Jobs With Justice Education Fund is an affirmative action employer and strongly encourages people of color, women, l/g/b/t/q individuals, those with disabilities, and those with working class backgrounds to apply.
Foundation Relations Manager, Jobs With Justice
Jobs With Justice Education Fund (JWJEF) is hiring a Foundations Relation Manager to join our dynamic fundraising and development team and make a difference in the lives of working people. The Foundation Relations Manager is part of the JWJEF team that leads efforts to strategically develop relationships with and strengthen financial support from foundations to advance the organization and our network’s goals and objectives. The primary purpose of this position is to coordinate key relationships with foundations interested in underwriting the work of the organization. The primary responsibility for this role is overall foundation proposal management with primary writing responsibilities for narrative reports and proposals. The candidate should also be able to identify and research potential funders, track relationships with foundations, and oversee the process of developing introductory engagements, concept notes, letters of inquiry, all in collaboration with JWJEF’s management team and program staff. This position is remote with the option of being in our office in Washington DC. This position will be supervised by the Development Director.
- Secure financial support from foundations and other institutional sources.
- Support the development and maintenance of ongoing relationships with foundation funders.
- Develop and track grant proposal and report deadlines for all foundations.
- Coordinate the proposal writing and proposal submission process; ensures all proposals meet JWJEF standards and policies.
- In coordination with Development team, maintain strong communication with funders via newsletters or other publications to demonstrate financial need and show the fiscal responsibility of the organization.
- Support organization-wide collaboration on foundation relations, including working closely with programs, Communications, Finance, Executive, and the Development staff.
- Manages a portfolio of the organization’s supporting foundations, and assists in cultivation and stewardship activities for funders.
- Assists with efforts to engage JWJEF programs on a regular basis to keep Development team abreast of campaigns, projects, and events, as well as opportunities to engage funders and prospects.
- Research prospective foundations to build relationships with, supporting the Development Team’s overall cultivation goals.
Detailed areas of work currently include:
- Manages grant reporting process; ensuring compliance with all grant reporting and other grant obligations.
- Oversees the processing and acknowledgement of all grant agreements, as needed, and other recognition and stewardship activities.
- Oversees processing of letters of acknowledgement pertaining to foundation grants.
- Conducts prospect research and writing efforts; provides feedback and guidance as appropriate.
- Oversees the maintenance of grant records, including paper files, moves management tracking, and primary and secondary contacts and relationships in database; monitors and updates the proposal/project pipeline; keeps proposal and reporting deadline calendars.
- In coordination with the Development Associate ensures that all foundation related information in Salesforce are kept up to date with necessary documentation, report deadlines, payment schedule, and other data.
- Proactively identifies and researches prospective foundations in order to develop new funding relationships for the organization and our network; develops engagement strategies, drafts prospect profiles, and engages relevant programs to pursue follow-up.
- Ensures that supporting foundations are actively involved in the organization and our network’s programs and events, by maintaining ongoing contact and effective working relationships with grantor program officers.
- Attends appropriate conferences and meetings, and tracks wider philanthropic sector news and trends (including funding awarded to peer think tanks and research institutions) to proactively identify new engagement opportunities.
- Provides regular updates to the Development Director and executive leadership on the organization’s foundation engagement, including new solicitation opportunities, new proposals and grants, and upcoming deadlines General/Events.
- Assists in the recognition and prioritization of organizational funding needs, keeping abreast of institutional, network, and departmental priorities and programs.
- Collaborates with the Development Director to develop strategies for cultivation and stewardship events, as well as other events for foundation supporters.
- Other duties as assigned.
- A minimum of 4 years’ experience in grant writing and fundraising (or similar writing experience), preferably in a social economic justice related nonprofit, or similar work in the public or private sectors.
- Bachelor’s degree in Communications, Writing, Political Science, Public Affairs, or any other relevant field. Equivalent work experience also accepted.
- Familiarity with major national, state and local foundations, as well as prospect research resources such as Foundation Directory Online, Chronicle of Philanthropy, GuideStar, Foundation Search, Grant Station, and IRS 990s.
- Salesforce or similar CRM database experience is preferable.
- Excellent writing and editing skills; very high attention to detail and organizational skills
- Strong research skills, and knowledge of and experience in using research resources for foundation prospects and funding opportunities.
