Community Organizer

The Rights and Democracy (RAD) is a movement for positive change in Vermont. We are a membership organization of working and low-income families in Vermont.  We build people power to win justice for our communities. We believe rights and democracy are won when people come together to make their voice heard. We are building a strong organization to improve the policies that affect us and our communities.

 

About the Position:

We are seeking talented and dedicated Community Organizers to build our organization through helping drive issue campaigns and build support for our progressive political agenda for working families, called Together We Win.

The ideal candidate is an experienced community organizer who is also a coalition-builder and strategist and believes deeply in the importance of building community leadership, capacity and power. The Community Organizer will work in partnership with other staff and leaders to together drive campaign strategy and execution. S/he will be responsible for working with community leaders to execute a sophisticated campaign plan, coordinate related activities and efforts of allies to advance our campaign priorities and establish the basis for longer-term, ongoing work in each county. S/he must be able to organize and effectively communicate at all levels – with grassroots community people as well as established community leaders and policy experts. The Community Organizer will work on our organizing team and and will also work closely with existing community leaders, community organizers and core partners in building our movement.

 

Key Areas of Responsibility:

  • Build a base of member leaders in key districts to advance our campaigns and build organization.

  • Recruit, turn out and develop community leaders across a variety of low and moderate income neighborhoods of color.

  • Execute a sophisticated and winning campaign strategy by working with community leaders, staff, and allies.

  • Organize direct actions, events, and other tactics to move the campaign forward.

  • Coordinate campaign messaging, traditional media work, mass communications, and digital organizing with RAD's communications department.

  • Regularly communicate the campaign's progress to our members, staff, and partners.

  • Work with the existing database to track members, participation and progress towards achieving success.

  • Develop and manage relationships with partner organizations.

  • Work with partners to move the campaign forward. This may include joint strategy meetings, joint actions or other events, relationship building, etc.

  • Manage and develop relationships key stakeholders and decision makers.

  • Enhance our reputation and promote our values.



Competencies and Qualifications:

  • Excellent community organizing skills, strategizing, and execution of organizing campaigns

  • Passion and commitment to social, economic, and racial justice

  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills with demonstrated focus on research, policy analysis, outreach, and targeted communications

  • Critical thinking and problem solving skills

  • Relentless drive, tenacity and a willingness to do what it takes to advance our mission and values

  • Excellent time management, project management, and delegation skills.

  • Ability to work effectively with strong personalities, peers, public officials, and allies

  • Familiarity with nonprofit role in advocacy

  • Similar experience in grassroots organizing, labor, or political organization

  • Willingness to work long and often irregular hours including evenings and weekends

  • Fulltime access to a car

  • Computer competency – Word, Internet required; Experience in working with database systems a plus

 

Salary: Salary will be commensurate with experience. Benefits include comprehensive medical, dental, vision, 401(k), paid holidays, vacation, sick leave, and travel reimbursement.

 

To apply: Please email a resume, cover letter and three professional references to james@radvt.org


RAD is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer and actively recruits people of color, women, individuals with disabilities and members of the LGBTQ community.


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