Paid community organizing training

colist at colist at
Fri Nov 19 20:03:13 CST 2004

From: ben at

I am a community organizer with a national network of community 
organizing groups
known as the Direct Action & Research Training (DART) Network that seeks 
to build
power among low-moderate income people for a greater degree of justice.

I am writing to you today because we are seeking applications from folks 
in social and economic justice in Ohio to apply for our paid community 
training program known as the DART Organizers Institute. I would 
appreciate it
if you could pass along information below regarding our positions by 
email or
word of mouth to anyone that may be interesed in launching a career in 



Ben MacConnell
ben at
Recruitment Director
Direct Action & Research Training Center
314 NE 17th Terrace
Miami, Florida 331307
Ph: (785) 841-2680


Wanted: Community Organizer Trainees seeking to launch a Career in 

DART is now accepting applications for the 2005 DART Organizers 
Institute in
several cities through Florida, Ohio, Michigan, Virginia, Kentucky, and 
This program is designed to give people the skills in grassroots 
organizing to
launch a permanent career in the field.

The DART Organizers Institute is a combined classroom and field training 
such topics as:

· Entering a community
· Identifying and training local leaders
· Strategic planning and issue cutting
· Relationship and community building
· Direct Action on community issues
· Fundraising

The DART Center, has built coalitions throughout the country that have 
won important
victories on a broad set of justice issues including:

· Education reform in low-performing public schools
· Job Training
· Drugs and Violence
· Affordable Housing
· Criminal Recidivism
· Youth Services
· Neighborhood Revitalization, etc.

The DART Organizers Institute combines a 7-day classroom orientation 
with 15
weeks of infield training at a DART host organization. This is a paid 
program that includes: a $6,500 living stipend, all transportation costs 
to the
classroom orientation and host city, and mileage reimbursement during 
the infield
training. Room, board, and tuition will also be paid by DART during the 
classroom training. After successful completion of the program, DART 
will work
to place graduates into fulltime salaried positions.

Graduates from the four month DART Organizers Institute have gone onto 
Executive Director and Associate Community Organizing positions 
throughout the
country. We continue to train the best of those working to build the 
power of
low-moderate income communities to win victories on important issues in 

The program starts June 20, 2005 and runs through October 7, 2005. Host 
are located in several cities throughout Florida, Ohio, Michigan, 
Virginia, Kentucky,
and Indiana. Applications are being accepted now.

Although it may be helpful, no direct experience is necessary. Organizer 
(OTs) hired to participate in the DART Organizers Institute must 
a desire to pursue community organizing as a long-term professional 
career. A
master’s degree or similar life experience is preferred though 
unnecessary. Candidates
must have a college degree or be graduating prior to June 20, 2005. 
Also, candidates
must display a workmanlike diligence, be driven to produce sustained 
have proven capacity to build relationships of trust, create and execute 
a plan,
act professionally, feel comfortable working with congregations, be 
and willing to hold others accountable, demonstrate disciplined thought 
and action,
and work in a team setting. OTs must also have access to a car during 
their training
and be flexible regarding relocation. Fluency in Spanish/English is a 
plus and
people of color are encouraged to apply.

To find out more about DART or to apply, we encourage you to send your 
to: Ben MacConnell, DART Network, 820 New York Street, Lawrence, KS 
66044 or
by email: institute at If you have any questions, please 
(785) 841-2680. Also, you can download applications or view profiles 
from previous
OTs at the DART website:

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