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Lead Organizer

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Common Defense
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Published 1 month ago

State based, short term contract ending December 31, 2022. Remote position; must be based in Arizona, Georgia, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin.

Common Defense is a diverse, grassroots organization of U.S. veterans and military family members who are fighting to preserve the core values we swore to uphold and defend.  Together we vow to protect our communities from hate and violence, to serve on the front lines for social, economic, and global justice, and to champion a truly equitable and representative democracy.

The State Lead Organizer reports to Common Defense’s National Field Manager.

The State Lead Organizer will build and strengthen Common Defense by growing and developing our grassroots membership and implementing strategic direct actions and/or campaigns to win meaningful change in the state assigned.

State Lead Organizer - Overview:

Under the guidance and supervision of the National Field Manager, help plan and lead strategic state organizing campaigns in collaboration with the directives set forth by the Political Director:

1. Identify and recruit progressive veterans to join Common Defense as well as engage members to attend Veterans Organizing Institute Training Curriculum.

2. Develop and implement outreach and recruitment plans and build and maintain organizing lists and databases while creating partnerships through strategic networking.

3. Provide direction and task assignment to support staff including organizing fellows, contractors, and volunteer organizers. Work with the National Field Manager and National Campaigns Manager to provide assistance to other members of the team. 

State Lead Organizer – Primary Responsibilities:

1. Identify, recruit, and retain progressive veterans to join Common Defense.

Engage with veteran audiences.  Your performance is measured by the ability to convert leads into active members, and to ensure that your local membership is actively engaged to support the work in state, as well as the national efforts of Common Defense.

2. Develop and implement outreach and recruitment plans and build and maintain organizing lists and databases.

  • Establish networks and coalitions with ally organizations 
  • Establish networks through local veteran groups (i.e., SVA, Vet Clubs, etc.)
  • Schedule events, attend coalition and partner meetings, and document activities via social media

3. Provide direction and task assignment to staff, contract, and volunteer organizers.  Work with the National Field Manager and National Campaigns Manager to provide support to other members of the organizing team.

At Common Defense, there are no lone wolves.  We are here to support your work and ensure that you have all the necessary tools to accomplish your key state goals and in turn, we expect that you provide the same level of support to the rest of the team. 


State Lead Organizer – Day to Day Duties 

  • Planning is critical to the work. You are expected to plan and communicate your efforts to the team.
  • Ensure that at the top of every week, your team has identified goals and metrics to accomplish.
  • Update relevant databases, spreadsheets, trackers, and any other data tracking or communications tools regularly. Evaluate and assess often.
  • Communicate regularly and ensure responses are thoughtful and beneficial to the work that you are accomplishing and remember to ask for help—whenever you require it.
  • Documentation will help you stay on task, on schedule and ensure you have material to generate reports and data from and it can serve as a living historical account of the work that you are doing in your key state.  It is imperative that you keep documentation on your key state efforts and the results.
  • Plan, recruit, and lead state meetings with support staff, fellows, members, and veterans.
  • Under the direction of the National Membership Manager, engage with and help provide guidance to members in the Common Defense Community Slack. 
  • Build organizing committees and other member-led volunteer groups, and recruit members into these committees. 
  • Under the guidance of the National Campaigns Manager, develop organizing materials including talking points, toolkits, and fact sheets that are state specific.
  • Under the direction of the Training Director, help co-lead modules at the Veterans Organizing Institute; plan and lead other trainings for volunteers.
  • Serve as an Admin for organizing platforms such as SmartVAN, EveryAction and Hustle.  Train staff and volunteers to use these platforms. 
  • Collate, prepare and present clear statistical information for internal and external use.
  • Support strategic communications including narrative strategy development, press work (gathering quotes, editing press releases), social media engagement, and by acting as a spokesperson for the organization when appropriately assigned by leadership.
  • Maintain a working knowledge of significant developments and trends in relevant issue areas (for example: veterans issues, democracy, foreign policy, climate change, etc.).
  • Build relationships with aligned organizations and movements and find opportunities for collaboration and partnership. 
  • Represent Common Defense at conferences, meetings with allies, and other events.
  • Perform other duties as required to support the work of the organization as a whole.


Required Qualifications

  • Fluency in U.S. military and veteran culture, idioms, institutions, organizations, ranks, operations, and basic service histories 
  • Minimum of two years of grassroots organizing experience 
  • Local knowledge is highly valued, particularly of the structure, function, and operations of state and local political operations, party groups, and other organizations. 
  • Strong project management, time management, and planning skills, with a demonstrated ability to take initiative and drive projects forward independently 
  • Fluency with software including, Google suite (Gmail, Docs, Sheets, Calendar, Slides, and Drive), EveryAction, Asana, and Slack 
  • Associate degree or equivalent, or other formal post-secondary education 


Desired Qualifications: 

  • Bachelor’s degree preferred 
  • Three to five years of grassroots organizing experience 
  • Experience using social media platforms to build movements and recruit 
  • Knowledge of the U.S. government and legislative process 
  • Effective communicator of policy, with the ability to translate complex issues into everyday language 
  • A strategic mindset that identifies short-term and long-term opportunities, and an ability to balance conducting rapid-response with pursuing long-term objectives simultaneously
  • Demonstrated ability to operate well under pressure, meet tight deadlines  
  • Familiarity with data and metrics for analyzing political engagement, voting patterns, demographics, and the impact of civic engagement campaigns 
  • Experience with any of the following platforms: ActionKit, EveryAction, Hustle, New/Mode, and WordPress 

State based, short term contract ending December 31, 2022. Remote position; must be based in Arizona, Georgia, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin.

Common Defense is a diverse, grassroots organization of U.S. veterans and military family…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    Full Time Schedule
  • Job Type
    Contract
  • Job Type
    Temporary
  • Start Date
    May 16, 2022
  • Application Deadline
    May 9, 2022
  • Experience Level
    Intermediate
Salary
Up to USD $60,000
/ year

Location

Remote
Work may be performed anywhere in United States
Associated Location
251 W 30th St, New York, NY 10001, USA
Suite 318

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