African American Roundtable Lead Organizer
The African American Roundtable (AART) is a project of Wisconsin Voices and we envision a Wisconsin where everyone has the means, drive, and freedom to fully participate in a just democracy that provides opportunities for all people to thrive. AART exists to improve the quality of life for Wisconsin’s African-American community through civic engagement, education, economic development, access to quality and affordable healthcare and community justice by building long-term political capital through issue-based organizing.
The Lead Organizer must have a can-do-attitude and will work with the AART Director in implementing culturally specific strategies for current and future campaigns to improve the quality of life for African Americans in Milwaukee. The work centers around voter engagement and campaigns including, advancing police transformation and violence prevention work. The Lead Organizer is supervised by the AART Director. This position will also work closely with community residents, key community leaders and other stakeholders.
Duties and Responsibilities:
- Responsible for mobilizing, motivating, and activating grassroots support for issue-based campaigns to meet AART’s campaign goal.
- Oversees a team of other action takers to help build and develop a base of leaders and allies to canvass neighborhoods in Milwaukee.
- Finding, training, and managing volunteers or paid canvassers for canvassing and phone banking, meeting with elected officials, public meetings, etc.
- Ensure AART’s base building goals and work is tracked using VAN and other tools.
- Create, plan and help lead events to ensure participation from our base.
- Assist in development and lead execution of plans for engagement of strong supporters.
- Create leadership and volunteer opportunities to plug people into campaign-based work
- Coordinate with the AART Director to ensure our organizing supports our advocacy objectives with coalition members.
- Recruit participants and speakers for events.
- Prepare campaign literature, i.e., flyers.
- Other duties as assigned.
- Support the mission and goals of Wisconsin Voices and AART.
- At least 1 year experience in field work including grassroots community organizing.
- Excellent communication skills with an ability to communicate with sensitivity and empathy.
- Must be available to work a minimum of 40 hours per week during weekdays and during peak times be available to work some evenings and weekends.
- Lived experience and/or direct work with Black communities.
- Familiarity with Black racial, economic, gender, and other relevant social justice issues.
- Proficient in Word and Excel, and Google Suites.
- Physical requirements include being able to walk long distances.
- Strong leadership, problem solving, and networking skills.
- Ability to prioritize tasks and meet deadlines.
- Reliable transportation.
Salary and Benefits: Base salary for this position is $38,000 – $42,000 per year, and experience and aptitude will be taken into consideration for negotiating salary. This is a full-time salaried position funded through the end of 2019 with potential to be continued through 2020. Wisconsin Voices employees receive benefits in their first year that include: 3 weeks paid vacation time, 11 paid holidays, 80 paid sick hours, a 401K retirement plan, partial cell phone reimbursement, mileage and expense reimbursement for required travel, and health, vision, and dental insurance.
To apply: Please send a cover letter letting us know how you heard about the position and why you are interested in applying along with a resume outlining relevant experience and work history by email with the subject line: Lead Organizer position to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than February 15, 2019. In person or phone inquiries will not be accepted or considered for hire.