- Strong communication skills, including the ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from co-workers, program staff, program officers and grants managers, and the general public; good judgment and discretion are emphasized, as is the ability to constructively give and receive feedback.
- Must be able to prioritize and coordinate multiple projects; also, must be flexible and able to be a cooperative team player.
- Event planning experience a plus.
- Successfully sell ideas within the organization and work cooperatively with people from other organizations and cultures.
- Strong interpersonal, presentation, and communication skills.
- Must possess appreciation and enthusiasm for social and economic justice movement work. Background in labor a plus.
- Ability to work with people from a diverse background of experiences.
Salary: between $69,605 to $73,205, depending on experience and in accordance with collective bargaining agreement.
Benefits: Generous benefits package that includes paid vacation, medical, dental, and retirement benefits.
This is a union-represented position, represented by the Washington-Baltimore News Guild, CWA. This position does not conduct managerial nor supervision duties as defined in the NLRA
How to apply:
Submit resume, relevant writing samples, references, and cover letter/letter of interest to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jobs With Justice Education Fund is committed to inclusion and strongly encourages people of color, women, LGBTQ+ individuals, those with disabilities, and those with working class backgrounds to apply.
Frequently cited statistics show that people of color, women, trans, and non-binary people, as well as other structurally marginalized groups apply to jobs only if they meet 100% of the qualifications. JWJ encourages you to break that statistic and to apply. No one ever meets 100% of the qualifications.
Important notice for applicants:
Only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. Please follow the job application instructions specific to the position you are applying for. Incomplete applications will not be considered. No phone calls or direct solicitations please.
Development Coordinator, Jobs With Justice
About Jobs With Justice Education Fund
Jobs With Justice Education Fund is a national network expanding people’s ability to come together to improve their workplaces, their communities and their lives. We create solutions to the problems working people face by leading campaigns, changing the conversation and moving labor, community, student and faith voices to action. We win real change at the national and local levels by challenging corporate greed and demanding an economy that works for all.
We are seeking a positive, highly skilled, articulate and motivated Development Coordinator to ideally be located in our Washington DC office (with possibility for remote/hybrid working arrangements). The Development Coordinator is responsible for overall management of our internal fundraising processes including database management, small-dollar individual fundraising, donor acknowledgment, and list building. The ideal candidate for this position is highly organized, proactive person who can help us advance our work plan, stay on track and also play a variety of other important roles on our four-person Development team. The Development Coordinator is supervised by the Director of Development.
- Leads our donation processing and acknowledgment system.
- Processes donations and prepares acknowledgement letters and other funder/donor correspondence.
- Leads on production and mailing of appeal letters and other external online and offline correspondence to donors.
- Supports foundation and individual prospect research.
- Coordinates and facilitates any new revenue experiment projects
- Manages all donor data and data entry functions through Salesforce.
- Maintains complete and accurate foundation, institutional and individual donor records.
- Creates quarterly fundraising reports and other database reports as needed.
- Leads on all Salesforce projects including coordinating Salesforce consultant.
Partnerships and Network Support
- Leads on a variety of external partnerships that relate to successful implementation of fundraising program.
- Plans and implements network-wide fundraising support, including creation of communities of mutual learning, and implementation of webinar series.
- Represents the organization at conferences, events and webinars.
- Supports ongoing technical support to our Jobs With Justice network of affiliates.
- Initiates and executes new ways to support of our network of local coalitions.
- Leads on administrative, logistical and auction support for annual Awards Celebration and other fundraising/networking events
- Leads our annual Legacy Award Program nomination process with internal and external partners.
- Coordinates our annual money manager luncheon.
- Miscellaneous special projects coordination as needed in support of cultivating our universe of supporters.
- Manages joint fundraising calendar for team.
- Manages calendar for internal team meetings.
- Coordinates funder and donor meetings.
- Leads annual state registration process for the organization.
- Other duties as assigned by the Development Director.
Signs we are on track: A successful Development Coordinator
- Consistently supports and in some instances leads the Development team to advance all aspects of fundraising and development strategies.
- Consistently leads in all aspects of offline and online individual fundraising, including coordinating, drafting and finalizing appeals.
- Consistently demonstrates strong organization and communications skills that contribute to the overall success of the Development team.
- Consistently leads the Development team to advance all aspects of special events.
