Employment Opportunities

See below for opportunities to apply for employment as a staff member with CADRE:

Posting Date: July 25, 2017

Apply to be a CADRE Community Organizer

CADRE is seeking to hire a community organizer who is experienced and passionate about igniting and developing the leadership and unity of parents of color, and supporting their power to change our public education system and end the school-to-prison pipeline crisis.  Based in South Los Angeles, California, a CADRE Community Organizer will have the opportunity to:

  • Learn a deep level of engagement and relationship building that fosters personal transformation and solidarity among our leaders
  • Help expand the role of parents at schools to include racial justice/solidarity and decriminalization of students and parents of color
  • Practice sharing power and decision-making with parents across language and culture
  • Experience many opportunities for personal and professional growth
  • Contribute to CADRE’s organizational development and impact as a movement building organization

You can read an overview about CADRE below. Please CLICK HERE to view the full Community Organizer job description. This position will start no earlier than September 1st and will remain open until filled.     

To apply, please send electronically to the email address, with COMMUNITY ORGANIZER POSITION in the subject line, the following attachments with clear and up-to-date contact information on both:

  1. Cover letter – in this letter please be sure to indicate and highlight your specific skills and experience in working with parents/adults/elders in a training capacity, as well as any experience you have in educational advocacy.  This letter also serves as a potential writing sample if applicants are invited to the next round of consideration.
  2. Resume – please be sure it includes your most recent experience in the above two areas.

Applicants who receive consideration should expect an initial in-person interview at CADRE; those who reach the second stage of consideration should expect at least one group interview with CADRE staff and parent leaders that will be done bilingually in English and Spanish.

Upon receiving your application, you should expect an immediate acknowledgement.  After that we will only be contacting the applicants whom we feel are a potential match for this position and for CADRE.  We unfortunately cannot contact everyone who submits an application; however, if you are unsure of the status of your application, and would like to confirm that it is not being considered further as well as know the reasons why, you may email for that clarification.  


Community Asset Development Re-defining Education (CADRE) is an independent, community-based, organizing and social justice-driven parent membership organization in South Los Angeles founded in 2001. CADRE is led by Black/African American and Latino parents and caregivers whose children attend local schools in the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD). We build power to win systemic change – through new policies and challenging existing ones as part of a movement towards educational and racial justice.

Our mission is to solidify and advance parent leadership to ensure that all children are rightfully educated regardless of where they live.  CADRE challenges schools’ beliefs and practices that criminalize children and parents and violate their human rights to a quality education, dignity, and participation in our current public education system.

We reach for our mission through parent organizing.  For CADRE, parent organizing includes:  building a membership base and core leaders; leadership development and capacity building; political education; an on-going systemic change campaign based on parent monitoring and holding schools accountable for human and civil rights; participatory action research; individual advocacy; working in coalitions and building a movement; and last but not least, healing, transformation, and building collective solidarity among parents.  All of this is done with the deep participation of our parent leaders through the centering of their lives as parents of color, raising families of color, in historically disenfranchised South LA.

We have matured from our South LA living-room roots to become a trusted parent organization locally, statewide, and nationally.  Through our Human Right to Education Campaign, CADRE has won policy changes in 2007, 2013, and 2014 that have led to historic reductions in suspensions in LAUSD and to new approaches to positive, restorative school discipline and climate.  CADRE also co-founded the national Dignity in Schools Campaign, along with its Los Angeles and California-based chapters.

Our vision is that schools will respect and cultivate the humanity, collective spirit and resilience of Black and Latino families, and contribute to a shared vision of South LA as a unified community that has power and self-determination.