Pittsburgh Organizing Director

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Pittsburgh UNITED
Pittsburgh, PA
Published 9 days ago

Pittsburgh United is seeking an experienced, strategic, and dedicated leader and manager for the position of Pittsburgh Organizing Director. The Pittsburgh Organizing Director will be a key part of executing the organization’s vision of creating a community and economy that work for all people. Top priorities for this position include maintaining and growing strong coalitional relationships, managing and developing organizers to build powerful campaigns for economic, housing, and environmental justice, and strategic political thinking to align Pittsburgh United’s coalitions, our affiliated organizations, and movement partners across the region and state.

This is a senior director level position within the organization. It is an exciting and dynamic job in a stable and growing coalition, with opportunities for long-term growth and advancement. The successful candidate will be a self-starter with a strong work ethic and focus on the value of relationships, coalition, racial equity, and sustained and strategic organizing.  

To apply: Please email a cover letter and resume to Include the Subject Line: Pittsburgh Organizing Director

In your cover letter, please describe how your experience, skills, and interests align with this position and the organization’s mission. Preferred application deadline is September 30. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis and considered as soon as they are received, until the position is filled. 

Pittsburgh United is an affirmative action employer. People of color, LGBTQIA people, and women are strongly encouraged to apply. We believe that a diverse workforce and inclusive workplace culture enhances our ability to fulfill our mission. Employment and promotional opportunities are based upon individual capabilities and qualifications without regard to race, color, religion, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, sexual orientation, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, veteran status or any other protected characteristic as established under law. Pittsburgh United’s office is accessible; however, Pittsburgh United staff are currently working remotely.  

The Position

The Pittsburgh Organizing Director is a senior director level position responsible for ensuring the success of Pittsburgh United’s campaigns and overall organizing and political strategies through supervision, goal-setting, accountability, and partnership with coalition organizers. The Pittsburgh Organizing Director will work closely with the Executive Director and the Pittsburgh Organizing Team to set a vision, direction, and culture of organizing that builds power for our coalition, members, and movement in Pittsburgh. The Pittsburgh Organizing Director will also serve on Pittsburgh United’s Leadership Team and communicate closely about the work of the Pittsburgh team and ensure alignment across the organization. Primary responsibilities include: 

Staff Management and Leadership Development: Develop overall campaign strategy, evaluation, and monitoring; implement problem-solving techniques for any day to day challenges in partnership with coalition organizers. Supervise, support, and coach a team of coalition and digital organizers to create and be held accountable to campaign goals. Ensure staff are receiving intentional leadership development and setting professional development goals. Assess the effectiveness of current program elements to implement program revisions, updates, and long-term plans. 

Strategic Campaign Planning: Lead the development of strategic campaigns for housing, environmental, and worker justice and mentor organizers to develop their campaign planning skills. Develop the capacity of coalition partners to participate effectively in campaigns. Oversee campaign implementation including planning, execution, and evaluation. Monitor and/or participate in governmental and public meetings and processes related to Pittsburgh United’s campaigns, including public lobbying and testifying on behalf of the organization. Coordinate the political strategies required to advance Pittsburgh United’s campaign goals.

Relationship Building and Communication: Provide leadership in developing deep relationships and message alignment with coalition partners and campaign tables. Supervise staff to direct and coordinate implementation of coalition campaigns across the City and the region through internal relationship building, strategic campaign communications, and expansive working relationships with elected officials, the media, and other relevant stakeholders.


