The Community Organizer will work with the Associate Director of Organizing to implement base-building strategies, leadership development, and organizing campaigns that grow IEBWC membership and develop grassroots leaders. The community organizer assists in the development and execution of campaigns and is the point person and face of the IEBWC among workers, partners, and allies. The community organizer knows their job is not to speak for Black workers but to develop the conditions in which Black workers can speak for themselves as a collective powerful voice. The primary focus of the position is to conduct outreach, recruitment, and assessment of new members and engage them in IEBWC campaigns; to develop grassroots worker leaders who are committed to the vision and mission of the organization and dedicate time and skills to the collective to support IEBWC coalitional partners and to increase the visibility of the IEBWC and its members’ efforts to create change through actions, events, and social media.
Key duties and responsibilities include:
- Conduct outreach, recruitment efforts to engage community members in the work of the IEBWC
- Manage phonebanks
- Work with the Associate Director to identify and develop appropriate organizing targets and base-building plans, with goals, strategies, and resources needed to execute the plans
- Conduct and coordinate home visits, phone calls, site visits, and other 1:1 outreach to build membership, support leaders, and further the goals of a campaign
- Identify and develop new IEBWC leaders
- Conduct new member orientations
- Write and produce basic IEBWC materials, campaign leaflets, and other materials
- Manage lists, databases, assessments, charts, and other campaign tools
- Lite assistance with office maintenance, supplies, and receipts
- Identify workplace issues and help members organize for solutions and power
- Submit a detailed report each week demonstrating activities
- Support communications/digital initiatives and manage online presence including websites and social media for IEBWC.
- Assist in providing administrative support for the office operations in partnership with staff and IEBWC fiscal sponsors.
- Responsible for supporting the mission and philosophy of the IEBWC in designing the IEBWC as a community cultural space for Black workers to feel supported, welcomed, and positioned to lead.
Minimum Qualifications (or equivalent combination of education and experience)
- 2+ years non-profit, community grassroots, or union organizing experience required
- Demonstrated commitment to the Black liberation and worker justice
- Skilled in the fundamental principles of grassroots organizing
- Able to develop successful turnout, mobilization, and leadership development plans
- Ability to plan and facilitate monthly membership meetings
- Good written and verbal communication skills
- Computer skills and proficiency with basic programs such as Access, Microsoft Office/Word, Google, and social media platforms Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram
- Willingness to work evenings, weekends, and irregular hours with some travel
- Ability to manage membership database and provide detailed leadership assessments/campaign summaries
- Experience assisting members to resolve grievances, and other workplace issues preferred
- Demonstrated commitment to racial equity, social justice, and fostering a collaborative dynamic grassroots environment required.