Job Description – Eastern Regional Organizer
Background: The West Virginia Healthy Kids and Families Coalition (WVHKFC) is a fast-growing, statewide citizens organization. We unite with everyday citizens to build power and fight for a better future for our children.
In the last 5 years, our budget has multiplied more than 12 times over, and our staff has grown from 1 to 14. Our programs run the gamut – from helping to pass 25 pieces of statewide policy change to awarding 206 mini-grants to community teams engaged in health and economic development projects to experimenting with candidate training and leadership development efforts. We are looking for a regional organizer for the Eastern region of the state – from Upshur County down through Greenbrier County, and up through the Eastern Panhandle. This person is responsible for traveling the region, working tirelessly to engage churches, students, community organizations, small businesses, unions, and especially low-income families in the work of making West Virginia “the best place to live, work and raise a family – no matter who you are.”
You are part team-builder, part cheerleader, part campaigner, part issue expert, and part leadership trainer. The ideal candidate is an exceptional listener, loves to travel West Virginia, can work with all different types of people, and who has a track record of really making things happen.
Responsibilities and Qualifications: The Eastern Regional Organizer’s main job is to identify, recruit, train, and mobilize community leaders to take action on the local and statewide issues that matter to them. You will have the support of our team, but the final responsibility for covering the Eastern region is yours.
You must be willing and able to travel extensively, and are required to:
• Spend at least 5 days/month in the Eastern Panhandle if you live elsewhere
• Build and maintain relationships in rural communities through frequent, regular face to face meetings
• Travel to Charleston for trainings, meetings and events approximately once a month
• Attend additional statewide events outside your region
Our ideal candidate is someone able to tackle all, or nearly all, of these responsibilities:
• Organize at least 10 candidate forums, town halls, or community meetings in your region annually – to identify the local and statewide policy issues that matter to your region… and translate those issues into action at the state capitol as part of the Our Children, Our Future Campaign (ocofwv.org) and OCOF Safety Net Campaign.
• Organize at least 3 leadership development or candidate trainings, supporting emerging leaders in your region with the skills they need to be more effective volunteer organizers, advocates, and community leaders.
• Recruit, train, and support at least 5 Try This (trythiswv.com) community teams from your region, helping them knock WV off the top of the worst health lists through projects like community gardens, walking trails, and farmers markets.
• Recruit, train, and support at least 3 Families Leading Change teams that are working to improve their local public schools in a tangible way (starting a dads’ program, adding a vocational program, etc.).
• Recruit, train, and support at least 3 youth-led student chapters from high schools or colleges in the region – to be engaged in all of the above work.
• Find ways to make sure that the Eastern region is represented in our other projects and programs – voter turnout, Healthy Bodies Healthy Spirits, Parent Wellness Network, Strong Mountain Communities, and Call to Action Racial Equality.
• Raise at least $5,000 your first year – through individual giving, grants, etc. – to help support your salary and grow your region. (New staff members are offered plenty of training and support in learning how to fundraise.)
• Be creative! One of the main parts of your job is to listen to the frustration and passion of your region and turn that passion into policy change.
Like everyone on our team, you will work hard and pitch in on everyone’s projects. No two days will be alike.
The salary for this position could range between $30-38k — depending on experience and skills. Our organization has generous paid-time-off and sabbatical plans, and a $500/month health stipend. Everyone on our staff receives introductory and on-going community organizing training.
To apply, please send the following information to email@example.com with the words “EASTERN ORGANIZER APPLICATION” in the subject heading of the e-mail:
• Cover Letter that explains why you are interested and qualified for the position
• 3 References
• A 3-page (maximum) writing sample that answers the following questions:
1. Who are 10 specific leaders (name, town, background info, etc.) in the Eastern region that you would want to engage in our work, and why would each one want to be involved?
2. What is one problem or issue that affects you personally, and how would you hope to incorporate that issue into your work as an organizer?
3. Imagine you are planning a candidate forum with legislators and county school board members in Martinsburg. You have 90 minutes, 12 total candidates, 3 issues to cover, and your main goal is to make sure that everyone who comes to the meeting gets excited to sign up to stay involved after the event. What would your agenda look like?
Please apply no later than October 22, 2017.
We strongly encourage applications from women, people of color, members of the LGBTQ community, and people of all ages and experience levels. A hiring committee comprised of community leaders across the region is hoping to conduct interviews in late October. Ideal start date is November 15.