Citizen Action of Wisconsin North Side Rising Energy Burden Organizer Job Description

Citizen Action of Wisconsin is seeking to hire an organizer to work to build our new African-American centered North Side Rising Organizing Co-op (Citizen Action’s Membership Chapter System). The position can start immediately. This is a full time (40-50 hrs/week on average) salaried position. Some evenings and weekends required, as well as in-state travel and occasional out-of-state travel. Normally, this position would be based in the Milwaukee office, but during the COVID-19 public health emergency, it is a majority work from home position. In person usage of the Milwaukee Office will be granted on a need basis and in compliance with Citizen Action of Wisconsin’s Covid 19 Safety Policy. 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 though in-person, digital and phone communications. Applicants must live in (or be willing to relocate to) the Greater Milwaukee Area. Women, Bi-racial/People of Color, Members of the LGBTQ+ community, and Formerly Incarcerated Individuals are strongly encouraged to apply.

Description of Work: A successful Organizer will work to launch our new Energy Burden campaign on Milwaukee’s North Side. This role involves base building and issue education of potential NorthSide Rising Co-op members. The Energy Burden organizer is responsible for conducting relational meetings with both the grassroots and grass-top community members who’s being impacted by energy burden. Also, the organizer is expected to build a leadership
team made up of members dedicated to advancing the campaign objectives and help with planning and turnout of 3-4 major Energy Burden events over the next year.

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, hosting, and turnout; dues-paying membership recruitment and retention; development and implementation of short and long term issue and electoral campaigns; at least at an intermediate level command of technology and tools they have at their disposal; and crafting organizing messaging and maintaining social media presence.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Recruit Members via direct in-person, phone, digital and virtual asks, relationship building. Follow up in a
    timely manner with members when their monthly dues lapse/expire to renew their membership.
  • Knock doors 5-10 hours a week with the Citizen Action North Side Rising Lead Field Organizer
  • Spend a minimum of 10 hours a week making phone calls to leads generated by our Phone Canvass to setup 1:1s and conduct turnout for Bi-weekly Energy Burden community meetings and bi-weekly issue education sessions.
  • Work with Climate & Equity Director to plan weekly community meetings, identifying venues, hosting the meetings, and ensuring that child care, food, beverages, and transportation needs are met depending the size of the group.
  • Develop and implement a leadership development program for all new energy burden members
  • Work with Climate & Equity to plan 3 medium-sized issue education and leadership development meetings, that will provide interim mobilization for contacts:
  • Work with Climate & Equity Director to plan one large direct Action in week 16 (Planned by Energy Burden Leadership Team members) Citizen Action of Wisconsin is an equal opportunity employer, and does not discriminate based on age, gender, sex, sexual preference, race, ethnicity, religion, or former incarceration status.
  • Implement email and social media outreach for Energy Burden throughout campaign
  • Plan and work with Climate & Equity to implement earned media events throughout campaign
  • Work with Citizen Action Senior Staff and Sierra Club to create issue education and advocacy materials to be used throughout campaign
  • Work with Communication and Digital Coordinator to create social media content
  • Conduct outreach to Grass Tops community leaders, attend partner meetings, and hold 1:1s with GTs to network and list-build.
  • Attend all Energy Burden Coalition meetings

Required Qualifications:

  • 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
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills, including 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, and 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, as well as managing Facebook pages and/or Twitter accounts).
  • Ability to function in an ever changing work, cultural, and office environment and political landscape with a Growth Mindset.Desired Experience:
  • 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 working with a broad array of organizations in a coalition on issues of social and economic

Salary and Benefits:
This is a full-time position which includes health care, dental and employer-matched 401K, life insurance, disability insurance, cell phone allowance, and other benefits. Some weekend and evening hours and Citizen Action of Wisconsin is an equal opportunity employer, and does not discriminate based on age, gender, sex, sexual preference, race, ethnicity, religion, or former incarceration status. frequent day and overnight in-state as well as some outstate travel 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 résumé to Rafael O Smith (Climate & Equity 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 in person interview process, a Citizen Action Hiring Team member will reach out to you via email to schedule a pre-interview via phone, and a first interview via Zoom. Please, no calls or in person inquiries, as we want to ensure a fair hiring process.

Citizen Action of Wisconsin is an equal opportunity employer, and does not discriminate based on age, gender, sex, sexual preference, race, ethnicity, religion, or former incarceration status.

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