REGIONAL ORGANIZER POSITION

Progress North is a trusted and exciting grassroots organization that is connecting people – individuals and organizations –  in northern Wisconsin to advance a hopeful progressive vision for our region and our state. Across race, class, gender, sexual orientation, generation and geography we are working toward three goals:  

1.) to engage voters about the issues they care about and to turn them out to support bold, progressive leaders up and down the ballot;

 2.) build a coalition of organizations in the region that will come together around a common vision for change that takes on structural racism, gender and economic inequities, and; 

3.) to develop grassroots leadership and amplify the voices of the people of northern Wisconsin so that the priorities of our state and local government reflect our experiences. 

POSITION SUMMARY

The Regional Organizer plays a key role for our team and will work with our entire Progress North team to powerfully connect grassroots organizing, issue advocacy/campaigns, leadership development, and electoral politics in order to win real change in our region of Wisconsin. They will help develop an active team of volunteer leaders/members (a core team), and will lead on helping develop our organizing and outreach strategy.  They will also help train our volunteer base, and will actively look for partnership opportunities for future training.  The Lead Organizer is the ‘point person’ for our organizing and field efforts – which will include but is not limited to: checking in with our canvass team and helping train them on our methods and tech; following up on our organizing and canvass leads, including assigning follow-up to other people (leaders & other staff); on-going training and support for canvass and other Progress North staff; and contributing to the development of our systems (specifically data practices and tracking and development of a member donor program).  

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES 

Essential duties and responsibilities may include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Assist in development of our strategy, infrastructure, and materials to support the organizing program to ensure goal completion.
  • Leader for our outreach efforts, especially with our Vote XYZ & 4WRD programs – which will include: regular check-in’s with coworkers & volunteers, troubleshooting tech issues, helping with development of lists/scripts, flagging any issues for the Executive Director & Program Manager, and facilitating the data tracking and follow-up from our organizing work. 
  • Build and manage a core team of leaders who are shaping the work and future of Progress North..
  • Use organizing tools (canvassing, door knocking, phonebanking, one-to-one’s, relational organizing, text & social media, etc.) to engage Wisconsinites in our work, develop deep relationships with them, and support their leadership.
  • Plan and execute outreach strategies to engage more people in our work.
  • Identify, recruit, train, and move activists into regular action and positions of leadership throughout our work, supporting their leadership to guide how they engage with issues, policies & elections, helping them center racial, gender & economic justice in our work/region.
  • Facilitate training to deepen a shared analysis of the structural barriers facing our communities, engage base in leading on work/issues, and continue to build a greater vision for our organizing.
  • Plan and lead effective organizing meetings to build community, develop leadership, and move work forward.
  • In collaboration with full team, develop and meet goals for each of these responsibilities, work with the rest of the team to manage and meet a variety of goals throughout the seasons of the work, and update organizational database systems with member and event information as a way to ensure and track successful completion of goals, understanding of challenges, and development of troubleshooting plans.
  • Work with other staff to plan and execute cross-organizational events, grassroots fundraising and new member cultivation, communications plans, digital outreach plans, training, and other issue campaign actions.
  • Other duties or tasks may be assigned on an as-needed basis.

EXPERIENCE AND QUALIFICATIONS

    • Prefer some organizing experience, which can be either volunteer or paid work, and a proven ability to work in a fast-paced environment.
    • Ability to define success and hold both the big picture and the day-to-day details. Vigilance about tracking goal progress and meeting deadlines. Computer literacy and experience with MS Office Suite & Google preferred.
    • Willingness to speak up, suggest new ideas, receive feedback, adjust plans to ensure successful completion of goals, and be part of the solution.
    • A natural sense of curiosity about people and the ability to relate to them. Experience initiating conversations with community members about their stories, hopes, fears, and challenges, and a willingness to be bold in conversations with strangers and volunteers.
    • Experience designing and facilitating meetings, training, and/or group gatherings that move people to action is preferred, but again not mandatory.  Experience can include – event planning, team meetings, etc. 
    • Excellent communication skills through a variety of channels, including written and oral.
  • A relational leader and good team player, able to work with a broad team of staff and grassroots leaders, work well with others in a coalition setting, and motivate diverse groups of people. Ability to practice showing up for co-workers with consistent follow-through and good communication.
  • A demonstrated commitment to economic, racial, and gender justice and commitment to progressive political change.
  • Enthusiastically promote Progress North’s goals and priorities in compliance with all policies and procedures, and have a deep investment in our shared agenda for change.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS AND WORKING ENVIRONMENT

Work is performed in both a remote office environment & in-person office, which requires occasionally lifting such articles as file boxes or heavier materials with help from others and/or lifting and carrying light objects frequently. A job in this category may require walking or standing to a significant degree; or may involve sitting most of the time with long periods of computer work and heavy phone usage. Flexibility to work outside normal business hours that include evenings and weekends, and work extended hours to accomplish requirements of the position.

SALARY/BENEFITS/OTHER INFORMATION

  • Salary: $45,000 – 50,000/year (exempt). 
  • Full medical insurance, dental insurance, retirement packages.
  • Ongoing leadership development, including access to relevant training and conferences.

REPORTS TO AND LOCATION

  • This position will report to the Program Manager. Position is ideally located in one of our five target counties – Ashland, Bayfield, Douglas, Sawyer or Price Counties.  
  • Work is remote & in an office environment – our organization can provide the necessary materials to set-up a home office. 

Please submit applications (cover letter, resume & references) to:
Phoebe Burchill, Executive Coordinator with ATTN: Shawnu Ksicinski, Executive Director,
at
phoebe@progressnorth.org
by Thursday, February 29, 2024.

We will review applications and schedule interviews on a rolling basis. If you have any questions please contact us. 

Progress North is a project of TakeAction Minnesota, its fiscal sponsor, who is an equal opportunity employer.  Women, BIPOC, LGBTQIA+, varying abilities strongly encouraged to apply.