- Maintains a proactive, exploratory attitude leading to creative new ideas for revenue generation for JWJ.
- Maintains detailed, accurate and updated information on all funders and donors within the in-house database software and other tracking systems.
- Ensures complete documentation and record-keeping of all funder/donor documents, including grant agreements and copies of checks.
- Communicates about and documents work, outcomes, updates and developments in a timely and strategic way.
- Successfully transfers knowledge and skill in order to build the capacity of local coalitions and national staff.
- Effectively communicates and collaborates within Institutional Advancement department, JWJ staff teams, and local affiliates and partners.
- Is accountable for and follows through on agreed upon work plans and actions.
- Demonstrates the ability to contribute to inter-disciplinary teams and colleagues in a complex environment.
- Bachelors degree or equivalent experience
- A minimum of two years’ experience in a development, marketing or communications role
- Knowledge of fundraising best practices
- High degree of computer literacy and comfort using Microsoft Office Suite, especially Excel and Word
- Experience with Salesforce or other donor databases preferred
- Self-starter with the ability to work efficiently independently and within a team setting
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills
- Excellent interpersonal skills
- Excellent ability to manage many projects at once with clear attention to detail
- Must be willing to travel
- Strong knowledge of and a firm commitment to social and economic justice work
- Experience with working with nonprofits
- Experience managing social media platforms, a plus
Salary: This is a full-time position with starting salary between $60,980 and $64,580, depending on experience and in accordance with collective bargaining agreement.
Benefits: Generous benefits package that includes paid vacation, fully-covered medical, dental and vision insurance, and retirement benefits.
This is a union-represented position, represented by the Washington-Baltimore News Guild, CWA.
How to apply: Submit resume, relevant writing/digital samples, references, and cover letter/letter of interest to email@example.com.
Jobs With Justice Education Fund is an affirmative action employer and strongly encourages people of color, women, l/g/b/t/q individuals, those with disabilities, and those with working class backgrounds to apply. Frequently cited statistics show that people of color, women, trans, and non-binary people, as well as other structurally marginalized groups apply to jobs only if they meet 100% of the qualifications. JWJ encourages you to break that statistic and to apply. No one ever meets 100% of the qualifications.
Important notice for applicants: Only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. Please follow the job application instructions specific to the position you are applying for. Incomplete applications will not be considered. No phone calls or direct solicitations please.
Organizer, Jobs With Justice
The Organizer leads, develops and executes innovative and generative campaigns. In this role, the organizer mobilizes and supports other JWJ staff members, internal inter-disciplinary teams, local coalitions, national partners, and allies to expand worker organizing and bargaining and successfully advance the goals of Jobs With Justice. The Organizer is accountable to and supervised by the Organizing Director. This position can be based anywhere in the United States. An Organizer based outside the D.C. area may need to travel more to attend in-person staff gatherings at our D.C. office.
- Leads in innovating, analyzing and testing emerging strategies to campaigns;
- Executes campaign plans to win significant campaign victories that concretely improve workers’ lives;
- Supports JWJ coalitions and partners to grow and develop more strategic approaches for local campaign work;
- Develops the skills & leadership of local organizers in the JWJ network;
- Is a supportive and flexible member of the JWJ national team;
- Supports the JWJ Training Team in conducting nationwide trainings for JWJ coalitions and partners;
- Supports the cultivation of resources/funding for campaign and program work.
Detailed areas of work currently include:
- Active engagement in visioning, planning, and evaluating practices, both within the JWJ Organizing Department, and with coalitions and partners.
- Coordination of a table of key stakeholders to carry out campaign plans.
- Coordination of the network into strategic solidarity opportunities.
- Providing targeted technical assistance to local coalitions and partners moving organizing and bargaining strategies.
- Documenting relevant communications, activities, and outcomes.
- Supporting training and development of local organizers.
- Supporting opportunities to build new JWJ coalitions based on campaign work and related partners.
- Collaborating broadly with JWJ staff to strengthen and win campaigns and strengthen local coalitions.
- Identifying potential financial and in-kind support for current and potential campaigns.
