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Chapter Organizing Fellow

Scholars Strategy Network

Part Time

Posted: 01/16/2020

Application Deadline:

Location:

Cambridge,

JOB DESCRIPTION

The Scholars Strategy Network (SSN) is looking for a Chapter Organizing Fellow (or intern if the applicant is an undergraduate student). The Fellow will be responsible for helping the Chapters and Membership Team in supporting SSN’s almost 40 existing and emerging chapters as they work to build communities of engaged scholars and inform local policy. The Fellow will report to the Associate Director of Chapters.

This position is part-time with an hourly wage of $15-$18 per hour, based on qualifications and experience, and requires a commitment of 15-20 hours per week. This position will ideally begin in January 2020 and run through June 2020, with the possibility of extension. Please include your earliest start date in your cover letter.

SSN’s offices are in Inman Square, at 1035 Cambridge St., Cambridge, MA 02141. Some remote work may be possible. Please mention any regular needs for remote work in your cover letter.

 

ABOUT THE SCHOLARS STRATEGY NETWORK

The Scholars Strategy Network is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that connects journalists, policymakers, and civic leaders to America’s top scholars and their research. Together they inform news and help solve the nation’s toughest policy problems. Across the country, chapters and scholars volunteer their research, time and energy. Scholars join the network to become part of a community of leading researchers who are dedicated to improving policy and strengthening democracy. Through the network, journalists, policymakers, and civic leaders connect with responsive scholars and jargon-free research to support their work.

The Chapters and Membership team coaches and supports SSN’s chapter leaders so they can build communities of engaged members and generate opportunities for these members to inform policy and strengthen democracy. The team shares best practices between chapters, offers training opportunities, and documents victories.

The Chapters and Membership team also helps prospective members learn about SSN, write documents for public engagement, and become active members. The team helps scholars develop the skills and networks necessary to contribute research and ideas to inform policy debates.

 

RESPONSIBILITIES

Core responsibilities

  • Provide chapter support: Work with the Associate Director of Chapters to conduct monthly audits of chapters to document progress on the chapter’s plans for the year, follow up after events, offer best practices, and compile materials for support.

  • Track chapter victories: Build SSN’s knowledge of chapter progress and victories by updating chapter event calendars, following up with chapters, and recording updates. Work with the SSN Development and Communications teams where appropriate to share these stories, and update colleagues internally at staff meetings as schedules permits.
  • Develop and evaluate new webinar series: Assist in developing, implementing, and evaluating a new monthly webinar series for chapter leaders and members.
  • Assist in training logistics­­: Support the team in coordinating in-person media and policy engagement trainings for chapters across the country. This would include helping the local chapter coordinate logistics, research about and outreach to local scholars and university centers to advertise the training, and research about and outreach to other local stakeholders for training panel presentations and staff meetings with during a visit.

Additional responsibilities depending on experience, interest, and department needs

  • Policy and relationship-building coaching: Coach chapter leaders and chapter fellows to identify opportunities for chapter members to engage in relationship building to impact policy. The Fellow would track policy issues that are of particular interest to SSN chapters and members. 

  • Knowledge bank: Gather insights from chapter leaders and fellows’ successes to share with other chapters and, where appropriate, document their process for future chapters or for content in how-to documents.

     

QUALIFICATIONS

The ideal candidate for this position would be:

  • A graduate student, advanced undergraduate student, or have equivalent experience
  • Committed to SSN’s mission, interested in evidence-based policy, and eager to learn more about when and how research is used in policymaking
  • Experienced in policy research, including legislative bill tracking
  • Familiar with, and eager to learn more about, network organizing and general community organizing principles
  • Self-motivated, professional, positive, and trustworthy
  • Able to move among tasks and manage task follow-up
  • An excellent writer and proofreader
  • Organized, detail-oriented, and willing to ask questions
  • Excited to learn and apply new skills
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office, Google Apps, Dropbox, Salesforce, and/or Zoom

     

HOW TO APPLY

Email a cover letter, resume, short writing sample, and names and contact information of two references to Danielle Mulligan at jobs@scholars.org with subject line “Chapter Organizing Fellow - [Your Name].” Applications are being reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

SSN is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of age, class, color, disability, ethnicity, faith, gender, national origin, race, sexual orientation, or gender identity. People of color, people with disabilities, LGBTQ individuals, and women are strongly encouraged to apply. Candidates who fill some, but not all of the qualifications above are still encouraged to apply. We encourage you to view SSN’s statement on diversity, equity, and inclusion, located here.

