Description of Washington CAN:
With over 44,000 members, Washington CAN is the state's largest grassroots community organization. Together we work to achieve racial, social, gender, and economic justice in Washington State and our nation. We are building a movement of people whose collective action ensures that all communities are healthy, prosperous, and have an equal voice in determining their future.
Through local, state, and national organizing, we work to advance policies that will transform the lives of low-income people and people of color, including: quality, affordable health care that leaves no one behind; wages and workplace benefits that meet families' needs and empower workers; tenant policies that ensures everyone has access to healthy and affordable housing; fair tax and revenue structures; a criminal justice system that uplifts rather than punishes communities of color; an immigration system that supports human dignity and keeps families together; and economic security in our communities.
COMMUNITY ORGANIZER – Kent
The purpose of this position is to build collective power to support a dynamic team of community leaders in South King County to advance immigrant rights on the local, state, and national level. The community organizer will plan and execute outreach campaigns to build a progressive base of support across south King County, with a focus on lifting the voices of historically marginalized groups. They will build strong relationships with local community members and activate them politically in support of local, state, and federal campaigns for immigrant rights.
The organizer will also be part of a community organizing team that works in unison to support local, state, and national campaigns on a range of issues.
Primary responsibilities will include:
- Recruitment of low-income residents using direct canvass-based outreach
- Engage emerging leaders in peer outreach—collecting petitions, personal stories, and surveys—to develop leadership and build resources for research products and campaigns.
- Create and facilitate trainings on topics like racial equity, building power, how government works, movement history etc.
- Planning and coordinating community meetings
- Organize statewide and local tactics, action steps, and events in coordination with community members
- Create messaging and leverage the voices of community leaders to affect the public debate
- Build relationships with partner and ally organizations
- Use social media channels to elevate organizing work and messaging
- Draft policy memos, talking points, press releases for campaigns and media outreach
- Collect and write up personal stories of community members for use in campaigns and letters to the editor
- Demonstrated commitment to fighting for racial, gender, and economic justice
- Experience working in a diverse environment and ability to work with people of varied backgrounds, especially communities of color
- Experience working in coalition to develop and implement legislative and electoral strategies
- Ability to research and learn about new topics quickly and efficiently
- Energetic, willing to learn, flexible, and has a passion for justice
- Strong canvassing and/or door knocking skills
- Ability to speak Spanish (other languages are a plus!)
- A motivated self-starter who is accountable to goals
- Strong verbal, listening, and written communication skills
- Strong personal time management skills and the ability to work independently and under pressure
- Strong facilitation skills
- Computer skills (word processing, spreadsheet & database, Power Point, electronic communication)
- Ability to work some evenings and weekends
- A valid driver's license and access to a car
- Experience in community organizing, labor organizing, political campaigns, legislative work, and/or immigration justice work is a plus
Washington CAN! is an aggressive affirmative action employer. People of color, women, immigrants, people with disabilities, LGBTQ people, and people with low-income backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply.
This position is full-time with a competitive salary, health, and dental coverage after 90 days of employment, 401(k) pension plan, and paid holiday, vacation and sick leave. Evenings and weekends will be required.
How to Apply
Send a cover letter, resume, and three references to firstname.lastname@example.org. Indicate which position you are applying for. In your cover letter, please tell us how your personal and professional background compels your interest in working for racial and economic justice. Please highlight your personal or professional experience in communities of color. These positions will remain open until filled.