Hours: 1 FTE, Permanent, Non-exempt, At-will
Reports to: NM Program Director Location: Albuquerque, New Mexico
Deadline: Qualified applicants will be screened and advanced on a rolling basis.
Forward Together is seeking an energetic and effective organizer to join our team and build a deeper base for community change in New Mexico. The ideal candidate has experience building relationships and developing leadership with community members that result in increased engagement toward policy change. This is an exciting opportunity for someone who understands base building and community organizing as key element to achieving racial and gender justice.
Who We Are
Forward Together transforms culture and policy to work for all of us nationwide. Since our founding in 1989, we have continually fought to dismantle the ways our society marginalizes us based on race, sexuality, and gender. Today, we build courage and foster connection among our multi-racial community of changemakers to secure the rights, recognition and resources all families need to thrive.
Across our country and in our organization, we envision communities where we are all at home, where we take care of and respect each other, and where everyone is better off. We value the shared leadership of people of color, women, immigrants, LGBTQ+ and Indigenous people in building this future. Find out more about us at forwardtogether.org
The New Mexico Field Organizer will grow a base of community leaders focusing on our key constituencies and primary counties which are Bernalillo, Dona Ana, McKinley, and Rio Arriba Counties. Key priorities for this position include developing leadership with community members, shortening the distance between community members and decision makers for policy change, building relationships with organizations, and organizing events that move our program goals.
You are perfect for this position if…
- You love community organizing. You’ve grown a base of community leaders, you own phone banking and canvassing, you’ve organized events, and you follow up!
- You like people. They like you back. You are great at relationship building.
- Multi-tasker is your middle name. You love to own multiple projects and can track timelines and outcomes to get it done.
- You have incredible attention to detail. You pride yourself in not letting things fall through the cracks.
- You like to laugh. Change work can be hard. You can laugh at yourself and with others in times of difficulty.
- Develops and implements a concrete base-building strategy and workplan for engaging priority communities.
- Develops and supports the leadership and engagement of community members using tactics including direct community outreach, phonebanking, grassroots field work, and story collection.
- Recruits, trains, supports and mobilizes activists in targeted areas on key policy issues.
- Conducts outreach and uses VAN to engage base during legislative sessions and election cycles.
- Leads event planning and implementation to advance community engagement and policy advocacy.
- Supports digital and other organizing strategies as needed, including online actions, social media, and tele-town halls.
- Travels frequently across the state for events and meetings. National travel 3-5 times per year to staff strategy sessions or conferences/trainings as needed.
- Actively participates in all staff team-building activities including Courageous Practice. Courageous Practice includes a mind/body approach to strategy and movement building—for more information, check out this video.
- At least 2 years of experience in a range of community organizing strategies and tactics.
- Understanding of year round civic engagement strategies and tactics.
- Strong verbal and written communication skills.
- Commitment to social justice and Forward Together’s mission.
- Flexible and comfortable in a fast-paced environment with shifting priorities.
- Strong ability to use systems, manage calendars and organize information, including proficiency in Microsoft Office, Gmail, and Google calendars.
- Ability to hold confidential information, use good judgment and exercise keen awareness of other people’s needs.
- Strong orientation toward growth and improvement, creative thinking and problem solving.
- Ability to travel in and outside of state.
- Experience working in partnership with, by and for communities of color.
Full Benefits and generous PTO
Level of Language Proficiency
Excellent Written and verbal skills in English
Bilingual speakers, particularly Dinè and/or Spanish speakers, are a plus.
Minimum Education Required
How To Apply
Indigenous, people of color, queer, transgender, gender nonconforming people, and people with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply. EOE.
Please send cover letter and resume to: email@example.com with the Subject line: New Mexico Field Organizer.
No phone calls, please. Due to the high volume of applications, only those selected for further discussion will be contacted.