Massachusetts State Organizing Director
REPORTS TO: National Organizing Director
LOCATION: Boston, Massachusetts
POSITION AVAILABLE: Immediately (start date flexible)
Your role stands at the intersection of organizing and the fight to change the odds for low-income children and families. The State Organizing Director is responsible for the development and execution of a capacity building plan which will take our organizing to the next level of scale and impact. As part of the Statewide Organizing Team, the Statewide Director will ensure we have a solid ongoing presence in targeted locations to impact state policy decisions and elections and, where relevant, local policy decisions and elections. Organizing campaigns will be selected through a collaborative process with both national and state staff. The State Organizing Director oversees making sure the organizing plan creates a long-term, grassroots infrastructure capable of executing direct impact, issue and electoral campaigns. The State Organizing Director shepherds the strategy and plan while working closely with affiliate leadership on communications. The State Organizing Director also oversees the operation on the ground (including management of Statewide Organizers) to implement the organizing plan from start to finish.
The State Organizing Director will hold Organizers accountable for meeting metrics-based goals and ensure that the organizing staff has the coaching, training, and support they need to build robust teams. The State Organizing Director will manage Statewide Organizers directly, while the Organizers manage part-time Outreach Coordinators and teams.
The State Organizing Director will report to the National Organizing Director, while acting in service to and in seamless coordination with the Executive Director in building a long-term, grassroots infrastructure capable of executing direct impact, issue and electoral campaign wins.
POSITION RESPONSIBILITIES/ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS
Developing, write and implement a comprehensive, data driven organizing plan that includes, but isn’t limited to:
- Building capacity to win as defined by the impact agenda’s direct impact, issue and/or electoral work
- Identifying strategic tactics for capacity building that include, but aren’t limited to:
- Door knocking for pledge cards, issue and voter IDs; persuasion and GOTV
- Phone banking: follow-up calls to hot leads, referrals, filling shifts, turnout, confirmation and relationship building
- Point of entry opportunities including pledge drives, workshops, informational sessions, team meetings, forums, screenings, watch parties, days of action, etc.
- Mobilizing/Advocacy opportunities including lobby days, board meetings, letters to the editor, emails and call drives, rallies, office visits, etc.
- Setting SMART goals for staff up against the deliverables and milestones outlined in the plan
- Managing staff for results/holding them accountable to the deliverables outlined in the plan
- Identifying potential recruits/supporters/volunteers, have a plan to get them in the door, a plan that excites them about the work being done, and opportunities to move them up the ladder of engagement.
- Setting, meet and exceed benchmarks for volunteer recruitment and grassroots engagement.
- Tracking progress up against impact and organizing goals. Provide analysis on performance and implements plans to maximize results
- Recruiting, trains, manages and develops staff. Hires staff as needed and establishes a strong professional culture within the state organizing structure focused on accountability, specific goals, innovation and sense of purpose
- Clearly assigning responsibility for tasks and decisions; sets clear objectives and measures; monitors progress and results; creates feedback loop
- Tracks and analyzes performance. Trouble shoots and problem solves. Adjust plans and strategies when necessary
- Networks, build relationships, and communicates with potential partners on the ground. Attends events, coalition meetings, and is present in the community (communities)
- Provides professional guidance and training to the organizing staff
- 6-8 years of organizing experience, at least half of which, includes managing direct reports and building volunteer capacity in diverse communities
- Excellent recruiter with a proven track record of being able to quickly build a pipeline of volunteers
- Excellent organizational skills
- Knowledge of campaign strategy
- Strong communication skills
- Positive, go-getter attitude
- Ability to innovate and take responsibility
- Job does require some travel
- Ability to be in multiple locations in the course of a given day, the ability to transport items, and the ability to set up and take down meeting equipment (chairs, tables, projectors, screens, etc.); May require the ability to climb stairs;
Competencies: The State Organizing Director needs to be a self-starter who is motivated and passionate about our mission and vision.
- The State Organizing Director must be an excellent trainer and coach who understands grassroots power building
- Knowledge of issues related/important to low- and moderate-income families
- Respect for economic and cultural diversity, experience working with diverse groups of people
- Organizing: Can marshal resources (people, material, support) to get things done; can orchestrate multiple activities at once to accomplish a goal; uses resources effectively and efficiently arranges information and files in a useful manner
- Planning: Accurately scopes out length and difficulty of tasks and projects; sets objectives and goals; breaks down work into the process steps; develops schedules and task/people assignments; anticipates and adjusts for problems and roadblocks; measures performance against goals evaluates results
- Action Oriented: Enjoys challenging work; seizes and even manufactures opportunities
- Directing Others: Is good at establishing clear directions; sets stretching objectives; distributes the workload appropriately; lays out work in a well-planned and organized manner; maintains two-way dialogue with others on work and results; brings out the best in people; is a clear communicator
- Managing Diversity: Can manage and relate to people of different backgrounds and cultures equitably; deals effectively with all races, nationalities, cultures, disabilities, ages and both sexes; hires variety and diversity without regard to class; supports equal and fair treatment and opportunity for all
- Managing Vision and Purpose: Communicates a compelling and inspired vision or sense of core purpose; talks beyond today; talks about possibilities; is optimistic; creates mileposts and symbols to rally support behind the vision; makes the vision shareable by everyone; can inspire and motivate entire units or organizations
- Addressing issues with Direct Reports “just-in-time”: Deals with problems firmly and in a timely manner; doesn’t allow problems to fester. Regularly reviews performance and holds timely discussions
Stand for Children is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We are committed to a diverse and culturally inclusive workplace in which our differences broaden our awareness, enrich our daily experiences and contribute to our collective strength. People of color, members of underrepresented ethnic or socioeconomic populations and bilingual/multi-lingual speakers are strongly encouraged to apply. Roles typically require the ability to be stationary for extended periods of time and to travel to meetings outside of the office; ability to lift more than 10 pounds on occasion; may require the ability to climb stairs.