Minnesota State Coordinator, Local Progress

Minnesota, MN

Position Location: Minnesota

The Center for Popular Democracy/CPD Action is seeking a full-time Local Progress Minnesota State Coordinator. 

About the Project

Local Progress is a movement of local elected officials advancing a racial and economic justice agenda through all levels of local government. We are elected leaders who build power with underrepresented communities, share bold ideas and policy among our network, and fight to reshape what is possible in our localities all across the country. Hand-in-hand with community-based organizations and unions committed to advancing a social justice agenda, the elected officials and staff of Local Progress are building the network to facilitate a genuine “inside/outside” strategy to reforming municipal policy and politics. Founded in 2012, Local Progress has grown to over 1,000 local elected official members representing cities, counties, and towns in 46 states. 

Local Progress is a project of the Center for Popular Democracy and CPD Action (together, CPD/A). CPD/A promotes equity, opportunity, and a dynamic democracy in partnership with innovative base-building organizations, organizing networks and alliances, and progressive unions across the country. We currently work with more than 53 affiliates and partners across 131 cities in 34 states, Puerto Rico, and Washington, DC. and build the strength and capacity of democratic organizations to envision and advance a pro-worker, pro-immigrant, racial and economic justice agenda. CPD is a rapidly-expanding, changing organization that partners with organizations across the country to build political power and win tangible victories that improve the lives of low-wage workers, immigrants, and communities of color. Our partners in Minnesota are Take Action Minnesota and Centro de Trabajadores Unidos en la Lucha (CTUL). 

About the Job

Local Progress is looking for a highly skilled organizer with a track record of building coalitions to envision and anchor our work in Minnesota. This is an exciting job for an organizer with a deep interest in municipal level policy who is interested in supporting the leadership of local elected officials, deepening coordination between elected officials and progressive community and labor organizations and developing and implementing a plan to build power for progressive issues across the state.

Primary Responsibilities

Lead Local Progress’ work to build in Minnesota:

  • Build and strengthen membership including creating and implementing a strategy to continue to both recruit new members & increase engagement of existing members

  • Support and expand an Organizing Committee that reflect racial, gender and geographic diversity of Minnesota

  • Develop and maintain strong relationships with Local Progress community and labor partners

  • Organize Local Progress members and community and labor partners in a single state around a shared agenda and to create and execute a shared strategic plan

  • Plan and execute local meetings and trainings for Local Progress members

  • Provide and facilitate support to Local Progress members in policy, communications and campaigns

  • Identify and execute state level campaigns where Local Progress members can work in coalition with community and labor partners 

Support Local Progress’ national work:

  • Support work on large national Local Progress events such as the national convening

  • Position may include national projects (policy, organizing or campaign related), identified based on skills of the applicant and organizational need

Job Requirements

  • A love for policy and politics and the desire to build a progressive social movement

  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to build strong relationships with a wide array of partners and members

  • A track record of building successful coalitions

  • Attention to detail and good organizational skills

  • Ambition, drive, energy, and the ability to work flexible and long hours when necessary

  • Previous experience with elected officials or municipal policy preferred

  • Previous experience with training and/or meeting facilitation preferred

  • At least 3- 5 years of organizing or campaign experience

Salary and Benefits

This is a union position. Salary will be determined according to a salary scale which takes into account years’ experience, location, job category, and other factors, but is expected to be $65,000-$75,000 and category 2. The CBA is available here.

HOW TO APPLY: Please submit your cover letter and resume through our hiring portal.

CPD is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer and actively recruits people of color, women, individuals with disabilities and members of the LGBTQ community.