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Milwaukee Coop Organizer Description

Citizen Action of Wisconsin seeks a dynamic and socially committed person to join our organizing team and lead an innovative multi-issue membership organizing project. This position is located in Milwaukee.

Description of Work: The successful applicant, under the direction of the Organizing Director and Lead Organizer, will work to advance a revolutionary membership organizing model pioneered by Citizen Action of Wisconsin known as an Organizing Cooperative. This position involves organizing and maintaining a critical mass of dues-paying supporters in our locally based, member-led co-op model. See more information on the Co-op model here. The Co-op Organizer together with member-leaders and Citizen Action staff will advance diverse issue and electoral campaigns that have real impacts on their community and make large scale changes in Wisconsin to open up opportunity for all. The position includes a 6 month training and trial period.

Organizational Background: Citizen Action of Wisconsin is issue focused non-profit organization committed to achieving racial, gender, economic, and environmental justice. We are dedicated to achieving a Wisconsin and an America where every human being has an equal opportunity to live a meaningful and fulfilling life. Citizen Action of Wisconsin brings together thousands of activists and allied groups across Wisconsin to deepen democratic participation and create an issue environment that advances a progressive public policy agenda.

In late 2017, Citizen Action adopted an cutting edge 8 year issue agenda that was written by hundreds of members across the state. You can read the document here. Most fundamentally, we believe that issues matter. It is through transformative issues that capture the public imagination and reveal the dissonance between our nation’s ideals and its economic, social and environmental realities that average people see their stake in the public sphere and are motivated to participate in their democracy and fight for meaningful and lasting change.

Citizen Action is spearheading the development of innovative new grassroots organizing techniques, and seeks candidates who are interested in embracing new dynamic approaches. More information on current Citizen Action of Wisconsin programs can be found at citizenactionwi.org.

 

 

Job Description: Milwaukee Co-op Organizer

Primary Responsibilities:

 

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Work with Executive Director, Organizing Director, Lead Organizer and local member  teams to lead a local Organizing Cooperative.

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Recruit new, and retain current, dues-paying co-op members through relationship building, fundraising and leadership development.

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Directly organize and develop activists and leaders to participate in Citizen Action issue and election campaigns. This may include leadership of some issue campaigns. Current issues include health care, voting rates, 100% renewable energy/100% living wage jobs, mass incarceration, and our Radio Active campaign (which seeks to promote progressive radio and hold right-wing radio accountable).

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Coordinate program and logistics for public events, mobilizations and other grassroots activity.

 Specific Responsibilities also include

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Embrace and effectively utilize new communications technology, working within Citizen Action’s cutting-edge social networking and web technology programs to augment on-the ground organizing.

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Help organize coalitions and networks of members to advance critical issues of local importance in tandem with Citizen Action staff together with a wide range of prospective allies.

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Work in a focused way to advance strategic goals, and provide timely weekly reporting of organizing progress.

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Integrate Citizen Action’s values-based communication into all organizing work.

Qualifications:

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Philosophical commitment to progressive values of economic, gender, racial and environmental justice and health care freedom, for everyone in Wisconsin and America.

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Strong creative strategic thinking skills and willingness to innovate in fast moving issue campaigns.

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Experience in labor, community, political or faith-based organizing and/or a serious interest in learning and gaining experience in relational organizing. Familiarity with small dollar fundraising (experience with a membership model of fundraising is a plus).

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Experience working with a broad array of organizations in a coalition on issues of social and economic justice.

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Experience with and commitment to working on racial justice issues and/or working in communities of color is a plus.

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Ability to understand public policy issues and translate them into organizing issues that motivate average people to act.

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Good written and verbal communication skills, including ability to produce effective flyers, email alerts, coalition reports, blogs, and effective social media posts.

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Computer skills including email, composing documents, designing flyers, working with databases, and social networking. Familiarity using Google Apps (Docs, Sheets and more) , Google Analytics, NationBuilder as well as managing Facebook pages and/or Twitter accounts is a plus.

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Experience with online list-building and voter files a plus.

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Excellent listening, interpersonal and problem solving skills.

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Strong personal time management skills, organization skills, and the ability to work under pressure.

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Ability to resolve conflicts while maintaining effective relationships.

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Ability to undertake periodic travel in Wisconsin and occasionally out-of-state.

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Bilingual and multilingual a plus but not required.

 

Salary and Benefits: This is a full-time position which includes health care, dental and vision, employer-matched 401K, life insurance, disability insurance, cell phone allowance, and other benefits. Some weekend and evening hours required. Compensation is based upon experience and demonstrated organizing skills. This is a union position, represented by OPEIU Local 9, AFL-CIO.

Application Process: Email cover letter and résumé to Kevin Kane, Organizing Director at Kevin.kane@citizenactionwi.org Please, no calls.

 Citizen Action of Wisconsin strongly encourages people of color, women and femmes, members of the LGBTQIA+ community, and other marginalized communities to join our team. Citizen Action is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against any employee or applicant on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, religion, age, gender, disability, pregnancy, sexual orientation, or veteran status.

 http://www.citizenactionwi.org/workforcaw

Citizen Action of Wisconsin is an affiliate of People’s Action, which is a network of 33 organizations independent social justice organizations in 26 states.

 

 

Location:
Milwaukee, Wisconsin