Job Summary: The Statewide Poverty Action Network is a coalition of thousands of individuals and organizations taking action to eliminate the root causes of poverty through state and federal public policy. Poverty Action organizes with a racial equity lens and believes that those most impacted by poverty should lead our work. The Community Organizer develops and implements the grassroots organizing strategy for the Statewide Poverty Action Network – coordinating our electoral work, our statewide listening sessions, and our civic engagement campaigns. This position also leads our volunteer recruitment and coordination efforts, building a network of people and organizations taking action to eliminate root causes of poverty. This position is an integral part of our team, helping ensure that our legislative and electoral campaigns resonate with low-income communities and communities of color, and creating opportunities for members of those communities to build their leadership by taking action on our priorities.
Essential Responsibilities, Duties and Tasks:
30% In coordination with the Policy & Field Campaign Manager, develop and implement organizational grassroots strategy. Design and implement statewide civic and voter engagement campaigns to reach out to, organize, and mobilize people from targeted communities in the state, with an emphasis on people with low incomes, people of color, and formerly incarcerated people. Manage the Voter Activation Network (VAN) database and analyze geographic data to assist with targeting and strategy development. Utilize qualitative and quantitative research on voting behavior and election results to determine effective tactics.
30% Foster 2-3 long-term organizing networks in strategic locations (ex: Pierce County, Yakima Valley, etc) across the state in order to support electoral and policy campaigns. Within these networks, develop organizing opportunities for community members, such as voting, direct action, or other legislative advocacy. Connect people with lower incomes to their elected officials, as well as to the overall work of Poverty Action, in order to weigh in on public policy decisions, change the narrative on poverty, and build leadership. Make public presentations on Poverty Action’s work and campaigns.
25% In coordination with Poverty Action staff, identify and develop internship opportunities to address the needs of the organization. Supervise Poverty Action’s interns, work study students, and volunteers. Expand our network of grassroots leaders around the state who are working locally to build support for Poverty Action’s policy priorities. Create and implement forums and other community organizing initiatives, develop curriculum for advocacy trainings, and develop strategies to mobilize low-income community members around the state.
10% Co-lead the vision, planning, and implementation of annual MLK Day lobby day with 200 – 500 participants from across the state in Olympia, ensuring that activities of the day reflect legislative and organizing priorities. Provide direction to all Poverty Action staff, board members, and volunteers in support of the planning, implementation, and execution of the event.
5% Participate in program, department and agency meetings, relevant trainings, and the agency’s anti- racism initiative as required. Co-chair, with a Poverty Action board member, a committee of Poverty Action’s coordinating board.
The duties listed above are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to the position.
Education & Experience Requires one of the following:
• Three years of experience in community organizing, including experience organizing communities of color and people with low incomes
• Bachelor's degree in a related field and two years of experience in community organizing, including experience organizing communities of color and people with low incomes
• Any combination of education, experience and measurable performance which demonstrates the capability to perform the duties of this position
• One year experience recruiting and coordinating volunteers
• Experience working with quantitative research, especially demographic data and voter records
Minimum Qualifications • Excellent communication skills, both oral and written, including the ability to make public presentations • Outstanding organizational abilities, initiative and attention to detail • Ability to work individually in a self-directed manner and as part of a team • Capable of conducting and leading regular outreach and field activities • Ability to understand and track anti-poverty policies and federal/state legislative processes • Ability to recruit, manage and support volunteers with diverse backgrounds • Aptitude in cultivating and sustaining relationships with grassroots leadership • Demonstrate a commitment to the mission of Solid Ground and the Statewide Poverty Action Network • Access to reliable transportation, valid driver's license, vehicle insurance that meets Washington • State’s minimum guidelines and the ability and willingness to travel throughout the State • Willingness and ability to work with people from a variety of racial, cultural and economic backgrounds, with various lifestyles, sexual orientations, and generations • Ability and willingness to work outside of normal business hours to attend meetings and hearings
Desired Qualifications: • Bilingual or full professional proficiency • Strong background in Anti-Racism work • Long-term commitment to public policy • Commitment to people impacted by our work, for example: formerly incarcerated, homeless, immigrants, State aid recipients or impacted by predatory lending practices
Physical Demands/Working Conditions: This position works in an office setting, performing general office duties 50% of the time and 50% of the time in the field. Employees spend 20% of office time on the computer, 20% of the time answering the phone, and 10% meetings. Work outside the office (50%) is 40% meetings, and 10% driving. Position requires employee to lift/carry up to 20 pounds rarely, 510 pounds occasionally and push/pull 15pounds seldom, 1-5 pounds frequently. Position has the ability to sit/stand as needed. Stairs not required. Must be able to use personal vehicle/bus on occasion.
Job Summary: The Statewide Poverty Action Network is a coalition of thousands of individuals and organizations taking action to eliminate the root causes of poverty through state and federal public policy. Poverty Action organizes with…
Benefits include medical, dental, short-term and long-term disability insurance, basic life insurance, 401(k) savings plan including agency contribution and match, holiday pay, generous paid personal leave package and tax- sheltered health care and dependent care accounts.
Benefits include medical, dental, short-term and long-term disability insurance, basic life insurance, 401(k) savings plan including agency contribution and match, holiday pay…
Applicants must complete the Solid Ground Application Form specific to this position. To find an application online, go to https://www.solid-ground.org/get-involved/careers/ then click on the Job Title for this position and complete the application. You may also leave a message on our job line at 206.694.6840 requesting a specific job application, or you may apply in person at 1501 North 45th Street in Seattle’s Wallingford neighborhood. Please attach a cover letter and resume
Applicants must complete the Solid Ground Application Form specific to this position. To find an application online, go to https://www.solid-ground.org/get-involved/careers/ then…