SURJ Is Hiring Organizers!

Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ) is hiring for two open positions -- Southern Regional Organizer and Listening Project Organizer. Click here for more information on the Southern Regional Organizer position, and click here for more information on the Listening Project Organizer position!

THE ORGANIZATION:  Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ) is a network of nearly 200 chapters and affiliates across the US and Canada working for racial and economic justice.  We prioritize community organizing - especially in poor and working class communities, rural communities, and the US South - and run campaigns, among other change tactics,  to:

  • Delegitimize, discredit, and dismantle white supremacist institutions;
  • Build a fair economy that doesn’t pit communities against each other;
  • Shift underlying beliefs and culture in a way that undermines support for white supremacy.

We ground our organizing in a framework of “mutual interest” and have an inclusive, open-hearted approach to organizing, calling people into this work rather than creating barriers to participation while maintaining a clear political line. Together, as part of a powerful multi-racial, cross-class movement for collective liberation we can force the systems of white supremacy and economic injustice to crumble.


Southern Regional Organizer

POSITION SUMMARY:  The Southern Regional Organizer will spearhead our organizing initiatives, leadership development, and campaign work in the South in coordination with our Organizing Team.  They will work with SURJ’s local chapter leaders to help them move campaigns and initiatives that resonate locally and have impact, recruit and cultivate the leadership of members - especially in low-income communities and in rural/small town communities, and identify strategic partners and advisors to shape collaborative work towards a transformed South.  The SRO may also help shape and initiate organizing work outside of chapter infrastructure that is aligned with SURJ’s overall strategic vision and goals.  This is a full-time salaried position and will require 25% travel.

Because the South has historically been a target of right-wing organizing, because the movements that have come out of the South -- including Civil Rights and beyond -- move the whole country forward, and because progressive movements in the South have been historically and continue to be under-resourced, we are prioritizing work in the South.

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

  • Develop strategy, infrastructure, and materials to support existing SURJ leaders and chapters in the South and expand the organizing program in the region;
  • Identify, recruit, invest in, and develop leaders through intentional leadership development. Support leaders in developing outreach and recruitment plans and in plugging into racial and economic justice campaigns and initiatives to build base, transform power, and sharpen our collective vision;
  • Use organizing tools (door-knocking, place-based outreach, phone-banking, one-on-one meetings, leadership identification, powerful asks, etc.) to engage poor and working class people in our work, develop deep relationships with them and support their leadership;  Model and cultivate these skills in chapters and with SURJ leaders;
  • Work with the organizing team to plug SURJ member-leaders into campaign work; give feedback on campaigns in order to maximize base-building efforts; manage or lead campaigns where needed;
  • Work with other staff to plan and execute events, new member cultivation, communications plans, digital outreach plans, trainings, and other issue campaign actions as needed;
  • Develop membership tracking systems and maintain data;
  • Other duties or tasks may be assigned on an as-needed basis.

EXPERIENCE AND QUALIFICATIONS

  • At least two years experience in bottom-up grassroots organizing experience or union organizing especially in using campaigns to build bases of directly impacted people and cultivate their leadership;
  • Experience designing curriculum and facilitating meetings, trainings, and/or group gatherings that move people to action;
  • Experience designing and leading teams through processes of campaign or action planning, execution, and evaluation;
  • 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;
  • Profound love and trust of the people and communities you come from and a deep 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;
  • Belief in SURJ’s Theory of Change and deep investment in grassroots organizing as a core strategy to transform this country and world;
  • Lived experience in rural communities and small towns a plus; 
  • Flexible schedule, including some evenings and weekends, and travel.

SALARY/BENEFITS/OTHER INFORMATION

  • Salary: $50,000
  • Medical insurance, dental and vision
  • Vacation, sick, and personal time
  • Access to staff development funds to help support your own leadership development
  • This is a remote position but the organizer must be located in the U.S. South

** We will prioritize candidates from/in the South; from/in rural communities and from a low-income background and/or currently poor or working-class.  We believe these lived experiences are fundamental to building the leadership of SURJ’s priority communities.

HOW TO APPLY

Send electronic cover letter, resume, and three references to jobs@showup4rj.org with subject line ‘Southern Regional Organizer’ by March 19th. 

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.


Listening Project Coordinator

POSITION SUMMARY: The "Listening Project" is a new base-building, leadership development, and campaign development initiative at SURJ. Over the course of a year we plan to engage at least 50 SURJ chapters and affiliates and talk to 5,000 people in poor and working class communities across the country with special emphasis on rural and small town communities and the South. The Listening Project Organizer will coordinate these efforts and will train and support SURJ coaches, chapter leaders, members, and staff in successfully implementing the plan. The LP Organizer will also be responsible for producing a report that details the lessons learned from the project. This is a one year full-time position.

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

  • Develop strategy, infrastructure, and materials to support existing SURJ members, leaders, coaches, and chapters in successful design and implementation of the Listening Project in order to engage thousands of poor and working class people in our work, develop deep relationships with them, and support their leadership;
  • Support Listening Project leaders and chapters in local project design, implementation, data management, and evaluation;
  • Train and support Listening Project member-leaders in developing organizing skills such as door-knocking, place-based outreach, phone-banking, one-on- one’s, leadership identification, etc.;
  • Coordinate and engage an all-volunteer Listening Project planning committee comprised of member-leaders in making key decisions about process design and implementation;
  • Design and lead train -the- trainer workshops for leaders across the network who are running local listening projects;
  • Coordinate data collection systems and implement quality control measures as data is gathered;
  • Identify, recruit, invest in, and develop member-leaders through intentional leadership development, and model and cultivate these skills in chapters and with SURJ leaders;
  • Work with member-leaders, coaches, and staff to identify challenges to implementation and trouble shoot solutions;
  • Help plan a SURJ poor and working class leaders gathering to disseminate lessons learned from the Listening Project and identify next steps in organizing and campaign work;
  • Work with the organizing team to plug SURJ member-leaders into campaign work; give feedback on campaigns in order to maximize base-building efforts;
  • Other duties or tasks may be assigned on an as-needed basis;
  • This position requires 25% travel

EXPERIENCE AND QUALIFICATIONS

  • At least two years experience in base-building and leadership development of members in grassroots organizing context;
  • Experience designing and leading teams through processes of campaign or action planning, execution, and evaluation
  • Experience designing 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;
  • Profound love and trust of the people and communities you come from and a deep 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;
  • Belief in SURJ’s Theory of Change and deep investment in grassroots organizing as a core strategy to transform this country and world;
  • Experience managing survey and/or data projects a plus;
  • Lived experience in rural communities, small towns, and in the US South a plus;
  • Flexible schedule, including some evenings and weekends, and travel. 

SALARY/BENEFITS/OTHER INFORMATION

  • Salary: $50,000
  • Medical insurance, dental and vision
  • Vacation, sick, and personal time
  • Access to staff development funds to help support your own leadership development
  • This is a remote position and can be based anywhere in the U.S.

HOW TO APPLY

Send electronic cover letter, resume and three references to jobs@showup4rj.org with the subject line ‘Listening Project Organizer’ by March 9th.

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.


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