Local Organizer- Lancaster Stands Up (PA Stands Up)
We are seeking a passionate and visionary organizer to drive forward our long-term grassroots organizing and campaigning work in Lancaster County. Founded in the days following the 2016 election, Lancaster Stands Up (LSU) now has over 400 dues-paying members who have a strong track record of making a difference on issues and in elections. This position is responsible for the development of issue and electoral campaign work, coordinating a large volunteer base, developing member leaders, and building volunteer teams.
This is a political leadership position in the organization, responsible for helping to develop LSU’s overarching strategy (in collaboration with the LSU leadership team), getting buy-in from LSU leaders, members, and base, and bringing the voices and feedback of local teams into central decision-making processes.
The position is directly supervised by the Lancaster Stands Up’s Lead Organizer, and is also accountable to LSU’s Leadership Team. Lancaster Stands Up is part of a larger statewide organization, PA Stands Up, and this position will include some responsibilities and interaction with the larger organization (e.g., monthly all-staff calls).
Location: Lancaster County, PA
Application Deadline: December 18 (applications will be reviewed as they arrive)
Start Date: January 11, 2021 (negotiable)
Compensation: $40,000-$45,000 annually (benefits below)
Develop campaign plans for and support the implementation of county-wide campaigns, both issue and electoral. This will involve strategy sessions and regular meetings with campaign teams, recruiting volunteers to help implement campaign strategy, and taking on tasks as needed.
Utilize key technologies (NGPVAN, Spoke, ThruTalk, etc.) to carry out our campaign work and engage with our membership.
Develop and maintain the organization’s webpage.
Adapt, develop, and lead trainings for volunteer leaders.
Maintain relationships with key volunteer leaders through one-on-one meetings, trainings, and planning meetings.
Manage LSU contractors, canvass director (during short-term paid canvasses), and interns, as needed.
Other related duties. (LSU is a dynamic organization that needs to be flexible and responsive to the political moment.)
Skills & Qualifications:
It is not required that applicants already possess all of these skills.
People skills are a must for this position, as is delegation and a commitment to developing the leadership of others. Our work is carried out by our volunteers and members; staff organizers help to provide systems and support to carry out this work, as well as vision and leadership to help energize our base.
Two years or more of organizing or campaigning skills is recommended, but we will consider applicants with transferable leadership skills from other occupations and life experiences.
Demonstrated leadership ability and experience working in rural areas and/or communities of color
Strong commitment to racial, social, economic and gender justice
Strong commitment to independent, innovative political action by and for working people
A willingness to pick open and principled fights with entrenched economic and political power (including a fight over the leadership and direction of the Democratic Party), while talking explicitly about how the powerful are using racism and fear to divide us
Training and facilitation skills
Experience with issue campaigns and/or electoral campaigns
Experience managing volunteers
A goal-driven, detail-oriented self-starter and problem-solver with ability to work independently and as part of a collaborative team
Strong written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills
Salary & Benefits:
$40,000-$45,000/yr (depending on experience). PA Stands Up offers a competitive benefits package including healthcare/dental/vision, a retirement plan, and generous time off policies.
How to Apply:
Please submit a RESUME and LETTER that describes your experience, commitment, and any relevant personal background to firstname.lastname@example.org. Put “Local Organizer Position” in the subject line.