Organizing Director

Position Description

Neighborhoods Organizing for Change (NOC) is hiring a full-time Organizing Director to manage NOC’s work across issues and strategic campaigns. The Organizing Director is responsible for all aspects of a sophisticated organizing program that includes member-based issue campaigns, electoral work and political leadership, and overall civic engagement work. The Organizing Director will work closely with the Executive Director and campaign organizers to both build and implement NOC’s campaign activities.

Introducing NOC

NOC is a grassroots, member-led organization building power in under-resourced communities and communities of color in Minnesota. NOC is a Black led organization, and works in an intersectional frame towards a more equitable future for all Minnesotans. Based in North Minneapolis, but with members and affiliates throughout the state, NOC uses issue campaigns, leadership development, community organizing, and electoral organizing to achieve measureable wins toward equity statewide. NOC is a collaborative, movement-building organization where decisions are guided and informed by the people who are most impacted by the inequities we seek to change. A leader in the realm of new media, NOC has engaged over 600,000 community members in social media through innovative partnerships, the ongoing production of community-made videos, and deliberate online organizing.

Having created a solid foundation of members, campaign wins, and public credibility, NOC has the extraordinary opportunity of growing into a statewide, regional and nationally recognized power organization capable of effecting structural change and led by Black people and people of color from a diverse mix of ethnic identities, sexual identities, gender identities, national identities, racial identities, religious identities, and experiences of diaspora. 

Active NOC campaigns

  • Future of Work. NOC is currently working on a suite of issues related to the future of work in Minnesota. Our focus will be on the intersection of race, the economy and progressive policies that address our worst-in-the-nation racial disparities gap. Campaigns include Earned Sick Days, Minimum Wage, the establishment of worker co-ops and the exploration of Universal Basic Income.

  • Police accountability. It’s clear that wealthy financiers are profiting from mass incarceration and the police state. We’ll work to uncover the interconnectedness of capital interest and state sanctioned violence in Minneapolis - naming and holding accountable the actors influencing our local police budgets in the age of Trump. Who is profiting from the system? How could public resources be better invested in public safety alternatives?

  • Education equity. NOC will work to support the long term health and infrastructure of traditionally under-resourced neighborhood public schools.

  • United Black Legislative Agenda. NOC has led an initiative to align a set of Black organizational partners to create a shared legislative agenda. We’ll be sharpening the agenda and expanding the list of table partners to produce an expanding base of political power in the coming years.

  • Political leadership and civic engagement. NOC will continue the work of expanding access for under-resourced communities and communities of color into more participatory and transparent relationship with civic participation and democratic processes. This will include a door-to-door canvass program and a PAC (Political Action Committee) which will endorse and support candidates running for public office.

  • Environmental justice. NOC works with local allies to improve air, water and soil quality for our most underserved communities. We hope to create a more sustainable economy while improving our environmental conditions for the sake of future generations.

  • While NOC is currently coordinating these and other active campaigns, we approach these campaigns as intersectional and interconnected. This position will seek to align a range of campaign priorities under a shared power building initiative.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Supervise, support and mentor campaign organizers to promote their individual and collective growth and success.

  • Support organizers to implement multiple large-scale public events, support organizers in running issue committees and membership planning meetings.

  • Support robust leadership development programming for NOC members.

  • Coordinate a suite of organizer trainings for NOC staff and member leaders.

  • Support the statewide expansion of NOC’s base of active leaders.

  • Coordinate with NOC membership and base-building canvass, support canvass director.

  • Recommend results-driven changes to campaigns as needed.

  • Support the production of earned media and social media in service of campaign objectives.

  • Manage and analyze campaign data and tracking under the guidance of the Executive Director.

  • Work with the organizing staff to strategize/power-map campaigns, and write detailed organizing plans, field plans, and campaign plans.

  • Identify opportunities to grow authentic political power in communities of color.

Qualifications

  • At least three to five years of experience with voter engagement, electoral campaigns, power-mapping, issue-based campaigns, community organizing, civic engagement strategy, and leadership development.

  • Two to three years of management and/or supervision experience within a grassroots community organization.

  • At least two years of experience as a community-organizing trainer and/or electoral organizing trainer.

  • Knowledge of data and tracking systems within community-based and electoral organizing, including knowledge of VAN.

  • Familiarity with Minnesota’s political landscape and electoral/legislative process.

  • Demonstrated experience working within low-income communities of color.

  • Ability to work in multi-cultural, multi-gendered, multi-sexed, and multi-racial settings.

  • Ability to deliver both numbers-based and leadership-based results in a fast-paced and self-directed environment.

  • Superior judgment and maturity. Ability to manage long-term, short-term, medium-term, and overall movement building campaigns.

  • Experience and working knowledge of New Media tools, including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, petition vehicles, and video production.

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills. Brings empathy, passion, and humor to the work.

Neighborhoods Organizing for Change is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, gender, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. We desire a diverse pool of applicants and particularly encourage applications from women, people of color, and the LGBTQ community and immigrants.

Please email completed applications to info@mnnoc.org. Completed applications will include a cover letter, resume, and at least 3 references.

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