Regional Field Organizer - Region 4

Regional Field Organizer – Region 4
Vacancy Announcement – March 20, 2013

Position Location: St. Louis, MO
Travel: Frequent to Heavy

Summary:

Founded in 1909, the NAACP is the nation's oldest and largest civil rights organization. Its members throughout the United States and the world are the premier advocates for civil rights in their communities, conducting voter mobilization and monitoring equal opportunity in the public and private sectors.

We seek an experienced and highly skilled Regional Field Organizer to be responsible for supporting field and campaign operations in one of seven regions.  Reporting to the Regional Field Director, the ideal candidate will have proven experience working as part of a team responsible for developing, managing and leading large-scale civic engagement and multi-issue organizing and advocacy campaigns for complex grassroots organizations.

Summary of Duties:

The Regional Field Organizer is responsible for assisting in the development, implementation and coordination of the NAACP’s grassroots organizing strategy in one of seven NAACP regions – each encompassing multiple states.  Incumbent will provide direction and support to NAACP units operating within the region (including state and state/area conferences, youth & college divisions, branches and youth units).  The Regional Field Organizer will mobilize and train units, unit leadership, members, prospective members and stakeholders in membership campaigns, grassroots issue advocacy campaigns, civic engagement campaigns, legislative campaigns, and issue organizing campaigns, based on priorities established by the NAACP Gamechangers.

Reporting to the Regional Field Director the Regional Field Organizer’s principal functions include, but are not limited to, implementing the NAACP Field Organizing Campaign through:

  • Working with other members of the Field Organizing Department to execute the NAACP’s Regional Field Organizing Plan.
  • Developing, implementing and managing a measurable and sustainable grassroots organizing strategy around advocacy and issue campaigns.
  • Overseeing training and capacity building activities.
  • Implementing multi-faceted organizing, advocacy and civic participation campaigns; including supporting the training of unit leadership and members to act as organizers and advocates, and establish alliances to integrate non-members into NAACP campaigns.  Do this while operating within campaign accountability standards established by the Regional Field Director.
  • Establishing and fostering relationships with key stakeholders and alliances with the potential for integrating their own members into NAACP campaigns.
  • Acting as a representative of the NAACP national office and the NAACP within the region, including but not limited to:
    • Representing the NAACP at various conferences, both outside the NAACP as well as at NAACP sponsored events.
    • Representing the NAACP at key coalition/alliance tables and convenings.
  • Supporting the work of NAACP departments and programs in their engagement with the region, including:
    • Assisting the Membership Division in the integration of membership development with organizing strategies implemented by state and local units.
    • Working with the Unit Administration Division to implement an annual plan to increase the number of units in compliance with NAACP requirements within the region; identifying opportunities for the chartering and reactivation of units.
    • Acting as liaison to integrate local unit involvement with those of the National Office Staff, Advocacy and Research Department, Legal Department and Washington Bureau Staff working in the Regions on specific actions, such as lawsuits, Civic Engagement, Organizing and Advocacy activities and other civil rights work where shared local and national involvement is central to success.
    • Working with Stakeholder Relations Division to identify other public and private organizations and institutions engaged in activities related to NAACP goals and objectives and seek to utilize these to advance the work of the NAACP in meeting these goals and objectives (NAACP Gamechangers) within the region.
    • The identification of opportunities for the chartering and reactivation of units.
    • Reviewing and handling questions and/or problems from NAACP Units referred by the Constituent Services Division at the Regional level.
  • In consultation with the Regional Field Director, being attentive to their own professional development, including but not limited to:
    • Attending trainings on community organizing, civic participation, voter activation network (VAN), volunteer engagement, and NAACP rules, history, strategies and policies.
    • Providing the Regional Field Director with timely monthly, quarterly and year-end reports detailing progress toward annual strategic goals and objectives (NAACP Gamechangers), and organizing/advocacy activity of state and local units in the region.
  • Perform other related duties as assigned by the Regional Field Director, National Field Director, or Senior Vice President for Campaigns.

Qualifications:

The ideal candidate for this position will possess many, if not all, of the following professional qualifications, competencies and personal qualities:

  • Undergraduate degree from an accredited college or university
  • At least two (2) years of organizing experience, preferably in a national nonprofit organization
  • Expertise in community organizing strategy and tactics, as well as, non-partisan issue based organizing; specific skills should include grassroots activism
  • Solid understanding of and experience with social media and e-advocacy campaigns
  • Considerable experience in youth organizing and student leadership development
  • Ability to work in teams, participate in cross-departmental planning and work with a diverse group of stakeholders
  • Strong organizational and communication skills (written and verbal)
  • Strong attention to detail and ability to multitask
  • Solid interpersonal skills and ability to operate confidentially 
  • Exemplary time management skills; ability to work under pressure and meet urgent deadlines with compromising the quality of the finished product
  • Ability to prioritize assignments and demonstrate a high degree of initiative
  • A working understanding of NAACP structure, policy, procedures and goals
  • Flexibility to work beyond regular core business hours as needed
  • Ability to travel, as needed

Nondiscrimination:

It is the continuing policy of the NAACP to take affirmative action to assure equal opportunity for all current and prospective employees without regard to race, color, national origin, ancestry, age, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, personal appearance, marital status, familial status, family responsibility, pregnancy or other pregnancy-related conditions, childbirth, disability, military/veteran status, citizenship status, religion or political affiliation, past convictions or incarceration, prior psychiatric treatment, or any other status protected by federal or state law, local ordinance or Executive Orders. The NAACP is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

To Apply: Resume, cover letter, and salary requirements should be sent to NAACP:

Email: hresources@naacpnet.org (preferred method)

Mail: NAACP – Human Resources, 4805 Mt. Hope Drive, Baltimore, MD 21215

Fax:  (410) 580-5735