Community Organizer Job Description
BACKGROUND AND MISSION
Asian Americans Advancing Justice | Chicago builds power through collective advocacy and organizing to achieve racial equity.
For nearly 30 years, Asian Americans Advancing Justice | Chicago has worked to bring together the Asian American community and create change in our communities. We are deeply committed to grassroots community organizing and we invest in the leadership of grassroots community members through trainings, community education, civic engagement, and collaborative issue-based campaigns. In order to strengthen our work and transform the inequities in our city, state, and Midwest region, we work with multiracial coalitions that emphasize racial equity, accountability to those most impacted, and an infrastructure of grassroots leadership. Our advocacy work focuses on promoting racial, economic, and immigrant justice, including initiatives in the areas of voting rights, language access, and immigrant rights.
As part of the national Asian Americans Advancing Justice affiliation, Advancing Justice | Chicago is a leader in the nationwide Asian American movement. Regionally, Advancing Justice | Chicago is prioritizing the Midwest, and collaborating with partners across the Midwestern states to tackle common struggles and build power.
The Community Organizer position is an opportunity for a strategic and motivated relationship-builder to build power in the Asian American community, develop grassroots leadership, lead strategic issue campaigns, and move community members to take action.
Depending on experience, this position could be elevated to a Chicago Organizing Manager position, with additional responsibilities of managing community organizers. Additional responsibilities and qualifications to be considered for an Organizing Manager position are described below.
This position will fall under the staff sharing agreement between Advancing Justice | Chicago and Asian American Midwest Progressives (AAMP) so a portion of time may be spent on 501(c)(4) activities including partisan electoral work.
- Develop grassroots leaders through A Just Chi, Advancing Justice | Chicago’s base-building program for community members who want to build power, work on issue campaigns, and advance racial equity;
- Organize in-person and virtual events, workshops, and trainings;
- Engage a distributed base of individuals through consistent virtual outreach (e.g., SMS/texting outreach, emails, social media, etc.);
- Represent Advancing Justice | Chicago in coalition spaces and contribute to coalition-led issue-based campaigns, primarily around immigrant rights;
- Mobilize community members to take action on key issues, including immigrant rights, language access, and criminal justice reform;
- Manage civic engagement program for a sub-group of Pan-Asian Voter Empowerment (PAVE) Coalition partners, including mentoring and coaching staff at partner organizations, providing technical support on voter outreach efforts, negotiating memoranda of understanding, and troubleshooting challenges;
- Coordinate and lead annual 300-person lobby day in Springfield, including managing a coalition-based planning committee;
- Assist development staff in program-related fundraising;
- Collaborate with other staff on organization-wide initiatives.
ADDITIONAL RESPONSIBILITIES FOR ORGANIZING MANAGER ROLE
- Supervise 1-2 community organizers
- Strong commitment to social justice, racial equity, and civil rights;
- Proven track record of building strong relationships;
- Ability to work independently, think creatively, and prioritize multiple tasks;
- Ability to learn new skills and willingness to be coached and trained;
- Excellent written and oral communication skills.
- Openness and ability to adapt and respond to changes in the environment;
- Flexible working hours, including some evenings and weekends (compensatory time is offered for evening and weekend work);
- Proficiency with online platforms such as Zoom, Google Drive, and Microsoft 365/Microsoft Office Suite;
- Experience with any of the following is helpful but not required:
Working in Asian American or immigrant communities;
Base-building, grassroots leadership development, or leading an issue-based campaign;
Electoral organizing (e.g. volunteering or working on non-partisan Get-Out-The-Vote efforts or a political campaign);
Leading trainings on community organizing principles or skills;
The issue areas of immigrant rights or language access;
Working for elected officials or in government in another capacity;
Bilingual in English and an Asian language;
ADDITIONAL QUALIFICATIONS FOR ORGANIZING MANAGER ROLE
- 2-4 years of experience in community organizing/base-building, grassroots leadership development, and working on issue-based campaigns;
- Experience with effectively coaching or mentoring individuals for leadership and professional development purposes;
- Ability to effectively supervise multiple individuals, including permanent and temporary staff.
Exempt, full-time position. The salary range for the Community Organizer position is $43,000 – $50,000 based on experience. The salary range for the Chicago Organizing Manager position is $50,000 – $60,000 based on experience. Advancing Justice | Chicago offers a generous full benefits package.
Both positions are represented by a collective bargaining unit and are subject to the terms and conditions of the contract between Advancing Justice | Chicago and the Chicago News Guild.
INQUIRY AND APPLICATION PROCESS
Applications should be submitted via email to firstname.lastname@example.org and include:
- Letter of interest/cover letter
- Writing sample of your choosing
- 2 references (please include name, title, and email address and/or phone number)
Please include “Community Organizer/Organizing Manager” in the subject line of your email. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis throughout April.
Note: Given the COVID-19 pandemic, Advancing Justice | Chicago staff are currently working remotely four days a week and in-person in our Uptown office one day a week, which is subject to change. If you are invited for an interview, the interview will be held over video conference.
Asian Americans Advancing Justice | Chicago is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified persons are encouraged to apply, regardless of race, color, creed, ethnicity, national origin, ancestry, age, height, weight, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, marital or domestic partner status, or religious affiliation.