Citizen Action of Wisconsin Northwestern Wisconsin Co-op Organizer Job Description
Citizen Action of Wisconsin is seeking to hire a Northwestern Wisconsin Co-op Organizer (organizing co-ops are Citizen Action’s chapter system) to start as soon as March 18th, 2022.This is a full-time (40-50 hrs/week on average) salaried position. Some evenings and weekends are required, as well as in-state travel and occasional out-of-state travel. This is a work from home position that is based in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. Applicants must have unlimited access to reliable high-speed internet and cellular service at home, and an aptitude for/desire to learn how to conduct organizing through digital and phone communications. Applicants must live in (or be willing to relocate to) the Eau Claire/Chippewa Valley Area. Women, Bi-racial/People of Color, Members of the LGBTQ+ community, and Formerly Incarcerated Individuals are strongly encouraged to apply.
Description of Work: This position reports to the Movement Organizing Director. A successful Co-op Organizer will work to advance a democratic membership organizing model pioneered by Citizen Action of Wisconsin known as an Organizing Cooperative (a modernized chapter system). The Northwestern Wisconsin Organizing Co-op membership is predominantly located in the Chippewa Valley area, with members across rural northwestern Wisconsin. This role involves community organizing and maintaining/growing a critical mass of dues-paying co-op members. Together with member-leaders and Citizen Action of Wisconsin staff, the Co-op Organizer will advance issue and electoral campaigns that lead to real impacts on their community and lay the groundwork for large-scale changes in Wisconsin. Current major issues include Healthcare for All and Green New Deal (climate change, and racial/economic equity). See the full Citizen Action of Wisconsin Platform here.
As the Organizing Co-op Model is unique to Citizen Action of Wisconsin, Co-op organizers are expected to learn new skills on the job and are provided with training and onboarding that may take up to 6 months, while also “jumping in” to the work to gain lived experience. After 6 months to a year, the successful Citizen Action of Wisconsin Organizer will be highly skilled in traditional community organizing; event planning; dues-paying membership recruitment and retention; development and implementation of short and long term issue and electoral campaigns; digital organizing tools; organizing messaging; and social media outreach.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Co-op organizers currently conduct their organizing mostly via phone calls, textbanking, digitally (email, online, social media), and via Zoom.
- Recruit Dues Paying Members via direct in-person, phone, digital and virtual asks, relationship building, and other fundraising tactics. Follow up in a timely manner with members when their monthly dues lapse/expire to renew their membership.
- Retain existing dues paying members by building relationships and getting them active in Citizen Action of Wisconsin work via organizing and implementing leadership development activities, training, and events (in collaboration with other staff at times).
- Develop activists into leaders to co-organize Citizen Action of Wisconsin specific issue and candidate campaigns. At times, also support members who desire to work on other statewide and local issues and candidate campaigns that align with CAW’s vision, mission, and values. Network with partner organization staff and volunteers that may be working on similar issues or candidate campaigns.
- Plan and implement community events, fundraising events, earned media events, issue education events, candidate town halls and listening sessions, house parties, rallies, protests, direct actions, and other grassroots activities and events. In addition to conducting turn out for events, this can include (but is not limited to) identifying venues, recruiting speakers, working with speakers to refine their presentation, or acting as the presenter or emcee, as well as organizing food and beverages, entertainment, and making sure that all attendees sign in to the event.
- Create and send daily and weekly email communications, including weekly regional newsletters, and contribute to the Citizen Action of Wisconsin Weekly Statewide Newsletter. In collaboration with other staff, create and share pre-created content on co-op specific social media platforms and contribute to Citizen Action of Wisconsin’s statewide social media presence. Integrate Citizen Action’s values-based and Race Class Narrative frames into all organizing communications.
- Embrace and utilize tech and tools including but not limited to Zoom, EveryAction, and SPOKE (relational text tool) to conduct membership and supporter outreach, community organizing, and to augment in-person organizing. (Our organizational COVID-19 policy limits in-person organizing based on COVID-19 transmission levels defined by the CDC)
- Work with other staff to identify and recruit individuals to run for all levels of office and recruit progressive candidates to become dues paying members. Work to form and maintain positive working relationships with sitting elected officials, their staff, and candidates running for office who will practice co-governance with Citizen Action of Wisconsin and who will champion our issues. During election season, work directly with local and statewide candidate campaigns and participate in Federal level candidate campaigns to elect Citizen Action of Wisconsin endorsed candidates.
- Participate in small and large dollar fundraising in collaboration with CAW staff, in and outside of membership recruitment.
- Prioritize Rapid Response activities and campaigns as needed.
- Philosophical commitment to progressive values of economic, gender, racial, anti-oppressive, and environmental justice and equity along with health care freedom for everyone in Wisconsin and America.
- Ability to understand public policy issues and translate them into organizing issues that motivate average people to act, and devise tactics to move the issues or campaigns forward.
- Strong creative strategic thinking skills and willingness to innovate in fast moving issue campaigns and meet deadlines.
- Strong written and verbal communication skills, including the ability to produce effective flyers, email alerts, and effective social media posts.
- Excellent listening, interpersonal and problem solving skills, strong personal time management skills, organization skills, the ability to work under pressure, and the ability to resolve conflicts while maintaining effective relationships.
- Intermediate computer skills including email, composing documents, designing flyers, working with databases, and social networking (Familiarity with VAN and/or EveryAction, Google Suite, Google Calendar, Google Docs, is preferred as well as familiarity with managing Facebook pages and/or Twitter accounts).
- Ability to function in an ever changing work environment and political landscape with a Growth Mindset.
- Ability to periodically travel in Wisconsin and occasionally out-of-state.
- Experience in labor, community, political or faith-based organizing, experience with or a strong interest in learning relational organizing as well as a commitment to working on racial justice issues, working with communities of color, and with a multicultural base of individuals.
- Experience with large and/or small dollar fundraising.
- Experience working in coalition with a broad array of organizations on issues of social and economic justice.
Desired Qualifications (Not required):
- Experience with designing and implementing strategic legislative and/or electoral issue campaigns.
- Experience with working on racial justice issues and/or working in communities of color.
- Demonstrated ability to meet fundraising goals.
- Bilingual/multilingual is a plus.
Salary and Benefits: This is a full-time position which includes health and dental insurance, employer-matched 401K, life insurance, disability insurance, cell phone allowance, and other benefits. Some weekend and evening hours may be required. Frequent in-state and occasional out of state travel is required. Overnight travel may also be required. Base salary rate is $40,000.00 annually, and is negotiable upon offer of employment based on experience and qualifications. This is a union position, represented by OPEIU Local 9, AFL-CIO.
To Apply: Email cover letter and resume to Kate Beaton (Movement Organizing Director) at [email protected]. The hiring team will review applications as they come in. The interview process will begin as soon as we feel we have a diverse and qualified applicant pool. If you are chosen to participate in the interview process, a Citizen Action hiring team member will reach out to you via email to schedule a pre-interview phone call, and a first interview via Zoom. Please, no calls or in person inquiries, as we want to ensure a fair hiring process.