DC Action - Organizing Director
Full time, permanent
Hybrid, Washington, DC - Dupont Circle
ABOUT DC ACTION
At DC Action, we know the District’s young people can accomplish anything when they have a fair chance. And we also know how much stands in their way -- particularly our young people most affected by poverty and racism. These are powerful injustices, and they must be met with an equally powerful response.
We’re uniting all those fighting on behalf of DC’s children and youth to pursue a single, shared vision for what it looks like to grow up in our city. Together with our young people, parents and community partners, we’re advocating with one voice for public policies that support kids at every step from early childhood to early adulthood. We are stronger, louder and more effective together. And, whether we are focused on helping a toddler learn her letters or a young man pursuing his professional passion, we share one goal: that all of DC’s children and youth grow up safe, resilient, powerful, and heard.
Please visit Our Policy Priorities to learn more about our work, values and impact.
DC Action is seeking a full-time Organizing Director to coordinate and lead mobilization efforts of one of our signature campaigns, Under 3 DC, which harnesses the voice and power of parents and families with very young children, educators, advocates, and health professionals to create transformative social change.
The ideal candidate will build on our recent collective action wins to provide pay equity and benefits for early childhood educators and expand early childhood mental health supports by mobilizing parents, educators, and health professionals. The Organizing Director will work closely with coalition leaders, staff and members to make a persuasive case and drive action by key elected and appointed leaders to fully fund and implement the Birth-to-Three law. This position reports to DC Action’s executive director.
YOUR DAY-TO-DAY ACTIVITIES…
- Build and engage diverse networks of supporters, including, but not limited to advocates, parents and caregivers, educators, health professionals, and members of the faith community
- Work with campaign leadership, staff and members to ensure our coalition’s constituency working groups are functioning at the highest level, meetings are well-organized, facilitated and prepared
- Represent Under 3 DC with key stakeholders, conferences and key events
- In collaboration with Executive Committee, coordinate the annual campaign planning process, with input and buy-in from key constituency groups, and once developed, drive the plan
- Identify and resolve challenges as they arise, to ensure events and tactics stay on track and deadlines are met, framing and messaging and procedures are followed, power is shared
- Supervise and provide coaching support to DC Action’s mobilizers and organizers, working directly with them to base build and mobilize our supporters
The most competitive candidates will possess the following skills and experiences:
- Experienced movement-builder. Your previous work includes at least seven years of conceptualizing, building and playing a leadership role in transformative organizing campaigns, field expansion efforts, and/or collaborations designed to make strategic interventions in a field or sector.
- Adaptable and dynamic. You thrive in a campaign environment, and respond quickly and effectively when conditions change, and bring others along with you. You practice a “no dropped balls” policy, and a “we are the they” mentality to the work.
- Issue fluency in our core issues. Experience and expertise in early learning; familiarity with health, behavioral health, and systems integration.
- Commitment to anti-racist principles. You have a strong commitment to anti-racist principles and can comfortably lead a diverse and inclusive coalition and manage diverse stakeholder relationships.
- Strong interpersonal skills and connections in the community. You have a strong set of relationships in the District’s community, ideally including community-based organizations, early education programs, and policy advocacy and grassroots organizing groups along with the ability to cultivate new relationships.
- Proven success as a manager. You have demonstrated management experience, managing projects and teams with diverse skill sets in a campaign-oriented advocacy environment.
- Facilitation experience. You are a skilled facilitator with the ability to build trust and enable diverse groups to find alignment, both in virtual and in-person environments.
- Excellent project management skills. You empower others to act and hold yourself and others accountable.
- Great sense of humor. You complement rigor and high standards with an ability to encourage fun and laughter in a team environment.
- In it for the long haul. You are not just looking for a one year engagement, but have a long-term vision for the campaign and looking to stay for a few years to see the fruits of your labor; and see the Campaign through to winning full funding for the Birth-to-Three for All DC Act.
The salary range for this position is $85,000-$105,000, commensurate with qualifications and experience. DC Action offers a generous benefit package, a great team, and a working environment committed to fostering staff growth and leadership. We are able to offer our employees 100% employer-sponsored medical, dental, vision insurance, student loan assistance, 401K retirement plan with employer match, generous vacation, personal and sick time, family and medical leave, days off to vote and volunteer, along with an employee assistance program offering counseling, mental health and financial support.
This announcement will remain posted until the position is filled. No phone calls please.
DC Action recognizes and honors diversity in race, ethnicity, culture, age, abilities, gender, sexual orientation, and places where people live. We seek to reflect this diversity in all aspects of our work, including the composition of our board, staff, and volunteers. Further, DC Action seeks to be a multicultural and culturally competent organization that works for equity among all people. We strongly encourage applications from people of color, immigrants, refugees, women, people with disabilities, members of the LGBTQ community and other underrepresented and historically marginalized groups.
This search is being run by NRG Consulting Group. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org with questions. We will review applications on a rolling basis and accept applications until November 4, 2022.