Community Organizer for Social Change
The Direct Action and Research Training (DART) Center

DART is hiring full-time community organizers. Positions are available in St. Petersburg, Lakeland, Miami and Ft. Lauderdale FL, Charleston, SC, Lexington, KY, Columbus, OH, Charlottesville, VA beginning in August, 2016.

In order to build power for justice in their local communities, these DART organizers will:

-Build relationships of trust among clergy and lay leaders from diverse backgrounds, and deepen their participation in the work of their congregation’s justice ministry and the organization

-Train clergy and lay leaders in basic organizing skills, engage them in setting realistic yet challenging goals to build their justice ministry

-Engage leaders in the research of viable solutions to community problems and ensure implementation by appropriate decision makers

-Build turnout for public meetings where 1,000+ people from assigned congregations are organized to demonstrate support for the identified solutions to community problems

-Build financial sustainability by ensuring timely dues collection among member congregations, and annually coordinating a major 6-8 week investment drive

-Assist in the annual recruitment of at least two new congregations

Training is provided through the DART Organizers Institute, the intensive five month field orientation for new DART organizers. This includes an initial on-site orientation followed by field training and a weekly reading/discussion curriculum covering basic organizing principles. Initial skill development focuses on articulating the mission of the organization, intentionally developing relationships through one-on-one conversations, engaging leaders based on personal motivations, managing time effectively, running great meetings, building grassroots networks, long-term planning, working with clergy, and issue selection. Vocational development continues through annual training and planning retreats, summer staff retreats, and joint regional staff trainings.

Starting salary is $34,000/year plus health benefits, with regular cost-of-living increases and performance-based raises. For candidates relocating more than 50 miles, $250 is paid to help cover relocation costs. Retirement benefits begin after a prescribed period (usually one full year of employment).

Community organizing positions within the DART Network are competitive. People of color are strongly encouraged to apply. Qualities we look for include:

-Core passion for justice and equality
-Excellent relationship-building skills
-Exceptional work ethic
-Ambition for a long-term career organizing with DART
-Comfort working with religious institutions
-Fluency in Spanish or Creole preferred (not mandatory)

Applicants must also have a bachelor's degree or equivalent work experience, and access to a car.

Prospective applicants are encouraged to attend an upcoming informational webinar. www.thedartcenter.org/events

To learn more about DART and access the application, visit www.thedartcenter.org

You may also contact our Recruitment Director, Hannah Wittmer, with questions at: hannah@thedartcenter.org

Posting Dates: 
01/04/2016 to 06/06/2016
Job Type: 
Full time
Job Category: 
Ministry, Non-Church
Contact Name: 
Hannah Wittmer
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