POSITION: Community Organizer (Full-time)
REPORTS TO: Lead Organizer
HOURS: Up to 40 hours per week
COMPENSATION: $23/hour (non-exempt)
BENEFITS: Healthcare/Dental/Vision (Paid 100% for by SPARK) with additional monthly stipend to support offsetting other healthcare costs, 96 hours paid time off, 10 paid Sick Days, 13 paid Holidays (including Juneteenth and a floating holiday), 403b Plan available, professional development opportunities, and more.
LOCATION: Atlanta, GA (Will start remote for now--due to COVID19, but must be located in Atlanta)*
START DATE: August 9, 2021
Founded in 2007, SPARK Reproductive Justice NOW (SPARK) builds and strengthens the power of our communities and a reproductive justice movement that centers Black Women and Queer & Trans Youth of Color in Georgia and the South. Based in Atlanta, Georgia, we have fostered a dynamic, collaborative model of advocacy, leadership development, collective action, and discourse that creates change and impact for Black women and queer people's struggles for reproductive justice.
SPARK serves as an entrypoint and leadership pipeline for new social justice leaders, and a political home for Black women and young people, centering Black queer women, trans folx and folx living outside the gender binary. We utilize arts, culture and media to build resources for and shift narratives about our communities. SPARK engages in power building through grassroots organizing, advocacy, knowledge-building, and political development of its base and members in Georgia and across the US South.Reporting directly to the Lead Organizer, the Community Organizer is responsible for building SPARK’s dynamic base of Black womenand Queer & Trans young people of color, 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 is responsible for community organizing, base-building and mobilization (outreach, recruitment, and engagement), leadership development, campaign strategy, and alliance-building. This position’s emphasis is outreach, relationship building, and deep listening and relationship building that result in member recruitment and helping to build a base of new leaders
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 grassroots community organizing skills or demonstrated success in organizing, strategizing, and following through on organizing projects.
- Ability to mentor and/or work directly with youth.
- 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, co-workers, 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.
- Skilled in digital organizing and online mobilisation
- Utilizing arts, culture and media to build resources for and shift narratives about our communities
- Knowledgeable about Reproductive Justice and working with a Queer framework
- Strong data management skills, able to maintain a database of contacts and members.
- Ability to support/assist community members with leadership development.
Duties and Responsibilities
Base Building & Outreach
- Conduct regular outreach to build engagement and increase member participation in programs, actions, and campaigns
- Create innovative ways of providing political education, issue-based advocacy, and grassroots-organizing efforts to our base
- Identify individuals who show potential for deep engagement and leadership and hold 1-on-1 person meetings to develop them as members
- Lead RJ, Queering RJ and other trainings
- Mobilize, galvanize, engage and build out our SPARK base
- Monitor and evaluate community organizing programs, 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.
- Ability to show up and show out for community, participate in partner meetings, and bring a Black, Queer and Trans liberation lens to the work with partner meetings, strategies, policies, and collaborations
- Manage an ongoing an outreach plan for recruiting new members, and work with outreach team (made of volunteers and interns) to canvass in the local community, and conduct outreach at events and other locations
- Conduct regular phone follow-up and coordinate group phone banking sessions for post-outreach follow-up with new contacts and event turnout with general membership
- Coordinate organization’s outreach & recruitment system, and implementing monthly meetings and other membership activities
- Conduct membership recruitment presentations, consistently involve base members and supporters in the organization and increase their commitment.
- Update database with new contacts, member profile changes, and event attendance and track base building numbers
- Maintain regular communication with base phone, email, text messaging, etc.
- Work with the Lead Organizer to plan and lead member meetings, and coordinate membership participation in gatherings, programs, and initiatives
- Identify, train and develop community leaders in the principles and practices of community organizing in order to build and shift power
- Develop and manage relationships with a broad base of partners including but not limited to (community leaders, social justice organizations, school, legislators, faith-based institutions, local government agencies, social service agencies, providers, etc.), and build their support of our efforts and actions
- Over time, build and manage multiple base memberships
- Plan and coordinate large public forums, townhalls, trainings, and meetings, led by SPARK
- Lead and participate in local, state, regional and national meetings and actions
- Participate in fundraising and administrative activities as required
- Facilitate youth and adult organizing campaigns, including curriculum, training, and program development.
- Work alongside members to identify and launch new organizing campaigns to transform working conditions and lives of Black queer and trans folx and people living outside the gender binary.
- Support overall team efforts to lead outreach for local campaign engagement, and rapid response mobilizations
- Work with Policy and Campaigns Director to implement campaign strategy
- Coordinate civic engagement campaigns and activities, including overseeing canvassers
- and volunteers
Sample "Week-in-the-Life" of a SPARK Community Organizer
- Meet 1-1 with Lead Organizer to strategize about the next steps in your campaign
- Keep in communications with SPARK team via Slack and email
- Role-play your upcoming training for the organizing team and receive feedback from your colleagues
- Develop and conduct trainings
- Make calls to invite partners and/or members to attend an upcoming meeting and schedule 1-1 visits with them for the next week
- Check in with your direct supervisor for feedback
- Schedule a 1-1 with a local community and organization leaders
- Participate in partner meetings
- Participate in SPARK internal meetings
- Read and reflect on a classic organizing literature that will support in developing your organizing strategies
Meet with Communications Manager to discuss analytics on digital reach in the previous week and strategies for shifting approach Qualifications
- Strong commitment to an intersectional social justice movement including but not limited to reproductive justice, racial justice, economic justice, Black/queer liberation, and organizing in the South
- 2+ years experience with community organizing, base building, and outreach with diverse communities especially women of color, trans people, queer people, and Black, indegenious youth of color; Experience with campaign development and implementation with clear goals and results
- Familiarity with public policy, advocacy, and grassroots lobbying and campaign development
- Proficiency in Slack, Zoom, and other team communication apps
- Proficiency with Google Workspace
- Proficiency with social media platforms (i.e Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Clubhouse, etc.)
- 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
- As aforementioned this position will begin as a remote one and as such you should be well versed in digital organizing and familiar with strategies for effective virtual engagement
- Must be based in Georgia
Who You Are…
- A self-starter who is enthusiastic and creative, and a leader who works well collaboratively and independently
- A team player who communicates well with staff
- A person who believes in SPARK’s Mission and Vision and is in political alignment
- Are someone who appreciates a challenge in the service of the work and the ongoing fight for liberation for our communities.
- You understand the complexities of the Not-for-Profit Industrial Complex . You are able to navigate, manage, and balance the multiple complexities of the NFP-industrial Complex as an organizer
- You are able to hold multiple truths while centering the experiences of those most marginalized
- You are able to uphold the integrity of the organization . You are able to uphold SPARK and its values, and honor organizational confidentiality.