About People’s Action/Institute
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 puts people before 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, D.C., and Chicago, IL and remote staff across the country, we support and advance state-based and national fights for a People’s Green New Deal, Medicare for All, A Homes Guarantee, an End to the Drug War, and more. Our member organizations, 40 organizations across 30 states, improve lives by running state and local level issues and electoral campaigns, leading statewide tables, and taking collective action to change national policy and politics.
Our member organizations have won important victories at the national, state, and local levels, including health insurance for millions and the reversal of health care laws that discriminate based on citizenship, stopping Wall Street banks from selling predatory payday loans to their customers, and historic legislation like the Community Reinvestment Act and the creation of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.
We take our members to the front doors and boardrooms of the worst actors in American life; from racist politicians to bank CEOs.
We work to defeat the “business as usual” politics endemic to all parts of our political system. We elevate people-power over-concentrated wealth, replace milquetoast talking points with bold solutions to radically transform and democratize our economy and government, putting the fight for racial justice at the center of the public conversation.
For more information on PAI, please visit https://peoplesaction.org/
The Lead Organizer for the Health Care for All campaign at People’s Action/Institute will work with member organizations to drive and support stepping stone campaigns on the path to Medicare for All. These campaigns will advance health care access and coverage, dismantle the power of the corporate health care industry, and build bases of actively engaged people at the local, state, and national levels.
Overview of the Position
- The Health Care for All campaign is seeking a community and movement organizer to work with our grassroots member organizations to drive razor-sharp and compelling campaigns at the local, state, and national levels.
- The Health Care for All Lead Organizer will build deep relationships with grassroots leaders and member organization staff and support them in:
- Executing strong Health Care for All campaigns at the local level
- Engaging powerfully in national Health Care for All campaign work
- Building strong bases of people through all this campaign work.
What you will do:
- Build deep relationships with member leaders and staff of member organizations in the Health Care for All cohort. Keep these relationships and the self interests of these people front of mind in all Health Care for All campaign work.
- Work with local member organizations to drive national campaigns forward. You will be responsible for taking organizing plans developed by the Health Care for All cohort and other Health Care for All national staff and implementing them with member organizations. Work with the local organizers to adapt national plans to their context and support them in executing the work through coaching and relational accountability.
- Support member organizations in driving state and local campaigns forward. Utilize coaching, accountability, and training to help member organizations develop and execute robust campaign plans at the state and local levels.
- Support member organizations in building strong bases through their campaign work. Identify training needs, and work with member organizations to organize trainings to meet those needs. Provide coaching and relational accountability to local staff and leaders to ensure organizations incorporate outreach and leadership development in their campaign plans, and to ensure they get strong results.
- Coordinate actions and events. The best way to build collective trust is by taking collective action. National, state-wide, or translocal days of action help develop leaders and provide ways for newly organized community members to engage with our campaign and network affiliates. You will regularly be coordinating and supporting direct actions (taking the campaign to people in power and pushing them to respond to demands) and organizing cohort members and movement partners to act with us.
- Invest in organizers and network leadership. Use agitation and compassion to bring out the best in people. Utilize training, coaching, and relational accountability to develop the leadership of members and staff in the Health Care for All cohort. Assist with setting strategy and goals, be ready to review meeting agendas and plans, give honest feedback. Train organizers on how to develop their leaders and proposition them into powerful roles.
- Create template materials for local organizations. Create action toolkits, talking points, campaign 1-pagers, powerpoints, and other relevant campaign documents member organizations need to execute national campaign work.
- Make no small plans. But do make clear, thoughtful ones. Own the project of managing an excellent work plan for yourself. Your plans should project your work for at least six months, and should include measures that will help us track your success.
- Tell the story of the work. Own the tracking and metrics related to this program, regularly update the rest of the People’s Action network and Health Care for All team about the progress and challenges, and build a plan for storytelling to allies and the general public.
- Other Duties as Assigned
The ideal Health Care for All Lead Organizer should have the following experience and qualifications:
- 5-7 years experience working with community, labor, or electoral organizations where you had success in building a base of poor and working class people, training and developing leaders, establishing organizational infrastructure, and running powerful campaigns.
- Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
- Strong organizational skills.
- Experience planning and executing direct actions.
- Experience training people in organizing fundamentals.
- Ability to work with a diversity of people and organizations.
- Passion for health care justice.
- Creative problem solver who commits to finding ways to get things done under challenging circumstances.
- Thoughtful about what tactics will work in different contexts and balancing the needs of both the national campaign and member organizations’ priorities.
- Experience with health care justice organizing is preferred but not required.
- Commitment to racial, gender and economic justice and their intersections, both inside and outside organizations.
- Ability and willingness to travel regularly. Travel will be required once or twice a month – to member groups, for cohort gatherings/ throwdowns, and for staff meetings.
Compensation and Benefits:
- Status: Full-time, Exempt, benefits eligible
- Salary: $65,000 – $68,000
- Benefits: Health Insurance, Dental Insurance, Vision Insurance, Medical and Dependent Care Flex Spending Account, 401(k) plan, Long-Term Disability Insurance, Life Insurance, 11 paid holidays plus the last two weeks of the year that include Christmas Eve/Christmas Day as well as, New Year’s Eve/New Year’s Day, and you accrue two weeks of vacation your first year or employment.
- Location: Health Care for All Lead Organizer can be based anywhere, must be able to work remotely and travel when safe/as needed.
- Supervisor: Health Care for All Campaign Director.
Commitment to Disability, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion:
People’s Action/Institute is an Equal Opportunity Employer; womxn, people of color, persons with disabilities, and LGBTQI people are strongly encouraged to apply.
Close date: January 17, 2022
No phone calls, please.
Please apply here!