Community Organizer Job Description
Greater Birmingham Ministries (GBM) is hiring full-time Community Organizers. The Organizers will work with a coalition of paid and volunteer organizers and community leaders to develop campaigns, build leadership, increase capacity and coordinate efforts among grassroots communities and organizations. The Organizer will work closely with GBM staff and Board and report to the Organizing Director.
Work with the GBM Organizers, Staff, Board of Directors and coalition partners to develop and undertake statewide organizing strategy and work plan
Run campaigns, conduct popular education events, organize civic engagement and leadership development activities
Develop and strengthen a coalition of grassroots leaders and organizations collaborating on Voter Engagement, Base Building, and Rapid Response to threats
Create opportunities for grassroots membership to help define priorities and direction for carrying out GBM’s mission and vision
Serve as strategic principles for the campaign work
Coordinate weekly outreach goals, including outreach strategy, membership recruitment, leadership development, one-on-one’s, and coalition building activities
Exercise a collaborative and inclusive approach to leadership development, base-building and/or membership recruitment
Conduct 15-25 hours of community outreach, leader visits, etc. per week
Assist in the planning and implementation of organizational events
Perform organizing campaign-related administrative tasks as needed and appropriate
Attend regular staff meetings, Team meetings, and other training/ campaign-related sessions
Report directly to Organizer Director: Maintain frequent communication to coordinate and inform of organizing work and progress and other responsibilities as determined by the Organizing Director
Several years of demonstrated community organizing/base building experience (direct action, political organizing or campaign experience)
Understanding of issues and policies that affect grassroots communities in Alabama
Ability to build unify and motivate others to action
Good communication skills, written, verbal, and interpersonal
Self-motivated and skilled at working as part of a team
Strong skills in building alliances between diverse communities
Ability to prioritize and be accountable to work plans
Strong computer and internet skills
Must be willing to commit to at least a 2 years involvement;
Knowledge of relevant issues and organizations;
Learn about and commit to GBM’s organizing model;
Willingness and ability to work with diverse community residents, particularly low-income residents, to address barriers to developing their strength as a community;
Spanish language proficiency preferred;
Strong research skills;
Eye for detail;
Flexible hours, including a willingness to work evenings and weekends; full-time access to reliable transportation with a minimum of liability insurance coverage.
Creativity and sense of humor;
A desire to deepen political analysis and learn about the history of social movements;
A reflexive professional practice and active commitment to self-critique;
Willingness to engage in honest, constructive, mindful, and compassionate reciprocal critique of work with teams and other staff.
GBM offers a generous salary and benefits package. GBM is strongly committed to staff development and training. This is an opportunity for an individual to build meaningful relationships with grassroots communities and to be a part of real, concrete social change. People of color, women, LGBTQ and bilingual (Spanish/English) applicants are strongly encouraged to apply.
Send cover letter, resume and 3 references to firstname.lastname@example.org by March 23.