Signs we are on track: A successful organizer
- Contributes to the collective knowledge and disciplined practice of proven and emerging campaign strategies;
- Develops and executes a variety of work to implement national and local campaigns, resulting in some victories, continuous learning and some experimentation and setbacks;
- Develops and strengthens relationships with local coalitions, partners and others that could impact the success of a campaign;
- Communicates about and documents work, outcomes, updates and developments in a timely and strategic way;
- Successfully transfers knowledge and skill in order to builds the capacity of local coalitions and allies and win campaigns;
- Effectively communicates and collaborates within the organizing department, throughout JWJ staff teams, and with local affiliates and partners;
- Is accountable for and follows through on agreed upon work plans and actions;
- Demonstrates the ability to coordinate inter-disciplinary teams and colleagues in a complex environment.
- Three plus years of organizing experience, with a particular emphasis on worker-related campaigns and projects.
- Experience with creative direct action.
- Ability to coach local leaders on sustaining long-term relationships through campaign work and strategy development.
- Demonstrated commitment to racial justice.
- Ability to work collectively, handle and resolve conflict, and facilitate groups
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
- Self-motivated and strong work-planning, including good personal time management skills.
- Understanding of and commitment to a broader working-class perspective.
- Ability to travel as needed, average of 5 days per month with more travel required during peak campaign activity.
The ideal candidate will have:
- Experience with Jobs With Justice, JWJ local coalition affiliates, or JWJ partners.
- Labor movement/worker organizing experience
- Multi-lingual fluency.
- Experience using issue campaigns (policy fights, wage theft, etc.) to drive mobilizations
- Ability to develop and lead trainings
Salary: Low $60s to low $70s depending on experience.
Benefits: Generous benefits package that includes paid vacation, medical, dental, and retirement benefits.
This is a union-represented position represented by the Washington-Baltimore News Guild, CWA
Jobs With Justice Education Fund is an affirmative action employer and strongly encourages people of color, women, l/g/b/t/q individuals, those with disabilities, and those with working class backgrounds to apply.
To Apply: Please submit a resume and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org
Political Education and Training Director, Pittsburgh United
Summary: Pittsburgh United seeks a passionate, versatile, and enthusiastic educator and trainer with experience developing organizing and/or political curriculum for diverse groups with various backgrounds and education levels in the model of popular education.
Location: Western PA; regular travel will be required between Allegheny, Beaver, Centre, Crawford, Erie, and Westmoreland counties.
About the position: The Political Education and Training Director plays a key leadership role in developing and coordinating a comprehensive organizing training and political education curriculum that grows the knowledge and confidence of existing members, while simultaneously engaging the broader communities in which we work. The Political Education and Training Director will be a member of the organization’s Leadership Team.
This position will work with Pittsburgh and PA United’s members and staff to develop a Political Education and Training program that uses popular education techniques to:
Cultivate shared political analysis and vision across all of our membership chapters;
Develop an understanding of core issues and power dynamics across Western PA in order to grow the capacity of local chapters;
Identify and develop new movement leaders across Western PA.
Create a comprehensive, year-round political education and training curriculum based on Pittsburgh and PA United’s Organizing Model that includes core organizing skills, theories of power and social change, and a diverse set of organizing strategies; create buy in for this program with local chapters and members, develop localized curricula, and train a set of staff and members to run trainings
Create an Organizer in Training Program to develop the next generation of staff organizers from our membership and community
Run Pittsburgh and PA United’s twice-annual 3-day organizing intensives (the Jobs with Justice Triangle Training); this includes updating curriculum to match our individual membership organizing model, recruiting and supporting trainers, and working with the organizing team to recruit participants and track their long term leadership development;
Support annual Fellows Program, a training and leadership development program to train and support our members who are running for local elected office such as City Council and School Board as well as the members who will support their campaigns; create a long-term vision of annual Fellows Programs for both local and statewide/national elections;
Expand PA United’s Membership Organizing Model by developing a set of trainings and best practices for individual membership organizing;
Build relationships with other organizations who are facilitating trainings in order to learn and grow together.
4+ years experience in membership-based organizing, including community and/or labor organizing, preferably with a demonstrated experience creating and running training curricula using popular education models;
Demonstrated knowledge of organizing practices, theories of power and social change, and the interlocking systems of power that shape our lives and communities;
Demonstrated background in popular education and/or critical pedagogy;
Experience using multi-media platforms to create and deliver content;
Commitment to understand race, class, gender, and other equity issues as part of your work as well as the impact these structural issues have on our collective work environment;
Belief in and commitment to progressive social, racial, and economic justice;
Superior interpersonal skills, an ability to work with a diverse array of individuals and communities, and an ability to challenge people to take risks in order to make change;
Exceptional oral and written communication skills;
Ability to receive and integrate performance-based feedback into ongoing work plans as well as the ability to provide relevant and timely feedback to peers in a constructive manner;
Valid U.S. driver’s license and access to a reliable vehicle.This position will require regular travel within Western Pennsylvania, to work with chapters in Allegheny, Beaver, Erie, Centre, Crawford & Westmoreland Counties.
