Jobs to Move America is a national project to make our transit dollars go the distance – to build better, cleaner public transit systems, to create and retain good manufacturing jobs, and to generate opportunities for unemployed Americans like veterans, single parents, and residents of low-income neighborhoods.
We seek a talented and motivated organizer to join the team as the Illinois Organizer of the national Jobs to Move America campaign. Jobs to Move America is a national project dedicated to ensuring that the billions of public dollars spent on public transit systems create better results for our communities. Jobs to Move America has a plan make our transit dollars go the distance — to build cleaner public transit systems, create and retain good American jobs, and generate opportunities for unemployed Americans like veterans, single parents, and residents of low-income neighborhoods.
Position Description & Responsibilities:
We seek a dedicated person to join our team as the Jobs to Move America campaign organizer in Illinois, working in partnership with the Chicago Federation of Labor. This person will engage in community organizing, coalition building, and event coordination, and will provide some research support. In working across Illinois, the person will be expected to travel regularly across the region and work intensely to advance a complex project.
With access to office space in Chicago, the Organizer will report to the Jobs to Move America national outreach director and is responsible for:
Campaign Coordination: Helping drive the development of the Illinois campaign which will involve extensive campaign visioning, planning, some research support and strategy development done in conjunction with labor, community, and environmental allies. With a strong strategic plan, the organizer will work with the national outreach director to lead the labor, environmental, community coalition to implement the plan effectively.
Coalition-Building: Building a powerful coalition with a diverse set of local partners, including labor unions, environmental organizations, community groups, elected officials, etc., and coordinating with local and national coalition partners through regular weekly, monthly and quarterly meetings; building leadership and mobilization capacity of community and labor allies, deepening city community-labor-environmental network.
· A demonstrated commitment to social and economic justice and the labor movement
· A minimum of 1-2 years of community organizing
· 2 years proven lead-level organizing experience is strongly preferred
· Strong coalition building and facilitation skills across a diverse set organizations and constituents
· Ability to independently manage projects from conception to completion
· Excellent organizational, writing, communication and research skills
· Ability to multi-task, collaborate as part of a team, and work in a deadline-driven environment
· Strategic judgment, flexibility, creativity, and innovative
· Willingness to work some long hours, evenings and weekends when necessary
· Access to a reliable car
Terms of Employment: This is a full-time position with generous fully family health, retirement, vacation, and other benefits. The salary range is between $45,000 to $50,000, dependent upon experience.
Application Process: Please send applications to info<at>jobstomoveamerica<dot>org with “IL Jobs to Move America Organizer” in the subject line of the email. Applications must include a cover letter, resume, short writing sample and three references in one PDF document. Applicants who do not meet the minimum requirements will not receive a response.
LAANE is an Equal Opportunity Employer. People of color, women, and LGBTQ persons are strongly encouraged to apply.