Jobs to Move America

Jobs to Move America

Illinois Community Organizer

Based in Chicago, IL

Jobs to Move America is seeking a full-time Illinois Community Organizer to lead our work with a diverse coalition of labor, community and environmental organizations to inform and drive comprehensive strategic campaigns. Our goal is to harness the power of public procurements to ensure investments in historically disadvantaged workers (people of color, women, people exiting the criminal justice system for example) to manufacture green transportation systems.

The ideal candidate will have a proven ability to foster coordination and cooperation among diverse, even competing, groups. They will be committed to advancing our campaigns amongst stakeholders, able to handle multiple responsibilities at the same time, and work independently. This position is an excellent opportunity for organizers interested in new models of organizing at the intersection of racial, economic, and environmental justice to transform how the city and state invest in infrastructure.

About Jobs to Move America
Jobs to Move America (JMA) is a national organization working to ensure that public investment in cleaner, more efficient transit systems supports quality American manufacturing jobs, and generates career opportunities for historically underrepresented workers in the industry, as well as those facing barriers to employment.

The Community Organizer, who is based in Chicagoland and reports to the Campaign Director, is responsible for the following:

  • Developing and maintaining diverse coalitions of labor unions, community groups and environmental groups
  • Conduct regular 1:1s and coalition meetings
  • Understand and articulate JMA and coalition organizations missions and values
  • Develop leadership and deepen commitment among coalition members including planning and executing direct actions on corporate and government targets
  • Maintain database of coalition members
  • Develop and execute weekly work plans that contribute to advancement of JMA’s strategic campaigns
  • Support jobs pipeline development and expansion of equitable good jobs provisions
  • Support partners in developing processes for recruiting, training, and retaining historically marginalized workers
  • Build new coalitions around expansion of good jobs policies throughout Chicago and Illinois

We’re seeking candidates who excel in relationship building, are highly motivated, and have strong organizing fundamentals. You should have:

  • Experience with comprehensive campaigns that include integrating organizing, political, research, and communications strategy
  • Demonstrated commitment to organizing for racial, economic and social justice
  • Familiarity with nuances of community-labor coalitions
  • Excellent verbal and written communications skills are essential
  • Proficiency with Google drive, Excel, email, and smartphones
  • Experience with organizing conversation fundamentals and planning/executing direct actions is highly desired
  • Ability to communicate effectively with wide array of constituencies including elected officials, government agency staff, and people from various economic, racial, and ethnic backgrounds
  • Ability to effectively manage a workload with competing priorities and work in a deadline driven environment
  • Ability to think on your feet, be flexible, and adapt as necessary
  • Must be able to contribute to a positive, healthy team environment
  • Experience with jobs pipelines, worker reentry programs and/or union apprenticeship program a plus

Some out of town travel required. Position may require more statewide work over time. Occasional weekend and evening is work required. Must have access to reliable vehicle. Salary is $48,000 to $52,000 depending upon experience. Expected start is February 2019 but is flexible for the right candidate. JMA offers employer paid family health benefits, retirement, and generous time off.

JMA is committed to hiring highly qualified, diverse candidates.

To Apply
Interested candidates should email a cover letter explaining your interest in and qualifications for the position and a résumé to Kassie Beyer, Illinois Campaign Director, at kbeyer@jobstomoveamerica.org. Please include Community Organizer in the email subject line. No calls please. Due to a high volume of applicants, those who do not meet the minimum requirements may not receive a response.

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