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PowerSwitch Action (formerly Partnership for Working Families)

PowerSwitch Action
(formerly Partnership for Working Families)


Campaign Base-Building Manager

Based out of Oakland, CA

 

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PowerSwitch Action is searching for a Base Building Manager candidate who is familiar with using art and culture to fuel a powerful movement. A candidate that is committed to racial and economic justice and has played a leading role organizing successful local campaigns or coalitions. A candidate with a passion for (and ideally experience in) Housing and Land Justice. This candidate must be excited to foster new connections to form and grow a powerful base and can weave together campaigns, actions, and policy wins to build a movement. This is a person who is able and excited to travel the country on a regular basis to grow this movement and leverage connections to build leaders within the network who can inspire and motivate others to join or lead a housing and land justice movement in their area.

If you are a long-term systems thinker with experience in organizing campaigns and training other organizers in developing and delivering curriculum to create a shift in the narrative, this could be the position you’ve been looking for.

About PowerSwitch Action (formerly Partnership for Working Families)
PowerSwitch Action is a national network organizing to realize and build multi-racial feminist democracies in our cities, towns and regions. Together with our 20 affiliates and one regional project we are driving an agenda to bring the billions of dollars in local public investments under the oversight of the communities most impacted, to expand decision making and power to more of the residents in our regions, to support the building and growth of member- based organizations, and to fight when necessary corporate actors who use their power to extract and cause harm to our communities.

Leaders of our network and national staff recently completed our long term agenda on our path to collective liberation and towards a multiracial, feminist democracy that is powered by abundance, freedom and self-determination, radical inclusion, and meaningful work that is valued. Our long term agenda is guided by four interwoven core strategies:

  • Build Authentic Inclusive Democracy, by creating a body of campaigns and programs that develop ways in which to open government to resident voices.
  • A People’s Economy, for many not the few. The racial wealth gap, the gender gap, the rampant racism, and human exploitation are in the design of the machine. We need a new apparatus that is accountable to people, to the many.
  • Grow Civic Organizations: Labor, Tenants, Borrowers, Ethnic. An organized citizenry is best able to take on questionable or corrupt practices. We need to dramatically increase the numbers of people organized in order to effectively contest capital, stave off authoritarianism, and bring out the democracies that we envision.
  • Rein in Corporate Power. If our ultimate goal is to develop the capacity of people to govern and manage democracy and the economy then they must have experience of their power to bring corporations to heel. We can prove to the American people that it’s possible to reclaim public goods from corporate capture, reject extreme exploitation of workers, and beat back corporate overreach — all while fighting for our collective liberation.

Responsibilities

  1. Facilitate a community of practice for affiliate staff organizers and leaders to build peer mentoring relationships and foster shared commitment to a movement.
    • Establish and maintain relationships with affiliate frontline organizers, senior organizers and community leaders within the network. Leverage connections to build leaders within the network who can inspire and motivate others to join or lead a housing and land justice movement.
    • Manage communications, agendas, and scheduling for organizing community of practice. Create and facilitate space for network leaders to convene monthly and share lessons, reflections, and goals and progress on campaigns and power building work.
    • Coordinate with the leadership development program, organize training, mentorship and skill development opportunities for affiliate staff, affiliate member leaders, and close partners.
  2. Assist affiliates to develop strategies and tactics for building their base, supporters, and coalitions toward the power they need to achieve their goals.
    • Develop/hold/apply a set of base building methodologies for the PowerSwitch Action network; helping affiliates measure and grow their grassroots power.
    • Work with communicators and researchers in the network as well as national staff to turn media, data, and reports into fuel for creative actions and strategies for building and activating a base. Use art and culture as tools for organizing and opportunities to build power.
  3. Help weave together local campaigns to build a narrative of a larger national movement with a focus on housing and land justice.
    • Track affiliate campaigns and evaluate for opportunities to expand local efforts to regional, translocal or nationwide campaigns. Help coordinate national components of local campaigns to amplify PowerSwitch Action’s message and analysis.
    • Alongside affiliate staff and community leaders, document successes and lessons learned from campaign work to reflect it back within the network for learning and narrative purposes, and externally to promote efforts and achievements.
    • With communications staff, deploy opportunities for mobilization and engagement with affiliate work and actions to grow understanding of PowerSwitch Action’s work and build a following and base.

Qualifications

  • Mission alignment: Committed to the vision outlined in our our long term agenda, including building a path to collective liberation and towards a multiracial, feminist democracy that is powered by abundance, freedom and self-determination, radical inclusion, and meaningful work that is valued.
  • Strong organizer and campaigner: Has built a connected and rooted movement base and developed leaders from that base. Can develop campaign plans and strategy and execute. Adapts to evolving crises and leverages opportunities to move forward goals and strategy of campaigns. Can connect the dots between campaigns and amplify the narrative of a growing base and a powerful movement.
  • Relationship and culture builder: Enthusiasm for meeting and engaging with people. Able to put people at ease through emphasis on common goals, especially when there are lines of difference. Listens closely to understand needs or concerns and takes steps based on that input. Demonstrated ability to build deep relationships with diverse leaders, partners, and movement organizations.
  • Great communicator and facilitator: Communicates well with others, including sharing context and asking questions to understand others’ perspectives. Can facilitate meetings, both virtual and in person, that inspire participation and engagement of organizers and community members. Experience with designing and leading training on organizing tactics and campaign planning is preferred.

Knowledge of housing and land justice issues and the movement landscape is helpful but not required. Familiarity with narrative strategy and the use of art and culture in organizing work is also a plus.

Compensation and Location
This is a full-time, non-exempt position and reports to the Housing and Land Justice Director. We offer a competitive starting salary between $72,000-92,500 (based on experience) and generous benefits, including:

  • 401(k) with 5% employer contribution.
  • 100% of health, dental, and vision premiums for employees and their family members (spouse/domestic partner and children).
  • Life insurance for employees.
  • Flexible Spending Account: Employees may contribute up to $5,000 a year for childcare expenses and up to $2,500 a year for medical expenses (no employer contribution).
  • 12 days of vacation increasing with tenure up to 20 days.
  • 12 days of sick leave per years.
  • 6 week sabbatical for full time employees after five years of employment.

This is a full-time position that ideally would be based in a city with one of our 20 affiliates, but we’re open to candidates in other cities and major media markets. Affiliate cities include: Phoenix, Ventura, San Diego, Oakland, Los Angeles, Garden Grove, San Jose, Denver, Atlanta, Chicago, Boston, Detroit, Minneapolis, New York, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Nashville, Seattle, and Milwaukee.

Please note that PowerSwitch Action requires that all employees be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, unless a medical or religious accommodation is needed.

To Apply
Please send a letter of interest, résumé, and a list of 3-4 professional references including at least one supervisor. Candidates invited to interview will be asked to provide a work sample; second round candidates will be asked to participate in an exercise.

PowerSwitch Action is an equal opportunity employer and committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce. We strongly encourage and seek applications from gender oppressed (women, transgender, and gender non-binary) people, people of color including bilingual and bicultural individuals, as well as members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and broader queer communities. We do not discriminate in hiring or employment on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, gender/gender identity, marital status, sexual orientation, age, disability, or veteran status.

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