LIFE is a diverse and multi-faith coalition of congregations fighting for racial and economic justice in Lee County. Our shared faith values call us to work collectively for systemic change, transforming Lee County into a community that reflects the dignity of all people.
LIFE has won the expanded use of civil citations to reduce youth arrests for misdemeanor offenses, passage of a "Ban the Box" ordinance to give formerly incarcerated people a fair chance at employment, and increased access to mental health services.
LIFE is part of the DART network of organizations, one of the largest networks of faith-based community organizations in the country.
We're hiring a full-time community organizer who will build relationships with faith leaders and community members from diverse backgrounds, train and develop their organizing skills, and deepen their participation in the work of the organization.
During your first five months, you will receive intensive on-the-job training through the DART Organizers Institute. You will learn basic organizing principles and develop key organizing skills including: finding and developing leaders, issue research and strategy, power analysis, and one-to-one meetings. Ongoing professional development will continue through individualized coaching and mentoring, as well as local, regional, and national staff trainings and retreats.
People of color and fluent speakers of Spanish are strongly encouraged to apply. No prior organizing experience is necessary. Qualities we look for include:
- Core passion for justice and equality
- Excellent relationship-building skills
- Exceptional work ethic
- Willingness to be trained to work with religious institutions
By August 12, you'll also need a bachelor's degree or equivalent professional experience, access to a car, and proof of US citizenship, permanent residency, or deferred action for childhood arrivals.
Starting salary is $38,000 annually plus health benefits, with regular cost of living increases and performance based raises. For candidates relocating more than 50 miles, $250 is paid to help cover relocation costs. Employer retirement contributions begin after one year of employment.
Level of Language Proficiency
Fluency in Spanish a plus.
Minimum Education Required