jobs: organizers, DART

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From: "Ben MacConnell" <ben at thedartcenter.org>

The Direct Action & Research Training (DART) Center is now accepting applications for several permanent fulltime, salaried professional community organizing positions in Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, and Florida to start October 1, 2004. Below you will find a list of positions available, along with general job descriptions for Lead Organizer/Executive Director and Associate Organizers. For more details contact Ben MacConnell at: (785) 841-2680. Salary and skill level needed vary by location, see job descriptions below.
                       
Current Positions Available in the DART Network:
 
Lead Organizer/Executive Director in Jacksonville, Florida
Lead Organizer/Executive Director in Lansing, Michigan
Lead Organizer/Executive Director in Lexington, Kentucky
Lead Organizer/Executive Director in Lakeland, Florida
Associate Organizer in St. Petersburg, Florida
Associate Organizer in Daytona Beach, Florida
Associate Organizer in Toledo, Ohio
Associate Organizer in Dayton, Ohio
Associate Organizer in Evansville, Indiana
Bilingual Associate Organizer (Spanish/English) in Louisville, Kentucky
 
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Job Description for Lead Organizer
 
Organization:
DART is a nonprofit network of affiliates, founded in 1982 to assist in the development of strong, congregation-based, grassroots community organizations committed to democratic principles and values of justice and fairness. The DART Network currently consists of 21 affiliates spread throughout Florida, Michigan, Ohio, Virginia, Indiana, and Kentucky, each with their own leaders, staff, funding base, and accomplishments toward justice at the local level. DART has fought and won across the country on a broad set of issues like joblessness, access to health care, living wage and job source agreements, police misconduct, improved public education, quality affordable housing, fair immigration practices, and dozens of others.
 
Locations:
Lead Organizer/Executive Director positions are currently available in the following locations: Jacksonville and Lakeland, Florida, Lansing, Michigan, and Lexington, Kentucky.
 
Qualifications for a Lead Organizer with DART:
Lead Organizer candidates must have graduated from the DART Organizer Institute, or have at least two years of professional organizing experience in community, union, electoral, or advocacy organizing. Also s/he must present a sincere passion for justice and community organizing. Our positions are limited to those who see this as a professional vocation, not just a job. Candidates must display a workmanlike diligence, be driven to produce sustained results, have proven capacity to build relationships of trust, create and execute a plan, act professionally, feel comfortable working with congregations, be accountable and willing to hold others accountable, demonstrate disciplined thought and action, and work in a team setting. Lead Organizers must also have a car.
 
Finally, Lead Organizers must be capable of making a minimum commitment of five years to the local organization, and be prepared to develop, mentor, and train other organizers. People of color are encouraged to apply. A master’s degree or similar life experience is also preferred.
 
Salary & Benefits:
$30,000-42,000 starting salary including paid vacation and holidays; Full health coverage including sick days; Some DART organizations also provide pension plans following the first year of employment; Paid mileage of $.32/mile for work-related travel (e.g., to and from One-to-One meetings); Salary increases to be determined and negotiated by Lead Organizer and Board of Directors (typically after 6-12 month probation period is completed satisfactorily, and annually based on specific performance indicators).
 
Responsibilities:
The role of the Lead 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 areas:
 
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Preparation for board meetings:
Meet and talk with co-chairs 2-3 days in advance of board meetings regarding the agenda and roles.
Prepare leaders for roles on all agendas 2-3 days in advance.
Make sure reports are ready (on funding, staff report, minutes, etc.)
Calls to all board/committee members are made 1-2 days in advance.
Agendas/packets ready for each member at meetings.
Ensure that each member congregation has selected one representative to serve on the board; the Board member needs to be someone who can "move" this in his or her own congregation.
2)
      
Issue Committees:
Have a chair or co-chairs for each committee.
Prepare chair(s) for committee 2-3 days in advance of meetings.
Every meeting must have a focus: upcoming action, research reports, and evaluation of past action, etc.
New groups should be sending representatives to the committee so that it is growing.
Calls should be made to all committee members 1-2 days prior to meetings.
Plan action steps 1-2 months in advance so that committee members (and board) are on the same page in preparation.
Organizer must be continually adding to his or her own understanding of the power systems and players related to the issue (e.g. city departments, school systems)...how things work and who makes them work.
3)
      
