Community Organizer (Fort Myers, FL)
LIFE- Fort Myers, FL
About the organization
LIFE is a diverse and multi-faith coalition of congregations fighting for racial and economic justice in Lee County. Our shared faith values call us to work collectively for systemic change, transforming Lee County into a community that reflects the dignity of all people.
LIFE has won significantly increased the rate at which local murders are solved from 17% to 80, the expansion of civil citations to reduce youth arrests for misdemeanor offenses, and passage of a “ban the box” ordinance giving people with criminal records a fair chance at meaningful employment.
LIFE is part of the DART network of organizations, one of the largest networks of faith-based community organizations in the country.
We're hiring a full-time community organizer who will build relationships with faith leaders and community members from diverse backgrounds, train and develop their organizing skills, and deepen their participation in the work of the organization.
During your first five months, you will receive intensive on-the-job training through the DART Organizers Institute. You will learn basic organizing principles and develop key organizing skills including: finding and developing leaders, issue research and strategy, power analysis, and one-to-one meetings. Ongoing professional development will continue through individualized coaching and mentoring, as well as local, regional, and national staff trainings and retreats.
Starting salary is $39,064 annually 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. Employer retirement contributions begin after one year of employment.
People of color and fluent speakers of Spanish are strongly encouraged to apply. No prior organizing experience is necessary. Qualities we look for include:
• Core passion for justice and equality
• Excellent relationship-building skills
• Exceptional work ethic
• Willingness to be trained to work with religious institutions
By August 10, 2020, you'll also need a bachelor's degree or equivalent professional experience, access to a car, and proof of US citizenship, permanent residency, or deferred action for childhood arrivals.
Fluency in Spanish a plus, but not mandatory.
Contact email: [email protected]
We also encourage you to attend an informational webinar to learn more about careers in community organizing in the DART network. RSVP at www.thedartcenter.org/events
We are accepting applications on a rolling bases until July 15, 2020. It is in your interest to apply sooner rather than later as we will offer the position before the deadline if we find the right person.
Equal Opportunity Employment
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