[COMM-ORG] job: Empower DC Community Organizer, Washington DC, with salary info

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 Empower DC Job Opening: Community Organizer, Child Care Issues (Full-Time)
From: "Parisa Norouzi" <parisa at empowerdc.org>

Know a GREAT Community Organizer candidate for Empower DC? Please
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1419 V St, NW * Washington DC 20009 * (202) 234-9119 * (202) 234-6655 fax

Community Organizer: Early Childhood/Child Care Issues

Organization Name: Empower DC
Website: www.empowerdc.org
Location: 1419 V St, NW Washington, DC 20009
Job Terms: Full Time
Salary: $30-35,000, depending on experience

Benefits: Medical and Dental coverage

Anticipated Start Date: Monday August 1, 2011

Duration: Minimum two-year commitment requested

Schedule: Monday-Friday, 10 AM – 6 PM plus evenings and weekends as needed

Job Description

Empower DC is seeking a Community Organizer to lead our grassroots
advocacy campaign to secure quality, affordable Early Childhood
Education (ECE) and child care for low-income families in the District
of Columbia. The Organizer will work to continue and expand Empower DC’s
child care organizing, building upon the successes of the Child Care for
All Campaign, which has been in continuous operation since 2004.

The Organizer will conduct outreach and recruit impacted residents to
participate in advocacy work. The Organizer will build the leadership
skills of participants so that they are able to engage in sustained,
effective self-advocacy and represent the needs of low-income DC
families in the policy arenas where ECE and child care policy making

The goal of this project is to expand and improve access to quality,
affordable and appropriate Early Childhood Education and child care for
all low-income families, including those who have children with special
needs, by securing support from government officials, generating policy
change and obtaining increased funding for the Child Care Subsidy
Program and related initiatives.

Responsibilities include:

· Develop leadership amongst impacted residents and increase
participation in the Child Care for All Campaign

· Develop the capacity of members to serve as watch dogs, participating
on an ongoing, regular basis in meetings, forums and committees relevant
to ECE and child care in DC

· Create educational materials that highlight who is responsible for ECE
and child care in DC and how people can advocate effectively for these

· Conduct outreach and recruit impacted individuals to participate in
advocacy activities

· Meet regularly with partners, allies and leaders

· Identify the individuals, agencies, commissions and other bodies
responsible for and/or impacting Early Childhood Education and child
care in DC

· Organize trainings and forums to educate the broader community about
ECE and child care in DC

· Working with members and allies, develop an Early Childhood Education
advocacy agenda

· Organize city council and city agency meetings with Empower DC Members
to advocate on issues of importance to the campaign.

· Assist with administrative duties including maintaining contact database

· Assist with growing the membership and leadership of Empower DC

· Participate in Empower DC’s Quarterly Membership Meetings, Board
Meetings, and other activities as necessary

· Other duties as assigned


· Minimum 2 years organizing or advocacy experience (volunteer
experience acceptable) including experience building the leadership of
community members

· Knowledge of and familiarity with the District of Columbia

· Strong interest in and commitment to community organizing and social,
economic and racial justice

· Ability to effectively communicate, both in writing and verbally,
relaying complicated information in a user-friendly manner

· Strong organizational skills, including the ability to work
independently and manage own projects

· Basic computer competency for word processing and data management

· Must have a flexible schedule to accommodate some weekend and evening

Other Desired Qualities (not mandatory)

* Background in early childhood education and/or policy
* Fluency in Spanish
* Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field
* Women and people of color are strongly encouraged to apply

Organization Description

Empower DC is a city-wide, grassroots, membership-based organizing
project. Empower DC’s mission is to enhance, improve and promote the
self-advocacy of low and moderate income DC residents in order to bring
about sustained improvements in their quality of life. Founded in 2003,
Empower DC is currently engaged in campaigns around affordable housing,
child care, and public education, and offers training in self-advocacy
skills and audio/video production. Empower DC currently has a staff of
four full-time and one part-time staff. The Empower DC headquarters is
close to the U street Metro Station at 1419 V St NW. Our meetings and
activities are held throughout the community during the evening and
weekends, at locations including churches, libraries and recreation
centers. The Organizer will report directly to the Director of the

How to Apply

Please send a cover letter describing why you make a great Organizer
candidate, your résumé, and the names and contact information for three
professional references to Parisa Norouzi, Director at
parisa at empowerdc.org or by fax, 202-234-6655, by July 24, 2011. No phone
calls please.

Parisa B. Norouzi

Executive Director

Empower DC

1419 V St, NW

Washington, DC 20009

(202) 234-9119

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