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Allied Media Conference

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The Allied Media Conference explores the intersections of media and communications, art, technology, education, and social justice through media-based organizing, or any collaborative process that uses media, art or technology to address the roots of problems and advance holistic solutions towards a more just and creative world.

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Creating Change

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The Creating Change Conference, run by the National LGBTQ Task Force, is the foremost political, leadership, and skills-building conference for the LGBTQ social justice movement.

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SNCC Anniversary Conference

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The Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) anniversary conference brings together a wide array of today’s young on-the-ground activists and organizers. Reaching across generations, the 60th anniversary is intended to consider the past and the present with the aim of addressing the kind of future we can build and strategies for doing so.

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Pursuing Justice 2020

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Pursuing Justice is Bend the Arc's national convening of a multi-racial, multi-ethnic Jewish social justice movement dedicated to building a more progressive democracy.

Pursuing Justice 2020 will bring together 1,000 activists and organizers for three days of learning, connecting, and taking action. If you are ready to be part of a powerful community informed by the long Jewish legacy of pursuing racial and economic justice, we want you to join us.

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Organizing Director - Ohio Organizing Collaborative

The Ohio Organizing Collaborative

Full-Time

Posted: 09/24/2019

Application Deadline:

Location:

Youngstown,

Ohio Organizing Collaborative

The Ohio Organizing Collaborative (OOC) is an innovative statewide organization that unites community organizing groups, labor unions, faith organizations and policy institutes to build a transformative base of power to achieve social, racial and economic justice in Ohio. OOC employs approximately 30 organizers and staff in seven offices across the state, and anchors a network of 18 member organizations with leaders in all major metropolitan areas and some rural areas in Ohio. For more information, visit www.ohorganizing.org.

Required Skills and Abilities

The Organizing Director is a self-motivated and detail-oriented critical thinker with a strong track record of successfully managing a variety of key initiatives concurrently. S/he is committed to the principles of social justice, has a strong leadership background, and knows how to manage assignments and solve problems quickly and efficiently.

The Organizing Director possesses excellent planning and organizational skills, excellent time management skills, excellent interpersonal skills, and strong written and oral communication skills. Ideally, s/he must have at least five to ten years of related organizing experience and is proficient in office software, database software, and web-based communication/collaboration tools.

Position Responsibilities

The Organizing Director reports to the Executive Director. S/he plays a key role on a talented and dedicated team that minimizes weaknesses, shares strengths and maintains high standards. S/he is able to work effectively with diverse staff, leaders, partners, and the general public. The Organizing Director:

  • Develops and implements quarterly campaign/work plans and a yearly professional development plan

  • Functions as a member of the senior management team, training team, and other teams as assigned
  • Oversees the successful development and management of all organizing campaigns, including strategizing and cutting issues for short- and long-term campaigns on local, regional and state platforms
  • Works with team leads to manage organizing staff and oversee the recruitment and training of organizers
  • Oversees the successful development and management of the organization’s leadership base, including the production of turnout for statewide leadership meetings, direct actions and community meetings
  • Integrates community organizing with long-term, community-driven policy change efforts
  • Prepares weekly reports, campaign briefs, meeting summaries, and all related materials as required
  • Assists communications staff with campaign framing and messaging, including collaborating on talking points, press releases, reports, blogs, social media, and other communications materials as necessary
  • Assists development staff with membership and fundraising efforts, including the solicitation of dues, event sponsorships, foundation grants and individual donations as necessary
  • Attends and actively participate in team and statewide meetings, meet at least biweekly with campaign supervisor, submit all reports in a timely manner, and attend professional organizer trainings as required
  • Performs all other duties as required

Position Details

The Organizing Director is a full-time position. A Bachelors Degree or equivalent experience is required. Salary is dependent upon experience, and includes health/dental insurance, vacation, and retirement match.

The Organizing Director must be bondable, possess an Ohio driver’s license, and have access to a reliable Automobile. In-state and national travel is required. Work-related expenses are reimbursed according to policy. OOC is an equal-opportunity employer.

25 East Boardman Street 6XLWH - Youngstown, OH 44503 www.ohorganizing.org

EEO/AAP Policy Statement

The Ohio Organizing Collaborative provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex,national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, criminal history, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion,termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, and training.

Application Instructions

Applications will be accepted until this position is filled. To apply, please submit your resume and 3 references to Marissa Murphy, Managing Director, at marissa@ohorganizing.org.

