People’s Action Institute (501c3), and sister organization People’s Action (501c4), are national progressive organizations supporting the mobilization and leadership of the grassroots in support of an agenda that reflects people over profits. People’s Action/Institute builds the power of poor and working people, in rural, suburban, and urban areas to win change through issue campaigns and elections.
With offices in Washington, DC and Chicago, IL and staff scattered around the country, we support and advance state-based and national movements for progressive policies on the environment, decarceration, health care, economic security, housing, education, and more. Our member organizations across the country, nearly 50 organizations across 30 states, run local- and state-level issue and electoral campaigns, often lead statewide coordinating advocacy tables, and collectively come together to influence national policy and politics.
People’s Action/ Institute has a track record of leadership in coordinating field mobilization and advocacy in advancing an array of issues at the local, state, and federal levels. The groups that comprise our organization have won a number of important victories over the decades that our organizations have been around. We’ve won health insurance for millions and reversed health care laws that discriminate based on a person’s citizenship. We’ve stopped Wall Street banks from selling predatory payday loans to their customers. We pushed historic legislation like the Community Reinvestment Act to victory and helped win creation of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.
Work with the Director of Justice Is Global (JIG) to ensure that this campaign reaches our strategic goals in 2019 and grows towards our 5 year vision, combining fundraising, internal team management, distributed organizing, and communications.
Fundraising 45% GOAL: Manage our fundraising operations to raise 200K in 2019 with a focus on tech high net worth donors, major foundations, and grassroots donors. As we have capacity we can also run a small digital and direct mail program. To hold Director, leaders and other stakeholders to take an active role in building money power
- Manage yearly fundraising plan
- Personal Donor visits, goal of 30/year to be broken up into two discrete campaigns (Spring and fall)
- Own digital fundraising appeals
- Hold Director accountable to institutional prospecting and outreach
- Own Peer to peer fundraising campaign
- List Building through house parties petitions and digital campaigns
- Own creation of marketing materials for fundraising (i.e. website, case statement, stickers)
Internal Team Building and Management 15% GOAL: Build a high performing team that is both ambitious and accountable to metrics and plans. This will be measurable through completion a 5 year plan and work plans and our progress to realize those goals. To do this I will drive the calibration and ratification of the 5 year plan, calendaring and work plan creation, run supervision and biweekly or weekly with all staff and until we get there key leaders, and run quarterly goal progress evaluations as well as a yearly retreat.
- Meetings with Director weekly, hold Director accountable to work plan and help guide strategic planning
- Manage core team
- Meet regularly with core team to monitor workflow, troubleshoot, and develop people on their path
- Own quarterly and yearly evaluations of performance, recalibrate goals as necessary
- Help create and implement organizational 5 year plan through supervising work-plans and strategizing about our internal systems, and reflecting weekly on gaps in our team
- Manage data
- Build and manage remote teams to conduct research and do international outreach
Digital Organizing 10% Goal: Build our digital list to 1,000 names with more than 10% not based in the US by the end of 2019. Engage list at least every other week with newsletters, petitions, and appeals.
- Run a monthly topical petition
- Create digital engagement ladder (facebook likes to donations to house parties to joining some kind of team)
- Do 2-3 list swaps with movement allies
- Create quarterly (or as we have more capacity monthly) newsletter
Basebuilding 10% Goal: Build relationships with new people, particularly women/gender nonconforming and people of color from our digital engagement ladder and plug them into different parts of our organizing
- Lead trainings
- At least 1 one to one with current leader or prospects every week
- Be a resource to answer questions about our strategy/internal operations for leaders and to connect them to each other
- Outreach to other organizations (to support Director)
Analysis and strategy 10% Goal: Develop as a strategist and visionary leader who can build powerful institutions with a focus on organizational and political strategy and personal reflection. This will be measurable in biweekly reports submitted to director and core team.
- Read news at least 3 times a week–politico, labor politics, and foreign policy
- Read nonfiction/theory
- Weekly reflection and biweekly report writing
- Trainings, webinars and conferences to build skills
Qualifications and Experience:
- 3+ years experience with grassroots organizing and fundraising in social justice organizations
- Demonstrated experience fundraising particularly with major donors and small dollar contributors, including organizing teams of fundraisers
- Experience building and managing teams (including teams spread across multiple locations) and driving organizational growth
- Experience creating and implementing long term organizational plans and SMARTIE goals
- Strong written and verbal communication skills
- Proficiency with project management and nonprofit communication technology such as Airtable, Basecamp, Action Network
- Ability to self direct and manage projects with minimal supervision
- Ability to work with diverse people and organizations
- Practices agitational organizing methodology
- Excellent relationship-building skills with ability to organize others to move toward a common vision or goal
- Analysis of the global economy, neoliberalism as a global system, and the rise of rightwing nationalism worldwide
- Commitment to social justice and international solidarity
- Knowledge of legal constraints of 501(c)(3) and 501(c)(4) nonprofits
- Based in Chicago
Salary & Benefits
The salary for this position is $45k. The People’s Action benefits package includes a very good family medical, dental & vision insurance plan, 403b plan with 3% employer contribution after 6 months, and paid time off in December in addition to paid vacation.
This position is open immediately and will remain open until full; however, applications received by September 11, 2019 will be given first consideration. Incomplete applications are not reviewed.
People’s Action is an Equal Opportunity Employer; women, people of color, persons with disabilities and LGBTQI people are strongly encouraged to apply.