United Today, Stronger Tomorrow
Full-Time LOCAL Utah COVID Campaign Organizer/Five-Six Month Temporary Contract
United Today, Stronger Tomorrow, a new national, state, and local COVID organizing project, is seeking to hire a LOCAL full-time Utah campaign organizer for a five-six month temporary contract to test the potential to build and run a new organizing project addressing issues affecting Utahns as a result of COVID. The project’s goals are: 1) identify the top COVID-related issues impacting communities, workers, and people in the state, 2) help lead a process to build a base of impacted people, and 3) initiate a campaign development process that leads to a winnable campaign.
Job Description: The organizer will build and manage a member-run, local organizing committee(s) and will work with its members to conduct an issue identification and campaign development process with the goal of building a campaign focused on addressing issues that have developed and/or have increased as a result of COVID. In addition to base building, the organizer will build relationships with existing organizations working on COVID to identify the best way to add capacity to COVID organizing in the state. The organizer will develop and train organizing committee members, build a campaign plan, and manage the campaign in collaboration with the project partners. The issues, demands, targets, and strategies will be developed by the local organizing committee.
Build a base of people and organizations impacted by COVID into a statewide campaign focused on delivering concrete benefits to Utahns.
Organize and staff onramps for people such as community meetings, legal rights clinics, popular/political education workshops, and house meetings, for example.
Conduct one-on-ones with potential leaders and build leadership development programs.
Identify organizations and institutions that engage with large numbers of people impacted by COVID – such as food pantries, emergency services, job training programs, faith institutions, legal service organizations, and others – to recruit people into the organizing committee.
Identify other stakeholders impacted by COVID.
Convene issue committees to be co-facilitated by member leaders.
Manage the texting program – use phone, text, one-on-ones, and more, to build the organizing committee.
Moderate Facebook groups and other social channels specific to the project.
Identify leaders through one-on-ones and then develop those leaders’ skills.
Identify leadership roles and support leaders in doing community organizing work (training, check-ins, and management, for example).
Organize and work with leaders to lead meetings and briefings, for example.
Implement an earned media strategy to garner local press and media attention.
Qualifications: The ideal candidate is someone who has strong experience in base-building and leadership development, especially with diverse communities; experience on an issue, policy, corporate, union, or administrative campaign; and interest in leading a campaign.
Two-three years experience base-building and building community leaders.
Experience working on a campaign – preferably an issue, administrative, corporate, or unionization campaign.
Experience managing projects, programs, or an organizing committee.
Experience working in coalitions and/or working with a set of organizations and partners.
An ability to build and manage relationships with a wide array of stakeholders and to multitask different pieces of work.
Experience building diverse teams and staffing workgroups and/or committees.
A track record of recruiting, developing, and managing leaders and volunteers.
The ability to implement digital organizing tools, tactics, and strategies.
Strong writing skills.
Experience working with media (writing press releases, pitching, and organizing press events) is preferred, but not required.
Technical qualifications include working knowledge of Nationbuilder, Action Network, Spoke texting tool, New Mode, and some Facebook advertising experience.
Women, people of color, native/indigenous people, and LGBTQ+ people are strongly encouraged to apply. Strong preference for Spanish speaking proficiency. Local or regional residency near Utah is a must.
Compensation: The salary range for this five-six month temporary position is $3-4K a month, DOE.
To apply, please send a resume and cover letter to email@example.com that includes why you are interested in this position and how your experience can help build the project. PLEASE PUT UT ORGANIZER IN THE SUBJECT LINE.
United Today, Stronger Tomorrow – Communities Respond to COVID is a national pilot project that will identify constituencies and institutions impacted by COVID and test innovative organizing efforts to connect them to both short-term work developing and implementing equitable Covid response policies and longer-term advocacy work that will create a more democratic, equitable, racially just, healthy, and environmentally sustainable post-Covid world. We are currently developing projects in NY, IN, and CO and a regional project in the upper Midwest focused on the four corners of SD, IA, NE and MN. The goal is to work with local partners to explore how best to design and build a project based on local conditions in order to 1) build a base, 2) connect the base to short and longer-term advocacy work, and 3) identifying which organizing tools work and why and determining if they can be successfully replicated.
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About United Today, Stronger Tommorrow - Communities Respond to Covid
United Today, Stronger Tomorrow – Communities Respond to COVID, is a project of Community Change and Movement Leader, Paul Getsos. UTST has received seed funding from: Community Change – a national, progressive, community organizing group founded in 1968, that builds the power of low-income people, especially people of color, to fight for a society where everyone can thrive; and generous support from the The David and Lucile Packard Foundation, New America, and Healthcare for America Now.
Identify the issues affecting communities as a result of COVID and the strategies, tools, and tactics to engage them.
Use a set of organizing projects rooted in local conditions to strengthen organizing work in impacted communities.
Inform national advocacy efforts connected to the health and economic crises that have emerged as a result of COVID.
COVID is a crisis today and a challenge for years to come. It’s also an opportunity. As COVID returns in surges across the country, we have a chance to unite Americans – men and women who until now may have never found common ground with each other – around a common cause: public health and safety and a safe, successful economic recovery.