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Economic Justice Organizer - SPACEs in Action

Safe Place for the Advancement of Community and Equity In Action

Full-Time

Posted: 09/24/2019

Application Deadline:

Location:

Washington,

Salary is negotiable and commensurate with experience.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

The EJO will report to the Executive Director of SPACEs In Action/SIA and will:

  • Work with leaders to build and implement the strategic vision for emerging campaigns to address the issue of generational poverty in the DC metro region.
  • • Build a base of community leaders and leader-driven teams
  • In partnership with others, research and define what will constitute a campaign “win” and secure support of the campaign
  • As part of the larger effort described above, make a substantive contribution to a local community campaign and our national opportunities. This entails functioning as the staff lead for one local organizing campaign. And having primary responsibility for outreach, recruitment and turnout with respect to the local and national campaigns.
  • Provide assorted training to individual leaders and partner organizations with respect to outreach and recruitment, campaigns and strategic communications, just to name a few topics.
  • Cultivate relationships with and represent SIA in assorted city-wide and region-wide coalitions and alliances. This may entail significant local travel between and among the jurisdictions that encompass the Washington, DC metropolitan area. And will require that the EJO own or have access to a private vehicle to facilitate local travel
  • Serve as a compelling – and, when necessary, provocative — spokesperson for a unique approach to addressing concentrated and generational poverty.

Experience

  • Knowledge of community organizing and issue campaigns — at least one year —including but not limited to one-on-one relational meetings, power mapping, direct action, training, group management/facilitation and outreach and recruitment.
  • At least one year of experience working within a not-for-profit social justice organization.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Knowledge of strategic campaign planning.
  • Effective understanding of the dynamics of race and racism in the U.S. and how both play out with respect to individuals and institutions (systems and structures).
  • Effective customer service skills. Ability to communicate with volunteer leaders and organizational staff with sensitivity. Experience in dealing with a variety of personalities and educational levels.
  • A strong track record of outreach and leader engagement in campaigns, mobilizing people into action, and building community leadership.
  • Knowledge of how to develop a power analysis and campaign strategy.
  • A strong unwavering commitment to addressing concentrated and generational poverty through organizing and building people power to win.
  • A demonstrated commitment to social justice, strong analysis of systemic oppression based on race, class, gender, sexual orientation and gender identity, and an understanding of challenges facing communities of color and low-and moderate-income families.
  • Driver’s license and vehicle (see above for more details)
  • Dedication and ability to work flexible hours (including evenings and weekends)
  • Excellent organizational skills and good attention to detail
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • A high level of self-motivation and a proven ability to work independently, as well as, collaboratively
  • Problem solving skills.
  • Capacity to engage community members one-on-one and run meetings and trainings.
  • Comfortable working in community and organizational environments characterized by VUCA (Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity and Ambiguity). If you require predictability in your day-to-day work and rigid systems, this position may not be for you.
  • Strong commitment to innovation and experimentation – a commitment to creating, testing, “failing” and learning from “failure.”
  • Ability to work well with diverse groups and populations

Organizational Relationships

  • The EJO will work closely with: a) Executive Director of SIA; and b) volunteer community leaders and organizational partners.

Physical Demands

  • Job requires an ability to stand or ‘be on your feet’ for at least 3 consecutive hours for the purpose of performing outreach and recruitment tasks and/or group facilitation/training. Job also requires an ability to stand at a copy machine or other device for 30 minutes or more. Lastly, the job requires significant local travel within the Washington, DC metropolitan area. Thus, the Lead Organizer should expect to spend anywhere from 30 to 60 consecutive minutes operating a vehicle.

Work Environment

  • The EJO will work out of the SPACEs office in Washington, D.C. The office is handicap accessible and ergonomically friendly. In addition, it has adequate lighting and AC/heating conditions. The Organizer will occupy a desk or cubicle in an environment that has a low level of background noise.

Application Process

Send a cover letter and resume to LaDon@SPACEsInAction.org SPACEs In Action, a project of Fusion Partnership, is an “at-will” and equal opportunity employer. Applicants and employees shall not be discriminated against because of race, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, mental or physical disability, sexual orientation, gender (including pregnancy and gender expression) identity, color, marital status, veteran status, medical condition, or any other classification protected by federal, state, or local law or ordinance.

Reasonable accommodation will be made so that qualified disabled applicants may participate in the application process. Please advise in writing of special needs at the time of application."

