People’s Action is a national network of grassroots progressive power organizations across the country working to advance an agenda of racial and economic justice. People’s Action has more than 400 organizers and other staff working in cities and towns in 30 states, and a national staff of over 50 people, with headquarters in Chicago and Washington, D.C.
People’s Action builds and strengthens grassroots organizations and campaigns, trains community organizers and leaders, and conducts research and policy analysis to support issue campaigns designed to create a more just, equitable, and sustainable society.
ABOUT THE PROGRAM:
Student Action, a project of People’s Action, is a national organization of college student power organizations fighting for economic, racial, and gender justice toward a just society and sustainable planet. Made up of current students, graduates, and non-student millennials, we are building a national organization of young people working to create mass structural change. Student Action has affiliate student organizations on 35 campuses in 9 states, with 350 core leaders and 1900 active members. Our issue focus for the next few years is Free College for All. Our bold campaigns aim to make higher education truly accessible to all students, particularly improving the lives of low-income students and students of color.
Student Action is hiring a part-time National Fellow to help build out our national campaign for Free College for All. The fellow’s main responsibility will be to work with Student Action staff and leaders who are leading bases in different states to develop local bases. This will include planning and leading trainings, doing 1-1 check ins and mentorship, working on issue cuts for local campaigns, and fundraising for the national campaign. It may also include work to support Student Action leaders in leading electoral operations. Note: this position may require that the Fellow travel out of state approximately once per month.
The fellow can expect to get hands-on support from Student Action national staff, with weekly mentorship in-person meetings or calls depending on geographic location. Our national staff will also be available to answer questions and provide support.
Ideal candidates will have excellent writing and editing abilities, extensive experience managing social media accounts, familiarity with email platforms like Action Network, and a deep understanding of social justice, politics, and community organizing.
- Excellent interpersonal communication skills and ability to build genuine, long-term relationships that move leaders to action
- Willingness to take feedback and stretch self to meet individual goals
- Demonstrated ability to manage details and track information
- Demonstrated ability to meet deadlines and complete tasks in a timely manner
- Demonstrated passion for eliminating gender, race, and class-based oppression
- An excellent team player who will appreciate the experience and share the ambition of our staff and members and stretch our work toward new campaigns, projects, and alliances
- Demonstrated ability to problem solve and think creatively
- Computer literacy
- 1+ year experience with Student Organizing
- Understands and is comfortable with a diverse range of organizing and organizational models and methodologies.
- Experience as a trainer.
- Experience organizing in communities of color.
- Experience with fundraising.
- Hours: 15/week
- Rate: $15/hour
- Dates of Employment: Roughly August 20th 2018 (exact start date will depend on school calendar) – November 30th 2018. We can be flexible with schedules if a different end date is required — if so, notify us in the hiring process.
HOW TO APPLY
Send electronic cover letter, resume, writing sample, and two references to Aija Nemer-Aanerud firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line STUDENT ACTION NATIONAL FELLOW APPLICATION. We will begin reviewing applications on a rolling basis on August 8th.
NO PHONE CALLS OR EMAIL INQUIRIES WILL BE ACCEPTED.
People’s Action is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from people of color, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ individuals, and women.