Field Organizer (Reinvestment Team)

About Community Change + CCCAction
Community Change is committed to help build powerful and dynamic movements in diverse communities to create meaningful change. With our grassroots partners, we build the power and capacity of low-income people and communities of color to make significant policy changes in their lives.

Our focus areas include jobs and wages, immigration, retirement security, affordable housing, racial justice and barriers to employment for formerly incarcerated individuals.

For a more detailed description of our organization, please go here for CCCAction.

Position Description:
Community Change (CCC) is seeking two dynamic, experienced organizers to help launch and build a new body of economic justice work that utilizes the reinvestment frame to explicitly lift up generational racialized wealth stripping in Black communities while calling for large investment and jobs in poor communities and communities of color. Community Change seeks two skilled organizers able to strengthen the power and capacity of black people and black people’s organizations, and move a campaign to fundamentally transform the current approach towards poverty, criminalization, and race in the United States.

The organizers will need to be able to support local campaigns while also building and weaving local energy and work towards a national drumbeat for justice and liberation. We are hiring for two Organizer positions. One is full-time, temporary through September 2017; the other is a full-time permanent position.

A portion of time may be spent doing work for CCC’s sister organization, the Center for Community Change Action.

This position reports to: Reinvestment Director

Principal Responsibilities:

  • Organizing with, training and building local or state coalitions with key existing or new partners to build momentum for a demand of reinvestment in targeted communities.
  • Helping grassroots organizations to develop strategies for building alliances, partnerships, and coalitions with other organizations to enhance their power and to achieve their goals. This may include organizational and strategic development work, fundraising, leadership training, and non-partisan electoral work.
  • Collaborating with local, regional, and national organizing partners, organized labor, faith groups, policy organizations and other grassroots partners to build successful local and state organizations.
  • Supporting coordinated national and/or local, state or regional campaigns on specific issues ranging from clean energy to job creation to criminalization and bringing innovative grassroots strategies such as movement building training, online organizing, electoral organizing, media, research and policy tools designed to help partners maximize the impact of their organizing.
  • • Working with the Reinvestment team and partners to develop and share a strong, foundational analysis of the problem(s), and what is necessary for transformation.
  • This position requires extensive and frequent travel. Two to three days a week would be average.

Qualifications:

  • Minimum of three to five years of experience in community organizing, electoral, labor or immigrant rights organizing and work leading campaigns at the local, state or national policy initiatives on poverty issues. A mix of experiences in these arenas is ideal.
  • Demonstrated experience in organizational assessment and development; ability to provide significant help in organizational and coalition development.
  • Familiarity with and openness to different approaches to grassroots organizing and policy work.
  • Strong grounding and familiarity of working with a racial and gender justice lens.
  • Strong facilitation and coalition building skills.
  • Ability to work democratically and effectively with diverse groups and people.
  • Willingness to work long, flexible hours and to travel extensively.
  • Experience and comfort working as part of a multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural team.
  • Knowledge of how to combine assets available to the team in a way that maximizes ability of the team to function at a high level.
  • Strong team player, familiar with team dynamics and willing to work in a team environment.
  • Strong commitment to social justice and social change.
  • Knowledge of key issues that the Center currently works on, such as poverty, criminal justice reform, jobs, economic justice, immigration and/or other issues.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills are a must.
  • The ability to produce consistent, quality work in a fast-paced environment is essential.
  • Ability to speak a second language a plus.
  • Personal knowledge and experience with the American justice system a plus.

Salary & Benefits: $60,000 – $75,000; Community Change offers a competitive salary based on qualifications and an excellent benefits package, which includes 4 weeks of vacation; paid leave between December 24 and January 1; 403B retirement plan plus an additional 8% employer contribution to a Money Purchase Plan after six months of employment; and a choice of health insurance plans. This opening is for one full-time, temporary position through September 2017 and one full-time, permanent position.

Closing Date of Position: Open Until Filled.

How to apply: Please click here to submit a cover letter sharing your personal interest as well as salary expectations, a resume, and a writing sample. Applications without all required documents will not be considered.

Community Change is an Equal Opportunity Employer