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Hartford Community Organizer - Make the Road CT

Make the Road CT

Full-Time

Posted: 09/24/2019

Application Deadline:

Location:

Hartford,

About the Position

We seek an energetic Hartford Community Organizer who will have the primary responsibility of building and supporting the parent committee (Madres Guerreras) thru base building, leadership development and executing a local campaign to guarantee language access to immigrant parents within Hartford Public Schools. Secondary responsibilities will be to further develop a rapid response plan and network. We seek a candidate to have one year of experience in outreach to community members, coordination of local actions and mobilization for statewide actions. Candidate will grow into engaging allies across the state and the city to advance our organizational power. The Hartford Community Organizer will report to the Organizing Director.

Primary Responsibilities

Community Organizer will be responsible for

  • Identifying, recruiting and developing community members.

  • Facilitate committee meetings and develop members to facilitate their meetings.

  • Develop and implement campaign work plans.

  • Plan local actions with parent strategy committee.

  • Develop testimonies with members for press.

  • Work with directly impacted people to give testimonies that advance our campaigns.

  • Navigate community and political relationships and empower parent leaders to do this for their own committee. 

  • Develop political education materials in conjunction with our campaigns and facilitate regular political education workshops as part the parent committee meetings.

  • Collaborate with the Bridgeport parent committee to build our statewide power.

  • Develop a leadership pipeline that sustain parent leader and activist growth and ensuring that members are taking leads on outreach, popular education training and other work that they are doing through 1-1s, phone banking, and parent KYR trainings. 

Secondary Responsibilities

  • Point person for rapid response in the Harford area.

  • Develop a data base for Hartford story collections.

  • Foster relationships with immigration attorneys and advocacy groups.

  • Conduct immigration know your rights presentations.

  • Recruitment, confirmation, and follow up for Hartford Immigration Legal Clinics.

  • Take lead on addressing immigration issues and concerns during monthly general meetings.

  • Be able to work in a fast and start up environment.

  • Continuously seek opportunities to organize around housing rights or worker’s issues. 

Qualifications

The Community Organizer must have the following:

  • At least 1 years of experience in community, labor, or other relevant organizing fields.

  • Demonstrated commitment to social justice, community organizing, leadership development and the elevation of directly impacted and marginalized people to create change.

  • Speaking and writing in English/Spanish is required. 

  • A car and driver’s license is required. 

  • Ability to manage simultaneous projects in a fast-paced environment at a growing organization. 

  • Ability to travel between Hartford and Bridgeport on a regular basis.

Salary

Competitive annual salary based on relevant work experience, education, and other factors. This is a full time position that includes a generous benefits package including medical, dental, and vision insurance and 401K.

To Apply

Make the Road CT is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employers and seek to ensure equal opportunity and equal treatment of all employees and applicants for employment without unlawful discrimination as to race, creed, religion, color, citizenship, national origin, sex, age, disability, marital status, gender identity, genetic information and sexual orientation, in all employment decisions including but not limited to hiring, compensation, benefits, training, termination, and all other terms and conditions of employment.

To apply please send a resume and cover letter to Barbara Lopez, Director of Make the Road CTbarbara.lopez@maketheroadct.org and please put “Application: Make the Road CT for Hartford Community Organizer” in the subject line of the email.

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Construction Worker Organizer

Centro de Trabajadores Unidos en la Lucha

Full-Time

Posted: 09/24/2019

Application Deadline:

Location:

Twin Ciites ,

Position Description

This is a full-time, salaried position organizing construction workers. This work will be carried out in the community and at workers’ homes and workplaces to organize workers to join a movement fighting for fair wages and working conditions for themselves and others. This includes meeting new workers, identifying potential leaders, and developing leadership to build power in their workplace and in their communities. It also includes supporting workers who are experiencing wage theft at work to communicate with employers to win back stolen wages and highlight their victories.

General Requirements

  • Have a passion for organizing workers
  • Always do the work with the goal of advancing CTUL’s mission
  • Be able to go outside of your comfort zone and push workers outside of theirs
  • Take initiative to develop your own leadership to complete your goals and expectations
  • Responsible and dependable
  • Previous experience working in construction highly desired
  • Have a car and be comfortable driving
  • Have a flexible schedule, including some early mornings, nights and weekends
  • Written and spoken Spanish skills required. Bilingual English/Spanish a plus.
  • Previous organizing experience is helpful but NOT necessary if you are motivated and willing to learn

Primary Responsibilities

Construction Worker organizer (90% of work)

