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 State Fellows for the fall semester to each develop one of our city or state Free College for All campaigns. The fellow will be expected to work an average of 15 hours/week to support the development of one of our state-based affiliates, with priority states including Alabama, California, Illinois, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania and Washington. Applicants from other states are welcome to apply. The fellow needs to be based in the state in which they are organizing to meet in-person with current and prospective student leaders as well as staff from the People’s Action community affiliate in the state, if applicable.
This Fellow will build relationships with students on campuses in their area, facilitate campus organizing trainings, provide one on one mentorship to student leaders, and create grassroots fundraising infrastructure. The fellow will also work with current Student Action leaders to build a Free College for All campaign, which will involve research, direct action planning, and setting up a campaign structure. Depending on the state, the fellow may also lead canvasses and town halls for 2018 elections.
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. Depending on the state, the fellow may also work directly with a People’s Action community organizing affiliate based in the same state. Our national staff will also be available to answer questions and provide support.
- Excellent interpersonal communication skills and ability to build genuine, long-term relationships that move student 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 work directly with grassroots leaders and build lasting relationships that move leaders into action
- 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 student schedules if different start or end dates are required — if so, notify us in the hiring process.
HOW TO APPLY
Send electronic cover letter, resume and two references to Aija Nemer-Aanerud firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line STUDENT ACTION STATE 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.