job: lead organizer, Wisconsin, with salary info
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Facilitator NPC <Facilitator at NorthsidePlanningCouncil.org>
The Northside Planning Council, a national award‑winning coalition of
diverse Madison neighborhood organizations working to improve our
community’s quality of life, seeks highly skilled, multi-talented
applicants for full-time position. Requires minimum of 3 years
professional experience in community organizing/community development.
Experience in leadership development, leading successful campaigns,
grantwriting, local government highly desirable. Women, people of color
and those fluent in Spanish or Hmong encouraged to apply. Low to mid
$40’s; good benefits.
Full job description is attached.
Learn more about the Northside Planning Council on Northside Online at
Application deadline: January 7. Resumes not accepted in place of
For info & application, contact 608-661-0060 ext 1 or
job at northsideplanningcouncil.org.
Full Position Description
The Northside Planning Council, the national award‑winning coalition of
community and neighborhood organizations, and publisher of the Northside
News, is seeking a Lead Organizer to support the work of the
organization, the citizen-leaders comprising the NPC Board of Directors,
and the member organizations represented thereon. The Lead Organizer
reports to the NPC Executive Committee and Board of Directors. See
www.northsideplanningcouncil.org for more information about us.
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 successfully manage
multiple projects, and genuinely enjoys working with a diverse group of
- 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 to lead.
- Someone who is motivated to put their beliefs and passion to work here
in our community.
People of color, women, and those fluent in Spanish or Hmong encouraged
What You’ll Do
“External” Community Organizing & Community Building
- Train and develop new leaders in existing and emerging organizations
and the community at-large
- Mobilize people and resources (including fundraising and grantwriting)
to achieve goals
- Build and facilitate relationships among individuals/organizations
around issues and projects
- Raise awareness of issues and opportunities for citizen and community
- Organize and strengthen organization as well as neighborhood and
- Support initiatives of the council. We currently have schools, tenant
organizing and economic development campaigns, along with several ad hoc
initiatives. Priorities are set by the board and Executive Committee in
consultation with staff and are adjusted as needed.
- Serve as publisher of the Northside News, our bimonthly community
newspaper, and assist the Editor in writing, editing, design layout and
“Internal” Organizing & Organizational Development/Support
- Identify and monitor community issues, help NPC and member
organizations select, research, and prioritize issues, and develop and
implement organizing/advocacy strategies and campaigns
- Facilitate the development and functioning of NPC’s board, including
member recruitment and orientation, training and leadership development,
and coordinating and supporting committees
- Facilitate strategic planning, goal-setting/prioritization, and
ongoing organizational evaluation.
- Support and facilitate NPC members at meetings with public officials
government and business leaders
- Fundraise to further diversify and expand funding streams (including
grant writing and oversight)
- Supervise other employees, interns or volunteers that the organization
may hire and/or work with
- Work with the Administrator, ensuring that the organization meets all
reporting and legal requirements
- 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 are required. A minimum of three (3) years relevant professional
experience is required – at least five (5) preferred.
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
for this position: organizing successful issue campaigns, volunteer
leadership development, group facilitation, volunteer coordination,
training/adult education, grantwriting and fundraising, local
government, newsletter/newspaper editing and production, and nonprofit
Formal education and/or advanced training in a number of the above areas
is desirable, but not a substitute for significant experience and
Computer and Other Skill Requirements:
In addition to the above, very good communication skills, people skills,
and personal computer skills are required. Necessary computer skills
include proficiency with word processing (Word), spreadsheets (Excel)
and desktop publishing software (Quark Xpress, In Design, PageMaker).
Proficiency in financial management or bookkeeping software
(QuickBooks/Quicken) and databases (Access/FileMaker) are highly
desirable. Sense of humor a must.
Residency in or within a reasonable driving distance from Madison is
required. Residency on or near Madison’s Northside, or willingness to
relocate considered a plus.
Teamwork and Supervision
The Lead Organizer is the team leader with other staff in working with
NPC’s citizen-leaders. The Lead Organizer has responsibility for
assigning and supervising work and setting expectations for other staff,
within the general goals set by the NPC Board and oversight by its
Flexibility and Transportation
The position requires the ability to work a flexible schedule that often
includes evening hours (2-3 evenings a week is typical) and not
uncommonly, 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 (averaging 40 hours per week)
- An annual salary in the low to middle $40,000's, depending on
qualifications and experience
- A salary structure that includes benefit compensation that can be used
to purchase healthcare or other insurance, pay for medical expenses or
to contribute to individual retirement accounts. Compensation and
benefits are set annually by the Executive Committee, and approved by
the Board of Directors, based on performance and the resources and
- Opportunities for ongoing training and professional development
- An excellent opportunity to work with one of Madison’s most successful
neighborhood and community organizations
Funding and Job Longevity
As with most nonprofit organizations, NPC depends on many sources to
fund its work. NPC has a diverse stream of funding: advertising revenues
from our community newspaper, government contracts for service, grants,
contributions and dues. Funding levels and funder priorities often 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 fifteen-year
history of mobilizing necessary funding for its own operations and for
community projects, and has a solid 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 of any individual is, of course, dependent both on
satisfactory performance and on the availability of funding for the
position. A six (6) month probationary period is required.
Application deadline: January 7,2008. Resumes not accepted in place of
application. For an application packet, contact 608-661-0060 ext 1 or
job at northsideplanningcouncil.org
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