635 Northeast Dekum Street
Equal Rights Organizer
(Position is located in Portland, with travel throughout Oregon)
The Equal Rights Organizer is responsible for both the creation and development of campaign strategies on issues impacting students who are LGBTQ+, as well as developing anti-oppressive programming for the Oregon Student Association. This includes creating and developing a statewide queer justice conference; providing direct support to the Oregon Student Equal Rights Alliance (OSERA) board; supporting OSERA specific lobby days and advocacy work; providing technical and on-site support for issue campaigns prioritized by OSERA and OSA students, as well as campus and student-group specific campaigns and projects; voter registration and education of marginalized communities, including developing community specific and culturally competent strategies and tactics for engagement, as well as recruitment to OSA events and functions.
The Equal Rights Organizer works primarily with students in the LGBTQ+ community, including students who are involved in student organizations and within student governments, and works to support OSA and campus-based projects. This includes intentional leadership development of students who are LGBTQ+. Knowledge of or previous experience with community building and movement building strategies is important.
The Equal Rights Organizer reports to and receives support from the Organizing Director, and works collaboratively with two other OSA Field Organizers and the Oregon Students of Color Coalition Field Organizer. This position is based out of Portland, but as a field organizer will travel to campuses across the state to support on-campus and organizational priorities. The Equal Rights Organizer can typically expect to spend 2-3 days on field campuses per week during the school year, or 3-4 days on campus during active campaigns, to provide direct support to students’ organizing and advocacy work and continue to ensure that LGBTQ+ students in Oregon are engaged, empowered and supported. Access to a personal vehicle is required for this position.
- Recruitment, training, and leadership development of LGBTQ+ students in organizing, research and advocacy. This includes development of board members, student government members, and members of student organizations on campuses.
- Development of grassroots field plans, campaigns, and campaign strategies prioritized by OSERA and OSA students; direct support to students and campuses to plan and implement campaigns identified by OSA member campuses.
- Presentations on campus about OSA and OSERA events, activities, trainings and services.
- Briefings on campus about current issues affecting LGBTQ+ students in the public policy arena.
- Coordination with OSA staff for student lobby days, legislative visits, and actions around OSERA and OSA issues.
- Support students to coordinate and implement vote drives at member campuses during election years. Additionally, working with students to develop and implement voter registration, education, and get out the vote strategies that specifically support students in the LGBTQ+ community through the electoral process, as directed by the OSERA board.
- Coalition-building and outreach to non-member campuses.
- Building and maintaining strong relationships with administrators, faculty, and student organizations on campuses; maintaining and developing working relationships with community and ally organizations.
- Monitoring of campus institutional boards, and supporting student organizing around local decision-makers.
- Work with the Events & Development Director and students on planning and development for the annual Oregon Student Equal Rights Alliance Symposium. This includes developing resources for campuses to assist with fundraising for delegations, recruiting students and workshop presenters, and working with a steering committee of students to develop programming for the conference.
- Act as the lead staff member assigned to support the Oregon Student Equal Rights Alliance Board. This includes working with student leaders on the board to plan and implement 10 meetings annually, staffing board meetings and writing reports and materials for board packets, and recruitment and retention of at least 18 students from OSA member campuses to sit on the OSERA board.
- Work with the Organizing Director, Executive Director, and Oregon Students of Color Coalition Field Organizer to develop an intersectional lens in the organization to assure prioritization of marginalized students and issues impacting them in higher education. This includes developing training materials for the organization on queer justice issues.
- Active participation in organizational fundraising, including but not limited to recruitment of participants and presenters to Oregon Student Foundation and Association conferences and trainings.
- Work with the Executive Director to educate students about the organization and support board members to pass the organizational budget on member campuses.
- Perform other duties as assigned by the Organizing Director and Executive Director
- Understanding of and experience in grassroots organizing, direct action organizing, and electoral organizing.
- Understanding of issues impacting LGBTQ+ students, and anti-oppression organizing.
- Understanding of intersectionality.
- Experience working with students who are LGBTQ+ (additionally, experience working with students of color, students with disabilities, low-income and non-traditional students is preferred).
- Experience working with identity based student groups at a college level.
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
- Self-motivated, out-going, and detail-oriented.
- Willingness and ability to travel frequently, and work evenings and weekends.
- A valid Oregon license and consistent access to a vehicle.
Medical, dental, and AAA benefits included.
Minimum Education Required
How To Apply
Please include the following with your application:
- A cover letter introducing yourself and describing your interest in the position, as well as your experience as an organizer;
- Your resume;
- Contact information for three references who can comment on your work, written and oral communication skills, and level of experience in organizing (please include both phone numbers and email addresses);
- Answers to the following supplemental questions:
- 1) Describe your experience with grassroots and direct action organizing in communities of color. Describe a grassroots campaign that you worked on, your role in the campaign, and the final outcome. Please highlight aspects of the campaign that went well and those that did not go well.
- 2) OSA works in coalition with organizations on a variety of issues. Please give an example of work you have done to build strong coalitions, and discuss strategies that you found effective.
- 3) OSA prioritizes issues impacting underrepresented communities by engaging students of color and LGBTQ students at the statewide level. Please describe your experience and qualifications in advocating for, researching issues with, and training students from these communities.
- 4) OSA places a strong priority on addressing issues that primarily relate to access to quality postsecondary education, especially for students from marginalized communities. What do you think are the most critical issue(s) facing public postsecondary education? Why? And how do these issues impact marginalized communities?
Application deadline: Wednesday, April 4 at 7pm
Submit applications by e-mail to
Please write “Equal Rights Organizer Application” in the subject line.
Oregon Student Association is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. People of color, women, people who are LGBTQ and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply.