Organizer - Communities United
2221 Maryland Ave, 2nd Floor, Baltimore, MD 21218
Full-time Organizing Positions Now Available
Communities United is a grassroots, membership organization of low to moderate income individuals and families in Maryland. Our mission is leadership development and community organizing that builds power to win transformative change for social, economic, and racial justice. Our current organizing focuses on ex-offender enfranchisement and quality of life, expansion of sustainable public community schools, effective approaches to addiction that reduce harm and support recovery, reducing violence and promoting trauma-informed policies and resilience in Baltimore, and confronting horrible housing conditions low income residents suffer in Baltimore, including a new campaign for expanded rental licencing and inspection.
In recent years, CU led campaigns that expanded voting rights to all citizens on release from prison and won $4 million to expand community schools in Baltimore. We also organized women in public housing to bring a successful civil suit to redress sexual abuse, specifically demands for sex from maintenance workers for repairs in their homes. We also helped launch and lead collaborations in West Baltimore seeking to heal trauma and end violence.
Communities United is now hiring organizers for 1) a Baltimore rental licensing campaign and 2) a program to build new organizing infrastructure to shift the issue environment on the ground and strengthen local grassroots power among low-income people of color in Maryland.
Job Title: Organizer
Location: Baltimore City and Prince George’s and Baltimore Counties.
CU organizers are responsible for engagement, activation, development and retention of members, developing a team of leaders and executing issue and/or infrastructure building campaigns. Organizer responsibilities include:
Ongoing outreach and recruit new members;
Building one-on-one relationships with community members;Developing leadership of members that builds their capacity to be lead campaigns, including speaking to the media, organizing and facilitating meetings, leading public actions and events, and recruiting and leading CU members.
Developing political consciousness and strategic abilities of CU leaders through popular education, reflection, and developing appropriate educational materials
Building strong organizing committees;
Researching and building movement relationships on issues pertaining to campaigns;
Communicating campaign messages clearly, both verbally and in writing;
Exercising strategic judgment and problem-solving skills;
- Organization of self and materials to meet responsibilities;
Pitching in and working with a diverse team of staff and members;
Working independently within a plan with deliverables and accountable to a team;
Use of social media to enhance community organizing.
To be successful, organizers must have commitment to social, racial and economic justice and believe that those directly affected by issues of injustice must be at the forefront of efforts to change them. Organizing is a practice, and success requires dedication to all aspects of it to be successful – recruitment, leadership development, mobilization and reflection. Qualified candidates will have:
- Organizing experience (labor, community, issue campaign or election related) preferred;
- Understanding of issues facing low income communities of color;
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills;
- Excellent organizational skills – good attention to detail and well organized;
- Self-motivation – a proven ability to work independently;
- Patience and ability to work well with diverse groups and populations;
- Dedication and ability to work flexible hours, including some nights and weekends;
- Spanish/English bilingual a plus;
- Ability to be a team player and work in a highly collaborative, fast-paced environment;
- A valid driver's license with regular access to a vehicle.