Job opportunities at Citizen Action of New York
The Organizing Director is Citizen Action’s chief community organizer, setting the overall direction for our organizing staff and ensuring that we continue building grassroots power to win our campaigns and work toward our vision of the world. This position requires expert-level organizing techniques and demonstrated success in building grassroots support for issue and/or electoral campaigns.
The candidate must be a bold leader who is experienced in managing a diverse staff to win strategic campaigns that will grow our organization. The scope of this assignment is statewide, so frequent travel will be necessary.
In order to lead our staff of organizers and work to develop and execute the organization’s strategies to advance a long term vision for justice, the candidate must share a deep commitment to racial and social justice. An ideal candidate will have demonstrated a life-long quest to build progressive power to achieve a vision of justice in local communities and beyond.
Duties and Responsibilities
The Organizing Director will perform a wide range of duties and have responsibilities, including:
Build, develop, and lead a large staff of community organizers, lead organizers and regional directors, including ensuring the development and training of those staff and working with the team to accomplish goals.
Oversee the tracking and reporting of organizing program goals and outcomes.
Work cooperatively with other organizations, elected officials, unions, and their political/field representatives to build local and statewide relationships.
Integrate and promote political education, racial justice, and organizing skills training programs internally and externally.
Formulate and administer organizing campaigns on multiple issues and for endorsed candidates across the state in collaboration with the Political and Campaigns Director.
Mentor staff in building political power, train staff in political organizing, fundraising growth, new member organizing and coordination of multiple campaigns.
Oversee the recruitment of members and allies to run for local office.
Make strategic assessments about where to use organizing and political resources.
Work independently exercising judgement within the scope of responsibility.
Co-lead an interdepartmental campaign planning process to leverage local power and win statewide campaigns. Work with the Directors team to ensure that campaigns are being coordinated through all three departments.
Support coordination of civic engagement initiatives, including, but not limited to, voter registration efforts and Get Out the Vote efforts.
Strong experience in hiring, training and supporting organizers to build strong leadership teams that are active in state and local campaigns. At least three years of experience supervising and leading a team.
Thorough knowledge of organizing and political campaign strategies, planning and execution, with at least five years of community organizing experience.
Ability to work independently with members and elected leaders in complex political situations.
Knowledge and experience in cutting and framing winning issue and electoral campaigns.
Knowledge and experience with managing voter contact and field campaigns.
Extensive knowledge of and experience working with voter files, modeling and targeting, and the Voter Action Network (VAN) desired.
Ability to develop and maintain good working relationships and to work in a team.
Ability to manage and assess multiple high-priority programs and priorities in different regions of the state.
Ability to meet deadlines with minimal supervision
This position is located out of the central office in Albany, NY, but works to support all chapters statewide. Any travel is primarily local during the business day. Occasional overnight and weekend travel will be required, usually within New York State.
Salary and Benefits:
Starting Salary: $70K- $80K annually, will commensurate with experience, full health benefits.