Citizen Action of Wisconsin Movement Organizing Director Job Description
Organizational Background: Citizen Action of Wisconsin is an issue focused non-profit organization committed to achieving anti-oppressive, 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. Current major issues include Healthcare for All and Green New Deal (climate change, and racial/economic equity).
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.
Job Description: Citizen Action of Wisconsin is seeking to hire a dynamic and socially committed person to join our management team as the Movement Organizing Director beginning as soon as January 14th of 2021. This is a full time (40-50 hrs/week on average) salaried position. Some evenings and weekends required, as well as semi-frequent in state day and overnight travel, and occasional out of state travel. Applicants must have a valid drivers license, access to a reliable vehicle, and be able to provide proof of liability insurance. Normally, this position would travel on a weekly/bi-weekly/monthly basis to other regions of the state, but during the COVID-19 public health emergency, it is a majority work from home position. Applicants must have unlimited access to reliable high speed internet and cellular service at home, and an aptitude for/desire to learn how to both conduct organizing and manage a team of individuals across the state via virtual and phone communication. Women, Bi-racial/People of Color, members of the LGBTQ+ community, and formerly incarcerated individuals are strongly encouraged to apply.
This position reports directly to the Associate Director and involves maintaining, growing, and evolving a democratic membership organizing model pioneered by Citizen Action of Wisconsin known as an Organizing Cooperative (a modernized chapter system). Citizen Action of Wisconsin currently supports 7 member driven Organizing Co-ops that cover 80% of the state geographically. This position will involve day to day direct supervision of 2-5 regional Citizen Action of Wisconsin Co-op Organizing Staff. The Movement Organizing Director will work with Co-op Organizers and other staff to maintain and grow dues paying membership; integrate statewide (and at times national/federal) issue and electoral campaigns into the local co-ops; as well as work closely with the Executive Director and Climate and Equity Director to lead and advance rural/suburban Climate campaigns in four rural/suburban co-op regions. The Movement Organizing Director will work together with member-leaders and Citizen Action staff to advance diverse issue, legislative, and electoral campaigns that have real impact on our communities and make large scale changes in Wisconsin to open up opportunity for all.