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Organizing Director

Based in Chicago, IL


United Working Families is an independent political organization by and for the 99%. Funded completely by working-class people and their organizations—labor unions, community groups, and committed individuals—UWF represents over 100,000 working people across Illinois. UWF combines the experience, resources, and mass base of organized labor with the energy and innovation of the grassroots to recruit, train, and run candidates, and to build durable, year-round, volunteer political organization. UWF member organizations include: Action Now, Chicago Teachers Union, Cook County College Teachers Union, Grassroots Illinois Action, SEIU Healthcare Illinois Indiana, Workers United CMRJB, 22nd Ward Independent Political Organization, 25th Ward Independent Political Organization, and 33rd Ward Working Families.

Organizing Director
United Working Families seeks an Organizing Director to build out robust year-round political organizing programs that recruit the electorate to a bold left agenda and to the people-powered political organization required to realize it. Candidates should be experienced community and/or labor organizers with management experience, and should have excellent verbal and written communication skills and a sophisticated analysis of the current political landscape. This is an organizing position in a collaborative, fast-paced, and innovative environment; the work will require travel, weeknight, and weekend hours.

This position is based in Chicago.

Accountability: The position is directly accountable to the Executive Director.

Responsibilities:
Membership:

  • Develop and execute year-round member organizing and political action programs, including ongoing canvassing, monthly meetings, house parties, and activities with affiliated organizations
  • Lead the planning and execution of the annual membership convention
  • Actively support the development of chapters of individual UWF membership and affiliated IPO’s
  • Work with stakeholders to develop and execute ambitious plan for growing individual and organizational membership
  • Continually cultivate and support individual members as organizers, party-builders, and prospective political leaders

Field:

  • Manage and drive field program to support UWF’s electoral and legislative campaigns, including coordinating data and field plan with aligned efforts
  • Manage volunteer and paid canvasses, including scripts, turf, and materials
  • Work with independent political organizations and affiliated organizations to coordinate workplan, capacity-building, and resource-sharing

Leadership:

  • Oversee the growth, management, and budget of the organizing department
  • Represent the party as needed in local, state, and national coalitions; work with coalition partners on aligned campaigns
  • Work with party leadership to drive ongoing reflection, learning, innovation, and improvement.

Other: In addition to the specific job responsibilities, the staff member will perform other tasks as requested.

Evaluation: The work will be evaluated based upon this job description, the specific goals and objectives established, and the person’s contributions in meeting the overall goals and objectives of the organization.

Skills and Qualifications

  • A minimum of five years of relevant experience in grassroots organizing, labor, and/or politics, preferably with experience in building grassroots organization with a culture of democracy and debate
  • Demonstrated leadership ability and experience working in communities of color
  • Strong commitment to racial, social, economic and gender justice
  • Demonstrated experience with complex campaign planning processes
  • Strong commitment to independent, innovative political action by and for working people
  • Proven ability to execute all aspects of political field operations, including use and management of voter and campaign data
  • A goal-driven, detail-oriented self-starter and problem-solver with ability to work independently and as part of a collaborative team
  • Experience with and knowledge of Illinois politics
  • Acute political savvy and excellent analytical skills
  • Strong written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills
  • Bi-lingual Spanish/English strongly preferred
  • Experience with paid and/or labor electoral programs preferred

Salary and Benefits: Salary commensurate with experience. United Working Families is dedicated to workers’ rights and offers health benefits and paid time off to its employees.

How to Apply: Please submit a RESUME and PERSONAL ESSAY (1-2 pages) that describes your interest, commitment, and any relevant personal background to jobs@unitedworkingfamilies.org. Put “Organizing Director” in the subject line. No calls please. United Working Families is an Equal Opportunity Employer. People of color are strongly encouraged to apply.

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