job: organizer, Madison, WI
colist at comm-org.wisc.edu
colist at comm-org.wisc.edu
Sun Jan 28 09:24:37 CST 2007
[ed: this job post includes salary info.]
From: "Jim Powell \(Northside Planning Council\)"
<Jim at NorthsidePlanningCouncil.org>
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Northside Planning Council
The Northside Planning Council, the national award‑winning coalition of
community and neighborhood organizations and publisher of the Northside
News, is seeking a community organizer to support the work of the
organization, the citizen-leaders comprising the NPC board of directors,
and the member organizations represented thereon. The community
organizer reports to the facilitator/lead organizer.
Who We Want
Someone who believes in neighborhoods and local community. Someone with
a passion to help local democracy work for everyone. Someone with skills
in many areas, able to juggle multiple projects, and genuinely enjoys
working with a diverse group of people. Someone with capacity to learn
new skills and to analyze complex issues and community dynamics. Someone
who can lead, but more importantly, can mentor others in leading.
Someone who is motivated to put your beliefs and passion to work here in
our community. People of color and those fluent in Spanish or Hmong
encouraged to apply.
What You’ll Do
“External” Community Organizing & Community Building
* Organize and strengthen neighborhood and community organizations,
including helping develop new leaders.
* Train and help coordinate the efforts of neighborhood activists and
* Raise awareness of issues and opportunities for citizen and community
* Mobilize people and resources (including fundraising and grantwriting)
to achieve goals.
* Build/facilitate relationships among individuals/organizations around
issues and projects.
* Facilitate planning and implementation of community events, meetings,
* We currently have schools and tenant organizing campaigns, along with
several ad hoc initiatives. Priorities are set and adjusted as needed.
* Assist in the editing and publishing of the Northside News, our
bimonthly community newspaper.
“Internal” Organizing & Organizational Development/Support
* Help identify and monitor community issues, help NPC and member
organizations select, research, and prioritize issues, and develop and
implement organizing/advocacy strategies and campaigns.
* Assist in facilitating the development and functioning of NPC’s board,
including member recruitment and orientation, training and leadership
development, and coordinating and supporting committees.
* Assist in facilitating strategic planning,
goal-setting/prioritization, and ongoing organizational evaluation.
* Some administrative work, including record keeping & reporting.
* The inevitable “other duties as assigned.”
Experience and Skills You’ll Need
Professional Experience Requirements:
Professional experience and demonstrated skills and abilities in
community organizing, community development, or very closely related
field is required. A minimum of one (1) year of relevant professional
experience is required.
Demonstrated Skills/Abilities Requirements:
Experience and demonstrated skills and abilities in as many of the
following areas as possible are highly desirable and will help equip you
this position: community organizing, group facilitation, volunteer
coordination, training/adult education, grantwriting and fundraising,
local government, newsletter/newspaper editing and production, and
Formal education and/or advanced training in one or more of the above
areas is desirable, but not a substitute for experience and demonstrated
Computer and Other Skill Requirements:
In addition to the above, very good communication skills, people skills,
and personal computer proficiency with Word and Excel are necessary.
Proficiency in desktop publishing software (Quark Xpress), financial
management software (QuickBooks), and databases (Access/FileMaker) is
highly desirable. Sense of humor a must. Fluency in Spanish or Hmong is
a considerable plus.
Residency in or within a reasonable driving distance from Madison is
required. Residency on or near Madison’s Northside, or willingness to
relocate, will be considered a plus.
Teamwork & Supervision
The community organizer and facilitator/lead organizer will work as a
team with NPC’s citizen-leaders and a small support staff to accomplish
the work of the organization. The facilitator/lead organizer has
ultimate responsibility for assigning and supervising work and setting
expectations for the community organizer, within the general goals set
by the NPC Board, but the community organizer will have significant
opportunity to take leadership and work independently. Additional
opportunities for mentoring and support are available through colleagues
in similar positions in NPC’s two sister organizations and through NPC’s
membership in a countywide coalition of neighborhood, faith, and
The position requires the ability to work a flexible schedule that will
include some evening hours (1-3 evenings a week is typical) and on rare
occasions, some weekend hours, but beyond scheduled meetings we offer as
much flexibility as possible in work hours, including the ability to do
some work from home or other locations. This position will require
frequent travel within Madison; access to a reliable vehicle is
essential, although use of public transportation, ride sharing, or
bicycle will be possible in some situations.
What You’ll Get
* A full‑time position (we define full-time as averaging 40 hours per week).
* An annual salary in the high $20,000's to low $30,000's range,
depending on qualifications.
* Benefit allowance that can be used to purchase health or other
insurance, pay for medical expenses, or to contribute to individual
retirement accounts. Benefits may be tailored to individual needs within
* Three weeks of annual paid vacation, ten paid holidays, and up to
twelve paid sick days, per year.
* An excellent opportunity to work with Madison’s most successful
neighborhood organization and learn from some of Madison’s most
experienced community organizers.
Funding and Job Longevity
As with most nonprofit organizations, NPC depends on contributions,
government contracts for service, grantwriting, contributions, dues, and
advertising fees to fund its work. Funding levels and funder priorities
can vary from year to year, as do priorities within the organization.
Anyone who chooses a career in the nonprofit sector does so with this
reality in mind.
However, NPC has a very strong track record over its 14 years of
existence of mobilizing necessary funding for its own operations and for
community projects, and also has a modest reserve fund. NPC also has an
excellent reputation among key local funders, including local
government, and thus has very good prospects for continued funding.
Employment is, of course, dependent on satisfactory performance. There
will be a 90-day probationary period.
Application deadline: February 15. Resumes not accepted in place of
application. For application, contact 608-661-0060 ext 1 or
job at northsideplanningcouncil.org.
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