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Job Openings for AIM, CONECT, GBIO, GCC & VOICE
(see below)

Action in Montgomery
Organizer Try-Outs

For details & job description click HERE.

AIM Grassroots Bilingual Organizer Position

Action in Montgomery (AIM) is a multi-racial, county-wide citizens power organization in Montgomery County, MD.  Our organization is made up of congregations, community groups, and schools from across the county organizing poor, working and middle class families on issues like immigrant rights, equity in education, affordable housing and jobs/unemployment.  Over the past 18 years, AIM has won over $500 million to build over 7,000 units of affordable housing. We won $30 Million for the renovation of dilapidated community centers in four historic African American communities. We were key players in winning the Maryland Dream Act in the state legislature and on the ballot. In partnership with two high-poverty elementary schools AIM won the funding to create a new free high-quality after-school program through the power of parent organizing.  Most recently, through organizing with tenants in a majority Latino and undocumented community, AIM built power to win solutions to a systemic problem with black mold. Visit our website www.actioninmontgomery.org to learn more about AIM.

Interested?
Send cover letter, resume to kayla@actioninmontgomery.org.  In your cover letter, please share a story where you were the principal player in making change, include what motivated you to act, one key lesson you learned from the experience, and if/how the qualities listed below assisted you in making change.

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Congregations Organized for a New Connecticut
Organizer Try-Outs

For more details & job description click HERE.

CONECT seeks a full-time Associate Organizer to work with its growing base of leaders and member institutions under the supervision of and with the support of the Lead Organizer. Spanish language proficiency a big plus.

Responsibilities:  The Associate Organizer will be assigned to work with a small number of CONECT member congregations (with more general organizing responsibilities, such as building relationships, identifying leaders, organizing teams, etc.) and to work on one of CONECT’s existing or developing issue areas or campaigns (Schools/Education, Gun Violence, Policing / Criminal Justice Reform, Healthcare, etc.).  Additionally, the Associate Organizer will be expected to help identify new leaders, new congregations / institutions, and new issues to engage and organize around over time.  Initiative and drive are critical in this position.

Interested?
Interested candidates should submit a Cover Letter/Email, Resume & 2 References, no later than June 1st via email to weconectnow@gmail.com.

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Greater Boston Interfaith Organization
Organizer Try-Outs

 

For more details & job description click HERE.

WANTED: Full-time professional organizer in Greater Boston, MA. A brief job description is below & more can be found HERE.
 
Contact Kathleen.Patron, Organizer, at Kathleen.patron.gbio@gmail.com with questions or to submit a resume and cover letter for consideration.
 
RESPONSIBILITIES: Under the supervision of the an organizer, identify, recruit and train volunteer leaders using the Industrial Areas Foundation’s proven person-to-person organizing method and guide and support them in organizing to effect change on specific issues that impact them and their communities. GBIO offers a paid, 90-day try-out. Organizer candidates are given an organizing assignment to test their capacity and receive extensive training and supervision from the senior organizer.

 

 

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Greater Cleveland Congregations
Organizer Try-Outs

For details & job description click HERE.

 

 Greater Cleveland Congregations (GCC) is a multi-faith, multi-racial, county-wide power organization in Cleveland, Ohio. GCC is made up of congregations, community organizations and schools from across the county organizing poor, working and middle class families on issues like education, jobs, criminal justice, healthcare, and gun violence. Over 5 years, GCC has organized victories to help pass three Cleveland Municipal School District levies. These three levies will bring over $100 million dollars for operational purposes and build/renovate over 40 schools. GCC led the fight to reduce low-level nonviolent crimes charged as felonies which resulted in a 25% overall reduction over four years. In 2013, GCC was the leading organization to form the Northeast Ohio Medicaid Expansion Coalition made of hospitals, foundations, community organizations and faith communities. GCC pushed for Medicaid by door-knocking in key neighborhoods, organizing statewide actions, and gathering thousands of signatures for support. In 2014, the state of Ohio expanded Medicaid and as a result over 750,000 Ohioans now have access to healthcare.

 

Interested? 

Please send 1-page or less story of self that tells us why you want to be an organizer or why you became an organizer and a short (1 page or less) resume. Include your contact information (address, email, mobile number) and send to: 

James Pearlstein, GCC Leader Organizer 

james@greaterclevelandcongregations.org

 

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Virginians Organized for Interfaith Community Engagement
Organizer Try-Outs

For details & job description click HERE.

 WANTED: Full-time professional organizer in Northern VA. Specifically, VOICE is looking to hire an organizer that would focus his/her work in VOICE’s Muslim and allied member institutions and/or organize with VOICE’s large immigrant base. A brief job description can be found below & more HERE. Contact Alisa Glassman, Lead Organizer, at aglassmaniaf@gmail.com with questions or to submit a resume for consideration.

 

RESPONSIBILITIES: Under the supervision of the senior organizer, identify, recruit and train volunteer leaders using the Industrial Areas Foundation’s proven person-to-person organizing method and guide and support them in organizing to effect change on specific issues that impact them and their communities. VOICE offers a paid, 90-day try-out. Organizer candidates are given an organizing assignment to test their capacity and receive extensive training and supervision from the senior organizer.

 

 


About Organizing

Metro IAF is seeking to recruit, train, and develop a new generation of organizers to work in one of the groups that already exist and to assist in new strategies and targeted campaigns. Metro IAF is seeking women and men from colleges, graduate programs, seminaries, business and law schools, the military, political campaigns, and other professions who are interested in exploring careers in organizing.

Qualities of a Successful Organizer:

  1. NATIVE INTELLIGENCE – not necessarily degrees, but the ability to think, reflect, communicate, challenge the conventional wisdom, make judgments in complicated situations, and show flexibility.
  2. ANGER AND EDGE – not temper, not ideological fervor, not an abstract commitment to “the people,” but a clear sense of what’s wrong, impatience in the face of that wrong, and a drive to address it.
  3. A WILLINGNESS TO CROSS RACE AND CULTURE – to be willing to work with people unlike oneself, people of other races, classes, orientations, faiths.
  4. A TRACK RECORD – some evidence, in high school, college, the local community, the workplace of attempting to relate to people and to respond to situations that seemed to demand responses; and some success in whatever field or career or endeavor has occupied the individual’s time. 

Career Opportunities

NINETY-DAY PROFESSSIONAL ORGANIZER TRY-OUTS (Year-Round): Metro IAF offers paid, 90-day try-outs to interested men and women at one of its organizations in the northeast, southeast, and mid-west any time of the year. Organizer candidates are assigned to a sponsoring Metro IAF organization, are given an organizing assignment to test their capacity, and receive extensive training and supervision from a senior Metro IAF organizer. These try-outs are offered after a process that includes:

  • An expression of interest by an individual that would include a letter of introduction, a resume, and some references;
  • An individual meeting, or series of individual meetings, held with the candidate;

  • Often, some contact with the individual in the context of local training/organizing or some mutually agreed-upon voluntary experience that gives the individual a better view and feel for IAF organizing and the local IAF organizer a better sense of the individual;

  • Then the 90-day try-out itself.

Successful tryouts lead to full-time professional organizer positions with a Metro IAF organization.