Salary and benefits:
Salary: $50,000-$70,000/year, depending on experience
Benefits: Pittsburgh United provides health, dental, and vision insurance with fully paid premiums and deductibles as well as a 401k with an employer contribution of 3% of salary after 6 months, monthly cell phone and travel stipends, 12 paid sick days and 28 holiday/vacation days annually.
The work schedule can at times be greater than 40 hours per week and includes evening and weekend meetings and events, as necessary. It is not a strictly 9am-5pm position.
COVID-19 Vaccination requirement: Employees must be vaccinated and boosted against COVID-19 before their start date as a condition of employment at PGH and PA United. Employees are considered vaccinated two weeks after completing primary vaccination with a COVID-19 vaccine, with, if applicable, at least the minimum recommended interval between doses. Employees are considered boosted if they have received one or more booster shots in accordance with the eligibility requirements set forth by the Center for Disease Control. Candidates are only required to have received vaccines and boosters for which they are eligible under the CDC’s guidelines, and if hired, will be required to receive any COVID-19 vaccines or boosters they become eligible for during employment.
Pittsburgh United is an affirmative action employer. People of color, LGBTQIA+ people, and women are strongly encouraged to apply. We believe that a diverse workforce and inclusive workplace culture enhances our ability to fulfill our mission. Employment and promotional opportunities are based upon individual capabilities and qualifications without regard to race, color, religion, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, sexual orientation, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, veteran status or any other protected characteristic as established under law. Pittsburgh and Pennsylvania United’s offices are accessible, however, staff are currently working in a hybrid format.
To apply for this job, please visit: https://www.newworkingmajority.com/pittsburgh-united.
Kansas City Organizer, Missouri Jobs With Justice
Salary: Base salary at MO JwJ is $44,000 and this position is commensurate with experience with a salary range between $44,000-$52,000.
Benefits: Full health coverage for individual and family, paid vacation and sick days, 5% retirement match, employer funded FSA, phone reimbursement, and union representation.
Missouri Jobs with Justice (MO JwJ) is a coalition of labor, faith, student and community activists and organizations committed to protecting the basic human rights of all people. MO JwJ is working for an economic system that benefits the entire community. We believe that the fate of all working people and the communities in which they live are tightly bound together. We strive to build a multi-racial movement and are dedicated to leadership development and base building. We work in partnership with central labor councils, local unions, civil rights organizations, students, community, and faith-based organizations in mobilizing direct actions for social and economic justice, including the right to organize a union, rebuilding the social safety net, living wages, health care, and equal treatment for all. MO JwJ is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. We seek a diverse pool of volunteers and applicants for all opportunities and responsibilities within the organization – in particular with respect to traditionally marginalized populations including Black people, women, other people of color, the LGBTQIA community, immigrants, and people of all ages.
The Position: Kansas City MO JwJ Organizer
The Kansas City Organizer, under the supervision of the Deputy Director, will work closely with the Leadership Team, Organizing Committee, and with member organizations, funders, and national affiliations to provide organizing and administrative support to the local development and implementation of MO JwJ campaigns and programs This position is based in Kansas City and will include some travel around the state as part of campaign mobilizations and meetings with the broader MO JwJ leadership and staff.
Base-Building: The MO JwJ coalition is in a phase of deepening investment. The Organizer will work closely with local leadership to implement MO JwJ’s outreach to new member organizations and build the base of individual activists to move our work forward.
Campaigns: MO JwJ is action-oriented. We don’t just talk about the work, we do the work through grassroots campaigns for social and economic justice. The Organizer will coordinate campaign development, mobilization, and evaluation with leaders and members. Campaigns will include legislative campaigns, municipal campaigns, and campaigns to support workplace-based organizing and the right to collective bargaining.
