Community Organizing Apprenticeship

Fall 2018

Hoosier Action is hiring several community organizing apprentices through the Fall. The positions run September 15-December 15th. Salaries are $32,000/year. Must have reliable vehicle and valid license.

Positions in:

Bloomington/Franklin

New Albany/Jeffersonville/Clarksville

Hoosier Action believes in the power of people working together to achieve common goals. Organizing empowers us to help shape decisions affecting our lives and the larger community. Community organizing is a long-term approach that focuses on building and exercising power, especially among people affected by injustice, to improve the quality of life for all. As an organization we are dedicated to building a mass base of Hoosiers in cities and small towns who are able to create change through accountability, elections, legislation and direct action. We seek organizers who shares our values, our love of Indiana, and our vision for what the state could be and the power we can collectively build.

Your job will be to support Hoosier Actions members and staff in a wide range of outreach strategies, including door- knocking, tabling, presentations, one-to-one conversations, public meetings and cultural events, phone and text banking, and canvassing. You will help register, inform, and engage thousands of potential new Hoosier Action members and voters in Indiana, and provide opportunities for people learn about and take action on key issues and Hoosier Action’s broader vision for social change. These positions run through December 15th, 2018.

Your work with Hoosier Action will include:

  • Developing a broad, diverse base of skilled, active and politically conscious leaders through outreach strategies

  • Using voter engagement strategies to build grassroots power, advance issue campaigns, and change Indiana’s political landscape.

  • Holding candidate forums, political education trainings, and other public events through the Midterms.

  • Contributing constructively and positively to the Hoosier Action’s organizing and staff teams.

  • Efficiently fulfilling administrative tasks.

  • Traveling locally and within the state and accommodate a work schedule that includes some evenings and weekends.

  • Contributing to a positive, diverse, and high performing staff culture and team.

Who You Are

Prior experience as a community organizer is not a requirement, but highly welcomed. Because you will need to be able to relate to Hoosiers from all walks of life and move them to action, you will presumably bring experience developing others as leaders, strong communication and listening skills and a commitment to the vision and values of Hoosier Action. You will also be organized, strategic, able to cope with changing and uncertain circumstances, collaborative, and compassionate. You will have a commitment to shared leadership and work well in teams with both leaders and other staff colleagues.

In addition, you should excel in three areas:

  1. Self-Direction and Commitment: You will be in situation where community leaders are looking to you for guidance and strategy. You must be able to know what steps are needed to make progress, meet commitments, and able to take those steps on your own. You must be highly organized, focused, and have a strong work ethic.

  2. Interpersonal ability and a strong lens on issues of equity: You must be able to build trust and goodwill with people in the community and demonstrate respect for the leaders you work with. You’re the kind of person who thrives on developing others. And because our members and communities come from a wide range of backgrounds, you can thoughtfully navigate issues related to diversity, equity, power, and inclusion and bring a deep commitment to advancing these values.

  3. Critical thinking skills: You will need to quickly analyze situations to see beyond the surface of challenges and effectively guide and support members in moving through those obstacles to make progress.

Details:

The organizer job pays a starting salary of $32,000 includes mileage reimbursement.

Applicants must have a reliable vehicle and a current drivers license.

We always invest deeply in training our organizers with both local and national training opportunities, and participation in regional and national work.

Send resumes and cover letters to kate@hoosieraction.org

Hoosier Action does not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity and expression, age, disability, marital status, veteran status, or political affiliation. Candidates from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.