Organizer with GGJ


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Applications due: October 17, 2012
Start Date: November 5, 2012
Location: Can be based anywhere in continental US. Regular travel is required.
Salary: This position is full-time with compensation of $44,000-46,000 (based on experience) Benefits include health and dental coverage and generous vacation.
Mutual probation period: 3 months


Grassroots Global Justice Alliance (GGJ) provides an exciting opportunity for a self-motivated, creative and experienced organizer.  The Organizer works under the supervision of GGJ’s National Coordinator.  The position requires willingness to work long hours (more than 40+ per week) a flexible schedule including some nights and weekends, frequent travel within the USA and some international travel.  This is a full time position.


Grassroots Global Justice is a national alliance of grassroots organizations building a popular movement for peace, democracy and a sustainable world. Alliance members support each other's local struggles and collaborate with international allies committed to building a transformative social justice movement beyond borders.  GGJ provides opportunities for grassroots leaders to dialogue, think strategically and sharpen our understanding of global political and economic forces that cause poverty, conflict and environmental destruction in our communities.  After organizing an extensive participatory process with our members, in September of 2011 GGJ affirmed a new initiative at our membership congress: "No War, No Warming, Build an Economy for People and the Planet!” We are prioritizing climate justice, anti-war and militarism, and developing alternative visions for the economy as our core areas of work.  For more about Grassroots Global Justice Alliance (GGJ), visit our website here:  www.ggjalliance.org


Organizer Responsibilities


Member Development and Outreach

  • Work with member organizations to implement GGJ alliance wide tactical plans
  • Advance organizing plan in conjunction with staff,  anchor organizations and Coordinating Committee members
  • Direct and coordinate member development plan:

    • Maintain regular contact with members to assess needs and capacity to participate in GGJ program
    • Set up and facilitate membership meetings and working group calls
  • Lead membership engagement process

    • Support member organizations with preparation for GGJ events and meetings
    • Work with leaders and staff on creating agendas for meetings
    • Document and disseminate outcomes of meetings and processes.
    • Create and/or coordinate educational materials
  • Help coordinate GGJ's participation in local and national coalition work, and support the growth of grassroots organizations.

    • Serve as a liaison with National and International Allies
  • Assist with engaging members in grassroots fundraising around GGJ programming
  • Recruit and orient new member organizations


Logistics Coordination

  • Provide logistics support for organizations participating in GGJ programs

    • Coordinate travel and other needs for member participation.
  • Coordinate preparation and logistics for GGJ meetings. events,delegations and mobilizations including planning political and pragmatic goals, creating and disseminating “Calls to Action” and educational materials, lead evaluation of Delegation and organizing work, document lessons


Administration

  • Manage administrative systems, files, and member databases
  • Participate in weekly staff meetings, supervision meetings, quarterly staff and/or coordinating committee meetings in person, and other meetings as assigned/needed
  • Help maintain website and social network sites with current information and program update
  • Assist with fund development and grant reporting as assigned/needed


This is a full time position. The specific work-plan and priority job tasks subject to change based on the alliance’s needs and priorities.


Essential Qualifications:

  • At least 5 years experience organizing and building leadership of low-income, people of color, indigenous, women, and LGBTQ communities in cross-sector organizing
  • Experience working in networks/coalitions and with social movements, interacting with diverse political actors, and ability to represent GGJ in a variety of settings
  • Alignment with mission, vision and goals of GGJ, and a strong political commitment to social justice and anti-oppression practices
  • Strong relationship skills: ability to generate trust and connection with a wide diversity of people/communities
  • Strong training and mentorship skills, and a commitment to skill-sharing and coaching in grassroots organizations
  • Experience in developing global political analysis and vision that is grounded in local and national organizing
  • Fluent in second language: Spanish is preferred.  Portuguese or French is a plus.
  • Ability to travel nationally and internationally minimally two times per month often for a week or two at a time.
  • Self-motivated and high level of self-initiative—proven ability to work independently
  • Demonstrated ability to think strategically and creatively about organizational development, program design and implementation.
  • Adept at trouble-shooting and providing solutions, capacity for empathy and resolving differences
  • Excellent personal organization and time management skills:  Attention to detail and the ability to multi-task
  • Accountable to goals and willingness to learn new techniques, ideas, and skills
  • Knowledge of common computer applications, such as word processing, spreadsheets, e-mail programs, web, and Internet.
  • Experience working on climate justice or environmental justice, and/or militarism and anti-war movements


Desirable Qualifications

  • Outgoing, engaged and energetic personality
  • Good research, writing and oral communication skills, including public speaking
  • Grassroots fundraising experience
  • Database and website management skills


People of color, women, queer folks, trans and gender non-conforming people, and people with disabilities strongly encouraged to apply.


To Apply, please send the following:

  • Resume
  • Cover letter which includes: the reasons why you want to join GGJ, a summary of the skills and experiences you will bring to the role and name and contact details of two references indicating the capacity in which they know you. 
  • A short writing or audio sample on an issue of relevance to GGJ


Only short-listed applicants will be contacted and position will be open until it is filled.  Please send your applications to [email protected] and on subject line please put: Organizer

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