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Community Organizer

ABOUT LWVUS

The League of Women Voters of the United States (LWVUS, the League) is a nonpartisan political organization that has fought for nearly 100 years to improve American systems of government and impact public policies through education, organizing, advocacy, and litigation. The enduring vitality and resonance of the League as a trusted force for change and good government comes from its unique decentralized structure: a national organization with strong partnerships at the grassroots level with more than 760 state and local Leagues across the country including the District of Columbia.

At the national level, League activities are coordinated and staffed by two distinct but complementary organizations: The League of Women Voters of the United States (LWVUS) and the League of Women Voters Education Fund (LWVEF).

POSITION SUMMARY: 

The Community Organizer serves as an organizer in the Mission Impact Department. This person will play a key role in supporting the organizing strategy to build power at the state and national levels to secure transformational wins aimed at expanding the freedom to vote and will be particularly focused on national actions and the DC, VA, and MD area, although not exclusively.

Key components of the job include working with League affiliates and national staff: to build the capacity of League leaders to recognize, own, and amplify their power through training, capacity building, coaching and strategic campaign development; to build a strong volunteer infrastructure by growing our base of activists and engagers, and by developing and supporting new and current leaders; to support campaign implementation through direct actions and other engagements and; to create a connection between national issue campaigns and local activities.

This position reports to the National Organizing Manager.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS 

  • Build strong, trusted, and authentic relationships with League leaders in the national capital area.

  • Develop strong working relationships with partner organizations and local community members.

  • Work across departments to ensure that organizing goals complement other campaign and organizational goals.

  • Implement online and offline organizing strategies to help LWV (League of Women Voters) achieve legislative, advocacy, and program wins, and to build grassroots organizing power.

  • Work to expand LWV online and offline presence and grow supporters in the DC area and strengthen state League capacity.

  • Work to further develop and grow volunteer leadership and capacity at the state and local levels to advance organizing work.

  • Implement campaigns to continue to grow LWV’s engagement with communities within the New American Majority, especially communities of color and young people.

  • Support the use of online organizing and reporting tools to support program goals.

  • Perform other duties as assigned.

QUALIFICATIONS, KNOWLEDGE, AND SKILLS: 

  • Bachelor's degree in a reltaed field or 2 years of comparable experience required;
  • Minimum of 2 years’ experience in community, labor, issue, or political organizing, or leadership development, including understanding of community organizing principles.
  • Experience implementing, monitoring, and assessing field plans.

  • Experience driving calls to action.

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, strong attention to detail and excellent people skills.

  • Ability to engage diverse communities in an authentic way.

  • Familiarity with voting rights, election reform and voter engagement preferred.

  • Willingness and availability to travel; have a valid driver’s license.

  • Experience working with Office 365, Salsa-Engage, Salesforce, OutreachCircle, and/or NGP VAN (Voter Action Network) a plus.

  • Ability to use social media tools (like Facebook, twitter, and Instagram) to organize is required.

  • Experience in training others in organizing skills a plus.

  • Bi-lingual or ASL certified a plus.

BENEFITS AND TENURE:

This position is for a one-year term with the option to renew based upon performance and funding. We have a generous benefits package that includes 95 percent employer-sponsored health insurance, dental and vision insurance, paid holidays, vacation days, sick days, pre-tax transit benefits, and the opportunity to contribute to a 401(k) plan.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:

The person in this position needs to occasionally move about inside the office to access file cabinets and office machinery. The person must also be available to travel to / for purposes of supporting movement building activities and walking longer distances to offices and events. Constantly operates a laptop/computer and other office productivity machinery, such as a calculator, copy machine, and computer printer.

WORK ENVIRONMENT:

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this Job, the employee is generally indoors and rarely exposed to wet and/or humid conditions and outside weather conditions. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate-to-low.

COMMITMENT TO DIVERSITY, EQUITY, AND INCLUSION: 

The League of Women Voters of the United States is committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace based on equal opportunity. The League is committed to hiring staff that reflects this country's full range of racial, ethnic, cultural, sexual orientation, and socioeconomic identity; a workplace where true diversity is fostered, and different perspectives are valued and freely exchanged.

We actively seek and encourage women, minorities, persons with disabilities, immigrants, including DACA recipients, and individuals from traditionally underrepresented communities to apply.  

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La Liga de Mujeres Votantes de los Estados Unidos está comprometida con un lugar de trabajo diverso e inclusivo basado en la igualdad de oportunidades. La Liga se compromete a contratar personal que refleje la gama completa de la raza, etnia, cultura, orientación sexual y la identidad socioeconómica de este país; un lugar de trabajo donde se fomenta la verdadera diversidad y se valoran e intercambian libremente diferentes perspectivas.

Buscamos y alentamos activamente a las mujeres, las minorías, las personas con discapacidades, los inmigrantes, incluyendo los beneficiarios de DACA y las personas de comunidades tradicionalmente subrepresentadas, a aplicar.

How to Apply

Please email your resume to [email protected] with "community organizer" in the subject line.