Community Organizer For Social Change

Industry: 
Non-Profit
Classification: 
Full-time
Company: 
The Direct Action and Research Training (DART) Center ,
214A Morgan Street,
Washington ,
District Of Columbia
20001
Contact Person: 
Hannah Wittmer
Contact E-mail Address: 
hwittmer@thedartcenter.org
Contact Phone Number: 
(202) 8410353
Description/Responsibilities: 
DART is hiring full-time community organizers for positions beginning January 5, 2015. Positions are available in Daytona Beach, Miami and Tampa, FL and Topeka, KS. In order to build power for justice in their local communities, these DART organizers will: -Build relationships of trust among clergy and lay leaders from diverse backgrounds, and deepen their participation in the work of the organization -Train clergy and lay leaders in basic organizing skills, guide them in setting realistic yet challenging goals for their participation, and hold them accountable for fulfilling those commitments -Research viable, systemic solutions to community problems -Organize turnout for public meetings where 1,000+ people are mobilized to demonstrate support for these systemic solutions -Maintain financial sustainability by ensuring timely dues collection among member congregations, and annually coordinating a major 6-8 week investment drive -Assist in the recruitment of at least two new congregations into the organization annually Intensive training is provided through the DART Organizers Institute, the five month field orientation program for new DART organizers. This includes an initial on-site orientation followed by field training and a weekly reading/discussion curriculum covering basic organizing principles. Initial skill development focuses on articulating the mission of the organization, intentionally developing relationships through one-on-one conversations, engaging leaders based on personal motivations, managing time effectively, running great meetings, building grassroots networks, long-term planning, working with clergy, and issue selection. Vocational development continues through annual training and planning retreats, summer staff retreats, and joint regional staff trainings. Starting salary is $34,000/year plus health benefits, with regular cost-of-living increases and performance-based raises. For candidates relocating more than 50 miles, $250 is paid to help cover relocation costs. Retirement benefits begin after a prescribed period (usually one full year of employment).
Requirements/Qualifications: 
Community organizing positions within the DART Network are competitive. People of color are encouraged to apply. Qualities we look for in our hires include: -Core passion for justice and equality -Excellent relationship-building skills -Exceptional work ethic -Ambition for a long-term career organizing with DART -Comfort working with religious institutions -Fluency in Spanish or Creole preferred (not mandatory) Basic eligibility requirements include: - Bachelors degree or equivalent professional experience - Proof of US citizenship or permanent residency - Access to a car with proof of insurance
Application Instructions: 
Prospective applicants are encouraged to attend an upcoming informational webinar. Sign up at www.thedartcenter.org/events Send resumes to storar@thedartcenter.org To learn more about DART and access the application, visit www.thedartcenter.org You may also contact our Recruitment Director, Hannah Wittmer, with questions at: hannah@thedartcenter.org