Organizer Job

Massachusetts Peace Action Education Fund

Organizer

Woman with megaphone

Bombs and bullets are not the only threat to peace.  Racism directed at Black and Brown people, whether they are from the Middle East, Latin America, Africa, or Asia, is used to justify fear, endless war, and oppression. Economic injustice keeps a few people and a few countries rich and destroys the planet, while many countries suffer. Peace is a bridge between all the movements for social change, a common foundation that connects movements that resist violence of all kinds.  In today’s rising social justice movement, peace plays an indispensable part.

 Join us as we build peace as the vehicle for driving holistic social change in our world.  MAPA is the largest grassroots peace organization in Massachusetts, with close to 1000 members.  We work through grassroots organizing, elections, and legislative advocacy to work for peace and justice at home and abroad.

We are hiring a full-time staff organizer to help us challenge Mideast wars, nuclear peril, and the military-industrial complex.  We are a collaborative workplace and welcome your experience and ideas. We are looking for someone who has worked on an organizing project or campaign and is looking to take that experience to the next level. We welcome background in areas of justice work beyond the peace movement. The most important qualities are shared values and an organizing mindset. We are happy to orient you to the specifics of peace issues and you do not need to come in as an expert.

Primary Responsibilities

Develop young leadership

Support MAPA’s Next Gen group, link it to the rest of MAPA

Support MAPA’s campus chapters, link them to MAPA,  recruit activists to form new chapters. Develop program for campus chapters and orchestrate activities

Increase the number of young people who are leading and shaping MAPA’s direction (as working group committee chairs or co-chairs, board members, and the like)

Work with young activists to develop their knowledge, leadership skills and commitment

 

Fundraising

Donors

Maintain donor lists

Motivate, organize and sustain a fundraising committee consisting of board members

Create materials to support donation requests

Set up appointments with donors for board members

Meet with donors and ask for donations

Events

Organize annual dinner; house parties; concerts; speaker series – to bring in $$$, cultivate members and donors, build list

Membership outreach

Telephone members and expired members

Update them on MAPA’s work, invite them to join activities, ask for membership dues or donation

Telephone new contacts and invite them to become active

Office presence

Maintain regular office hours (Cambridge)

Supervise interns or volunteers as needed

Participate in executive committee, board, program committee meetings, Peace Action affiliates calls

Secondary Responsibilities

Support MAPA’s program work

Current program focus areas: nuclear disarmament, Middle East wars, Israel/Palestine, People’s Budget.   Secondary: peace and climate; racial justice; Downwinders (nuclear power).

Recruit and develop volunteers.  Support volunteer working groups

Support legislative/political work: organize work in support of bills; organize lobby meetings

Organize meetings and program events (e.g. speakers)

Annual membership meeting, cross-movement conference, national organizers meeting/ lobby day

Build Mass. Peace Action’s visibility, membership, leadership base, and political power

Monitor national political developments and foreign / military policy developments and relate to our campaigns

Communications

Contribute to MAPA’s online presence via website, e-alerts, social media

Write in newsletter

Desired Skills

Personal

People person.  Draw people in, motivate them

Organized, balance different projects, set priorities, follow through pro-actively

Listen and talk.  Represent MAPA with your own voice.

Organize and lead meetings

Public speaking

Writing

Synthesize policy, advocacy information into action alert, flyer, letter to the editor, fact sheet, social media, etc.

Computer

Design impactful flyers; keep track of lists, money and documents

Google Docs and Google Drive, Google Groups, EveryAction

Advocacy work using website, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Youtube, podcast, email alerts

Terms of employment

This is a full time, salaried position.  Compensation will be in the $35-$40,000 range. We observe approximately 12 holidays (they are set by when the church is closed and generally follow major national holidays).  Employees also receive three weeks paid vacation and five sick days per year. Reimbursement towards health insurance is negotiable.

Supervision

The Organizer reports to the Executive Director and also maintains an ongoing relationship with the Board Chair and the members of the Executive Committee.  

You are expected to initiate and carry out projects, to keep the ED informed of your plans, and to receive assignments and accept direction.   In case of a conflict you may consult with the Board’s Personnel Committee for problem solving.

To Apply

Send resume, cover letter and a sample of your work to Cole Harrison, Executive Director, cole@masspeaceaction.org.   We anticipate cutting off applications on or about February 20.

Youth, people of color and members of marginalized groups are particularly encouraged to apply.

 

                                                                                                                                                Rev. 2/13/2019