STAFF DIRECTOR / LEAD ORGANIZER

Job Type

Full Time

Salary

Details: Competitive salary with benefits, commensurate with experience.

Published

10/15/2018

Address

1045 Essex Street
Lawrence
MA
01841
United States

Description

Overview


The Merrimack Valley Project (MVP) is searching for a talented new Staff Director / Lead Organizer.  Founded in 1992, MVP unites congregations, local unions, and community groups in organizing campaigns for social justice in the Merrimack Valley region of Massachusetts. The Staff Director / Lead Organizer will work with a team of talented leaders to advance effective, broad-based organizing campaigns to improve the quality of life in Valley communities. Our current priorities are Immigrant Justice, Economic Justice, and the addiction crisis in the Merrimack Valley. 


History and Accomplishments


The Merrimack Valley Project was created by a group of faith, labor, and community leaders to unite people across the region’s widening racial, ethnic, and economic rifts in common action to strengthen our communities. Through MVP, diverse member groups have worked together to win major victories for the community.  Most recently these have included winning passage a Lawrence Trust Act Ordinance, and playing a critical role in successful statewide campaigns to increase the state minimum wage, secure earned sick time, and win passage of the Domestic Workers Bill of Rights. 


Today MVP has grown to 28 member groups in Greater Lowell, Greater Lawrence and Haverhill.  MVP places a strong emphasis on developing the capacity of faith communities to act on their commitments to social justice, and is part of a growing values based organizing movement in America. 


Responsibilities


·     Recruit and develop leaders from a diverse membership of religious, labor, and community organizations in the Merrimack Valley, and work with these leaders to strengthen MVP’s power.


·     Help the MVP leadership prepare, oversee, and fund a budget of $185,000+ per year. This includes identification of funding resources, grant research, program design, proposal writing, training leaders to conduct successful grassroots fundraising campaigns and membership dues collection, and consistent and effective foundation fundraising. 


·     Develop and maintain relationships with leaders of current and potential MVP member organizations.


·     Staff organizing campaigns on economic and social justice issues including, but not limited to, mass incarceration, the opioid crisis, immigration, jobs and workers’ rights, affordable housing, and other issues important to MVP’s constituency.


·     Staff regional chapters and sub-committees of the Executive Council, Delegates Assembly and Annual Convention.


·     Hire, supervise, and mentor other MVP staff organizers and interns.


·     Maintain a working relationship with and help develop the InterValley Project for staff and leadership development.


Qualifications


·     Minimum 3-5 years work experience as a community, congregation-based, or labor organizer.


·     Passion for social and economic justice, and strong commitment to values based organizing.


·     Proven ability to train leaders and staff to carry out successful issue campaigns.


·     Demonstrated track record in both grassroots and grant fund-raising.


·     Experience supervising and developing other organizers and support staff for their own growth and for the growth of the organization.


·     Cultural competence to work in a multi-faith and multi-racial environment


·     Excellent team-building and communication skills, high energy, and strong one-to-one relationship-building skills.


·     Ability to oversee a variety of administrative and management tasks.


·     Experience working with diverse immigrant communities; bilingual ability in Spanish strongly preferred; bilingual ability in Portuguese or Khmer a plus.


Terms of Placement

Competitive salary with benefits, commensurate with experience. The position will stay open until filled. Please send resume and cover letter as soon as possible to mvalleypr@gmail.com with the subject line ATTN Personnel Committee

Level of Language Proficiency

Bilingual ability in Spanish strongly preferred; bilingual ability in Portuguese or Khmer a plus.

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

No requirement

How To Apply

The position will stay open until filled.


Please send resume and cover letter as soon as possible to:

mvalleypr@gmail.com with the subject line ATTN Personnel Committee


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