Lead Organizer

Full-time, Exempt

Chinatown, Washington, D.C.



We're shaping fair and equitable public policy so that all of DC's children and youth grow up safe, resilient, powerful, and heard.   

DC Action for Children was founded in 1992 by six women concerned about the deteriorating conditions for children in the city. Together, they established a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization and transformed it into an independent voice for kids to advance public policies that improve their well-being, especially those most affected by poverty and racism.  

With the support of individuals and private foundations, DC Action for Children uses research, data, and a focus on race equity to break down barriers that stand in the way of all kids reaching their full potential. Our collaborative advocacy campaigns empower young people and all residents to raise their voices to create change. 



DC Action for Children is seeking a full-time Lead Organizer to model, coach and train a team of six community organizers, the heart and soul of Under 3 DC, a new grassroots coalition.

All children deserve a strong beginning and a limitless future. Under 3 DC harnesses the voice and power of expectant parents and families with very young children (and others) to create social change. Our efforts center on families experiencing racial and economic injustice. We shine a spotlight on the need for more public investments for families with infants and toddlers. Together, we can set the city on a path to create and sustain a high-quality, equitable early childhood system.

The ideal candidate will support the development and execution of Under 3 DC coalition’s community engagement strategy with a lens toward racial and gender equity. The Lead Organizer will have experience leading a group of community organizers and have experience with child and family issue campaigns. This position will be an employee of DC Action for Children, where the Coalition is housed, and report to the Under 3 DC Coalition Director.




  • Under the supervision of the Coalition Director, develop and execute a coordinated  organizing strategy that aims to expand coalition membership, build capacity of community organizers, and create long-term community and workforce engagement 

  • Build trusting relationships with coalition members and organizing staff in order to strengthen collaboration and deepen their commitment to the coalition

  • Collaborate with community organizers, some from organizing groups, others from advocacy groups, and some from service organizations, to develop and align their goals and work plans with the campaign’s overarching organizing strategy 

  • Support community organizers in the execution of their individual organizing strategies by identifying resources, providing guidance during planning process and operational support

  • Ability to identify organizing opportunities and appropriate moments to escalate the campaign as well as experience transitioning supporters to members and members to leaders

  • Monitor organizing team’s effectiveness and evaluate progress against the campaign plan and goals

  • Weekly meetings with organizers for individual coaching sessions and check-ins to discuss work updates/progress

  • Utilizes most effective methods for inspiring, motivating and engaging organizers 

  • Assess the education and training needs of community organizers and coalition members and develop and facilitate tailored trainings to meet individual and group needs

  • Identify external training and professional development opportunities for community organizers and coalition leaders 

  • Assist or lead in the execution of rapid response actions, including in-person mobilization, earned media opportunities, phone banks, email and social media actions, texting, and virtual town halls

  • Experience with digital organizing and an understanding of how to move people to take action, transitioning them from online to offline action takers and vice versa 

  • Collaborate with Senior Communications Manager in the development of campaign messaging, digital and communications content to ensure community voice

  • Ensure timely entry and maintenance of coalition data including membership, meeting attendance, events, etc., and provide reporting, as needed

  • Represent Under 3 DC at community events and meetings and participates in coalition leadership meetings

  • Perform other duties as assigned




  • Relevant organizing experience. At least 6-8 years of experience organizing communities in one of the following areas: education, health, mental health, and economic security. 

  • Successful leadership development experience. You’ve successfully led and developed the capacity of a team of community organizers in order to win an issue campaign and possess knowledge of training and principles of effective leadership and mentoring.

  • Experience working with diverse coalitions of organizations to achieve a common goal. Demonstrated ability to manage an inclusive process to gather input, reconcile differing points of view and then make decisions. 

  • Commitment to diversity and inclusion. You have a strong commitment to anti-racist principles and apply them to your daily work. 

  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills. Able to initiate and build relationships with diverse stakeholders and maintain clear channels of communications.

  • Great sense of humor. You complement rigor and high standards with an ability to encourage fun and laughter in a team environment. 

  • Flexibility. Ability to pivot and re-prioritize as campaign goals and strategies shift or evolve.

  • In it for the long haul. You are not just looking for a one year engagement, but have a long-term vision for the campaign and looking to stay for a few years to see the fruits of your labor; and see the Campaign through to winning full funding for early childhood systems. 



The salary range for this position is $70,000-$75,000, commensurate with qualifications and experience. DC Action for Children offers a generous benefits package, a great team, and a working environment committed to fostering staff growth and leadership. 



To apply, please complete the Lead Organizer Job Application.

This announcement will remain posted until the position is filled. No phone calls, please.   

DC Action for Children recognizes and honors diversity in race, ethnicity, culture, age, abilities, gender, sexual orientation, and places where people live. We seek to reflect this diversity in all aspects of our work, including the composition of our board, staff, and volunteers. Further, DC Action for Children seeks to be a multicultural and culturally competent organization that works for equity among all people. We strongly encourage applications from people of color, immigrants, refugees, women, people with disabilities, members of the LGBTQ community and other underrepresented and historically marginalized groups. 

Please note that only those individuals whose qualifications match the current needs of this position will receive responses from DC Action for Children.