RISE INDY seeks a professional who is passionate about improving public education to serve as its Organizing Director. The Organizing Director, in consultation and collaboration with our Vice President of Politics and Advocacy, will help design and implement RISE INDY’s annual organizing plans and advocacy campaigns. The Organizing Director will be responsible for executing the overall community organizing strategy in Indianapolis and maximizing outreach to key constituency groups.
The Organizing Director will work with RISE’s community organizers who serve as the eyes and ears of the organization on the ground. The Organizing Director will be responsible for organizational field targets, all of which will be reported and tracked. This in-person position, based in Indianapolis, Indiana, will report to the Vice President of Politics and Advocacy.
Major areas of responsibility include:
Strategy and Driving Results
- Devise and carry out a technologically-integrated community organizing plan
- Work with RISE leadership and data team to create and implement organizer activity, contact information, and voting data reporting standards and procedures
- Identify and track field staff progress on daily and weekly targets
- Use cutting-edge digital tools and techniques to organize supporters and spread the public awareness and advocacy campaign message
- Oversee the RISE community organizing programs and volunteers
- Recruit and manage a team of school-based organizers (6-8), and volunteers in the field and in the office
- Design and conduct organizing and voter registration trainings with RISE staff and volunteers
- Meet weekly with RISE community organizing team to evaluate progress and provide input on goals and priorities
Hands-on Organizing Work
- Help develop and expand strategic partnerships with other community-based organizations, faith groups, directly impacted people, elected officials, and service providers
- Conduct outreach and organizing activity & events
- Presence at community events
- One-on-one meetings
- House parties
- Neighborhood canvassing and literature drops
- Phone calls and phone banking
- Text organizing
- Petition and voter registration drives
Strong applicants will have the following skills and experiences:
- An unwavering commitment to community-driven change and advancing racial equity
- 7+ years of professional experience
- Management experience and strong managerial skills required
- 2+ yrs of issue-based community organizing experience preferred
- Measurable success in using data to achieve results
- Experience working with diverse communities
- 1+ cycle of political field or comparable political experience preferred
- Implementation and assessment of voter registration & GOTV programs
- Demonstrated skill in collaboratively managing across teams, including staff, consultants, and vendors
- A flexible, resourceful, and cooperative mindset
- Self-starter work style that is able to adapt as the organization and projects scale up
- Enterprising and innovative approach to finding solutions to difficult and complex problems
- Multicultural competence and demonstrated ability to establish and cultivate respectful and authentic relationships with diverse internal team & external contacts
- Education-related advocacy/organizational management experience preferred
- Phenomenal work ethic
- Able to execute under pressure and stay on task
- Calm and composed demeanor in stressful situations
- Long hours and weekends when needed
- Capacity to work collaboratively with leadership, coworkers, associates, and volunteers to meet or exceed goals
- Proficiency in database and office suite applications
- EveryAction nonprofit CRM volunteer management platform
- NGP VAN voter file software and tracking reporting processes
- Microsoft Office 365 & Google Workspace tools
- Access to reliable transportation, full clean driving license preferred
Six values guide RISE’s culture and our work together:
- Passion: We lead with our hearts and minds in the pursuit of excellence for students and families.
- Excellence: We hold ourselves to a high standard of work for our community.
- Humility: We are in service to something greater than ourselves.
- Respect: We honor the lived experiences of all we encounter.
- Honesty: We speak truth in all situations, no matter the outcome.
- Accountability: We are clear on agreements and responsible for outcomes in our work with coalitions, community, and each other.
Three core education ideas guide all of our conversations, advocacy, and actions. We have built strong, diverse coalitions who share these values and are committed to collaborative, community-centered work to build a prosperous, inclusive, anti-racist, safe, and interconnected city.
- Students will be centered in all education discussions.
- Families should be empowered to choose and advocate for what’s best for their children.
- Educators should have autonomy and flexibility to meet the needs of students.
We recognize the power and significance of having a diverse team that represents the communities
our work impacts. We encourage candidates of color, first-generation college graduates, bilingual
people, and others to apply.