Resource Generation is recruiting for a full-time Midwest Organizer who will organize our chapters in Minneapolis, Chicago, and Denver as well as emerging activity in Detroit/Ann Arbor. The Midwest organizer will also lead on starting new chapters, including in Ohio major cities. This will be the first time Resource Generation will have a full-time Midwest organizer and we are eager to be building in this region. This role will report to the Chapter Organizing Director.
The ideal candidate is a passionate community organizer who excels at building relationships with member leaders, is deeply committed to economic and racial justice, is passionate about transformative fundraising, and who can excellently manage multiple projects and timelines. This candidate will generate excitement and commitment from our base to move resources to social justice movements and participate in campaigns for change.
The success of a chapter organizer is measured by the strength of our chapters. A strong chapter has a cohesive leadership team, takes action and makes external impact, and recruits, retains, and develops new members with a particular focus on building our base of young people of color with wealth, anti-racist and anti-classist leadership development with our multiracial base, and building our base of young people with family foundations and who are high net wealth.
Resource Generation is a national non-profit organization mobilizing young people (age 18-35) with wealth and class privilege in the U.S. to become transformative leaders working towards the equitable distribution of wealth, land and power. The broader Resource Generation community includes people of all ages and class backgrounds who support the role that young people with wealth play in social change. RG has 16 chapters in cities around the U.S., and our chapters engage in base-building, political education programming, running giving circles, engaging in local and national campaigns, and building local organizational relationships.
Location: The candidate must be based in the Midwest. Frequent travel required.
- Building strong chapters and member leaders aligned with national goals - 75%
- Organize 3 regionally based chapters (Minneapolis, Chicago, and Denver) to set annual goals, have a cohesive leadership team, take action and make external impact, and recruit, retain, and develop new members with a particular focus on young people of color with wealth, family philanthropy and high net wealth.
- Build a base in 2-3 new chapter areas (including Detroit/Ann Arbor), develop leaders, and support them to meet our chapter criteria.
- Build power in their chapters and region, in relationship with poor and working class-led organizations, that can be leveraged toward collective wins. In particular, build capacity in chapters to participate in our national campaign.
- Integrate resource mobilization into chapter work and goals, making sure our organizing is moving more money into movements and supporting our national priorities around resource mobilization. Support the relationship between chapters and local social justice fund organizations.
- Integrate fundraising into day to day organizing, making effective member asks and recruiting members to do the same.
- Support the development of members’ leadership through one-on-one coaching, group meetings, chapter visits and skills trainings. Effective member leadership development results in building local chapter organizers who can do the day to day work of the chapter (recruit new members, build power, take collective action, fundraise) without intensive supervision from the staff organizer.
2. Support national organizing priorities (work that organizers need to do that is not based in their chapters) - 15%
- Is responsible for elements of program planning and outreach for our National Retreats - including Making Money Make Change, and Transforming Family Philanthropy.
- Responsible for meeting individual fundraising goal. Manage individual major donor portfolio and consistently prospect for new major donors, pushing members to give more boldly to movements through increasing their giving to RG.
- Responsible for owning the accuracy and regular input of data for assigned chapters and donors, as well as core administrative functions such as uploading and tagging receipts for travel expenses.
3. Support chapter or national organizing special projects as needed - 10%
- As needed, provide support with assigned special projects that serve RG’s larger organizing goals.
- For ex, joining a working group of our National Member Council to assist with their project on developing a lens around investing in RG
Core qualifications and required skills
- At least 2+ years of experience (paid or unpaid) in community organizing. Has demonstrated experience with engaging and mobilizing a base, and developing leaders.
- Relationship-building skills with a wide range of people. Excited to talk to people, to do outreach, to organize!
- Results-oriented: someone who gets it done, who is persistent, creative, and solutions-oriented no matter what the obstacles are
- Project management: Meets deadlines, knows how to manage and balance multiple tasks and projects, work plans and communicates about progress effectively.
- Team-player: Keeps what’s best for the whole in mind and action. Balances individual needs with bigger picture. Flexible and open to shifting priorities and timelines.
- Excellent communication skills with the ability to communicate in a timely manner in a remote work environment via phone and email
Our ideal candidate would have...
- A basic understanding of class, classism, and your own class identity
- Demonstrated commitment to economic and racial justice
- Belief in the importance of organizing young people with wealth to become leaders in movements for justice
- Familiarity with organizing in the Midwest and existing relationships with local and regional grassroots organizations
Benefits include 90% employer paid health, vision, and dental insurance, 403(b) retirement plan and an employer contribution after one year of employment, medical and transit flexible spending account, and annual paid vacation (15 days), sick leave (15 days), and personal days (5 days).
Minimum Education Required
How To Apply
Send a resume and cover letter as one single PDF file and e-mail it to email@example.com by Sunday, October 7th, 2018 with Midwest Chapter Organizer in the subject line. RG organizes young people with wealth and the RG staff is currently a cross-class and multi-racial team. We especially encourage people of color and people from poor and working class backgrounds to apply.