Committee Support and Development: MO JwJ operates through leadership-driven committees such as local Leadership Teams, Organizing Committees, Mobilization Committees, and other campaign and project specific committees. The Organizer will support these committees by providing logistical coordination, co-creating agenda and materials with leaders,, assisting committee communication, accountability and more.
Fundraising, Communications and Data Management: The Organizer will help implement an annual fundraising plan, including organizational contributions, individual contributions, merchandise sales, grants, grassroots activities, as well as develop new sources of funding for the organization. The Organizer will also be responsible for maintaining internal data and driving online communications in support of local campaigns.
Leadership Development: The Organizer will encourage, foster, and develop the abilities of MO JwJ members, particularly rank and file members, to take on leadership to develop and build the organization. This will include participation in three-day Building JwJ Leadership Development trainings throughout the year.
Administration: The Organizer will be responsible for the administrative functions of the work, specifically database management, grant administration, correspondence and record-keeping.
Must Have Qualifications
- Solid commitment to the principles of social and economic justice
- Commitment to dismantling white supremacy and patriarchy
- Minimum of two years grassroots organizing experience
- Excellent communication skills, both oral and written
- Ability to be a self-starter, and to work independently toward agreed upon goals
- A strong ability to motivate people, coordinate volunteer activity and delegate responsibility
- Ability to develop and maintain relationships with a wide range of organizations and people
- An understanding of the labor movement, religious organizations, and other social movements
- Demonstrated ability to raise funds
- Willingness to work long hours, including nights and weekends; while also being able to prioritize work and seek input and feedback from the team about how to maintain a healthy work life balance
- Proficient computer skills, including database management and google docs
- Vehicle and insurance available for work (mileage outside of office commute is reimbursed)
Ideal applicants would also have knowledge of and/or experience with Jobs with Justice in Missouri, ballot initiatives, and voter engagement.
Please send a resume, cover letter and at least three references to email@example.com. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis with the hope of filling the position by the end of March 2023. Send materials to firstname.lastname@example.org, with “Kansas City Organizer ” in the subject line. Please send documents as PDF or MS Word email attachments.
**Any candidate who makes it past the 1st interview will be asked to put together some proposals and do on the ground organizing work with MO JWJ. They will be compensated for their time at the hourly rate of a base salary. We believe the process of applying, interviewing and organizing work will take between 4-6 weeks.
For more information on Missouri Jobs with Justice please visit www.mojwj.org or call the office at 877-644-0466
Worker Justice Field Organizer, Philadelphia Jobs With Justice
Philadelphia Jobs With Justice is a grassroots coalition organization with a 20+ year history of fighting for justice for working people in Philadelphia, both on the job and in our communities. We believe in long-term multi-issue coalition building, grassroots base building, organizing, and strategic action as the foundation for building a workers’ movement. We believe that by engaging a broad community of allies, we can win bigger victories.
In 2022, Philly Jobs With Justice launched a campaign to build power and fight for safe and healthy workplaces for warehouse and delivery workers in Philadelphia. The Workplace Justice organizer will play a critical role in this campaign by recruiting and developing worker leaders in the warehouse and logistics sector to take action to win new workplace health and safety legislation. This is a base building position, and applicants should be prepared to spend a majority of their time recruiting, maintaining, and developing worker leaders.
Philadelphia Jobs With Justice is currently operating under a hybrid office policy. Candidates must be located in the greater Philadelphia area with the ability to travel throughout the city, including to our office in Callowhill. Salary range for this position is $59,400 – $63,800 with generous paid time off and medical and dental benefits.
- Working with the Director to develop and execute a plan to recruit low-wage warehouse and logistics workers using a variety of tactics and strategies;
- Tracking worker leads and member engagement;
- Developing the skills of emerging worker leaders;
- Working with members to identify key workplace health and safety issues;
- Prepping member leaders to speak with press, elected officials, and partner organizations;
- Leading members to take direct action to win health & safety protections.
- Minimum 2 years experience as a base building organizer, worker organizing experience preferred;
- Familiarity with developing, launching, and executing new campaigns;
- Experience with social media platforms, primarily Facebook and Instagram;
- Access to a computer and competency with video communication platforms;
- Demonstrated experience in member leadership development;
- Understanding of issues facing low wage workers;
- Strong facilitation skills;
- Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work with people from diverse backgrounds and cultures;
- Ability to balance multiple projects at once and set priorities based on long-term strategy and short-term goals;
- Willingness to experiment with a variety of recruitment strategies;
- Ability to frame issues and fights as well as articulate organizational values, strategy, and priorities to diverse audiences;
- Flexible schedule and ability to work some nights and weekends as necessary;
- Ability to drive and access to a car preferred.
