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Community Organizer-Denver, CO, US.

Organization:FRESC: Good Jobs, Strong Communities

Position Title: Community Organizer

Location: Denver, CO.

Hours and Compensation: Full time

Application Deadline: March 2, 2014

 

Job Description:

FRESC seeks a full time Community Organizer for the Denver metro area. The organizer will effectively and meaningfully engage vulnerable, marginalized, and underrepresented people in the metro Denver region, including low-income individuals and families, people with limited English proficiency, and communities of color that are not traditionally engaged. The Organizer conducts outreach for FRESC campaigns, works with partner organizations and coalitions, communicates with faith leaders, individual workers and neighborhood residents, develops and supports individual leadership skills, coordinates group trainings and committees, and plans and executes organizing campaigns/actions as part of broader campaigns. Candidates should have a demonstrated ability to work with diverse array of individuals and communities. The successful candidates must have a solid commitment to strengthening our labor unions and social, racial, and economic justice movements.

We are seeking individuals with previous experience in grassroots/political organizing in the labor movement, non-profit or public sector, or comparable experience, who are passionate, enthusiastic and energetic. The successful candidates will conduct organizing campaigns in targeted industries or issue areas. Expertise in organizing is not required; willingness and ability to learn as well as strong abilities and experiences are more important.

Qualified applicants should be interested in working with FRESC’s talented staff to build upon previous programmatic successes and grow the capacity of the organization. The successful candidate will have strong verbal and written communication skills, and enjoy building and maintaining relationships with staff and stakeholders.

Responsibilities:

  • Organize, develop and staff strategic issue campaigns.
  • Train and support individual leadership in the strategy and execution of issues and campaigns.
  • Recruit and mobilize individuals through one-on-one visits and organizational presentations.
  • Plan, organize, facilitate and debrief actions and meetings.
  • Educate community about FRESC issues and campaigns.
  • Develop and cultivate relationships to increase allies’ organizational capacity and campaign participation.
  • Coordinate and execute FRESC organizing efforts within overall campaign strategies.
  • Develop materials for FRESC recruitment, community actions, etc.
  • Communicate with partner organizations, including labor unions, progressive community organizations, social service organizations, environmental groups, academics and think-tanks, religious institutions and others.
  • Identify new target constituencies to organize, consistent with FRESC’s existing and future work as well as FRESC’s values.
  • Monitor and/or participate in appropriate governmental and public meetings and processes consistent with FRESC campaigns, including lobbying, testifying, etc.
  • Track and evaluate progress and effectiveness of organizing and campaign goals.
  • Support FRESC’s fundraising activities.
  • Participate in FRESC’s racial justice trainings.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Interest in issues including affordable housing, quality jobs, environmental justice/sustainability, health and safety, and/or immigrant rights.
  • At least one year of experience working in labor, environment, and/or social justice community, or comparable transferrable experience. Recruitment and leadership development experience.
  • Experience designing, coordinating, and leading training programs desired.
  • Ability both to lead and to work well in teams.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills, including presenting to large groups of people.
  • Self-directed and able to handle multiple projects and responsibilities.
  • Willingness and flexibility to work “campaign hours” when necessary (nights and weekends); ability to work well under stress and deadlines.
  • Commitment to understand race, class, gender, and other equity issues as part of your work.
  • Belief in and commitment to progressive social and economic justice.
  • Degree in relevant field a plus.
  • Experience working with low income communities, communities of color, and/or the labor movement helpful.
  • Ability to travel locally; and have reliable transportation.
  • Computer competency.
  • Willingness to learn, show initiative and creativity.

How to apply:

Interested applicants should send (1) cover letter/email including salary requirements, (2) resume, and (3) three work-related references to: Desiree Westlund, Policy Director at frescgoodjobs@gmail.com.

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