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Senior Organizer – Climate

THE ORGANIZATION

TakeAction Minnesota is a multiracial people’s network that brings democracy alive in communities across our state. We connect individuals and organizations to each other, creating a powerful force that makes change happen where it wasn’t possible before. Since its founding 14 years ago, TakeAction Minnesota has grown its breadth and depth. Our membership has grown 10-fold and touches every legislative district in the state. Our social media presence is robust. Our grassroots leadership is well-trained and shapes and implements the strategy of our various campaigns. As a result, TakeAction Minnesota has a track record of shifting the political landscape, advancing democracy and justice through bold policy campaigns, grassroots organizing, leadership development, movement politics, and strategic communications.

POSITION SUMMARY

This person will play a leadership role on our organizing team executing powerful climate campaigns by building and anchoring a base in the West Metro, and supervising and supporting organizers around the state. They will build power with people in the West Metro, including Minneapolis and the West Metro suburbs, as well as climate activists across the state, and connect that base to the rest of TakeAction’s work. They will work to mobilize folks across the state to build and win climate campaigns by activating them and engaging them in our work, and deeply investing in their leadership development through base-building, political education, organizing training, campaigns, and narrative development. The primary areas of responsibility for this position will be supporting and investing in the current TakeAction Minnesota climate base, absorbing and activating new folks to engage in our work powerfully via strategies such as organizing BIPOC and low-income folks, and leading our base to both shape and execute climate campaigns. This person will be laser-focused on power-building, high-quality training and facilitation, and impactful campaigning.

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITES

Essential duties and responsibilities may include, but are not limited to the following:

Build, develop, and mobilize a high capacity, scaled base in the West Metro. Build towards a breakthrough in deep base-building that gets us to scale in terms of mobilization while also building depth in terms of shared analysis and leadership development. Use the following strategies and tactics:

  • Anchor political education and skills trainings for their base and connect these trainings to overall training needs.
  • Use organizing tools (canvassing, textbanking, phonebanking, one-to-one’s, powerful asks, etc.) to engage Minnesotans in our work, develop deep relationships with them, and support their leadership development.
  • Identify, recruit, train, and move activists into regular action and positions of leadership throughout our issue and electoral campaigns, supporting their leadership to guide how they engage with campaigns and how we center racial and gender justice in our campaigns.
  • Invest in and develop leaders through intentional leadership development. Support leaders in building their own bases with organizing tools (propositions, trainings, accountability, agitations, etc.), facilitate political education to deepen a shared analysis of the structural barriers facing our communities, engage them in leading campaigns, and continuing to build a greater vision for our organizing.
  • Plan and lead effective organizing meetings and trainings to build community, develop leadership, and move work forward.

Lead TakeAction Minnesota involvement in local, West Metro campaigns, as well as leading work to build towards a statewide climate campaign. Build and win statewide and local issue campaigns, in alignment with our partners, including leveraging organizational capacity as needed. Campaigns will initially include organizing low-income folks and BIPOC folks around climate, although other issues may emerge. Use the following strategies and tactics:

  • Facilitate internal decision-making about engaging in relevant, timely, local West Metro campaign opportunities.
  • Build and manage external partner and coalition relationships related to these campaigns and invest in partner organizations via these initiatives.
  • Develop and lead all strategy, infrastructure, and materials for statewide and local issue campaigns, including outreach and base-building.
  • Lead TakeAction in our statewide climate campaign organizing in close coordination with our Public Affairs and Communications team.
  • Ensure that our base is centered in campaign decision-making and is leading – building and executing – our statewide climate campaign.

Be a leader on the organizing team. Serve as an excellent supervisor for organizers. Ensure that organizers show up with our values and enact our operating principles: being people-centered, acting with integrity, and working with determination and hustle. Ensure that organizers deliver on their goals and outcomes and get investment and development as they organize.

  • Supervise and/or coach organizers as needed, particularly if they are also working in the West Metro or on climate campaigns.
  • Develop and meet goals for each of these responsibilities, manage and meet a variety of goals throughout the seasons of the work, and update organizational database systems with member and event information as a way to ensure and track successful completion of goals.
  • Work with other staff to plan and execute cross-organizational events, grassroots fundraising and new member cultivation, communications plans, digital outreach plans, trainings, and other issue campaign actions.
  • Other duties or tasks may be assigned on an as-needed basis.

EXPERIENCE AND QUALIFICATIONS

  • A concrete experience of having built and maintained a robust base, developed their leadership, and mobilized them in a campaign that had an impact, whether through community organizing, electoral politics, issue advocacy, or by being active in your community, and a proven track record of delivery and ability to work in a fast-paced environment.
  • At least one year of previous experience supervising organizers.
  • A natural sense of curiosity about people and the ability to relate to them. Experience initiating conversations with community members about their stories, hopes, fears, and challenges, and a willingness to be bold in conversations with strangers and volunteers.
  • Excellent facilitator of meetings and trainings, including agenda-setting, landing lessons and objectives, and moving participants into deeper engagement.
  • High-capacity, high-impact team leader who can manage multiple projects simultaneously, sees and seizes strategic opportunities and intersections, and brings their team along with them.
  • Ability to pay attention to the details, be vigilant about tracking goal progress, and meet deadlines. Computer literacy and experience with MS Office Suite.
  • Willingness to speak up, suggest new ideas, receive feedback, adjust plans to ensure successful completion of goals, and be part of the solution.
  • Excellent communications skills through a variety of channels, including written and oral.
  • A relational leader and good team player, able to work with a broad team of staff and grassroots leaders, work well with others in a coalition setting, and motivate diverse groups of people. Ability to practice showing up for co-workers with consistent follow-through and good communication.
  • A demonstrated commitment to economic, racial, and gender justice and commitment to progressive political change.
  • Enthusiastically promote TakeAction Minnesota’s goals and priorities in compliance with all policies and procedures, and have a deep investment in our shared agenda for change.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS AND WORKING ENVIRONMENT

Work will be temporarily performed from home, due to the current COVID crisis. A job in this category may require walking or standing to a significant degree or may involve sitting most of the time with long periods of computer work and heavy phone usage. Flexibility to work outside normal business hours that include evenings and weekends, and work extended hours to accomplish requirements of the position.

SALARY/BENEFITS/OTHER INFORMATION

  • Salary starting at $63,000 a year, Category: Director 2.
  • Full medical insurance, dental insurance, retirement packages.
  • Ongoing leadership development of staff, including access to relevant trainings and conferences.

REPORTS TO & LOCATION

This position reports directly to the Deputy Director. Position is located in our St. Paul office, but may include some travel at times. In response to COVID-19, all employees are encouraged and resourced to work from home.

HOW TO APPLY

Send electronic cover letter, resume and three references (at least one of whom is a current or former supervisee) attention Amanda Otero, Deputy Director, care of workwithus@takeactionminnesota.org with the subject line SENIOR ORGANIZER. This position is open until filled.

NO PHONE CALLS or EMAILS WILL BE ACCEPTED.

TakeAction Minnesota is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from people of color, persons with disabilities, LGBT individuals, and women.