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GCV is seeking three Community Organizers to join our team. The Community Organizer will be tasked with engaging and building leadership among communities of color and young people in Georgia. The Community Organizer will conduct outreach to schools, churches, community centers, and door-to-door to identify people who are affected by and care about the issues and will help people develop leadership skills in order for them to become powerful advocates and organizers within their own neighborhoods. We are looking for creative, ambitious, experienced community organizers who are goal-driven, passionate about social change and justice, and experienced in building individual and collective leadership and power. All three positions are currently one-year positions.
● Conduct new outreach to recruit volunteers through door-knocking, presentations, one-on-one’s, and phone calls that identify new volunteers and members.
● Identify and create opportunities for building the engagement and leadership of members and support their growth and development.
● Support grassroots leaders to develop and implement work plans that result in them forming committees consisting of their friends, family, neighbors, and co-workers.
● Work with the GCV team to develop and lead training for members that develop their skills, analysis, and commitment.
● Develop and maintain a strong understanding of the power dynamics and lay of the land for the campaign and community. Research decision-makers, their interests, and how to influence them.
● Track organizing progresses meticulously in VAN and submits reports on volunteer recruitment and cultivation.
● Work closely with the GCV team to develop, implement, and evaluate issue campaigns that successfully recruit volunteers, build grassroots leaders, and get the attention of decision-makers and media.
● Work closely with the GCV digital organizer to increase online engagement and social media presence of our campaigns and programs.
● Work with the GCV Communications team to identify and develop powerful storytellers and media spokespeople from among the membership.
● Develop relationships and partnerships with community organizations, leaders, and institutions, particularly among communities of color, the health field, churches, schools, and other relevant communities.
● Actively participate as a thought leader and part of the organizing network within the Conservation Voter Movement and contribute to building an inclusive organizational culture.
● Work Experience: 1-3 years in grassroots community or labor organizing programs. Experience in programs that include volunteer outreach (canvassing, phone banking, house visits, etc.), training volunteers, monitoring goals, developing strategies and tactics, and forming alliances with other groups.
● Skills: Enthusiasm and commitment to amplify the voice and leadership of communities of color in Georgia. Ability to conduct basic research to learn issues, develop a power analysis and political lay of the land, including the positions and values of policymakers. Excellent organizational and time management skills and the ability to prioritize and effectively manage multiple tasks in a fast-paced work environment. Creative problem-solver who is resourceful during challenging or new situations. Experience with VAN and Excel is highly preferred. Bilingual in English and Spanish or other languages is preferred.
● Cultural Competence: Demonstrated awareness of one’s own cultural identity, views about differences, and the ability to learn and build on varying cultural and community norms. An understanding of racial justice and the urgency of confronting institutional racism and inequity. Commitment to equity and inclusion as organizational practice and culture. Experience working across lines of race, immigration status, ethnicity, language, class, gender, and other identities and experience.
● Conditions: Ability to work hours exceeding stated office hours as needed; ability and willingness to travel for staff retreats, meetings, and professional development opportunities. This position is based in Atlanta, Georgia. However, other in-state locations may be considered. Please note that all GCV staff is currently working remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Submit your cover letter and resume using the application found at gcvoters.org/careers by Monday, March 1, 2021. No phone calls, please.