Community Organizer, Food AND Medicine (Maine)
Founded in 2002, Food AND Medicine is a progressive grassroots community organization working for food justice, worker rights, affordable public transportation, civic engagement and political education, especially around issues affecting worker rights and the root causes of poverty. Our work and name is based on the belief that no one should have to choose between food, medicine and other basic necessities. We work closely with local labor unions, including the Eastern Maine Labor Council, as well as partner organizations, agencies and faith-based entities.
We are seeking an experienced and versatile full-time Community Organizer to work on our programs, build relationships with and develop leaders among our members, volunteers and allies. The ideal candidate will be based in, or willing to relocate to, Brewer, Maine. The Community Organizer is an integral part of our small staff team, and reports to the Executive Director.
Key responsibilities include:
- Develop and implement meetings, one-on-one outreach, surveys, events and the like to involve FAM’s constituency of workers, unions, farmers and low-income people as volunteers and leaders in programs and as active FAM members generally.
- Organize and empower members to attend events, share their story, reach out to allies, speak to the media, attend committee meetings, volunteer, and otherwise become more involved in the organization.
- Identify and empower leaders among members and volunteers.
- Facilitate members’ consciousness of and foster analysis of obstacles to low-income communities’ access to basic necessities in relation to broader social issues and systemic inequality.
- Contribute to fundraising activities including grant research and writing, phone banking, database updating, membership fundraising and the like.
- Contribute to organization-wide annual events such as Legislative Breakfast, Labor Day and Solidarity Harvest.
The ideal candidate will have:
- Minimum two years grassroots organizing experience preferred.
- Excellent project management skills, including planning, delegating, and overseeing tasks and keeping to deadlines.
- Highly self-motivated, self-sufficient, and self-directed, yet comfortable taking direction and working as part of a team. The ability to prioritize and manage multiple tasks and to complete assigned projects under deadlines is critical.
- Excellent attention to detail and follow-through. Ability and commitment to do long-haul, sometimes gritty, organizing.
- A commitment to FAM’s mission, values and approach, which focuses on grassroots organizing, leadership development, and social and economic justice in Maine. The capacity to work with diverse communities and to develop and maintain collaborative relationships.
- Ability to follow directions, and anticipate or suggest appropriate and creative next steps.
- Ability to adapt to changing situations mid-stream, and to comfortably interact with all types of people.
- Proficiency with current social media platforms, online fundraising/marketing tools and strategies for nonprofit organizations.
- Three years’ relevant experience in staff supervision and/or volunteer management preferred. Demonstrated leadership and organizing skills at work, on campus, or in the community, with experience as a union or community organizer preferred.
- Strong writing skills, and the ability to represent FAMs goals, objectives and outcomes for programs and projects, both verbally and in writing.
- Preferred experience in non-profit fundraising and development including grant-writing, solicitation and event planning.
- Strong computer, problem-solving and analytical skills. Comfortable working with a variety of office software, internet and email environments, including Microsoft Office Suite, Google Drive and others.
- Physical requirements include ability to spend hours listening and talking; working via computer and telephone; driving frequently to meetings and events; light lifting of equipment and materials; occasional night and weekend work, long days and overnight travel.
- A collaborative working spirit and desire to explore ideas, test assumptions, and find solutions as a team.
Timeline: Search will continue until a suitable candidate is found. Applications will start to be reviewed immediately and the position will be hired as soon as an appropriate candidate is selected.
How To Apply: Interested applicants should send all of the following: (1) cover letter, (2) resume, (3) at least three references, and (4) a writing sample to email@example.com. Inquiries can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org or (207) 949-0708. FAM is an equal opportunity employer. Women, members of the LGBTQ+ community, low-income, people of color and working class people are particularly encouraged to apply.
Compensation/Benefits: Salary range is competitive for the region and depending on experience, with a range of $37-45K/year. Benefits include health insurance, dental and vision benefits all paid at 100%, a retirement plan, and generous paid time off covered under a union collective bargaining agreement.