Director of Organizing

Department: PA - Philadelphians Organized to Witness Empower & Rebuild
Location: Philadelphia, PA
Job Code: 621

Description

Director of Organizing

About POWER:

POWER is the State of Pennsylvania’s largest Faith Based Organizing Movement with a deep commitment to racial and economic justice.  We work with 100+ congregations in 8 Counties and are expanding across the State of Pennsylvania.  POWER has a strong learning culture and places a high priority on personal learning, racial awareness and  analysis, and relationship building.

POWER is a catalyst for marginalized peoples and faith communities to act collectively for racial and economic  justice. POWER organizes congregations and clergy from over 25 different faith, denominational and ethical traditions as well as community organizations to lead successful campaigns to end mass incarceration and gun  violence, promote education funding equity, demand accessible health care for all, and promote economic  dignity.

POWER is a proud affiliate of Faith in Action. Faith in Action is one of the largest  and fastest growing community organizing efforts in the country. POWER is also a proud member of the Partnership for Working Families which is deeply committed to building municipal power with working class people across the United States.

Job Overview

This position will be responsible for ongoing coaching, training, supervision and support to the team of  Organizers, so that they can most effectively organize congregations and develop lay and clergy leaders to  engage in strategic campaigns to advance POWER’s policy aims (at both the municipal and state level). At the  direction of the Executive Director, the Director of Organizing helps coordinate and guide issue campaigns in  areas of school funding equity, living wage policies, criminal justice reform and other campaigns.  In this capacity, also  at the direction of the Executive Director, the Director of Organizing cultivates relationships with key allies who  are working with POWER on these campaigns. The Director of Organizing  works closely with the Director  of Communications and Development Director to ensure that campaign goals and strategies are in line with  organizational messaging, funding opportunities, goals, and obligations to funders. The Director of Organizing is a member of the POWER Staff Executive Team.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Provide weekly supervision to a diverse team of Organizers – some of whom work remotely – through  individual and group meetings, regular communication, shadowing, coaching and intentional training. 
  • Strategize  and Coach POWER Statewide Campaign Directors.  
  • Represent POWER at statewide coalition tables. 
  • Help ensure that campaigns (and strategies and tactics) are conducted through a racial justice frame  and that campaigns are rooted explicitly in faith-based language.
  • In coordination with the Executive Director, craft and execute a plan to recruit new clergy  leaders/congregations to formally join POWER.  
  • Provide monthly written reports to Development Director on progress made towards grant  deliverables and funding obligations.  
  • Collaborate with staff on new ideas, directions, and tools for communications and online organizing  tools 
  • Provide the necessary guidance and strategic thinking to the team of Organizers, chairs of Strategy Teams, key clergy and lay leaders and in some cases, allies, to ensure that campaigns  are well-crafted and on track to achieving concrete policy victories as defined by the membership and funding obligations, and that tactics are strategic and effective. 
  • Provide the necessary guidance and strategic thinking to the team of Organizers to ensure that they  have the skills and tools necessary to build and maintain teams (Local Organizing Committees,  comprised of at least 5 strong volunteer leaders) in their assigned congregations.  
  • Meet regularly with the internal leadership team to assess ongoing progress of the Organizing team  and the issue campaigns and to ensure that campaigns, communications and funding are all in  alignment.  
  • Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications and Skills:  

  • Understanding of the basic principles of organizing.  
  • Experience/comfort working within a faith-based environment; ability to authentically draw on one’s  faith experience and faith-based language and to connect that with social change issues. 
  • B.A. degree  in related field and a minimum of seven years of paid community or union organizing, or political,  or faith-based community organizing work. 
  • Proven track record of leading successful organizing campaigns. 
  • Demonstrated track record of building relationships across lines of difference and in building up the leadership of others.  
  • Experience supervising diverse organizers/field staff.  
  • Familiarity with Microsoft outlook, Word, Excel and similar software and social media. 
  • Ability to learn new systems, prior experience with the Voter Activation Network (VAN), Salesforce, Salsa, etc. 
  • Ability to think both ‘macro’ (big picture, long-term campaign strategy) as well as ‘micro’ (helping  organizers think through the daily tasks to engage leaders).  
  • Self-starter, creative, highly motivated, ability to juggle multiple tasks and campaigns.  
  • Experience facilitating meetings and designing and facilitating trainings. 
  • Demonstrated ability to collaborate and an openness to learning and sharing. 
  • Capacity to think strategically and analytically about social, economic, cultural, and political issues affecting communities. 
  • Experience working with the disenfranchised.  
  • Ability to travel through the city (personal vehicle strongly preferred) as well as throughout the region  to meet with organizers, clergy and lay leaders and allies and decision-makers.
  • Participate in occasional travel out of state for conferences, trainings, etc.  
  • Draw on an intersectional analysis of racialization and other forms of oppression 
  • Ability to act as a coach people of diverse backgrounds 
  • Flexibility to work nights and weekends. 
  • Supervision Received: general supervision from Executive Director or designee.
  • Supervision Exercised: Community Organizers 
  • Experience working with low-income and/or immigrant communities of color
  • Possess excellent written and oral communication and interpersonal skills 
  • Ability to communicate in a professional manner with community contacts 
  • Ability to work well independently, and within a team 
  • Commitment to cultural sensitivity and respect for differences 
  • Commitment to the continuous improvement of service quality and the organization’s mission 
  • Cultural competence to work in a multicultural, multi-faith environment 

This position is based in Philadelphia. You must be able to work in the Philadelphia office at least twice a week

Salary and Benefits:

  • Position is Full Time and Salary commiserate with experience

Application Procedure:

All applicants must apply for this position online via organizingcareers.org.  Please have the following documents ready to upload to your online application:

  1. An electronic file of your resume (preferably in PDF format) including three professional references
  2. A cover letter (2 pages MAX) describing your background, interest in, and qualifications for this position


If you need assistance or experience any technical difficulties with your online application, please contact careers@faithinaction.org.  Resumes will not be accepted via this email address.


FAITH IN ACTION provides Equal Employment Opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, FAITH IN ACTION complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.
 

 

 





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