Organizing DirectorNebraska Appleseed Website
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 Organizing Director is responsible for coordinating, managing, supporting, and leading grassroots relationship-building and engagement strategies across program areas (Economic Justice, Health Care Access, Immigrants & Communities, and Child Welfare) to fight for a more just society. Broad areas of work include: creating strategies for and managing grassroots relationship-building, engagement, and mobilization; supporting nonpartisan, long-term voter participation strategies and Get-Out-the-Vote (GOTV) campaigns; supporting community leadership development; training and management of organization-wide organizing strategy; and coordination of organizing staff and interns. The Organizing Director also assists with Appleseed’s internship program and volunteer engagement. The position reports to the Strategy Senior Director and serves on the organization’s Director Team and Organizing Team. The position is based in Lincoln.
· Ensure work is aligned to the goals of the Organizing Team and the strategic objectives of the organization
· Develop, implement, and manage organization-wide organizing strategies and trainings
· Coordinate, advise, support, coach, and motivate community organizers, organizing interns, and volunteers across programs
· Develop and implement an ongoing internal capacity building approach for organizing staff
· Co-create outreach plans for long-term community relationship-building, grassroots advocacy engagement, and mobilization in consultation with the Directors of Public Policy, the Field Director, Organizing Manager, Program Manager, Program Directors, Organizers, and Program/campaign Teams
· Coordinate, advise, and coach Organizing managers to ensure there is alignment on organizing strategy and support across the organization
· Identify and support key partnerships and opportunities for collaboration across each program’s grassroots network
· Ensure short-term grassroots mobilization plans connect with a long-term vision for community-based leadership development
· Identify opportunities for civic engagement, training, and collaboration with community leaders, organizations, and individuals statewide
· Work with the Director of IT & Data and the Director of Development & Engagement to develop and standardize best practices for contact data management and constituent/supporter engagement
· Manage the hiring and supervision of a year-long fellowship participant
· Assist with Appleseed’s summer, fall, and spring semester-long internship program
What you Bring to the Position
The ideal candidate will have the following background or a combination of the following qualifications:
· Bachelor’s degree and/or 3 years experience in the nonprofit field
· Experience with grassroots or community organizing
· Experience with non-profit advocacy organizations
· Experience training and managing volunteers, interns, or staff
· Experience developing strategies to achieve positive change in an organization or community
· A leader who develops others’ leadership and can manage from strategic to tactical levels
· Someone who is curious about how things work and creative in developing solutions
· Someone who is flexible, collaborative, and proactive
· A self-starter with lots of initiative who can manage multiple projects, next steps, and deadlines
· Strong interpersonal skills and an ability to work with a range of personalities and skill levels to produce high-quality results
· Experience working with communities and leaders from diverse backgrounds (immigrant, multicultural, and rural/urban communities and leaders) is required
· Familiarity with contact management systems, voter file systems, digital advocacy tools, and/or other advocacy tools
· Ability to speak and write language in addition to English is a plus
· Ability to work occasional evenings and weekends, and travel in-state.
Salary and Benefits
Salary of $74,000 to $85,000 and comprehensive benefits including health, vision, dental, 401(k), and vacation.
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.
The application deadline is November 15, 2023, and the target start date is late December or early January.
Please send a cover letter, resume, and a list of three references via email to firstname.lastname@example.org 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.