Field Organizer

January 30, 2017

Praxis_Project The Praxis Project

POSITION: Field Organizer
TYPE: Full Time (Exempt) With Benefits
REPORTS TO: Executive Director/Deputy Director
LOCATION: Oakland, CA or Washington, DC

SUMMARY:
This position is primarily responsible for building and maintaining relationships with our partners to uphold Praxis Project’s mission—to build healthy communities by transforming the power relationships and structures that affect our lives and communities. This position will also be responsible for advancing the organization’s mission by establishing and sustaining relationships with organizations, leaders and key constituencies to improve the field’s capacity to promote health justice by performing the following duties.

The Praxis Project is a national movement support intermediary committed to building capacity for social change. Our emphasis is on developing fields of work in ways that encourage multilevel, trans-disciplinary learning and collaboration across issues, across the country, and across the globe. For more information, visit www.thepraxisproject.org.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Core duties and responsibilities include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

  • Coordinates with Praxis staff to develop and maintain a national network of movement organizations including community-based groups, local and regional networks, and individuals that are working to improve local conditions for health justice.
  • Works closely with partner organizations’ leaders, their staff, and their local community networks to recruit and maintain relationships through personal visits, phoning, social media, digital webinars, and in-person meetings.
  • Organizes convening’s with constituency groups for peer-to-peer learning and skill building exchanges.
  • Plans activities that maintain and expand an effective and ongoing network by increasing organizations’ involvement in capacity-building activities and collaboration.
  • Coordinates strategic outreach plan and implementation to ensure a broad cross-section of organizations participate in Roots and Remedies national gathering.
  • Develops organizing materials including maps, fliers, fact sheets, sign-on campaigns, etc.
  • Performs rigorous tracking and reporting of ongoing work and results, database maintenance and work planning.
  • Monitors the social justice and public health landscape by tracking social media and communicating with various constituencies to identify issues, activities, trends and flashpoints as the basis of individualizing support plans.
  • Works with leading community organizing non-profits to promote best practices for the public health and social justice fields.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

ATTENDANCE:
Must be punctual and timely in meeting all requirements of performance, including, but not limited to, attendance standards and work deadlines; beginning and ending assignments on time; and scheduled work breaks; where applicable.

COMPETENCIES:
To perform the job successfully, an individual should demonstrate the following competencies:

Intellectual

  • Analytical – Uses intuition and experience to complement data.
  • Design – Generates creative solutions; Demonstrates attention to detail.
  • Problem Solving – Identifies and resolves problems in a timely manner; Gathers and analyzes information skillfully; Works well in group problem solving situations.
  • Project Management – Coordinates projects; Communicates changes and progress.

Interpersonal

  • External Working Relationships – Develops and maintains courteous and effective working relationships with constituents, leaders and/or any other representatives of external organizations.

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES:
This job has no supervisory responsibilities.

QUALIFICATIONS:
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE:
3 years of related experience and/or training in community organizing or public health education; Bachelor’s degree (B.A. /B.S.) from a four-year college or university is desired; or equivalent combination of education and experience.

LANGUAGE SKILLS:
Ability to read, analyze, and interpret complex documents. Ability to respond effectively to sensitive inquiries or complaints. Ability to facilitate meetings using original or innovative techniques or style. Ability to make effective presentations on controversial or complex topics to Praxis peers, network partners, and/or community residents.

COMPUTER SKILLS:
To perform this job successfully, an individual should have knowledge of: Spreadsheet Software (Excel); Word Processing Software (Word); Electronic Mail Software (Outlook, Gmail); Presentation software (PowerPoint); and Social Media (Facebook and Twitter).

CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS:

  • Valid drivers’ license.

OTHER SKILL, ABILITIES, AND QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Conduct a power analysis and political landscape assessment from data collected/researched.
  • Internal Working Relationships – Motivates and engages to promote goals.
  • Strong social skills – Promotes relationships that have trust, accountability and effective communication.
  • Has in-depth understanding of the health justice environment and effective strategic planning for advancing the mission.
  • At least 3 years’ prior experience as a community organizer.
  • Advanced capacity or fluent in a written and oral language other than English is desired.
  • Commitment to the principles and goals of The Praxis Project.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication.
  • Ability to work with diverse people communities and cultures.
  • Hardworking, self-disciplined, and works well under pressure.
  • Willing to work some evenings and some Saturdays.
  • Knowledge of the political landscape and issues affecting low-income communities and people of color is a plus.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS:
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to sit; and talk or hear. The employee is occasionally required to stand and walk.

The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.

WORK ENVIRONMENT:
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

TO APPLY:
Please email resumé, cover letter, and salary range to shayla[at]thepraxisproject[dot]org with “Field Organizer” in the subject line by March 10th, 2017. Please, no phone calls.

To apply for this job email your details to shayla@thepraxisproject.org

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