Community & Congregational Organizer

Job Type

Full Time




United States


Is your superpower community organizing? Do you have a calling to bring people together change the world? Are you passionate about transforming communities in Chicago's Southland? SOUL is looking for a motivated, dynamic, and self-starting organizer to join our team!

SOUL is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to assist low-income people of color in the Chicago Southland to build power, then subsequently leverage that power to fight for their own interest and liberation. We achieve this mission by partnering with congregations, people of faith and local community groups, training them in disciplined organizing strategies, to build leadership, create public policy and foster legislation, engage in direction action, and hold their public officials accountable to the interest of their communities.

We are dedicated to the belief that all people deserve decent and affordable housing, access to healthy, nutritious food in every neighborhood, and a sanitary environment where people will be able to breathe clean air and drink clean the water. We are working to create a full-employment economy, so that everyone (despite the color of their skin, their economic demographic, prior criminal history, etc.) has the opportunity to work with access to gainful, sustainable, living-wage employment. We believe that good, quality public education is a right and not a privilege. And we are committed to ensuring that public funds are leveraged fairly, to invest resources in the communities that need them the most and not redistributed to keep local economies beholden to corporate greed.

Reporting to the Executive Director, the Community & Congregational Organizer will be responsible for organizing existing and new SOUL member congregations, community groups and other institutions on the Far South Side and in the South Suburbs.

Recruitment and Leadership Development

  • Build and maintain relationships with congregations, community groups and other institutions on the South Side and South Suburbs and recruit them to join SOUL
  • Build and a maintain relationships with individual leaders and members via one-on-one to identify their self-interest in community organizing and movement-building, and work with them to use SOUL as a vehicle to meet those interests
  • Build leadership committees (core teams) within congregations, community groups and other institutions that integrate people more deeply into SOUL’s work
  • Identify and recruit individuals for week-long leadership training
  • Serve as trainer for SOUL’s leadership training

Campaign Work

  • Understand and communicate effectively on all issues addressed by the organization
  • Facilitate meetings with leaders and elected officials regarding SOUL issue campaigns
  • Conduct strategic research and power analysis to support campaign work
  • Organize public meetings, accountability sessions, and other actions that will put pressure on politicians and corporations to agree to campaign demands
  • Mobilize SOUL leaders and member institutions around other priority campaigns and actions
  • Plan and facilitate public meetings


  • Build relationships with foundations and individuals in order to raise money for the organization
  • Raise money via individual donors and crowdsourcing
  • Collect membership dues
  • Occasional communications work (e-newsletter, social media, etc.)
  • Attend local and national training programs as required by the Executive Director
  • Represent SOUL through participation in coalitions and work groups
  • Willingness to do door-to-door canvassing to engage community residents on various issues
  • Other duties may be assigned as needed


  • High school diploma or equivalent; some college course work preferred
  • Experience in community organizing and/or social justice work is preferred
  • Comfortable organizing clergy and religions institutions
  • Exemplary communications and writing skills
  • Strong attention to detail and excellent time-management skills
  • Impeccable problem-solving skills
  • Ability to build and maintain relationships
  • Strong commitment to social change
  • Self-motivated and self-starting with the ability to reliably work with minimal supervision
  • Ability to work long and flexible hours including nights and weekends
  • Car and a valid driver’s license
  • Proficient computer skills and familiarity with MS Office Programs and Google Tools
  • Familiarity with Chicago South Suburbs a huge plus

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

High School