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Organize for Social Change
Work for Progress | Des Moines IA 50301 USA | Full Time | Posted: 12/03/2012
Work for Progress Field Organizers will build the necessary public
and political support needed to win numerous progressive campaigns
over the course of 2013. You will work with up to five organizations
throughout the year, filling a crucial need in the progressive
movement for talented, hard-working field staff. You will be part of
a national team of organizers and work together on coordinated
efforts to win victories and build long-term power for some of the
country's most prestigious progressive organizations.
Work for Progress:
Work for Progress was started by a group of committed activists in
the early part of 2008, to help activist- minded jobseekers connect
with progressive campaigns and organizations. In the excitement of
the presidential primaries, it became clear to us that individuals
who wanted to engage in the political process needed one place to
find jobs with progressive campaigns and organizations.
Priority Campaign: Fair Share's Middle Class Tax Cuts First
Work for Progress Field Organizers will start in early 2013 by
partnering with Fair Share on the Middle Class Tax Cuts First
campaign. The middle class is being squeezed by widespread job
losses, rising bills and smaller paychecks — and that's crippling
the recovery and growth of our economy. To make matters worse, on
Jan. 1, taxes on middle-class families are set to go up by an
average of $1,600. America needs to strengthen its middle class, not
weaken it by raising our taxes. There is no excuse for Congress to
delay — both Democrats and Republicans support extending these tax
cuts. Unfortunately, the Republican leadership is holding the middle
class hostage in order to force through another tax break for
millionaires. Fair Share is calling on Congress to stop playing
games with middle class families and pass a simple extension of the
tax cuts for 98% of Americans, and end the tax cuts for the
wealthiest 2% of Americans.
Fair Share works to provide every American with a fair shot at a
good job, a secure future and a strong voice in our democracy. But
powerful entrenched interests are gaming the system to their benefit
while denying everyone else a fair shot. The public needs to stand
up to the 1% and their allies in Congress that block progress at
every turn. Through door-to-door canvassing and grassroots lobbying,
Fair Share presses local and national government to do its job and
defend working families against the privileged and the powerful.
As a Field Organizer, you will build the public and political
support we need to win on a number of progressive causes – whether
it's protecting the middle class and rebuilding America's economy,
preserving the environment, ensuring a clean energy future,
increasing consumer protections, or strengthening democracy.
Field organizers will:
• Recruit local organizations to join the campaign
and take action.
• Build an email activist network of constituents
in the district.
• Hold news conferences with experts, coalition
partners, and constituents, to deliver your message.
• Organize events such as a town hall meeting and
other public events to lift up constituents' voices and hold elected
• Lobby lawmakers directly, learning to make a
convincing case for our policy goals.
• Recruit, train and manage volunteers and
• Run citizen outreach campaigns: you'll build the
power of your organization, learning to fundraise, manage staff and
educate the public.
• Recruit full time staff into organizer positions
We're seeking smart, creative college graduates who are passionate
about creating change. Experience with community and/or political
organizing is helpful but not required.
Work for Progress works with a variety of national and state-based
organizations. As a member of our team you'll have the opportunity
to work with, and learn from, our national staff and staff from
other states. You'll gain skills in political organizing, advocacy
and fundraising and learn how to build powerful, statewide
You'll attend a series of classroom trainings where you will learn
and practice various organizing skills, get briefed on specific
issues, and gain an understanding of different organizing
theories. You will also be paired with an experienced
organizer who will provide on-going training for you in the field.
Salary & Benefits
Entry-level candidates earn a salary based on $23,750 annually.
Salary for experienced candidates is commensurate with relevant
professional experience. In addition, staff can opt into our state
health care coverage, are eligible for paid sick days and paid
holidays, and can apply for our college loan assistance program. Our
staff members accrue two weeks of vacation over the year, to be
taken after the employee's eleventh month on staff.
Opportunities to apply for long term positions will be available.
Positions available nationwide. Candidates must be flexible to
move throughout the course of the year.
here to apply online with Work for Progress. Direct your
application to Meredith Small, National Organizing Director, Work
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|Location||Des Moines, IA, 50301, United States|
|Categories||Civil Rights/Social Action Advocacy, Public Policy|
|Contact Name||David Vinson|
|How to apply||Applications are no longer accepted for this job posting.|
|Job Code||Organize for Social Change|