Pittsburgh United is seeking an experienced manager and strategic campaigner who is excited to work in a coalitional, fast paced, and creative environment. The person should exhibit a high degree of professionalism, initiative, and independence while also being collaborative and team focused. The candidate should have at least 5 years of experience in campaign management, including supervision of organizers. Deep relationship building, knowledge of the field from an issue and technical perspective, and experience with complex political strategy are required. Coalition experience is strongly preferred. Specifically, the successful candidate will have experience in and/or be able to demonstrate:

  • Experience in campaign management, including skill in planning, implementing, organizing, and evaluating long-term issue campaigns
  • Experience in analyzing problems and implementing programs or structures to resolve issues that help organizers and coalition partners succeed
  • Strong interpersonal skills, including racial equity skills, and ability to work with a diverse array of individuals and communities
  • Demonstrated ability to manage multiple tasks or projects, balance competing demands, set priorities, and meet deadlines
  • Commitment to justice and a deep understanding of race, class, gender and other equity issues in our campaign work, as well as the impact these structural issues have on our staff and organization

Compensation and Job Design

This is a permanent, full time management position and reports to the Executive Director. The organization is currently working remotely; the Pittsburgh Organizing Director will be located in Pittsburgh, PA when the organization transitions back to in-person work. The work schedule can at times be greater than 40 hours per week and includes some evening and weekend meetings and events, as necessary. It is not a strictly 9am-5pm position. Travel to local meetings and events is often required (once COVID allows), and travel outside of the region is occasionally required. Compensation will be based on skills and experience, with a salary range of $65,000-$85,000 per year. Our comprehensive benefits package includes employer-paid family health, dental, and vision and other insurance, 3% employer 401k contributions, communication and transportation benefits, and paid holidays, vacation, and sick time.

About the Organization

15 years of building power....

Who We Are

Pittsburgh United is a coalition of community, labor, faith, and environmental organizations committed to advancing the vision of a community and economy that work for all people. We aspire to create a community where all workers are able to care for themselves and raise their families, sharing in the prosperity generated by economic growth and development.

What We Do

We organize campaigns through permanent coalition tables and base-building for housing, environmental, and economic justice. Our past and current campaigns have positioned us to forward an organizing strategy and policy agenda to make our vision a reality. 

Pittsburgh United’s Housing Justice Table organizes with tenants and community groups to preserve and expand affordable housing options in our community and fight against displacement with people who have always called Pittsburgh home. The Housing Justice table won the first ever citywide affordable housing policy - the Housing Opportunity Trust Fund - and sustainable funding of $10 million annually. The Our Water Campaign fights for safe, affordable, publicly controlled water and green solutions to make our region more resilient to climate change. The campaign has successfully fought water privatization while winning important policy changes at the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority such as new water affordability programs, thousands of full lead line replacements, and two community advisory committees to oversee these new programs. The Worker Organizing Table works with unions and community organizations to fight for livable wages and good benefits for working people and their families. We’ve supported the Fight for $15 and passed Paid Sick Days legislation in Pittsburgh. We’ve fought alongside hospital workers, janitors, grocery store workers, and steelworkers to form their unions and improve their contracts.

We also work across a regional footprint in Western PA - spanning from State College to Erie to Greensburg - with our affiliated organization Pennsylvania United. PA United organizes and builds power across Western PA to create communities that work for all of us. Since 2016, PA United has been rebuilding progressive organizing infrastructure in communities that have experienced historic disinvestment from both economic opportunities and organizing resources. This work has resulted in member-led chapters in key swing counties in Western PA, where we are building a multi-racial, poor and working class movement for long-term change.

We are constantly developing organizing, education, advocacy, and communications strategies to fight and win progressive policy campaigns that ensure sustainable communities, raise standards for low-wage workers, advance racial equity and harness economic development and public investment for community benefit. Join us in building a better Pittsburgh and Pennsylvania for everyone.

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Pittsburgh United is seeking an experienced, strategic, and dedicated leader and manager for the position of Pittsburgh Organizing Director. The Pittsburgh Organizing Director will be a key part of executing the organization’s vision of…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    Full Time Schedule
  • Start Date
    September 30, 2021
  • Application Deadline
    September 30, 2021


Temporarily Remote
Work must be performed in or near Pittsburgh, PA
Associated Location
Pittsburgh, PA, USA

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