job: field organizer, northwest US
colist at comm-org.wisc.edu
colist at comm-org.wisc.edu
Sat May 20 09:31:57 CDT 2006
From: "Jose Blanco" <jblanco at communitychange.org>
Center for Community Change Posting Date
Field Organizer Location
Mission statement of the Center:
The Center for Community Change is a large national non-profit
organization headquartered in Washington, D.C. Its mission is to promote
the development of community organizing as a national force for social
and economic justice. CCC focuses on building the power and capacity of
low-income people, especially low income people of color, to change
their communities and public policies for the better. Founded in 1968,
it is known for its role in supporting the national and grassroots
coalitions that led to the creation of the food stamps program, the
enactment of the Community Reinvestment Act, the growth of Community
Development Corporations, and large-scale preservation of low income
housing. More recently, the Center led efforts to secure a refundable
child tax credit and restored food stamp eligibility for thousands of
immigrant households. For further information, please visit our website
Position Description: The Field Organizer in the NW/West region will
provide support to community-based organizations (CBOs) in the region,
with the ultimate goal of increasing the power and scale of those
organizations and ensuring that underrepresented populations and
geographic areas are effectively served. The Field Organizer will
provide assistance to grassroots organizations on organizing initiatives
at the local, state and national level and help link local and regional
organizations to others across the region and country when appropriate.
The NW/West region encompasses the states of: Oregon, Washington, Idaho
Montana, South Dakota, North Dakota, Colorado, Wyoming and Nebraska.
Initially, roughly 70% of the Field Organizer’s time will involve
project management of CCC’s Native American organizing project in Rapid
City, South Dakota and entails coaching, training and oversight. This
new organization is in a Sponsoring Committee phase and is developing
its first member base around an issue campaign to address cultural
competency and structural measures in the state’s Food Stamp Program.
The remainder of the Field Organizer’s time will be dedicated to work in
the NW/West region.
Job Duties and responsibilities
* PROJECT MANAGEMENT TO SOUTH DAKOTA NATIVE AMERICAN PROJECT: Provide
oversight, coaching and training of project staff and leaders in
campaign issue development and execution; member recruitment and
development; leadership development; strategic ally development; and
grassroots fundraising development; financial management. Assist in
* STRATEGIC ORGANIZING TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE & TRAINING:
+ Strategic Base and Leader Development: Help CBOs advance their
organizing to become more strategic and proactive in their planning and
execution of member recruitment and development and leadership
development to achieve a powerful base that can impact policy change on
a broader scope and scale.
+ Strategic Campaign Development: Assist grassroots organizations to
develop approaches and strategies to work on proactive policy
initiatives. This may include working with staff and leaders of
organizations to identify organizing opportunities with respect to
particular issues, methods for engaging low-income people in policy
debates, and tactics for raising and reframing issues in the public debate.
+ Strategic Alliance Building: Help CBOs develop and implement
strategies for building alliances, partnerships, and coalitions with
other organizations to enhance their power and capacity to win on
issues, to launch programs, and to achieve their long term social change
goals in state and national arenas.
+ Organizational Development: Provide organizational development,
fundraising, institutional support and the myriad issues that are
necessary for successful growth and maturation for a grassroots
* CROSS-CUTTING ISSUE DEVELOPMENT
+ Execute strategies to recruit and engage additional grassroots
organizations in identified campaigns, and identify the potential fit
between the organizations’ work and that of the Center for Community Change.
+ Support coordinated national and/or state campaigns on specific issues
which bring together grassroots strategies with media, research and
policy tools for national and/or state impact.
+ Staff coalitions of grassroots organizations that the Center may help
to initiate to work on issues at the regional or national level.
* ORGANIZING CAPACITY IN REGION
+ Collaborate with local, regional, and national organizing, training,
and technical assistance organizations to build new grassroots
organizations and support existing ones in the areas assigned by the
National Field Director or his/her designee.
* GENERAL ORGANIZING SUPPORT
+ Serve as the Center's lead contact staff to CBO’s as assigned by the
National Field Director or his/her designee.
+ Perform other duties as assigned by the National Field Director or
* ADMINISTRATION & MANAGEMENT
+ Represent CCC, particularly the Field Division, in a professional
manner within the organization, to CBOs, funders, allied organizations,
in assigned groups and committees and
+ Compliance with administrative duties is mandatory.
o Minimum of five years in community organizing and in implementing
local, state or national policy initiatives on poverty or race issues.
Experience in non-partisan electoral work is helpful.
o Experience in community organizing, 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.
o Experience organizing with Native American populations preferred.
o Demonstrated experience in organizational assessment and development,
including knowledge of, and ability to, deliver assistance and training
on most aspects of organizational development and strategic organizing
principles and practices.
o Familiarity with and openness to different approaches to grassroots
organizing and policy work.
o Strong facilitation skills.
o Financial expertise and budget management.
o Ability to work democratically and effectively with diverse groups and
o Willing to work long flexible hours and to travel extensively.
o Excellent oral and written communication skills.
o Excellent administrative skills.
o Strong team player, familiar with team dynamics and willingness to
work in a team environment.
o Strong commitment to social justice and social change.
o Familiarity with some of the issues that the Center currently works
on, including jobs & income support, healthcare, housing, immigration.
o Knowledge of language other than English encouraged.
This position reports to: Northwest/West Team Leader
Salary & Benefits: CCC offers a competitive salary and an excellent
Closing Date of Position: Open until filled
To apply: Submit resume and cover letter, writing sample and three (3)
Attn: Field Organizer – Northwest/West Region
Center for Community Change
1536 U Street, NW
Washington, DC 20009
employment at communitychange.org
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