SURJ Is Hiring Organizers!

Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ) is hiring for four open positions -- Southern Regional Organizer and Listening Project Organizer. Click here for more details on the Southern Regional Organizer position, click here for more about the Listening Project Organizer position, and click here for more info on the "Good Night, Alt-Right" 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 [email protected] with subject line "Southern Regional Organizer" by March 19.

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 Organizer

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 Listening Project 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 RESPONSIBILITIESEssential 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 U.S. 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 [email protected] with the subject line "Listening Project Organizer" by March 9.

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.


"Good Night, Alt-Right" Organizer

POSITION SUMMARY: SURJ is looking to hire a rigorous, community-oriented organizer to shape and support a project we're currently calling "Good Night, Alt-Right" -- who can support local communities in responding to white supremacist activity, build campaigns that will diminish the power of white supremacist groups and institutions, and deepen movement relationships critical to this work.

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

  • Campaign management: Identify, develop, and manage campaigns aimed at undermining the power, influence, credibility, and reach of white supremacist/nationalist groups.
  • Cultivation of coalition partners: Identify and cultivate relationships with organizational partners and volunteers who are also engaged in campaigns to out-organize the ‘Alt-Right’ and to move a collective strategy.
  • Support for local organizing and rapid response: Support chapters and partners when white supremacist groups target specific communities with hatred and violence. Support coaches and chapters when facing local white supremacist recruitment/organizing and advise on potential responses. Create volunteer infrastructure within SURJ to tackle research, training, narrative, and political education needs.
  • Narrative shift: Drive communications strategy and/or partner with cultural organizers and narrative specialists to identify and move messages that will decrease the power and reach of white supremacist groups.
  • Resource development and political education: Work with the SURJ network to identify gaps in tactical and educational resources to help counter-organize against white supremacists, and to develop those resources collectively. Facilitate mass political education efforts designed to reach beyond our current network and to share information on white supremacist funding, tactics, connections to political elites, messages, etc.

Other duties or tasks may be assigned on an as-needed basis. This position requires approximately 25% travel.

EXPERIENCE/SKILLS NEEDED FOR THIS ROLE:

  • At least three years of experience in campaign development, base-building and/or 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 into action
  • Experience with rapid response organizing that builds toward longer-term campaigns
  • A natural sense of curiosity about people and the ability to relate to them
  • Willingness to speak up, suggest new ideas, receive feedback, and adjust plans to ensure successful completion of goals, and be part of the solution
  • 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 support co-workers with consistent follow-through and extraordinary communication skills
  • A demonstrated commitment to racial and economic justice and to working in multiracial coalitions for transformative change
  • Enthusiasm for SURJ’s goals, theory of change, and organizing strategies
  • Ability to maintain a flexible schedule, including evenings and weekends, and travel (as needed, and in consultation with staff team)

** We will prioritize those from/in the South; from/in rural communities and from/in poor or working-class communities in hiring. We believe that these lived experiences are a fundamental skills requirement for building the leadership of people in these communities. **

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 [email protected], with the subject line "Good Night, Alt-Right." The deadline for applications is rolling, but applications will begin to be reviewed on March 16.

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.


Development Coordinator

(THIS POSITION HAS BEEN FILLED -- THANKS TO EVERYONE WHO APPLIED!)

POSITION SUMMARY: SURJ is looking to hire a Development Coordinator who can both help the organization identify creative sources of funding to support the organization’s work and can also help guide/sharpen the "solidarity fundraising' work that the organization undertakes to support grassroots organizing led by folks of color.

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

  • Develop overall internal and external fundraising strategies and plan in consultation with the leadership team and staff
  • Manage and implement SURJ’s individual donor program, including the management of volunteer-run phone banks and appeals
  • Support chapters and leaders to fundraise for local partners and other local organizing efforts
  • Manage and implement SURJ's major donor program, including the development and maintenance of a major donor strategy and support for staff to make asks as needed
  • Manage and implement foundation fundraising efforts, including proposal writing, reporting, maintaining calendar of deadlines and reports due, and building relationships with foundations
  • Update and maintain SURJ’s match donation program, which includes SURJ’s commitment to requesting that donors match every dollar given to SURJ with at least a dollar given to a grassroots base-building organization led by people of color, as well as the development of a tracking process for this work
  • Develop a team of national fundraising volunteers who will build with one another, help with donor work, coordinate phone banks, and offer fundraising training at the local level
  • Coordinate the processing, acknowledgment, and other appropriate follow-up for all donations

EXPERIENCE/SKILLS NEEDED FOR THIS ROLE:

  • Commitment to the mission and values of SURJ
  • Experience with anti-racist education and/or organizing
  • Appreciation for working with people and an ability to build/maintain relationships
  • Skills, confidence, and experience making asks of major donors, whether as an organizer or as a fundraiser
  • Excitement and energy to learn and grow as a fundraiser
  • Belief that fundraising is organizing
  • Commitment to “solidarity fundraising” model intended to help build power among grassroots organizations led by people of color
  • Excellent organizational skills and ability to manage multiple tasks and responsibilities
  • Strategic thinking skills, creativity, vision, and vast amounts of patience
  • Ability to receive feedback and critique with grace
  • Ability to thrive in a virtual work environment
  • Skills and experience in the operations of fundraising, and commitment to keeping clean data/lists

** We will prioritize those from/in the South; from/in rural communities and from/in poor or working-class communities in hiring. We believe that these lived experiences are a fundamental skills requirement for building the leadership of people in these communities. **

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: This position has been filled.

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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