POSITION: Community Organizer
HOURS: Up to 40 hours per week
LOCATION: Atlanta, GA JOB
POSTING DATE: May 22, 2017
DEADLINE TO APPLY: June 19, 2017
Reporting directly to the Director of Programs, the Community Organizer is responsible for galvanizing members, organizations, and communities to lead and win community centered campaigns to increase awareness, build knowledge, visibility, power, and leadership for reproductive justice. This position requires the ability to respond to the immediate threats our communities are facing (direct actions and mobilizations) while building towards lasting, social change (base building, political education, health education and leadership development).
The Community Organizer will also help broaden our positive leadership development approach to a broader social and reproductive analysis and cross movement approach to reach and strengthen the impact of our successes in grassroots organizing and advocacy. The Community Organizer will also lead and participate in health advocacy program development, internship programs, community outreach events, tabling, conferences, research/data collection, and increasing statewide presence.
- Strong community organizing skills or demonstrated success in organizing, strategizing, and following through on organizing projects.
- Ability to mentor and/or work directly with young people, LGBTQQ communities of color, and Black women (18-55 years old).
- Desire to work out in the community and build a base of leaders and activist as it relates to issues centered on abortion, health equity, queer liberation, violence, sexuality, and etc.
- Bring a positive presence, reliable leadership, and enthusiasm for the SPARK mission and vision to community meetings, task forces, and other strategic sites.
- Excellent individual and group communication skills (written and verbal); ability to apply these skills across a range of relationships and environments, including with youth and young adult program participants, coworkers, and other colleagues in the field.
- Ability to handle a variety of projects and assignments at once with attention to detail.
- Excellent time management, project management, and delegation skills and willingness to embrace adaptability.
- Ability to apply creative and critical thinking to improve existing programming.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
- Lead SPARK signature events and programming.
- Serve as lead in contacting volunteers/members generally to stimulate interest in organizing through direct contact, to include but not limited to, telephone and online communication, site canvassing, campus and on-the-ground outreach, and door canvassing.
- Demonstrated success in organizing, strategizing, implementing, mobilizing, and identifying victories on organizing campaigns, policy work or communications strategies.
- Facilitate youth and adult organizing campaigns, including curriculum and program development. Excellent individual and group rapport-building and communication skills (written and verbal) in a range of relationships and environments, including co-workers, colleagues in the field, youth, program participants, health and human services professionals, legislators and other key stakeholders.
- Generate new program ideas and work with teams to implement and carry out programming related to health, leadership development, education, advocacy and community organizing.
- Monitor and evaluate community organizing program, practices, and initiatives to ensure quality and effectiveness; make recommendations for improvement.
- Maintain a database to track members/participants and progress towards achieving success indicators.
- Present programmatic elements in a compelling manner to prospective funders and other supporters.
- Write regular reports for internal and external use.
- Act as a resource for management and staff by providing technical support within area(s) of responsibility and expertise.
- Other duties as needed/assigned.
- Strong commitment to an intersectional social justice movement including but not limited to reproductive justice, racial justice, economic justice, feminist/queer liberation, and organizing in the South.
- 1-2 years’ experience with organizing, base building, and outreach with diverse communities especially women of color and queer youth of color; a degree or some experience with gender/women’s studies, sociology, history, ethnic/race studies, or public health is a plus.
- Experience with campaign development and implementation with clear goals and results.
- Familiarity with public policy, advocacy, and grassroots lobbying and campaign development.
- A self-starter who is enthusiastic and creative, and a leader who works well collaboratively and independently.
- Creative problem-solver who can meet deadlines in a fast-paced environment.
- Wants to be a part of an incredible family of activists who work hard, play harder, and are committed to transforming Georgia and the South.
- Flexibility to work nights and weekends as needed.
- Ability to travel, as needed.
COMPENSATION & BENEFITS:
- Compensation is $15 per hour and includes paid vacation.
- Position is hourly, up to full-time.
- The candidate must be prepared to make at least a 2-year commitment to this position.
How to Apply: Send cover letter and resume with your name and “Community Organizer” in subject title to firstname.lastname@example.org. No phone calls or faxes will be accepted.
SPARK Reproductive Justice Now! (SPARK) is an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourages applications from people of color, women, gender non-conforming persons, persons with disabilities, and LGBTQQ applicants.