Job Posting: Columbia Organizer

Columbia Organizer, Missouri Jobs with Justice 

Salary: Commensurate with experience, JWJ base pay is $40,000
Benefits: Full health coverage, 2 weeks vacation, retirement match, union representation

The Organization

Missouri Jobs with Justice (JwJ) is a multi-racial coalition of labor, religious, student and community activists and organizations committed to protecting the basic human rights of men and women.  Jobs with Justice addresses the root causes of poverty while working for an economic base that benefits the entire community.  We believe that the fate of labor unions and the communities in which their members live are tightly bound together. We work in partnership with central labor councils, local unions, civil rights organizations, students, community, and faith-based organizations in mobilizing direct actions for social and economic justice for all people, including the right to organize a union, rebuilding the social safety net, living wages, health care, and equal treatment for all.   Missouri Jobs with Justice is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer.  We seek a diverse pool of volunteers and applicants for all opportunities and responsibilities within the organization – in particular with respect to women, people of color, the LGBT community, immigrants, and people of all ages.

The Position: Columbia JwJ Organizer

The Columbia Organizer, under the supervision of the Organizing Director, will work closely with the Columbia activist base to develop a Leadership Team and Organizing Committee, along with member recruitment among targeted organizations. They will work to support the local development and implementation of the JwJ campaigns and programs.   This position will be based in Columbia, but will include some travel around the state as part of campaign mobilizations and meetings with the broader Missouri JwJ leadership and staff.

Responsibilities: 

Base-Building:  The Columbia JwJ coalition is in a phase of early investment.  Its Organizer will work closely with local leaders and activists to implement JwJ’s outreach to new member organizations and build the base of individuals committed to taking action on behalf of JwJ campaigns.

Campaigns:  The heart of Jobs with Justice is taking action as part of campaigns for social and economic justice.  The organizer will coordinate campaign development, mobilization and evaluation with the Columbia leaders and members.  This will include statewide ballot campaigns, legislative campaigns and support for workplace-based organizing and collective bargaining fights.

Committee Support and Development: JwJ operates through leadership-driven committees and hopes to develop Columbia Leadership Team, Organizing Committee, Mobilization Committee and other campaign or project specific committees.  The Columbia Organizer will work to develop and support those committees by providing logistical coordination, working with leaders to develop agendas and materials, assisting with committee communication, project accountability and more.

Fundraising, Communications and Data Management: The Organizer will help implement an annual fundraising plan, including organizational contributions, individual contributions, merchandise sales, grants, and grassroots activities and events as well as developing new sources of funding for the organization. The Organizer will also be responsible for maintaining parts of internal data and driving our online communications message around local campaigns.

Leadership Development: The Organizer will encourage, foster and develop the abilities of JwJ members with particular emphasis on building a multiracial movement that centers race, to play leading roles in developing and building the organization.  This will include participation in three-day Building JwJ Leadership Development institutes throughout the year.

Administration. The organizer will be responsible for the administrative functions of the Columbia work, specifically database management, grant administration, correspondence and record-keeping.

Qualifications

  • Solid commitment to the principles of social and economic justice.
  • Being able to organize across lines of difference
  • Minimum of two years grassroots organizing experience.
  • Excellent communication skills, both oral and written.
  • Ability to be a self-starter, and to work independently toward agreed upon goals.
  • A strong ability to motivate people from a shared analysis of racial and economic justice, coordinate volunteer activity and delegate responsibility.
  • Ability to develop and maintain relationships with a wide range of organizations and people.
  • An understanding of the labor movement, religious organizations and other social movements.
  • Demonstrated ability to raise funds.
  • Willingness to work long hours, including nights and weekends.
  • Proficient in computer skills, including database management, word processing and desktop publishing.
  • Own vehicle available for work (mileage is reimbursed).

Please send a resume, cover letter and at least two references by December 7, 2018

To:  Personnel Committee, Missouri Jobs with Justice
Via Email:  caitlyn@mojwj.org
Subject line:  Columbia Organizer