Duluth Organizer

THE ORGANIZATION: TakeAction Minnesota is a statewide people’s network that brings democracy alive in communities across our state. We connect individuals and organizations to each other, creating a powerful force that makes change happen where it wasn’t possible before. Since its founding ten years ago, TakeAction Minnesota has grown its breadth and depth. Our membership has grown 10-fold and touches every legislative district in the state. Our social media presence is robust. Our grassroots leadership is well-trained and shapes and implements the strategy of our various campaigns. As a result, TakeAction Minnesota has a track record of increasingly bold victories that change people’s lives for the better: the defeat of a photo ID constitutional amendment, massive public health care expansions, ban the box legislation, winning back $100million from HMOs, more than $400 million in corporate tax loopholes now closed, grassroots leaders running for – and winning – elected office.

POSITION SUMMARY

Under general supervision, develop a strong, active, multi-racial base of individual leaders. This is an exciting position for an individual with a passion for grassroots organizing and social change.  Position is based in our Duluth office and will help us advance our work on our current women’s economic justice issue campaign; as well as explore organizing in other Northeast MN geographies, which will help us build on our overall statewide engagement strategy.

PRIMARY FUNCTIONS — Essential duties and responsibilities may include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Use organizing tools (canvassing, doorknocking, phonebanking, one-to-one’s, powerful asks, etc.) to engage people affected by the issues we organize in our work, develop deep relationships with them, and support their leadership.
  • Identify, recruit, train, and move activists into regular action and positions of leadership throughout our campaigns and electoral work, supporting their leadership to guide how they engage with campaigns and how we center racial and gender justice in our campaigns.
  • Invest in and develop a core team of leaders through intentional leadership development. Support leaders in building their own bases with organizing tools (propositions, trainings, accountability, agitations, etc.), facilitate political education to deepen a shared analysis of the structural barriers facing our communities, engage them in leading campaigns, and continuing to build a greater vision for our leaders across the state.
  • Plan and lead effective organizing meetings and trainings with the current core team to build community, develop leadership, and move work forward.
  • Work with the organizing team to manage and meet our electoral goals: build relationships among our leaders and candidates, meet shift goals, talk with voters and volunteers on the doors and phones, recruit shifts from your base and from volunteer recruitment calls, manage shift logistics, build community among volunteers, create scripts, train volunteers, pull phone and door lists, etc.
  • Develop and meet goals for each of these responsibilities, and update organizational database systems with member and event information to ensure and track successful completion of goals, understanding of challenges, and development of troubleshooting plans.
  • Work with other staff to plan and execute cross-organizational events, grassroots fundraising and new member cultivation, communications plans, digital outreach plans, trainings, and other issue campaign actions.
  • Play a lead role with facilitating turnout for events, local and statewide.

Other duties or tasks may be assigned on an as-needed basis.

EXPERIENCE:

  • Applicants with organizing experience are preferred.
  • Understanding of issues that affect the lives of women and families.
  • Interest and willingness to work both on issue and electoral campaigns.
  • Ability to relate directly with and motivate various facets of the community, including elected officials, people affected by the issues, and community organizations.
  • Understanding of and confidence in social media as an organizing method.
  • Deep commitment to progressive politics, and social justice issues.
  • Self-motivated, work independently, high work capacity, ability to meet deadlines and manage multiple tasks in a fast-paced work environment.
  • Proven experience with issue and/or political campaigns.
  • Excellent personal accountability and follow through.
  • Experience with leadership development of staff, members, clients, or other constituencies
  • Computer skills, including proficiency in Microsoft Office, and data entry experience preferred.
  • Ability to work in and across diverse communities, particularly race, class, gender and geography.

OTHER EXPECTATIONS:

  • A strong commitment to social, racial, and economic justice and progressive political change.
  • Enthusiastically promote TakeAction Minnesota’s goals and priorities in compliance with all policies and procedures, and have a deep investment in our shared agenda for change.
  • Complete and coordinate special projects as needed.
  • Other duties or tasks may be assigned on an as-needed basis.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS AND WORKING ENVIRONMENT

Work is performed in a standard office environment which requires occasionally lifting such articles as file boxes or heavier materials with help from others and/or lifting and carrying light objects frequently. A job in this category may require walking or standing to a significant degree or may involve sitting most of the time with long periods of computer work and heavy phone usage. Flexibility to work outside normal business hours that include evenings and weekends, and work extended hours to accomplish requirements of the position.

SALARY/BENEFITS/OTHER INFORMATION

Salary is $38,500 with full medical and dental insurance and retirement package. This position is a member of the Minnesota Newspaper and Communications Guild unit and salary is based on its contract.

REPORTS TO & LOCATION

This position reports directly to the Duluth Program Manager. Position will be based in our Duluth office and may require traveling throughout the state at times, including to our St Paul office.

HOW TO APPLY Send electronic cover letter, resume and three references care of Emma Grey, emma@takeactionminnesota.org with the subject line DULUTH ORGANIZER by no later than 11:59PM on July 23, 2017.

NO PHONE CALLS OR EMAIL INQUIRIES WILL BE ACCEPTED.

TakeAction Minnesota is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from people of color, persons with disabilities, LGBT individuals, and women.

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