Details: As a small non-profit we currently don’t offer support with health insurance. Expenses such as transportation to actions, office supplies, actions supplies, etc are budgeted for and covered by the organization.
UU Mass Action currently seeks a part time organizer to take a leadership role in our climate justice campaigns. The organizer will have significant autonomy on a day to day basis, and in collaboration with the executive director and other staff organizers will shape the direction of the organization’s climate campaigns, as well as support UU Mass Action’s other campaign work. One of the first tasks of the organizer will be to do an evaluation of climate justice campaigns to support.
This position can be based anywhere within Massachusetts and requires some travel and evening and weekend hours. This is a half time (20 hrs/week) position.
UU Mass Action organizes Unitarian Universalists to support front-line social justice movements around the state. We prioritize campaigns that bring people into proximity with injustice, allow for personal transformation, and follow the leadership of those directly impacted. By mentoring and coaching those who are willing to support front line groups, we build the capacity of UUs to do spiritually grounded justice work.
1. Coalition Building
- Participate in coalition meetings, calls, and retreats
- Identify ways that UUs can support coalition partners goals
- As necessary participate in interfaith justice coalitions
2. Campaign and Action Organizing
- Work in small teams with coalition partners to help plan and run campaigns and individual actions (including direct actions and non-violent civil disobedience)
- Recruit and coordinate UU volunteers with an eye towards leadership development
- Think critically about how UU congregations can fortify grassroots led campaigns in accountable ways
3. Capacity Building and Popular Education
- Provide mentoring, resources, and organizing connections to lay leaders and clergy seeking to organize their congregations
- Facilitate or find facilitators for workshops on organizing, anti-oppression, public narrative, and non-violent civil disobedience
- Seek to shift culture by creating spaces that are spiritually grounded, joyful, and anti-oppressive using practices that are authentic to you (ie shared food, singing, prayer, meditation, connection with ancestors, grieving practices)
- Maintain boundaries when people ask you to support pet projects that are not identified campaigns of UU Mass Action.
4. Fundraising and Communications
- Posting on social media; writing occasional press releases
- Occasional public speaking; preaching (if you want)
- Occasional fundraising asks to individual donors
- Occasional email newsletter articles or blog posts on our website
Additional Required Skills
- Writing clearly
- Willingness and ability to travel around the state (public transit or car rental a possibility)
- Google docs, email, cell phone, encrypted messaging (signal or whatsapp)
- Willingness to support and mentor Unitarian Universalists
- Ability to speak Spanish a plus
Organizational Practices and Theory of Change
There are a few important practices that guide our work at UU Mass Action. First, we believe that while many UUs care about justice issues, the isolation and learned lack of agency that accompanies white supremacy and the patriarchy has affected our communities in profound ways. It is common to find UU communities stuck in inward facing conversations about governance, technical solutions, or pet social action projects. To challenge this, UU Mass Action explicitly works to bring UUs outside of their congregations and engage with social movements. This is our “Action Followed by Reflection” model.
Secondly, we observe a culture of UUs separating their spiritual lives from their justice work. We reject this. We are committed to creating a culture of justice work that is relational, grounded in joy, and connected to spiritual practices that allow us to care for each other no matter what happens. We pray, we sing, we share food together.
Thirdly, we believe that our role in the social movement eco-system should be grounded in an awareness of power inequity. We seek to strategically move resources to support front-line organizers and groups that are often under-resourced. This awareness of power guides our decision making about who we partner with, and how.
Examples of Recent UU Mass Action Campaigns
Stand up Charlie Campaign
- With Mass Power Forward coalition - escalating multi-week “stand-in” outside the governor’s office demanding a moratorium on new fossil fuel infrastructure construction
Stop the West Roxbury Lateral Campaign
- Organized 14+ congregations to participate in year long civil disobedience campaign to stop construction of fracked gas pipeline
Safe Communities Act
- Organized letter writing, phone calls, and direct actions at the State House to seek passage of Safe Communities Act
- Helped seed interfaith sanctuary clusters to support undocumented neighbors seeking physical sanctuary; provided ongoing support
- Helped organize UUs to accompany neighbors to ICE check-ins and immigration court; raised funds to bond people out of detention
The position includes vacation time, and a liberal attitude towards flex time.
Level of Language Proficiency
Spanish proficiency preferred
Minimum Education Required