Organizing Director - Local Progress

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Position Location: Flexible, with a preference for applicants located in or with experience working in Florida or Texas

About the Project: 

Local Progress is the policy network of progressive elected officials from cities and counties around the country committed to shared prosperity, equal justice under law, sustainable cities, and good government that serves the public interest. 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 650 local elected official members representing cities, counties, and towns in 40 states. The network includes the leading progressive council members from cities and counties as diverse as Austin, Baltimore, Chicago, Denver, Miami-Dade, Philadelphia, San Diego, and San Francisco. We support members’ work across a variety of areas, but in 2017 our priority national work areas include sanctuary cities, police reform, equitable and sustainable infrastructure and shared economic prosperity.

Local Progress is a project of the Center for Popular Democracy (CPD) and the Center for Popular Democracy Action (CPDA). CPD/A promote 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 48 partner organizations across the country to build the strength and capacity of democratic organizations to envision and advance a pro-worker, pro-immigrant, racial and economic justice agenda. CPD/A is a rapidly-expanding, dynamic organization that offers an exciting opportunity to drive ambitious policy campaigns and partner with community-based 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 Texas and Florida are Organize Florida, The New Florida Majority, the Texas Organizing Project and Workers Defense Project.

About the Job: 

Local Progress is looking for a highly skilled Organizing Director to lead significant portions of the organization’s portfolio. This is an exciting job for a senior organizer interested in helping build a growing organization, and developing and growing a team of Local Progress organizers. This position will have two focuses: 1) driving an organizing program in a single state (FL or TX) and 2) supervising Local Progress’ Organizing Team and developing and refining our organizing and membership model.

Primary Responsibilities:

Lead Local Progress’ organizing work in a single state (FL or TX):

  • Develop and maintain strong relationships with Local Progress members in that state
  • Recruit new Local Progress members and build a leadership cohort to help guide Local Progress’ work in the state
  • 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 for Local Progress in that state
  • 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
  • Create a long term plan to fund and staff work in that state

Create and lead the organizing team:

  • Supervise our growing team of state and regional organizers
  • Develop and refine membership model including our leadership ladder
  • Develop and refine our state and regional organizing models including state chapters and leadership cohorts
  • Shape and execute the Local Progress strategy to grow its regional and state organizing team including developing new partnerships, pursuing fundraising opportunities to grow the team, and creating strategies to cultivate and support grassroots organizing efforts among members
  • Lead the development of database systems to support, track and grow Local Progress membership

 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 successful coalitional organizing
  • Attention to detail and good organizational skills
  • Ambition, drive, energy, and the ability to work flexible and long hours when necessary
  • Experience building and leading staff teams
  • Previous experience with elected officials preferred
  • 7-10 years of organizing experience including at least 2 years of supervision experience

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

Location: New York, NY
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