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Oregon State Organizing Director

 

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The Role Your role is key to the fight to change the odds for low-income and underrepresented children and families. The State Organizing Director is responsible for the development and execution of a plan to grown the size of our volunteer force 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 legislation, 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 and active volunteers. 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 organizers) to implement the organizing plan from start to finish.

The State Organizing Director will work with organizers to create goals and set plans, including quantitative goals for outreach and recruitment 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, concrete 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:
    1. will work with organizers to build teams of active volunteers at 1 – 6 high schools in their region.
    2. the volunteers will work to increase parent engagement at their schools.
    3. a subset of the volunteers will be involved in local and state lobbying and elections
    4. the Organizing director will help with key relationships and strategy.
  • Employ specific tactics to meet quantitative goals, including:
      1. Door-knocking for pledge cards, issue and voter IDs; persuasion and GOTV
      2. List-building
      3. Phone banking: follow-up calls to hot leads, referrals, filling shifts, turnout, confirmation and relationship building
      4. Point of entry opportunities including pledge drives, workshops, informational sessions, team meetings, forums, screenings, watch parties, days of action, etc.
      5. 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 and 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 relations, and communicates with potential partners on the ground. Attends events, coalition meetings, and is present in the community (communities)
  • Develop a process for working with districts and community-based organizations, including managing contracts and MOUs with partner entities when necessary
  • Provides professional guidance and training to the organizing staff

Qualifications:

  • 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

Competencies: The State Organizing Director needs to be a self-starter who is motivated and passionate about our mission and vision.  This individual must also be:

    • An excellent trainer and coach who understands grassroots power building.
    • Knowledge of issues related/important to low- and moderate-income families and have respect for economic and cultural diversity, experience working with diverse groups of people.
    • Action-oriented: Enjoys challenging work; seizes and even manufactures opportunities
    • 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.

    Stand for Children consists of two separate entities. Stand for Children, Inc., a grassroots membership organization is exempt under section 501(c)(4) of the Internal Revenue Code, and Stand for Children Leadership Center, a leadership development organization is exempt under section 501 (c)(3)

    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.

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