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TITLE: DEPARTMENT: REPORTS TO: SUPERVISES: COMMUNITY ORGANIZER Organizing Lead Organizer N/A

POSITION SUMMARY: Build relationships with and develop grassroots leaders in PUSH’s organizing community to run wining campaigns to control community resources. PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES: 1. Recruitment: Conduct base building and recruitment activities by door-knocking, making phone calls, street canvassing, outreach at community events and public places, and through organizing house-meetings. Train and inspire leaders to do recruitment. 2. Identify Leadership: Organize and conduct one-on-one meetings to build relationships with potential leaders. PUSH leaders are people who traditionally have not had access to power, low-income people, people of color, seniors, youth, non-english speakers, refugees. 3. Leadership Development: Prepare and facilitate meetings, do public speaking, set-up and coordinate lobby visits, organize public events like meetings, actions, marches and rallies, etc. Train and inspire leaders to develop new skills as leaders. 4. Running Campaigns: Facilitate leaders in a campaign planning process. Indentify winnable issues, indentify targets, develop campaign demands, conduct power analyses and target research, and develop an escalation strategy using a variety of creative tactics. Then execute the plan. Train and inspire leaders to participate in and learn how to facilitate the campaign development process as well. 5. Communications: Prepare messaging and talking points, write press releases, media advisories, public statements, recruit media to events, organizer press conferences, prepare press packets, write editorials and letters to the editors, write web posts and e-mail updates. Train and inspire leaders in media and communications work. 6. Political Education: Be able to draw connections between the local struggle for justice and state level, national and global issues connected to the broader “movement”. (When it comes to turning our neighborhoods around, we’re all in this together!). Train and inspire leaders to do the same. 7. Coalition Work: Build coalition and work with existing ally organizations to move campaign goals and demands forward. Connect local work to regional, state and national work with ally organizations. Train leaders to build and work in coalition with other organizations.

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SKILLS & QUALIFICATIONS: Knowledge: Demonstrated knowledge of community organizing activities and experience in the field. Knowledge of the history political and social movements. Skills: Bilingual skills in Spanish or other languages spoken in Buffalo’s refugee community, Burmese, Karen, Arabic, Somali, etc. strongly preferred. Must have good verbal and written communication skills. Must have solid computer skills, especially in Microsoft Word and Excell, online data base management, typing etc. Education: Minimum of two year degree is required, bachelor’s degree or 4-6 years working as an organizer.

Experience: 1 – 4 year’s experience required in organizing. RELATIONSHIPS Internal: Maintain productive working relationship with Lead Organizer and other key staff, PUSH membership and leaders. External: Build and maintain powerful relationships with community members, groups, partners, collaborators, and targets as required. ENVIRONMENTAL AND WORKING CONDITIONS: Work time may be evenly split between office settings or in the neighborhoods. Limited travel is required. PHYSICAL AND MENTAL REQUIREMENTS: Demonstrate the ability to: • Maintain a high energy level; comfortable performing multi-faceted projects in conjunction with day-to-day activities • Regularly required to speak clearly and hear the spoken word as well. • Regularly required to read and write clearly.

DISCLAIMER: The information presented indicates the general nature and level of work expected of employees in this classification. It is not designed to contain, or to be interpreted as, a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, qualifications and objectives required of employees assigned to this job. Signed by: Incumbent Date

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