Citizen Action of Wisconsin 2020 Regional Field Organizer

Citizen Action of Wisconsin is seeking to hire 2020 Regional Field Organizers (RFO)  beginning as soon as January 27th of 2020. This position is full-time salaried (40-50 hours per week on avg), and temporary. The position is guaranteed through April 7th, 2020 with the possibility of extension through November 2020, pending funding. The Regional Field Organizer will report directly to the Statewide Field Director.  This position will include frequent in-state travel, and some overnight stays, thus applicants must have unlimited access to a reliable vehicle and be able to provide a valid driver’s license and proof of liability insurance upon hire.

We are currently looking to hire Regional Field Organizers in the following regions.  Preference will be given to applicants who currently live in or near these areas, however applicants who are willing to temporarily relocate will also be considered:

  • La Crosse/ Coulee Region
  • Northcentral Wisconsin (Marathon, Portage, Lincoln, etc..)
  • Fox Cities
  • Eau Claire/Chippewa Valley Region
  • Southeastern Wisconsin (Milwaukee, Racine, Kenosha area)

Citizen Action of Wisconsin is an issue and electoral focused non-profit organization committed to achieving social, racial, gender, economic, and environmental justice. We are dedicated to achieving a Wisconsin and an America where every human being has an equal opportunity to live a meaningful and fulfilling life. Citizen Action of Wisconsin brings together thousands of activists and allied groups across Wisconsin to deepen democratic participation and create an issue environment that advances a progressive public policy agenda. More information on current Citizen Action of Wisconsin programs can be found at citizenactionwi.org.

The Regional Field Organizer will hit the ground running in January to implement an issue and electoral deep canvass program in one of five regions of the state. This deep canvass program will incorporate voter registration, issue identification, race class narrative messaging, and other cutting edge components into an electoral turnout program. The RFO will work with the Statewide Field Director to conduct recruitment, hiring, training, ongoing development, and day to day supervision of canvassers.   Additionally, the RFO will work with regional Co-op Organizers and staff to implement a lead generating and follow-up program with contacts made in the field, as well as mobilizing existing members and volunteers.

Citizen Action of Wisconsin is an equal opportunity employer, and individuals from communities of color, veterans, individuals with disabilities, individuals from the LGBTQ3 community, formerly incarcerated individuals, and women are all strongly encouraged to apply.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Work with Statewide Field Director to implement, experiment with, track, evaluate, and tweak a deep canvass program that advance strategic goals to ensure successful completion.
  • Assist Statewide Field Director with recruitment, hiring, and ongoing day to day supervision and professional development of 1-5 canvassers.
  • Spend 20-30 hours a week on average knocking doors in the field and 5-10 hours a week on average making phone calls for volunteer mobilization, utilizing the  Voter Activation Network (VAN/Mini-VAN) and other technological tools to implement and track field activities and generate project reports as well as embrace and effectively utilize new communications technology, working within Citizen Action’s cutting-edge social networking and web technology programs to augment on-the ground organizing activity.
  • Work with regional Co-op Organizers and Program Staff to identify and develop activists and volunteers to participate in the deep canvass program and other activities, and provide training for those volunteers and activists to participate in the deep canvass program and other activities specific to Citizen Action of Wisconsin.
  • Work with  Statewide Field Director to conduct daily, weekly, monthly, interim, and post project reporting for internal use and for funders via daily check ins and weekly team meetings..
  • Work with organizational management to create and maintain office, team, and organizational culture that is equitable and inclusive for all people.
  • Embrace a culture of philanthropy where fundraising is seen as necessary and valued as a key tool of action and change dictated by the people most impacted by the lack of action and change, and not just those who already have power and money.  Provide input into grant applications, participate in funder meetings, and assist with small dollar fundraising efforts as needed and requested.

Required Qualifications:

  • Philosophical commitment to progressive values, gender and racial equity and inclusivity, social and economic justice, and health care freedom for everyone in America, and experience with or commitment to working in communities of color and/or other communities that are currently oppressed and underrepresented in our industry and our democracy.
  • 1 years collective experience in implementing field campaigns.
  • Strong accountable self care ethic that leads to personal time management and task prioritization, organization skills, and the ability to be effective in peak stress work times.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills, including ability to produce effective external and inter-office communications, conduct social media outreach, and provide reporting on program.
  • Beginner to intermediate technology and tools skills or aptitude for learning tech and tools including e-mail, composing documents, working with data-bases, and digital networking (Familiarity with VAN, Google Suite, Microsoft Office, and managing Facebook pages and/or Twitter accounts)

Desired Qualifications:

  • Bilingual a plus
  • Ability or aptitude to learn how to understand complex public policy issues and translate them into compelling organizing issues that motivate people to act
  • Some management experience
  • Experience with productive and collaborative conflict resolution processes and the ability to resolve conflict while maintaining effective and productive working relationships as well as excellent listening, interpersonal, and problem solving skills.
  • Experience with short and  long term strategic issue, campaign, and/or organizational planning.
  • Some experience with small dollar fundraising

Salary and Benefits:  This is a full-time position which includes cell phone allowance, paid sick and vacation days, and other benefits.  Weekend and evening hours required. Base salary rate is $36,500.00 annually, and is negotiable upon offer of employment based on experience and qualifications.

