Community Organizer – Child Welfare

Community Organizer – Child Welfare

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  • Nebraska Appleseed
  • Lincoln, NE
  • Full Time
  • $53,000 to $59,000, with exact amount dependent on years of comparable organizing experience and fluency in a second language USD / Year

Organization Description

Nebraska Appleseed is a nonprofit organization that fights for justice and opportunity for all Nebraskans. We take a systems-based approach to complex issues – such as child welfare, immigration policy, affordable health care, and poverty – and we take our work wherever we believe we can do the most good, whether that’s in the courthouse, at the Capitol, or in the community. The position is based in Lincoln, Nebraska.

Position Description

The Community Organizer builds, maintains, and coordinates authentic grassroots relationships. The Community Organizer helps ensure programmatic work is community-led and builds power in local communities. The Community Organizer has the ability to solicit information, actively listen, and utilize multiple methods of engagement, including face to face and digital connections. This position is critical to providing leadership development training and contributes to the creation of a program organizing strategy. The Community Organizer is instrumental in community-driven advocacy and engagement efforts. The Community Organizer participates in formal and informal coalitions or collaborations which may include nonprofit, civic, and grassroots organizations, groups, and individuals. The position reports to the Program Director – Child Welfare. The position serves on the Organizing team and on the Child Welfare program team.

Position Responsibilities

– Ensure work is aligned to the goals of the Program and Organizing teams and the strategic objectives of the organization
– Contribute to and implement strategic outreach plans, in partnership with the Program team and Organizing Director
– Work with diverse community members and partners to establish and maintain authentic relationships, and identify opportunities and issues raised within the community
– Collaborate with community members, partners, and the Program Team to develop targeted solutions to community issues including the development of policy, legal solutions, and organizing
– Mobilize a base of grassroots support on the advocacy of important community issues
– Identify and meet with key individuals and/or grassroots teams to promote positive change and build leadership capacity
– Maintain applicable records in agency database adhering Nebraska Appleseed privacy safeguards
– Share key information gathered from the community with internal stakeholders

What you Bring to the Position

The ideal candidate will have the following background or a combination of the following qualifications:

– Experience working with people from diverse backgrounds, personalities, and perspectives (immigrant, multicultural, rural/urban)
– A strong relationship builder who has the ability to authentically connect with people with diverse personalities and skill levels
– An active listener who is able to build consensus with diverse groups, and maintain integrity with Nebraska Appleseed standards and values
– Strong interpersonal skills (to include effective listening, and the ability to contextualize messages of community members)
– Ability to speak and write language in addition to English is a plus
– Strong verbal, written, nonverbal, and visual communication skills including facilitation & presentation skills
– A self-starter with initiative who can manage multiple projects, next steps, and deadlines
– A strategic thinker who always keeps the big picture in mind
– Fluency in a second language is a plus
– A team player who is curious, creative, flexible, collaborative, and proactive
– The ability to work evenings, weekends, and travel in and out of the state of Nebraska

Salary and Benefits

Salary range of $53,000 to $59,000, with exact amount dependent on years of comparable organizing experience and fluency in a second language. Comprehensive benefits package includes health, vision, and dental insurance with single coverage paid at 100% by Nebraska Appleseed; 401(k) with a 4% match; and generous paid leave including vacation, sick leave, holidays, and longevity leave. Nebraska Appleseed is a flexible and hybrid workplace.

As part of our commitment to the health and safety of our employees and their families, all individuals entering our physical office are required to provide proof of full vaccination against COVID-19.

To Apply

The application deadline is February 15, and the target start date is mid-March.

Please send a cover letter, resume, and a list of three references via email to or via mail to Nebraska Appleseed, Attn: Human Resources, PO Box 83613, Lincoln, NE 68501-3613

Nebraska Appleseed is an equal opportunity employer. People of color, members of the LGBTQ community, individuals with disabilities, and those from diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply. Nebraska Appleseed does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ethnic background, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, or disability.

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