Funding:
Make sure that funds are committed at least 10-12 months in advance; have 5-7 proposals going out in a calendar year.
Make sure financial reports are filed with appropriate governmental agencies and that a financial statement is provided to board each month.
Provide sample support drive timeframe, steps and orientation to the board 3-4 months before initiating the campaign.
Make sure that the board, finance committee are getting their congregations to pay their dues.
Make sure the finance committee meets by October so that a proposed budget may be brought to the board by November.
4)
      
Training:
Annually, send at least 10 community leaders to DART’s national training in spring and fall.
Have ongoing list of potential leaders to send for the advanced workshop.
Work closely with pastors and other leaders to identify and develop these leaders; invitations should be made months in advance in order to work out schedules.
Have board members assist in recruitment for training and respond at regular board meetings.
Schedule 2-3 local training events during the course of the year (possible topics: Rethinking Justice Orientation; issue training, support drive training; One-to-Ones; house meetings)
5)
      
Strategic Plan:
A yearly plan needs to be developed with the leadership each year (could be developed at a retreat).
The plan should include objectives and timeframes for: membership recruitment, internal organizing process (one-to-ones; house meetings); issue development, fund raising, and training.
6)
      
Recruitment of New Member Congregations:
Have an ongoing list of 30-40 prospects developed with the leadership.
Work with leadership to set up meetings where appropriate.
Organization should be able to recruit 5 new dues paying congregations each year and reach 30 member groups within 2-3 years when working with a sponsoring committee.
Initially, the Lead Organizer needs to do 200 one-to-ones (18-20 per week) during the first 2 ½ to 3 months. Afterwards, each organizer needs to do at least 10-15 one-to-ones each week (1/2 of them with new people) and 2 non-member pastors each month.
7)
      
Other responsibilities:
Need to contact board members/key leaders at least twice per month to update and get input.
Need to involve leaders in processing decisions BEFORE meetings, rather than presenting them as a done-deal.
Need to prepare months in advance for major events (conventions, assemblies, action campaigns, support drive) and check with church calendars, etc.
To Apply:
We encourage you to send your resume to: Ben MacConnell, DART Network, 820 New York Street, Lawrence, KS
 
66044 or by email: jobs at thedartcenter.org. If you have any questions, please call: (785) 841-2680. Also, you can download applications at the DART website: www.thedartcenter.org.
 
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Job Description for Associate Organizers
 
Organization:
DART is a nonprofit network of affiliates, founded in 1982 to assist in the development of strong, congregation-based, grassroots community organizations committed to democratic principles and values of justice and fairness. The DART Network currently consists of 20 affiliates spread throughout Florida, Michigan, Ohio, Virginia, Indiana, and Kentucky, each with their own leaders, staff, funding base, and accomplishments toward justice at the local level. DART has fought and won across the country on a broad set of issues like joblessness, access to health care, living wage and job source agreements, police misconduct, improved public education, quality affordable housing, fair immigration practices, and dozens of others.
 
Locations & Dates:
Lead Organizer/Executive Director positions are currently available in the following locations: St. Petersburg and Daytona Beach, Florida, Toledo and Dayton, Ohio, Evansville, Indiana, and Louisville, Kentucky.
 
Responsibilities:
The role of the Associate 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, issue development, building and maintaining organizational structure, and fundraising.
 
Qualifications:
Candidates must have graduated from the DART Organizer Institute, or have at least 6 months of professional organizing experience related to community union, electoral, or advocacy organizing. Also s/he must present a sincere passion for justice and community organizing. Our positions are limited to those who see this as a professional vocation, not just a job. Candidates must display a workmanlike diligence, be driven to produce sustained results, have proven capacity to build relationships of trust, create and execute a plan, act professionally, feel comfortable working with congregations, be accountable and willing to hold others accountable, demonstrate disciplined thought and action, and work in a team setting. Associate Organizers must also have a car.
 
People of color are encouraged to apply, and in some cases Spanish language abilities may be necessary. A master’s degree or similar life experience is also preferred.
 
 
Salary & Benefits:
$25,000-32,000 starting salary including paid vacation and holidays; Full health coverage including sick days; Paid mileage of $.32/mile for work-related travel (e.g., to and from One-to-One meetings); Salary increases to be determined and negotiated by Lead Organizer and Board of Directors (typically after 6-12 month probation period is completed satisfactorily, and annually based on specific performance indicators)
 
To Apply:
We encourage you to send your resume to: Ben MacConnell, DART Network, 820 New York Street, Lawrence, KS
 
66044 or by email: jobs at thedartcenter.org. If you have any questions, please call: (785) 841-2680. Also, you can download applications at the DART website: www.thedartcenter.org.
 
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