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JOB ANNOUNCEMENT: Field Organizer Wanted

Monday, April 03, 2006

  • By: Sarah Craft
  • Organization: Equal Justice USA

Full-time Position Available:

Field Organizer for Equal Justice USA's Midwest Field Office

The Quixote Center, a non-profit social justice organization, seeks an exceptional, savvy, and experienced campaign organizer to launch our Equal Justice USA (EJUSA) program's new Midwest Field Office. The Quixote Center is a faith-based organization on the cutting edge of national and international movements working for structural change in church and society. Our EJUSA program is a recognized leader in the national movement to halt executions and address the systemic inequities corrupting the imposition of the death penalty in the United States. See www.ejusa.org for details.

The Field Organizer will work from home or in local office space and can be based anywhere in Missouri, Indiana, Ohio, or Illinois, providing intensive support, capacity building, strategy, and campaign development to state coalitions in four target states. The position will involve travel within the region.

The Quixote Center is a non-hierarchical workplace. All full-time staff receive equal base salaries and benefits regardless of tenure or position and decisions are made by consensus. EJUSA is a unique, fun, and dynamic team with whom to work!


Duties:
· Provide direct assistance to local and state coalitions working on campaigns to halt executions by:
o Assisting state coalitions with fundraising and development of their organizational infrastructures
o Assisting states with direct organizing, public education, and outreach efforts
o Developing strategy, messaging, framing, and materials
o Traveling within states to help statewide groups connect better with local organizers and vice versa
o Attending and/or convening local coalition meetings to build statewide movements and cultivate local leadership
o Conducting workshops, planning sessions, advising on strategy, and developing monthly, quarterly, and annual work plans and multi-year campaign plans
o Helping launch and coordinate intensive campaigns to take advantage of ripe political moments, as appropriate
o Supporting state legislative efforts, working towards moratoria and reform in the Midwest.
· Communicate with EJUSA's national office and stay connected with regional and national death penalty movements
· Regular office/staff duties and program tasks as required
Qualifications:

· Minimum two to five years experience with issue-based grassroots organizing and/or campaign coordination
· Excellent writing and oral communication skills, including messaging and producing materials
· Demonstrated ability/comfort in juggling multiple, competing demands from different constituencies
· Experience with training, facilitation, and/or strategic planning
· Grassroots/donor fundraising experience (grant-writing a plus), and the ability to teach such skills to other organizers
· PC literacy, including electronic communications, Microsoft applications; desktop publishing helpful
· Ability to roll with the punches, work hard, meet deadlines, and bring both a big-picture and detail-oriented approach
· Comfort working independently and being self-directed, while staying regularly connected to the national office
· Demonstrated ability to work with diverse groups and communities
· Commitment to social justice
· Familiarity with the Midwest region and local culture; strong history with one or more of the target states a plus.
· Knowledge of death penalty movement and issues a strong plus, but we will train the right candidate
Minimum Commitment: Two years.

Salary/Benefits:$33,500/year (plus up to $6,000/year additional for staff with dependents). Excellent benefits, including 4 weeks vacation, 12 sick days, 12 paid holidays, employer-paid health insurance, retirement plan, and professional development.

To Apply: Resume, cover letter, writing sample, three references to Sarah Craft: sarahc@quixote.org; fax: 301-864-2182; or mail: Quixote Center, P.O. Box 5206, Hyattsville, MD 20782

Target start date: June 2006, negotiable
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