Director of Organizing 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 Director of Organizing position presents a unique opportunity for a strategic, dynamic, and thoughtful leader to advance this organization’s commitment to building power through base building, grassroots leadership development, and issue-based campaigns. The Director of Organizing will supervise the entire community organizing team and lead campaign strategy for all organizational priorities. As a member of the leadership team, the Director of Organizing will also be responsible for guiding organization-wide decisions, maintaining healthy organizational culture, and managing personnel. This position reports to the Executive Director.
- Work closely with the Executive Director and the senior leadership team to ensure that the organization is serving its mission, achieving organizational goals, maintaining healthy culture, and in compliance with the collective bargaining agreement;
- Supervise and manage the community organizing team, which includes 2-3 direct reports and 3-4 indirect reports;
- Lead campaign strategy, which includes power analysis, policy research, direct action planning, media strategy, and legislative engagement.
- Oversee the organization’s grassroots leadership development programs and budgets, which includes the base building groups of KINETIC, A Just Chi, and I Speak Power;
- Maintain and contribute to healthy organizational culture, which includes, but is not limited to, utilizing conflict transformation tools and communicating proactively;
- Represent the organization in key partnerships and coalitions, including the Pan Asian Voter Empowerment (PAVE) Coalition, the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant & Refugee Rights (ICIRR), the Chicago Immigrant Rights Working Group, and more;
- Provide media interviews on key issues and current events, as needed;
- Support and when necessary take lead on organization-wide events and activities including direct actions, press conferences, rallies, lobby days, and other events as needed;
- Provide regular updates to the Advancing Justice | Chicago Board of Directors;
- Consistently engage and collaborate with the other Advancing Justice affiliates on national campaigns or joint projects, such as the Advancing Justice Conference;
- Other duties as assigned.
As both a Senior Staff member and a public face of Advancing Justice | Chicago, the Director of Organizing should demonstrate a unique blend of qualities and skills that reflect a passion and commitment to the organization’s mission, including the following:
- Strong belief in the mission of the organization and uncompromising commitment to advancing racial equity;
- At least 3-5 years of experience with 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;
- Highly effective interpersonal, leadership, consensus-building, and coalition-building skills, with ability to forge new relationships and foster existing ones;
- Ability to effectively organize direct actions, build and coordinate coalitions, and lead electoral organizing strategy and activities;
- Ability to effectively supervise multiple individuals, including permanent and temporary staff;
- Ability to maintain confidentiality, discretion, and professionalism;
- Ability to effectively multi-task, work well with others under pressure, and creatively adapt strategies and tactics as needed;
- Ability to work collaboratively with multi-ethnic, multi-generational, or multi-sector communities;
- Excellent oral and written communications skills and ability to persuade others;
- Willingness to travel out-of-town and work evenings or weekends as needed.
- Strong vision of how grassroots organizing serves the organization’s mission;
- A deep understanding of racial equity and intersectionality;
- Experience with leading grassroots organizing trainings and forming training curriculum;
- Experience with managing staff sharing agreements with a 501(c)4 organization;
- Strong understanding of the role that communications and media play in grassroots organizing and advocacy;
- Demonstrated experience in program development and oversight, budget tracking and projecting, and grant reporting and writing;
- Demonstrated fundraising experience from individuals, foundations, or corporations;
- Knowledge of the history of Asian Americans and the progressive movement;
- Specific expertise in an issue area relevant to Advancing Justice | Chicago;
- Experience with working in multilingual spaces;
- Proficiency in one or more Asian language(s).
The salary range is $65,000 to $80,000, depending on experience. A full benefits package is included.
INQUIRY AND APPLICATION PROCESS
Applications should be submitted electronically via email to email@example.com and include:
- Cover letter describing interest in the position, qualifications, and expectations,
- Writing sample of your choosing; and
- Names of three references who can speak the range of qualifications sought.
Please include “Director of Organizing Application” in the subject line of your email. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. The priority deadline for applications is February 4, 2022.
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.