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Director of Organizing and Campaigns

LOCATION: 
Billings, MT

JOB DESCRIPTION:
The Director of Organizing and Campaigns (DOC) is responsible for directing the activities of Northern Plains’ field organizers and lobbyists. This includes mentoring the Organizers, working with them to develop achievable actions, ensuring that member leaders are cultivated and trained, and troubleshooting issues. The DOC is also responsible for prospecting new organizing opportunities.

The DOC prioritizes actions and assignments, develops creative strategies, and assigns staff to best achieve our objectives. The position involves periodic overnight travel.

This is a permanent, salaried position, and is considered a professional administrative and exempt position with regard to overtime laws.

SPECIFIC DUTIES INCLUDE:

  • Develop monthly & annual work plans for the organizing staff;
  • Mentor the organizing staff, help them solve problems;
  • Provide appropriate training to assist organizing staff with professional development;
  • Accompany organizers on affiliate visits and one-on-ones periodically;
  • Accompany (periodically or as needed) the lead lobbyist during candidate visits and/or lobbying sessions;
  • Take part in issue campaign task force meetings and staff team meetings;
  • Ensure that all issue campaigns have written plans and are organized in order to advance Northern Plains’ work;
  • Ensure that voter education opportunities are incorporated into task force campaigns, where appropriate;
  • Ensure that affiliates are active, growing, and have strong leadership;
  • Ensure that organizers identify, recruit, and train member leaders;
  • Plan, coordinate, and implement strategy on issue campaigns;
  • Conduct research as needed;
  • Participate in grassroots fundraising efforts;
  • Keep the Staff Director informed of progress, problems, and potential solutions involving membership, affiliates, issue campaigns, and personnel;
  • Assist the Staff Director with strategizing and managing for the smooth functioning and success of Northern Plains.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Commitment to Northern Plains’ issues and values;
  • 3+ years community organizing experience
  • Commitment to grassroots organizing, recognizing the role of staff in a member-driven organization;
  • Leadership & supervisory skills;
  • Ability to think creatively, strategically, and practically;
  • Ability to get along well with people from diverse backgrounds;
  • Well-organized, able to consider multiple issues and tasks at one time, strong attention to detail;
  • Ability to delegate responsibilities;
  • Strong speaking and writing skills;
  • Ability to travel and be away overnight;
  • Willingness to work long hours when needed;
  • Ability to work without direct supervision

Also helpful:

  • Experience in a political campaign
  • Familiarity with the workings of legislative bodies and agencies
  • Familiarity with conservation and agriculture issues
  • Experience with the media and fundraising.

SALARY AND BENEFITS:

$46,000- $53,000 to start, depending on experience; health insurance; 4 weeks paid vacation; pension program; 8 paid holidays, paid sick leave; flex time, opportunity for advancement, sabbatical program after 5 years of employment.

START DATE:
Negotiable

TO APPLY:

Applications will be accepted through June 17th.

Email the following to Olivia Stockman Splinter, olivia@northernplains.org:

  • Cover letter (tell us why you want the job);
  • Resume;
  • Short writing sample;
  • Contact information for 3 professional references