Overview

About Community Change and Community Change Action:

Community Change builds the power and capacity of low-income people, especially low-income people of color, to lead powerful and dynamic movements for social change. With our community-based partner groups, we bridge the grassroots and the national, supporting outsider strategies to disrupt the status quo while also building pathways to influence the insider conversation.

Our vision of a better world centers the leadership of impacted people of color to move our work on immigrant rights, economic justice, and racial equity, including a focus on jobs and housing, early childhood care and education, income support, and immigration reform.

This position also supports Community Change Action, an affiliated 501(c)(4) advocacy organization. While motivated by the same core values – equity, inclusion, and justice – Community Change and Community Change Action operate independently of one another and each organization has its own board of directors.

Position Description: 

The central task of the organizer is to support multi-state coordination and assist community-based organizations and coalitions, with the goal of increasing the power and scale of those organizations and coalitions. The organizer will support meeting Reinvestment Team Essential Outcomes while also contributing to local and state level reinvestment team campaigns, and connecting them, when appropriate, to electoral, immigration, and economic justice work at the national level.

Principal Responsibilities:  

  • Support the development of a cohort of Black-led community organizations in the U.S., primarily focused in the South.
  • Coordinate strategic campaigns and technical support to partner organizations as part of work to build power in target states and with targeted communities. This includes but not be limited to leadership development, fundraising, and base building.
  • Provide support to key partners and ally organizations to wield political power in their cities and states.
  • Serve as secondary liaison to the senior organizer between Community Change’s campaign teams, target state allies and partners.
  • Support and maintain strategic relationships with leadership organizations in target states.
  • Participate in Community Change All Staff Calls, Community Change Staff Retreats, and weekly State Power Building Staff Calls.
  • Represent Community Change in a professional manner within internal and external partners.
  • Comply with Community Change policy that requires all employees to be responsible for administrative duties such submitting reports, timesheets, and all fiscal and personnel policies and requests.
  • Perform other duties as assigned by the Director of Black Led Organizing and Power Building.

Qualifications: 

  • Minimum 3-5 years’ experience in community organizing and in implementing local, state or national policy initiatives on community reinvestment issues.
  • Experience in community organizing training including: basic principles of community organizing, development of leaders and organizations in an organizing context, issues, and campaign development, training new organizers and leadership development.
  • Familiarity with and openness to different approaches to grassroots organizing and policy work.
  • Strong facilitation and relationship building skills.
  • Experience in non-partisan electoral work is helpful.
  • Demonstrated experience supporting organizational assessment and development; ability to provide significant help in organizational and coalition development.
  • Strong team player, familiar with team dynamics and willing to work in a team environment.
  • Ability to work democratically and effectively with diverse groups and people.
  • Willing to work long flexible hours including nights and weekends and to travel extensively.
  • Excellent communication (oral and written) skills.
  • Strong commitment to social justice and social change.
  • Familiarity with some of the issues that Community Change currently works on, such as poverty, criminal justice reform, jobs, economic justice, immigration and/or other issues.
  • The ability to produce consistent, quality work in a fast-paced environment is essential.
  • Comfortable using cloud-based technology including Google Suite and dynamic databases like Salesforce.
  • Ability to speak a second language is a plus.

This position reports to: Director of Black Led Organizing and Power Building

Classification: Community Change recognizes a staff bargaining unit affiliated with IFPTE Local 70, a union for non-profit workers. This position is included in Community Change’s bargaining unit and covered under the terms of the collective bargaining agreement.

Travel Requirements: 20%-40% of the time.

Salary & Benefits: $75,000 – $79,000 annual salary. Community Change also offers an excellent benefits package, which includes 4 weeks of annual paid vacation; additional paid holiday leave between December 24 and January 1; 8% employer contribution to retirement account after six months of employment (and 3% employer contribution for the first 6 months); and a choice of generous health insurance plans.

 Closing Date of Position: Open Until filled

 This position is in the Southern Region.

How to apply: Please click here to submit a resume, a cover letter that includes salary expectations and at least two writing samples.

 

Community Change is an Equal Opportunity Employer