To apply:  Please send cover letter and resume to angelique.rogers@citizenactionwi.org. Please, no in person or phone inquiries.

Southeastern Wisconsin Co-op Organizer

Job Description: Southeastern Wisconsin Co-op Organizer

Objective: Citizen Action of Wisconsin seeks a dynamic and socially committed person to join our organizing team and lead an innovative multi-issue membership organizing project. This is a full time (40-50 hrs/week) salaried permanent position located in Milwaukee.  Some evenings and weekends required, as well as in-state travel and occasional out-of-state travel.

Description of Work: This position reports to the Organizing Director, and the successful applicant will work to advance a revolutionary membership organizing model pioneered by Citizen Action of Wisconsin known as an Organizing Cooperative. This position involves organizing, maintaining, and growing a critical mass of dues-paying supporters in our locally based, member-led co-op model.  The Co-op Organizer together with member-leaders and Citizen Action staff will advance diverse issue and electoral campaigns that have real impact on their community and make large scale changes in Wisconsin to open up opportunity for all. The position includes a 6 month training and trial period. More information about Citizen Action of Wisconsin Organizing Cooperatives can be found here.

Organizational Background: Citizen Action of Wisconsin is an issue focused non-profit organization committed to achieving racial, gender, economic, and environmental justice. We are dedicated to achieving a Wisconsin and an America where every human being has an equal opportunity to live a meaningful and fulfilling life. Citizen Action of Wisconsin brings together thousands of activists and allied groups across Wisconsin to deepen democratic participation and create an issue environment that advances a progressive public policy agenda.

In late 2017, Citizen Action adopted a cutting edge 8 year issue agenda that was written by hundreds of members across the state. Most fundamentally, we believe that issues matter. It is through transformative issues that capture the public imagination and reveal the dissonance between our nation’s ideals and its economic, social and environmental realities that average people see their stake in the public sphere and are motivated to participate in their democracy and fight for meaningful and lasting change.

Citizen Action is spearheading the development of innovative new grassroots organizing techniques, and seeks candidates who are interested in embracing new dynamic approaches. More information on current Citizen Action of Wisconsin programs can be found at citizenactionwi.org.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Work with staff and local member teams to lead a local Organizing Cooperative.
  • Recruit new, and retain current, dues-paying co-op members through relationship building, fundraising, and leadership development.
  • Directly organize and develop activists and leaders to participate in Citizen Action issue and election campaigns. This may include leadership of some issue campaigns. Current issues include Healthcare For All, Voting rights and Good Government, and 100% renewable energy/100% living wage jobs.
  • Coordinate program and logistics for public events, mobilizations and other grassroots activity.
  • Participate in small and large dollar fundraising in collaboration with CAW staff.

Specific Responsibilities also include

  • Embrace and effectively utilize new communications technology, working within Citizen Action’s cutting-edge social networking and web technology programs to augment on-the ground organizing.
  • Help organize coalitions and networks of members to advance critical issues of local importance in tandem with Citizen Action staff together with a wide range of prospective allies.
  • Work in a focused way to advance strategic goals, and provide timely weekly reporting of organizing progress.
  • Integrate Citizen Action’s values-based communication into all organizing work.

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 with large and/or small dollar fundraising.
  • Experience working with a broad array of organizations in a coalition on issues of social and economic justice.

 

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.
  • Strong creative strategic thinking skills and willingness to innovate in fast moving issue campaigns and meet deadlines.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills, including ability to produce effective flyers, email alerts, coalition reports, blogs, 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 NationBuilder, GoogleDocs, Google Analytics, Hootsuite, as well as managing Facebook pages and/or Twitter accounts).
  • Ability to undertake periodic travel in Wisconsin and occasionally out-of-state.

 

Desired Qualifications (Not required):

  • Experience with designing and implementing strategic legislative and or electoral issue campaigns.
  • Experience working with a broad array of organizations in a coalition on issues of social and economic justice.
  • Experience with working on racial justice issues and/or working in communities of color.
  • Experience with online list-building and voter files a plus.
  • Demonstrated ability to meet fundraising goals.
  • Bilingual/multilingual a plus.

 

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 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. 

 Application Process:  E-mail cover letter and résumé to Rafael Smith (Civic Engagement Program Director) at rafael.smith@citizenactionwi.org. Please, no calls.