Fields: civic engagement, social justice, faith, racial justice, outreach
Location: Tampa, Florida
About the Organization: HOPE is a diverse and multi-faith coalition of 25 congregations fighting for racial and economic justice in Hillsborough County. Our shared faith values call us to work collectively for systemic change, transforming Hillsborough County into a community that reflects the dignity of all people. HOPE’s mission is to actively live our spiritual values of fairness, justice and dignity of people. HOPE is a vehicle for our congregations to engage and train hundreds of residents in Hillsborough County to responsibly act together to improve the systems affecting the quality of life in our communities. We do that by identifying common community problems, researching long-term solutions, and publicly engaging decision-makers to implement those systemic solutions. HOPE has won the expansion of civil citations to reduce youth arrests for misdemeanor offenses, expansion of public transportation and dental healthcare for low-income families, and passage of a “ban the box” ordinance giving people with criminal records a fair chance at meaningful employment.
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