Lee Interfaith For Empowerment (LIFE) is a member of the Direct Action and Research Training Center (DART), one of the largest faith-based community organizing networks in the country. DART’s 27 affiliated organizations span 9 states. By harnessing the power of organized people, these organizations hold political and economic systems accountable for acting fairly—pushing them to become more equitable and just. Since 1982 our network has fought for and won policy changes that have addressed systemic failures which disproportionately harm low-income communities as well as communities of color. Some of our victories include:
Why Choose the DART Network
DART is a network of doers. We understand that the road to a society free of racism and economic injustice is a long one that requires dedication and persistence. To create lasting change, we must do work that extends beyond charity and advocacy—while important, these efforts generally only serve as temporary solutions to permanent, systemic problems. In a world where the interests of the wealthy are prioritized, DART seeks to create communities that honor people power as the true catalyst for change.
DART stands out from other organizing networks thanks to our unrivaled investment in our team members through intentional training and development. You do not need to have prior organizing experience, as we provide the training you’ll need to be successful. During your first five months, you will receive intensive on-the-job training through the DART Organizers Institute. You will learn basic organizing principles and develop key organizing skills including: finding and developing leaders, issue research and strategy, power analysis, and one-to-one meetings. Ongoing professional development will continue through individualized coaching and mentoring, as well as local, regional, and national staff trainings and retreats.
About the Work
LIFE is hiring a full-time Senior Organizer who will train people of faith to hold political and economic systems accountable for justice. Through your work, everyday people will fight on their own behalf for justice in the form of things like affordable housing, police reform, public transportation and more. In time, your efforts will result in a noticeable shift in the power dynamics of the local community.
Day-to-day, the Senior Organizer will spend most of their time in the field coaching community leaders and recruiting new congregations to join the organization. Through three annual processes, DART organizations identify community problems, research viable solutions, and rally people to demand the implementation of those solutions by public officials. You will foster relationships, develop leaders, drive forward issue campaigns, and manage the operations of the organization.
Who You Are
DART community organizers come from a wide variety of backgrounds, but the common denominators are a passion for justice and a strong desire to make change. As an ideal candidate, you are someone who is naturally curious, values strong relationships, and is energized by the prospect of uniting people around a common cause. You should have a demonstrated history of strong work ethic and proven ability to produce results through previous positions or other endeavors. Community organizers are afforded a great deal of autonomy when it comes to building their schedules. They also need to make themselves available to community members, many of whom work during the day, which may require organizers to work nights and weekends.
Successful organizers value action without ego, both internally and externally. This means you thrive in a culture of accountability and work hard to secure results.
The ideal candidate does not have to be personally religious. Because you will be working with faith communities on a daily basis, you should have a genuine respect for the faith traditions of others.
DART organizers are multi-faceted and actively seek environments that allow them to use a variety of skills or hone new ones. The ideal candidate thrives in a space where no two days are the same and welcomes work that is mentally stimulating.
DART organizations are diverse coalitions that include communities of color, low-to-moderate-income communities and immigrant communities. We strongly encourage people from these backgrounds, as well as fluent Spanish speakers and DACA recipients, to apply.
Skills and Characteristics:
Compensation and Benefits:
Starting salary is between $45,000 and $60,000 depending on the experience of the candidate.
Benefits include health benefits, paid vacation, parental leave, mileage reimbursement, and more. Employer retirement contributions of 10% begin after one year of employment.
Salary increases will be determined by the Board of Directors after a 6-month probation period is completed satisfactorily, and from then on, based on annual performance reviews.
LIFE is an equal opportunity employer.
Lee Interfaith For Empowerment (LIFE) is a member of the Direct Action and Research Training Center (DART), one of the largest faith-based community organizing networks in the country. DART’s 27 affiliated organizations span 9 states. By…
Starting salary is $45,000 - $60,000 annually plus health benefits, paid vacation, parental leave, and mileage reimbursement. Employer retirement contributions of 10% begin after one year of employment.
Starting salary is $45,000 - $60,000 annually plus health benefits, paid vacation, parental leave, and mileage reimbursement. Employer retirement contributions of 10% begin after one…