  • Find new workers at work and at their homes
  • Set up 1-1 meetings with workers identified at work and through other contacts
  • Listen and understand the interests of each worker in your area
  • Identify potential leaders
  • Motivate and agitate workers to fight
  • Be persistent obtaining commitments from workers
  • Get workers to take action, take risks in confronting their boss
  • Develop meeting agendas and facilitate meetings to engage construction workers
  • Build CTUL’s membership and collect membership contributions
  • Meet and communicate regularly with team to evaluate and improve work
  • Participate in creating new strategic ideas on how to engage workers
  • Participate in and lead direct action
  • Report on organizing activities to your team and the organization

CTUL general support (10% of time)

  • Perform tasks as part of the team that develop leadership with all workers in CTUL’s base
  • Support other organizers when necessary for organizational goals
  • Be part of raising money to support the organization

Salary & Benefits

● $40,000 yearly salary starting, with raise after the 1st year

● Cost of living increase every calendar year

● Low cost Medical and Dental Insurance

● 3 weeks paid vacation per year

● 12 paid sick days per year

● + more



Please send resume, cover letter, and references to Ruth Schultz at ruth@ctul.net. People of color are strongly encouraged to apply.

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National Civic Engagement and Politics Manager

The Center for Popular Democracy

Full-Time

Posted: 09/24/2019

Application Deadline:

Location:

Washington,

About the Position:

The Center for Popular Democracy/CPD Action (CPD/CPDA) is seeking an experienced electoral organizer to run a sophisticated training and support program for political staffers of our affiliates around the country. The CE and Politics Manager will support our affiliates to develop and implement their political plans (c3 and c4), develop and coordinate gatherings where affiliate staff can meet as peers to share their best work and lessons, and deliver trainings that increase our network’s capacity in the field.

The CE and Politics Manager will work as part of our Politics Team, supporting national strategy, but also investing heavily in the state by state priorities of our network affiliates, traveling frequently and identifying resources and opportunities for affiliates to improve their work. This position will run the Political Directors Cohort, in which lead political staff of each organization gather several times per year to share strategies and learn from each other. Working with our Data Director, the position will help our partners’ take advantage of the best voter technologies, and data to conduct their programs. The Manager will also work closely with  our Organizing and Capacity-Building Team to coordinate programs offering support to affiliates.

Primary Responsibilities

The National Civic Engagement and Politics Manager will:

  • Convene and Facilitate the Political Directors Learning Community, made up of 30-40 Political leads from affiliates;

  • Travel extensively to affiliate organizations to support political plan development, support and implementation;

  • Serve as the lead staff identifying and confirming civic engagement training for affiliates; 

  • Provide 1-on-1 strategic and tactical advice to affiliates and to national staff on civic engagement strategies;  

  • Support the consolidation of a “Political Organizing Model” across affiliates and the network as a whole, through consultation, documentation and electoral analysis

  • Coordinate with CPD program staff in other issue areas to find opportunities for aligned work and cross-campaign coordination.

Job Qualifications

Applicants should possess:

  • Commitment to social and racial justice issues, building the power of communities and understanding of challenges facing immigrant communities, communities of color, and low-and moderate income families;

  • Minimum of 7+ years of integrated civic engagement experience at local, state levels;  

  • Experience developing annual and multi-year electoral plans for community organizations, including ballot initiatives, independent expenditures for/against candidates, GOTV, voter registration efforts;

  • Experience with the wide range of electoral tactics employed by community organizations, including canvassing, phonebanking, direct mail, SMS, digital ads, earned media, volunteer and paid operations;

  • Familiarity with legal frameworks for 501c3 and 501c4 eligible activities

  • Excellent relationship-building skills with significant experience building and sustaining working relationships across geography and with community leaders and organizers of color;

  • Experience with front of the room participatory meeting and training facilitation

  • Significant project management experience and the ability to juggle multiple projects at a time and work in a fast-paced work environment;  

  • Independent self-starter and go-getter who can drive projects and teams internally and externally;

  • Excellent writing and communication skills; and

  • Experience with fundraising preferred.

Salary and Benefits

The salary range for this position is competitive and commensurate with experience. We have a generous benefits package, including health insurance, dental insurance, vision insurance, 15 vacation days per year, 10 sick days per year, 12 paid holidays per year, and contribution to individuals’ 401K plan.

HOW TO APPLY: Please submit your cover letter and resume through our hiring portal: https://cpd.hiringthing.com/job/117869/national-civic-engagement-and-politics-manager

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

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