Direct Action and Research Training (DART) Center
About the organization
Who we Are
The Direct Action and Research Training Center (DART) is one of the largest faith-based community organizing networks in the country. Our 28 affiliated organizations span 9 states. By harnessing the power of organized people, these organizations hold political and economic systems accountable for acting fairly—pushing them to become more equitable and just. Since 1982 we have fought for and won policy changes that have addressed systemic failures which disproportionately harm low-income communities as well as communities of color. Some of our collective victories include:
Hundreds of millions of dollars invested in affordable housing
Implementation of fair discipline policies in hundreds of schools, breaking the school-to-prison pipeline
Nearly $950 million invested in public transportation
Criminal justice reforms resulting in 5,000 fewer arrests of children in Florida each year
About the Work
Community Organizers will train people of faith to hold political and economic systems accountable for justice. Your work will empower everyday people to advocate on their own behalf for justice in the form of affordable housing, police reform, public transportation and more. In time, your efforts will result in a noticeable shift in the power dynamics of the local community.
Day-to-day, organizers spend most of their time in the field coaching community leaders and recruiting new congregations to join the organization’s work. Through three annual processes, DART organizations identify community problems, research viable solutions, and rally people to demand the implementation of those solutions by public officials. As an organizer, you will foster relationships, develop leaders, drive forward issue campaigns, and manage the logistics of various events.
Train and develop grassroots faith leaders on how to engage others within their congregations in the fight for justice
Guide grassroots faith leaders in conducting research and developing action plans for winnable issue campaigns
Recruit new grassroots faith leaders and congregations into the organization
Organize public actions
Coordinate an annual 6-8 week fundraising drive
Conduct an average of 10 one-to-one meetings with clergy and lay leaders per week
Understand and remain up-to-date on issues impacting your community on a local and national level
DART community organizers come from a wide variety of backgrounds, but the common denominators are a passion for justice and a strong desire to make change. As an ideal candidate, you are someone who is naturally curious, values strong relationships, and is energized by the prospect of uniting people around a common cause. You should have a demonstrated history of strong work ethic and proven ability to produce results through previous positions or other endeavors. Community organizers are afforded a great deal of autonomy when it comes to building their schedules. They also need to make themselves available to community members, many of whom work during the day, which may require organizers to work nights and weekends.
Successful organizers value action without ego, both internally and externally. This means you thrive in a culture of accountability and work hard to secure results.
The ideal candidate does not have to be personally religious. Because you will be working with faith communities on a daily basis, you should have a genuine respect for the faith traditions of others.
Skills and Characteristics:
• Core passion for justice and equity
• Excellent relationship-building skills
• Commitment to excellence in carrying out the organization’s mission
• Willingness to be trained to work with religious institutions
• Possession of a valid driver’s license and access to a car
Contact email: [email protected]
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