mid Level

Position Title: National Organizer, Education and Justice Transformation 

Position Location: CPD/A has offices in NYC and DC, but for this role, we will consider candidates who live outside our office areas but within the US.

The Center for Popular Democracy/CPD Action is seeking a National Organizer to join our Education & Justice Transformation Team.

About CPD + CPDA

The Center for Popular Democracy and CPD Action (together, CPD/A) work to promote equity, opportunity, and a dynamic democracy in partnership with innovative base-building organizations, organizing networks and alliances, and progressive unions across the country. We work with nearly 50 affiliates in over 30 states and Puerto Rico to build the strength and capacity of democratic organizations that envision and advance a pro-worker, pro-immigrant, racial and economic justice agenda. We are a rapidly-expanding, changing organization that partners with organizations across the country to build political power and win tangible victories that improve the lives of low-wage workers, immigrants, and communities of color.

About the Position:

The National Organizer will focus on supporting a cohort of CPD/A affiliates and other movement partners to develop and win education campaigns, including building power through school board elections and ensuring equitable and sufficient funding for schools to thrive. The National Organizer will engage individual supporters of our national campaign to be organized into our affiliate organizations’ and CPD/A base. In addition, this position may provide support to affiliates working on Justice Transformation issues.  

This role will provide a range of direct campaign support to CPD/A affiliates in collaboration with various teams to help win local campaigns. The local campaigns will span the issues our team works on - both education justice and justice transformation - but we expect the significant focus to be on education justice. In addition, this role will lead our team’s work around deepening our political education offerings to affiliates. The National Organizer will also work closely with the Digital Organizer and Base-building team to engage individuals to grow the base of active individuals on these issues. COVID depending, it is expected that the National Organizer will attend in person meetings and actions with CPD/A affiliates and partners.

The ideal candidate will have about 6 years of full-time grassroots organizing and campaign-building experience, but our focus will be on demonstrated experience and success, not years of experience. 

The National Organizer will report to the Director of the Education & Justice Transformation team. 

Primary Responsibilities

The National Organizer will:

  • Support a cohort of CPD/A affiliates to build and win local campaigns to increase education funding, engage in school board elections, and defund the police and prisons; 
  • Provide direct campaign strategic planning, including research and campaign design, and support plan implementation;
  • Lead implementation of our strategy across the CPD/A network of education affiliates to build power through school board elections and ensure equitable school funding; 
  • Design and facilitate political education and campaign trainings for CPD/A affiliates and their members; 
  • Lead a program to engage with individual supporters to become members of affiliate organizations and CPD/A in close collaboration with the digital organizer; 
  • Collaborate with other CPD teams, including Research, Communications, and Base-Building;
  • Establish and maintain partnerships with relevant organizations and coalitions to move relevant campaigns;
  • Support program fundraising, as needed. 

The Ideal Candidate Will Have:

  • Demonstrated experience in organizing and local/grassroots campaign development, including particular experience in campaigns aimed at education justice and/or the criminal legal system.
  • Ability to work in coalitions and alliances.
  • Ability to build relationships of trust and mutual respect with a broad range of people. 
  • Relevant understanding of the education system and its impact on Black and brown communities.
  • Campaign research or policy experience and campaign-building training.
  • A commitment to social, racial, and economic justice and a deep understanding of the challenges facing low-wage workers, immigrant communities, communities of color, disabled people, LGBTQ+ folks, and people at the intersections of the above communities.

Salary and Benefits:

This position is included in a collective bargaining unit represented by the Washington-Baltimore News Guild. Specific employment terms are subject to a Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA). Salary under the CBA will be determined according to a salary scale that takes into account years’ experience, location, job category, and other factors, but is expected to be $65,000-$75,000 and category 2. The Collective Bargaining Agreement is available here

We have a generous benefits package, including health insurance, dental insurance, vision insurance, 15 vacation days your first year, 10 sick days per year, 13 paid holidays per year, and contributions to individuals’ 401K plans.

CPD/A is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer and actively recruits people of color, womxn, individuals with disabilities, and members of the LGBTIQAA+ community.


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