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, paid sick time, minimum wage increase, more than $400 million in corporate tax loopholes now closed, grassroots leaders running for – and winning – elected office.
POSITION SUMMARY: This Lead Organizer will work with our organizing team to powerfully connect grassroots organizing, issue campaigns, and electoral politics in order to win real change in our state by building power with people in Central Minnesota and connecting them to the rest of TakeAction’s work. They will develop an active team of members with breadth and depth, and will lead our Central Minnesota organizing and strategy development. Their team will be growing as leaders and taking action on electoral and issue campaigns, guiding our work, bringing new ideas, and creating a greater vision for Greater Minnesota. The organizer will reach out to Central Minnesotans through electoral and issue campaigns, activating them and engaging them in our work, and deeply investing in the leadership development of a core team through base-building, political education, and narrative development.
PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITES — Essential duties and responsibilities may include, but are not limited to the following:
- Develop strategy, infrastructure, and materials to support the organizing program, and support organizers on joint projects, ensuring goal completion.
- Build and manage a core team of leaders who are shaping the work of TakeAction.
- Build and manage external organizational relationships as related to your body of work.
- Use organizing tools (canvassing, doorknocking, phonebanking, one-to-one’s, powerful asks, etc.) to engage Minnesotans in our work, develop deep relationships with them, and support their leadership.
- Plan and execute outreach strategies to engage more Minnesotans in our work.
- Identify, recruit, train, and move activists into regular action and positions of leadership throughout our campaigns, 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 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 organizing.
- Plan and lead effective organizing meetings and trainings to build community, develop leadership, and move work forward.
- Develop and meet goals for each of these responsibilities, work with the organizing team to manage and meet a variety of goals throughout the seasons of the work, and update organizational database systems with member and event information as a way 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.
- Other duties or tasks may be assigned on an as-needed basis.
EXPERIENCE AND QUALIFICATIONS
- At least two years of full-time organizing experience, or five years of other relevant experience, and a proven track record of delivery and ability to work in a fast-paced environment.
- Experience designing and leading teams through processes of project planning, execution, and evaluation.
- Ability to define success and hold both the big picture and the details. Vigilance about tracking goal progress and meeting deadlines. Computer literacy and experience with MS Office Suite.
- Willingness to speak up, suggest new ideas, receive feedback, adjust plans to ensure successful completion of goals, and be part of the solution.
- A natural sense of curiosity about people and the ability to relate to them. Experience initiating conversations with community members about their stories, hopes, fears, and challenges, and a willingness to be bold in conversations with strangers and volunteers.
- Experience designing and facilitating meetings, trainings, and/or group gatherings that move people to action.
- Excellent communications skills through a variety of channels, including written and oral.
- A relational leader and good team player, able to work with a broad team of staff and grassroots leaders, work well with others in a coalition setting, and motivate diverse groups of people. Ability to practice showing up for co-workers with consistent follow-through and good communication.
- A demonstrated commitment to economic, racial, and gender justice and commitment to 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.
LICENSE AND CERTIFICATION:
A valid Minnesota State Driver’s License is required and access to a reliable vehicle.
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.
This position is grant funded, and is currently funded through November 15th, 2018, with the possibility of extension if more funding is secured.
- Salary: $42,070. This position is a member of the Minnesota Newspaper and Communications Guild unit and salary is based on its contract.
- Full medical insurance, dental insurance, retirement packages.
- Ongoing leadership development of staff, including access to relevant trainings and conferences.
REPORTS TO & LOCATION
- This position reports directly to the Organizing Director. Position is located in St. Cloud, but will require occasional travel.
HOW TO APPLY
Send electronic cover letter, resume and three references attention Amanda Otero, Organizing Director, care of firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line LEAD ORGANIZER by no later than 11:59 p.m. on November 5th, 2017.
NO PHONE CALLS or EMAILS WILL BE ACCEPTED.
TakeAction Minnesota is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from people of color, persons with disabilities, LGBT individuals, and women.