Fields: civic engagement, social justice, faith, racial justice, outreach
Location: Charlottesville, Virginia
About the Organization: The Interfaith Movement Promoting Action by Congregations Together (IMPACT) Organization, is a constituent-led, grassroots initiative that brings together Charlottesville’s diverse faith community to address the root causes of serious community problems. IMPACT is not a direct service organization, meaning we do not provide services such as food or shelter to those in need. Rather, we are a direct action organization, committed to empowering local leaders to identify problems and develop solutions to address systemic problems at their source. IMPACT has won the expansion of child psychiatric care and indigent dental care, creation of a job training program for young adults, improved access to mental health care for ex-offenders, allocation of millions of dollars for affordable housing, and expanded bus service.
The Direct Action and Research Training Center, Inc. (DART) is a national network of 21 faith-based community organizations that unite congregations across racial, religious, and socioeconomic lines to pursue justice. DART organizations seek long-term, sustainable improvements at a systemic level. DART organizations engage in direct action assemblies in which thousands of people from a cross-section of faith traditions publicly hold decision-makers accountable on solutions to serious local community problems.
About the Position: We’re hiring a full-time community organizer who will build relationships with faith leaders and community members from diverse backgrounds, train and develop their organizing skills, and deepen their participation in the work of the organization.
During your first five months, you will receive intensive on-the-job training through the DART Organizers Institute. You will learn basic organizing principles and develop key organizing skills including: finding and developing leaders, issue research and strategy, power analysis, and one-to-one meetings. Ongoing professional development will continue through individualized coaching and mentoring, as well as local, regional, and national staff trainings and retreats. We also encourage you to attend an informational webinar on Wednesday, January 30 at 7 pm eastern to learn more about careers in community organizing in the DART network. RSVP at http://www.thedartcenter.org/events
- Bachelor’s degree or equivalent professional experience
- Core passion for justice and equality
- Exceptionally strong work ethic
- Willingness to be trained to work with religious institutions
- Excellent relationship building skills
- Ambition for a long-term career in community organizing with DART (minimum 3 years)
- People of color and fluent speakers of Spanish are strongly encouraged to apply
- Access to a car
- No prior organizing experience is necessary
- Proof of US citizenship, permanent residency, or deferred action for childhood arrivals
Estimated Salary: $38,000 annually to start plus health benefits, with regular cost of living increases and performance based raises (position range $38,000 – $45,000). For candidates relocating more than 50 miles, $250 is paid to help cover relocation costs. Employer retirement contributions begin after one year of employment.
Deadline: February 3, 2019