Lead Organizer/Executive Director

Job Type

Full Time


Minimum: $40,000
Maximum: $42,000
Details: Starting salary will depend on experience and performance. A performance review will be completed by the Board of Directors after a 6 month probation period is completed satisfactorily, and from then on, based on annual performance reviews.



Start Date


Application Deadline



North Beneva Road
United States


About the Organization

Sarasota United for Responsibility and Equity (SURE) is a community organizing group that brings together religious congregations in the Sarasota County area to do justice. In contrast to charities or direct service organizations, SURE seeks improvements to systems (e.g., school system, criminal justice system, etc.) that are broad sweeping, long-term, and sustainable. Unlike advocacy organizations, SURE trains community leaders to determine the issues that the organization will act on, and empowers its members to speak on their own behalf. SURE is also unique in its ability to exercise people-based power. SURE regularly produces large and growing numbers of organized people to public events where solutions are brought forward and negotiated with appropriate officials. SURE has a long history of successfully addressing issues of justice including; addressing homelessness, reducing youth arrests, addiction recovery programs in the local jail, and expanding bus service for low-wage workers around Sarasota. 

More information on SURE can be found at: www.suresarasota.org.

SURE is also an affiliate of the Direct Action and Research Training (DART) Center, a national network of twenty-two congregation-based justice ministry organizations spread throughout eight states. More information on DART can be found at: www.thedartcenter.org

Lead Organizer Responsibilities

Recruit new congregations into membership

  • This responsibility will be a major focus of the new hire for the first year as the potential for growth beyond existing members is great.

Deepen engagement among existing member congregations

  • Recruit and train increasing numbers of leaders in each member congregation to form teams and networks active in justice ministry

Staff Development

  • Responsible for training, supervising, evaluating staff (associate organizer and part time bookkeeper)

Issue Development

  • Train and assist leaders to identify issues through a network building & listening process
  • Train and assist leaders to conduct research and develop action plans for winnable issue campaigns
  • Prepare leaders to conduct meetings and actions related to issues (at least one large action per year)

Structural Development

  • Assist leaders to design and implement an annual strategic planning process
  • Help leaders plan agendas for board, assemblies, and all organizational committees
  • Provide weekly reports to personnel committee and DART consultant
  • Maintain an office

Fundraising and Administrative

  • Ensure that all government and funding reports are completed in a timely fashion
  • Ensure that accurate financial records are kept and available
  • Submit funding proposals; track and report to the board on all proposals
  • Ensure timely dues collection among member congregations
  • Organize a major annual 6- 8 week annual fundraising drive where leaders approach individuals, small businesses, and major corporations in the community for financial support to increase annually. Coordination includes: scheduling and coordinating appointments with CEOs from major corporations, training and monitoring leaders involved in raising money, planning kickoff and celebration events, etc


  • Develop a working knowledge of the issues, challenges, history and political environment of the area; develop an analysis of the political, economic and religious leaders and structures of the area.

To fulfill these responsibilities, the Lead Organizer is expected to

  • Average ten, face-to-face, one-on-one contacts per week building and strengthening relationships around values, issues, leadership development and organizational development
  • Arrange and attend evening and weekend meetings and occasional overnight travel
  • Develop Justice Ministry Networks & Teams in participating congregations
  • Hold weekly staff meetings for planning and evaluation


  • Passion for justice and equality
  • Exceptionally strong work ethic
  • Two years of community organizing experience or equivalent
  • Enthusiasm and comfort working with a diverse range of faith communities
  • Excellent relationship building skills
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent work experience
  • Must have a car and valid driver’s license

Equal Opportunity Statement

SURE is fully committed to Equal Employment Opportunity and to attracting, retaining, developing and promoting the most qualified employees without regard to their race, gender, color, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, age, physical or mental disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic prohibited by state or local law. We are dedicated to providing a work environment free from discrimination and harassment, and where employees are treated with respect and dignity.


Paid vacation and holidays, healthcare coverage, retirement, parental leave, and reimbursements for work-related travel.

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply


Send a cover letter and resume to the attention of Ben MacConnell, Recruitment Director via email: ben@thedartcenter.org. You may direct questions to this email address as well.