Looking for Chapter Coaches

SURJ is looking to bring on a few additional chapter coaches to join our team of folks who are supporting chapters across the network. Chapter coaches work part-time to support a number of chapters assigned to them based on geographical region. More on the coaching positions can be found below!


POSITION SUMMARY:  Chapter coaches keep a pulse on the core of SURJ’s work -- the local chapter work. They are a main conduit of information between chapters and SURJ National. We currently have a total of 16 coaches as part of a cross-class team. Coaches connect an average of once a month with chapters over the phone, video chat, or in person. They engage chapters in days of actions and national campaigns, and support them in reaching local goals of programming, planning, structuring, and campaign work in partnership with their local accountability partners.

We are especially looking for coaches in the Mountain West, the Southwest, the South, and the Midwest.  

We are accepting applications for both volunteer and paid coaches. We encourage people who identify as poor or working-class to apply, and are more than happy to respond directly to questions folks might have.

There are a limited number of paid positions, which are $25/hour for 5-10 hours a week. The position is for one year, through March 2019. The schedule is flexible.

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

  • Support chapters moving beyond their comfort zone and towards our theory of change, moving beyond mobilization and education to base building and campaign work
  • Support with organizational planning, problem solving and strengthening
  • Support relationship development between chapters and individuals in same region
  • Do turn out for SURJ trainings, days of action, and webinars
  • Engage chapters in national days of action, national projects, or asks to partner with our national strategic and accountability partners
  • Support and co-facilitate regional and statewide convenings, as needed
  • Support leadership development with chapter leaders and engagement of chapter leaders in national work
  • Support chapters to have a culture that is affirming, healthy, supportive, and rigorous
  • Support chapters developing competency around centering class, working class and poor leadership, and economic justice in their organizing
  • Develop deeper relationships and maintain good contact with chapters
  • Support chapters around navigating accountability/solidarity relationships, multi-racial partnerships, and collaborations
  • Keep regular notes on your activity and include brief notes on timesheets
  • Each week will usually consist of 2-3 calls with chapters, follow up emails, and other support for local work
  • Attend monthly check in calls with other coaches and you will have a mentor to support you with your coaching who you will check in with monthly


  • Belief in SURJ’s theory of change and deep investment in grassroots organizing as a core strategy to transform this country and world
  • 2 years leadership experience doing local anti-racist organizing and engaging white people in racial justice work
  • Knowledge of urban vs rural vs small city dynamics, and regional differences
  • Experience designing curriculum and facilitating meetings, trainings, and/or group gatherings that move people to action
  • A natural sense of curiosity about people, ability to build meaningful relationships with others, and a belief that directly impacted people are their own experts and can be a powerful force for change
  • Willingness to sit with complexity and nuance, take risks, suggest new ideas, receive feedback, and be part of the solution
  • Desire and longing to create avenues for individual and community transformation
  • A demonstrated commitment to racial and economic justice and to working in multiracial coalitions for larger transformative change


  • Experience designing and leading teams through processes of campaign or action planning, execution, and evaluation
  • Lived experience in rural communities or small towns
  • Lived experience with economic oppression, identifying as working-class or poor
  • Flexible schedule, including some evenings and weekends, and travel


Fill out this application, including resume upload and submit by April 6th.

Showing Up for Racial Justice does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, parental status, or military service.