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Action Corps NY's lead organizer

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New York, NY
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Published 4 months ago

The Lead Organizer coordinates and leads organizers of Action Corps NY to achieve campaign goals. This includes helping in identifying opportunities for advocacy, connecting with allied organizations and individuals, and cultivating relationships with organizers both within and beyond the group. The Lead Organizer is the primary representative of the team to Action Corps Steering Committee. The Lead Organizer serves a 2-year term, with a maximum of 2 consecutive terms.

Read about our work on our organization’s website: https://www.actioncorps.org/

Anticipated Benefits: While this is a volunteer role, the lead organizer can expect:

  • Mentoring by the organization’s director
  • Opportunities to connect with staff at grassroots advocacy, humanitarian, and policy organizations such as Oxfam America and the Center for Economic and Policy Research 
  • Opportunities to write for a public audience and receive feedback on the writing
  • Training on grassroots organizing including social media, press releases, lobbying members of Congress and other skills
  • School credit, if available from organizer’s academic institution

About Action Corps:

What is Action Corps? Action Corps is a grassroots initiative to build people power in solidarity with people around the world. The organization advocates in solidarity with people from Yemen and Burma, communities most affected by climate disasters, and low-income countries dealing with COVID-19. Action Corps brings together diverse actors for humanitarian advocacy, connecting grassroots activists to NGOs, media, and members of Congress for improved policies.

Action Corps grew out of Oxfam and currently has  25 organizers in 10 states. In 2019, Action Corps became a fiscally sponsored project of the Social Good Fund, which provides administrative services and legal oversight.

Where is Action Corps Active? Action Corps currently has active organizers and board members in the following ten states: CA, IA, ID, IN, FL, MA, MN, NY, RI, VA. Action Corps also has an organizer in Washington, DC. 

What has Action Corps Achieved? Action Corps played a pivotal role in the passage of the historic bipartisan Yemen War Powers Resolution to stop U.S. participation in the devastating war in Yemen. In 2020, Action Corps led the grassroots effort that led to the House of Representatives passing global COVID relief legislation. Action Corps has achieved these victories via rallies, op-eds, letters to the editor, community forums, and letters, phone calls and visits to elected officials.

Position Summary and Key Functions:

  • Participate in monthly national organizer meetings, which are the third Tuesday of each month from 8:30-9:30.
  • Coordinate contact with offices of members of Congress from NY. 
  • Establish a schedule of monthly meetings, convening local Action Corps supporters from different backgrounds. Provide brief updates about Action Corps’ work and action steps.
  • Coordinate Action Corps’ participation in local events that relate to Action Corps’ mission and campaigns.
  • Participate in 1:1 or small group calls with Action Corps central leadership at least once a month.
  • Support leadership within the group, maintaining at least monthly, and in some cases weekly contact with organizers who have taken on additional leadership.
  • Engage with people from local allied organizations as a representative of Action Corps. 
  • Assist in building the capacity of grassroots and citizen advocates who care about global humanitarian concerns.
  • Update social media accounts at least once a month to ensure that public messaging is consistent across all channels. 
  • Attend weekly meetings with the Steering Committee, a body made up of lead organizers from across the country and mentors.

Desired Experience and Attributes: 

  • Passion for global humanitarian advocacy.
  • Experience campaigning, community organizing, or lobbying elected officials.
  • Self starter with willingness to draw on existing contacts and community to build momentum for campaigns
  • Strong goal setting and follow-through, and willingness to ask people for commitment to action and to follow up with them for results
  • Collaborative spirit with strong communication skills, willing to work in bipartisan fashion, with people from diverse organizations 
  • Self-care practices including clear communication of capacity, boundaries, and need for support

Equal Opportunity Policy: Action Corps seeks to create a diverse team. We encourage people from all ethnic, racial, gender, sexual orientation, generational, and religious backgrounds to apply.

If you are interested in the opportunity, please send your resume and 250-500 words describing your interest to national@actioncorps.org  and actioncorps.nyc@gmail.com.

The Lead Organizer coordinates and leads organizers of Action Corps NY to achieve campaign goals. This includes helping in identifying opportunities for advocacy, connecting with allied organizations and individuals, and cultivating…

Details at a Glance

  • Schedule
    Weekends
  • Time Commitment
    A few hours per week
  • Recurrence
    Recurring
  • Wheelchair Accessible

Location

On-site

New York City

New York, NY, USA
Directions

Remote in New York

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Instructions:

If you are interested in the opportunity, please send your resume and 250-500 words describing your interest to national@actioncorps.org  and actioncorps.nyc@gmail.com


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