Early Childcare Organizer

July 8, 2021

For over a decade, MLOV has fought to secure language access for DC's immigrant and refugee communities of color through storytelling, education, and civic engagement. We mobilize the community to catalyze systemic change to meet the goal of language justice in the District. Our primary strategy for social change is organizing diverse immigrant communities. However, we are in a period of organizational growth and transformation, which may result in an accompanying shift in our mission. We have come to an understanding that early childcare, as the industry exists today, is in a state of crisis specifically for Black, Brown, immigrant communities in the District.

The Early Childcare Organizer will work on the grassroots level to cultivate freedom from poverty, under-resourced schools, lack of affordable housing, homelessness, under-quality healthcare, and a lack of access to a myriad of support resources for our youngest children.

You will have the opportunity to work with various early child care coalitions, families, and childcare workers to identify and present a holistic view of the childcare needs for our Black, Brown, immigrant, and refugee residents. To do this effectively, the ECC Organizer will build and nurture neighborhood childcare pods for single mothers and mothers of young children, while gathering and maintaining pivotal data on the collective needs of our members. This role plays a critical part in organizing, empowering, and training childcare workers to establish liberating small- and micro- business development practices.

We look for someone who uses a racial equity lens to open access, education, and economic mobility for early childcare workers. In conjunction, the ECC organizer will develop organizing guides, manuals, blogs, infographics and case studies to equip our families, as well as marginalized communities nationwide, with the tools necessary to improve the childcare system. Finally, the ECC Organizer is poised to advance MLOV's foundational mission to dismantle language barriers from DC public services.


75% (30 Hrs)
● Collaborate with MLOV Staff, Board, and Allied organizations to plan and execute small and large scale campaigns for Birth to Three investment and Language Access
● Plan and execute targeted outreach in underinvested communities throughout DC on MLOV’s priorities and events.
● Schedule 1:1 and group sessions with constituent leaders, elected officials and key stakeholders to increase commitment in Language Access, B3 investment in the communities we organize, and policy changes that would benefit our communities.
● Assist in training and supporting member-leaders in advocacy and organizing skills
● Draft educational and advocacy materials (e.g., fact sheets, blog posts, call-to-action emails, social media, etc.) to support program and campaign goals.

● Lead a community mapping project, through participatory action research, of the informal networks of early care and education in Black and Latinx Indigenous, Immigrant, and People of Color Communities.
● Identify Leaders within the Registered in-home Family Care provider network
● Work with MLOV Staff to establish a Parent Committee to address B3 and other issues impacting the communities we organize
● Share responsibility with MLOV ED to staff B3 Steering Committee Meetings and work with Coalition partners
● Lead Organizer of a Committee of B3 Providers in the formal and informal network of early care and education
● Identifying, training and supporting member leaders in MLOV’s Storytelling Project

15% (6hrs)
● Work with MLOV’s ED and the DC Language Access Coalition to build organizational relationships and coalesce around strategies and tactics to increase the city’s investment in Birth to Three programs with low-income and historically underinvested communities.
● Meet regularly with Coalition partners and attend coalition meetings and compose minute meeting notes. Work may include a scan of DCLAC partners re: their B3 Programs and conversations determining levels of engagement
● Complete other administrative duties as assigned by the Executive Director

10% (Administrative 4hrs)
● Assist with MLOV’s digital organizing program
● Follow up calls with individual and coalition members
● 1-1 meetings with ED, staff meetings

Requirements:

Our ideal candidate has the following qualifications:

● At least 2 years of work experience in community organizing, union organizing, issue advocacy, or electoral campaign work that engages the public;
● Proven skills in working and communicating with diverse communities, especially with working class and poor communities of color;
● Intimate knowledge of DC underserved and underinvested communities, particularly in Wards 1 and 4;
● Strong written and oral communication skills;
● Ability to be comfortable working with press, as well as with social media and email communications;
● Ability to work in a small office environment with a positive, hard-working attitude and excitement to pitch in when needed;
● A passion for, and commitment to, social and racial justice with a deep understanding of structural racism and responsibility to transformative anti-racism work;
● Comfort with technology and social media, including proficiency with Twitter, Facebook, Google and Microsoft products;
● Computer and other standard office equipment skills sufficient to prepare flyers and other communications necessary to maintain databases and email;
● Interest in building relationships with diverse leaders and demonstrated success in running campaigns to win progressive change;
● Practical time management skills, with an ability to work effectively under pressure and to prioritize multiple activities and responsibilities;
● A personal approach that values the individual and respects differences of race, ethnicity, age, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, religion, ability and socio-economic circumstances;
● Outgoing personality and comfortable speaking with people from a range of backgrounds;
● Posses strong facilitation skills leading in-person events;
● Organized and self-motivated, able to juggle responsibilities and prioritize your workload with minimal oversight;
● Able to work evenings and weekends as necessary; and
● A sense of humor!

Preferred but not Required

● Familiarity with early childhood development issues, either through lived-experience or an understanding of policy;
● Experience in developing and carrying out ambitious fundraising campaigns and meeting ambitious, high-dollar goals;
● Working knowledge of, or hunger to learn digital organizing platforms;
● The ability to read, write and speak a 2nd language other than English;
● Experience in large-scale coordinated actions that have strategic impact; and
● Ability to travel within/between DC Wards.

MLOV is committed to pursuing racial equity, both within the work we do, as well as within our staffing. Racial equity is more than a commitment at MLOV -- it is the foundation of what we do. We highly encourage applicants from marginalized communities to apply.

This is a full-time (40 hours/wk), salaried position with compensation in the range of $42,000 to $44,000, depending on experience. Benefits include: Health insurance, paid vacation, sick leave and holidays along with a flexible work schedule and monthly travel stipend.

To apply: Please email your resume and cover letter to hiring@mlovdc.org with the position listed in the Subject line.

Please Send all documents in PDF format and labeled:
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Many Languages One Voice is an equal opportunity employer. We value a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture. MLOV encourages applications from all qualified individuals without regard to arrest or conviction, race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, and veteran status. Black and Indigenous people, Immigrants, and other people of color are strongly encouraged to apply. Preference will be given to applicants who live in Washington, DC and understand its unique policy landscape.**