jobs: organizers

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From: "Ben MacConnell" <bmacconnell at>

Current Openings for community organizers:

Location: Springfield, Ohio, Position: Lead Organizer, Available: now
Location: Columbus, Ohio, Position: Associate Organizer, Available: now
Location: Muskegon, Michigan, Position: Associate Organizer, Available: now
Location: Grand Rapids, Michigan, Position: Associate Organizer, Available:
Location: Lansing, Michigan, Position: Lead Organizer, Available: now
Location: Indianapolis, Indiana, Position: Lead Organizer, Available: now
Location: Daytona Beach, Florida, Position: Associate Organizer, Available:
Location: Sarasota, Florida, Position: Lead Organizer, Available: now
Location: Tampa, Florida, Position: Associate Organizer, Available: now
Location: West Palm, Florida, Position: Associate Organizer, Available:
Summer 2001
Location: Tallahassee, Florida, Position: Lead Organizer, Available: Summer
Location: Richmond, Virginia, Position: Lead Organizer, Available: Summer

Basic Salary & Benefits for Community Organizers will include:

1. Salary: $25,000-40,000 (depending on qualifications & experience)
including paid vacation and holidays
2. Full health coverage including sick days, and special needs leave
(eligible circumstances include birth/adoption of a child, temporarily
incapacitating illness/injury of self/spouse/child)

Several Organizations will also offer in addition to salary & health

3. Pension program (5-10% of salary effective on second anniversary of
4. Paid mileage of $.325/mile for work-related travel (e.g., to and from
one-on-one meetings)
5. Salary increases to be determined and negotiated by Lead Organizer and/or
Board of Directors (typically after 6 month probation period is completed
satisfactorily, and annually based on specific performance indicators)
6. Assistance with moving expenses to the city of the organization

Ben MacConnell
Direct Action & Research Training Center
4511 W. 78th Terrace
Prairie Village, KS  66208-4363
Ph: (913) 649-7707
Email: bmacconnell at


Job Description for DART Network Community Organizer Positions:

In any given day, state and city officials along with corporate CEO's make
decisions that affect the lives of hundreds of thousands of people living in
local communities. The DART Network is striving to build power among
low-moderate income people, so that they too can have a seat at the
bargaining table when these decisions are made. If you have a fire for
social justice - whether it's fighting racial profiling or homelessness, or
improving public schools - DART has fought and won across the country on
these issues, and we're looking to hire several new organizers to start
immediately to take the same winning strategies into new cities.

In the DART Network, we are dedicated to building the power of people to
work for justice on local issues of concern. Leaders in DART organizations
make the plans and decisions, mobilize people and money, speak on behalf of
the organization in public, and help attract new leaders and groups into the
membership. The role of the Community Organizer is to challenge and support
leaders in building the power of the organization and their institutions, so
that they can more successfully transform our communities. The work of the
organization can be categorized into the following four areas: leadership
and staff development, issues, structure, and fundraising. Thus, the
responsibilities of the Community Organizer include the following:

Leadership and Staff Development

1. Assist member groups in building strong internal networks
2. Conduct training workshops for leaders
3. Coordinate the participation of leaders in workshops and lead various
sessions as needed
4. Meet regularly with organizing staff for planning and evaluation
5. Coordinate training activities with staff
6. Maintain regular contact with key leaders of member groups for planning,
action, and evaluation
7. Initiate and coordinate contacts with potential new groups


1. Assist leaders to develop action plans on local issues identified through
network building processes in their congregations and neighborhoods
2. Assist leaders in planning for organization-wide actions
3. Coordinate background research with staff and leaders on possible issues
for action
4. Prepare leaders to conduct meetings and actions


1. Assist leaders to design and implement an annual planning process for the
2. Provide weekly written reports to the Lead Organizer to encourage
development and evaluation
3. Help to maintain office
4. Meet semi-annually with the Lead Organizer for evaluation
5. Assist leaders to prepare and conduct a large annual meeting


1. Assist Finance Committee and Board in developing a strong internally
generated financial base for the organization

To accomplish these goals, the Community Organizer is expected to complete
the following (these numbers will fluctuate based on whether the organizer
is the Lead Organizer or an Associate Organizer):

1. Average 20-25 one-on-one contacts per week (one-fourth of which are new)
2. Hold weekly staff meetings for planning and evaluation
3. Engage in conduct consistent with the basic values of member groups
4. Be available to attend evening and weekend meetings
5. Develop at least five new leadership teams a year
6. Staff a minimum of six on-going leadership teams
7. As needed, meet with DART consultants for training, evaluation, and
8. Arrive at least ten minutes early for scheduled meetings
9. Spend at least 75% of their time building relationships to help build the
organization and its member institutions
10. Spend less than 15% of their time on administrative tasks

Previous experience shows that: an Community Organizer will need to work on
average 50 hours each week to cover the assigned responsibilities

Required Qualifications:

1. Willing to put in 50+ hours per week (including nights and weekends)
2. Preferred MSW degree in Social Sciences or equivalent experience
3. Has anger over social injustice
4. Able to build good working relationships with people from diverse
backgrounds and bring in new leaders
5. Likes and respects people
6. Able to conceptualize and communicate well
7. Dependability - fulfills commitments; does what they say they're going to
8. Professional and willing to separate personal and organizational
9. Has team spirit and attitude - will figure out how to make things work
not find reasons why it won't work
10. Maturity - has a strong self-identity; able to challenge people to act
on their values and self-interests
11. Willing to evaluate others and be evaluated; takes responsibility for
their own actions and decisions
12. Has courage - willing to take risks
13. Able to plan - takes the time to plan ahead for their schedules and the
organization's schedule
14. Has a sense of humor
15. Able to teach - willing to teach others what they know
16. Has imagination and curiosity - does not take things for granted and is
willing to ask questions and learn


The first step or for further information send a resume to:
Ben MacConnell
4511 W. 78th Terrace
Prairie Village, KS  66208-4363
Ph: (913) 649-7707
Email: bmacconnell at

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