REGIONAL YOUTH ORGANIZER –
PROGRESS NORTH & VOTEMOB
Progress North is an independent project, fiscally sponsored by TakeAction Minnesota, with a primary focus of connecting individuals and organizations in Northwest Wisconsin across race, class, gender, sexual orientation, generation and geography. We have three primary goals: to engage voters about the issues they care about and to motivate and persuade voters to support bold, progressive leaders up and down the ballot; build a coalition of organizations in the region that will come together around a common political analysis, theory of change and race/class narrative in this election; and to work with individuals and organizations to build the infrastructure needed in the region to build long-term progressive power and impact on-going change.
Vote Mob is an innovative GOTV effort that trains young people in organizing skills and analysis, and provides resources for youth on campuses to turn their peers out to the polls. We believe that young people have enormous potential to transform the political environment, and so we seek to build the capacity and strength of youth movements both on election day and far beyond; transforming moments into lasting movements and shifting power through grassroots organizing and voter turnout. We fill gaps in youth electoral engagement where no local or national partner is leading work. We have a local focus and support youth turnout around issues that are most relevant in their context. We connect our local teams to statewide organizing post the election, whether it be through our continued presence directly, or through an existing supported local partner.
The Regional Organizer will work with Progress North and VoteMob to build a progressive student and youth network in Northwest Wisconsin that will drive voter turnout and strengthen local organizing to win real change. The focus will be on organizing on campuses and youth in the community with a focus on Indigenous youth in the target geographies. During elections, the Regional Organizer will help create and manifest fun and innovative vote mob plans in the Northwest. Between elections, the Regional Organizer will focus on developing leaders, engaging folks & organizing around local issues, and preparing for the next crucial election moment! Our goal is to educate and turn out young voters. This position will lead teams, plan events, and recruit and manage volunteers and students.
PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES (essential duties and responsibilities may include, but are not limited to the following):
Use organizing tools to engage youth & students in our work, develop deep relationships with them, and support their leadership development. Organizing tools include (but not limited to):
Visibility actions with pledge card collection
Class raps / Club raps (students recruiting classmates to vote and volunteer, or doing recruitment and pledge card collection at meetings)
Trainings: both issue-based and GOTV-centric
Plan and execute outreach strategies to engage more Wisconsinites in our work.
Identify, recruit, train, and move activists into regular action and positions of leadership throughout our 2020 electoral work, supporting their leadership and helping develop skills for organizing centered on our political analysis, theory of change and our race/class narrative work.
Work with Progress North Director and VoteMob to develop and meet goals for each of these responsibilities, manage and meet a variety of goals throughout the seasons of the work, and update organizational database systems with member and event information as a way to ensure and track successful completion of goals.
Build strong core groups on top tier campuses – get them bought in, trained, and give them responsibilities and a sense of team spirit!
Operate in a way that is embedded with or complementary to local organizations. Collaborate with partner organizations as appropriate. (Coordinate with Vote Mob network)
Create a home-made local progressive voter guide.
Provide weekly reports on voter engagement, GOTV efforts, and other program developments as needed.
Experiment with innovative programs as appropriate.
Photo documentation and social media engagement.
Follow legal guidelines as directed by supervisor.
Debrief with local teams post-election and help figure out next steps.
Other duties or tasks may be assigned on an as-needed basis.
EXPERIENCE AND QUALIFICATIONS:
Experience facilitating meetings, trainings, and/or group gatherings that move people to action.
Ability to pay attention to details, be vigilant about tracking goal progress, and meet deadlines.
Willingness to speak up, suggest new ideas, receive feedback, adjust plans to ensure successful completion of goals, and be a part of the solution.
Talented self-motivated natural organizer, with the ability to motivate and inspire others.
Has potential to continue organizing beyond the election in some form.
Passionate about doing progressive election work, as opposed to a candidate campaign.
Help plan and execute a great local vote plan in a mostly self-directed way.
Accountable, proactive, communicative (calls frequently + responds right away).
Ideally has some youth or student organizing experience.
Ability to build and mobilize strong local networks.
Honest and has integrity – mature enough to own mistakes and ask for help.
Clear commitment to the importance of collective liberation and intersectional organizing.
Ability to work in a fast-paced and continually evolving environment.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS AND WORKING ENVIRONMENT:
Work is performed in a standard office environment which requires occasionally lifting such articles as file boxes or heavier materials with help from others and/or lifting and carrying light objects frequently. A job in this category may require walking or standing to a significant degree or may involve sitting most of the time with long periods of computer work and heavy phone usage. Flexibility to work outside normal business hours that include evenings and weekends, and work extended hours to accomplish the requirements of the position.
LENGTH OF POSITION:
Hire date until December 31, 2020, with potential to continue.
Full medical insurance, dental insurance, retirement packages.
Ongoing leadership development of staff, including access to relevant trainings and conferences.
REPORTS TO & LOCATION:
This position reports directly to the Director of Progress North. Position can be located anywhere in the targeted geographies of the project (Douglas, Ashland, Sawyer or Price counties in Wisconsin). There will be a significant amount of travel. Travel costs are reimbursed according to policy.
HOW TO APPLY:
Send electronic cover letter, resume and three references attention Shawnu Ksicinski, Progress North Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Deadline for submission is February 7, 2020.
Progress North & VoteMob are equal opportunity employers and encourage applications from people of color, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ+ individuals, and women.
Source: People’s Action