Rise is Hiring: Community Organizing Director

Rise is hiring a Community Organizing Director to mobilize NYC parents impacted by the child welfare system and lead our Parents’ Platform for community investment and community-based approaches to preventing and reducing systemic harm.

The ideal candidate is a parent who has been personally impacted by the child welfare system or related system who has worked as a community organizer, is experienced in leading teams and facilitation and/or has been involved in advocacy in other community justice movements.

This is a full-time role. All work will be remote for now because of COVID-19 but this position will be based in Rise’s NYC office when possible.

The Community Organizing Director will:

  • Develop and lead campaigns based on Rise’s mission, participatory action research report and identified policy priorities 
  • Outreach to aligned justice organizations to recruit parent participants
  • Co-develop and facilitate opportunities for community healing, advocacy and leadership-building for parent participants
  • Collaborate with Rise leadership and staff to develop strategy and lead and hold the big picture for campaigns, base building, leadership development, online organizing, political education and action strategies 
  • Publicly share our blueprint for investment in impacted families and communities
  • Educate NYC’s political leadership about parents’ priorities
  • Identify and build key external relationships with organizational partners as it supports our work and our goals, and where we have unique “added value” to larger systemic efforts across political education, grassroots power building, and issue campaigns;

Rise’s mission is to build the leadership of child welfare-impacted parents to create a future where community is strong for families under stress and child welfare involvement is rare, just and healing.


Rise prioritizes candidates with lived experience with being impacted by the child welfare system and/or other punitive and oppressive systems.

In addition, the ideal job candidate will have:

  • 3-5 years of experience in advocacy in child welfare or community justice movements;
  • Background in community organizing, legislative advocacy and abolition movements;
  • Experience running complex projects, supervising and leading teams, and facilitation;
  • Excellent public speaking and writing skills;
  • Interpersonal skills to work sensitively on topics involving trauma, stress and healing;
  • Social media skills to amplify parents’ political agenda, as well as basic computer skills including the Google / Microsoft Office Suite;
  • Passion for parent leadership and preventing child welfare involvement.

Rise is committed to parent leadership and will provide opportunities for a self-directed learner to gain skills.

Please note that this role requires flexibility in hours and ability to travel locally in order to connect with parents, community members and allied community organizations.


Salary range is $50-$55,000, commensurate with experience. Excellent benefits include: medical, dental and eye coverage; 4 weeks of vacation; TransitCheks, health savings and dependent savings account, etc. Rise is a partner project of the Fund for the City of New York.

To Apply

Please email a cover letter and resume to info@risemagazine.org. Please do not apply without taking a close look at Rise’s work: www.risemagazine.org.

Anticipated hire date is January 15, 2023; however, the position will remain open until it is filled. 

Candidates will be contacted for virtual interviews on a rolling basis. We are unable to respond to all applications.

Rise values a diverse workforce and culture that centers the leadership of impacted parents. We

strongly encourage applications from women, gender expansive people and people of color as well as people with prior contact with the child welfare system.

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