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Oregon Organizing Director

Working Families Party

Working Families Party

Oregon, USA
Posted on Wednesday, June 26, 2024
About the Working Families Party
The Working Families Party (WFP) is the progressive party for the multiracial working class, fighting for a nation that works for the many, not the few. We recruit, train, and support transformational candidates up and down the ballot — and run them to win.
We believe that no matter where we come from or what our color, most of us want the same things. We want to earn enough to thrive, not just survive, and leave a better future for our kids. We want healthy food and clean water, safe neighborhoods and a safe world. We want to be free.
The Working Families Party is regular people coming together across our differences to make a better future for us all. We’re a multiracial party that fights for workers over bosses and people over the powerful. We want an America which realizes the promise – unrealized in our history – of freedom and equality for all.
The Working Families Party is building a national mass base working class party. We’re investing in building the base our country needs. OWFP Organizing Director is part of a cadre of skilled organizers that help us build membership and elect transformative leaders to office.
OWFP Organizing Director engages, mobilizes, and activates WFP members, allies, and activists to advance our strategic goals. The Organizing Director will build independent, progressive, political power by (a) developing, leading, and executing organizing drives and campaigns that build our leadership, membership, and supporter base, (b) winning electoral victories to advance the interests of WFP and working families in Oregon, and (c) strengthening candidate campaigns by developing campaign services and endorsement processes using the best-in-class tools and support services for campaigns.
The OWFP Organizing Director is responsible for recruiting new members, building WFP chapters that expand the base, and developing alliances with organizations that influence decision-makers and create strategic campaign opportunities. This position acts as an advisor to staff colleagues and volunteers. As well as, develop training and political education for staff and volunteer leaders to grow their skills, understand the WFP organizing model, and develop programming that builds additional entry points into the party, and will provide primary leadership for organizing processes, strategic planning, power building, and organizing strategies.
The OWFP Organizing Director is responsible for helping to build one of the flagship chapters of the Working Families Party in alignment with National Working Families Party’s vision of a mass base party of the multiracial working class while maintaining the fusion and institutional power of a legacy organization.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities

  • Member Organizing and Leadership Development
  • Support the State Director and Northwest Regional director in co-creating and executing organizing plans that build the WFP’s activist base, membership and leadership cadre
  • Identify, recruit, train, and manage a diverse group of volunteers from Working Families-aligned organizations and communities as well as the broader public
  • Work with the WFP team and partners to organize and facilitate training workshops that develop the skills, knowledge, and analysis of our members, leaders, and candidates
  • Organize regular house meetings, membership meetings, and other local events to engage WFP members and activists
  • Build a team of local leaders that ensure all gatherings have strong attendance (benchmarks to be assigned) and utilize a WFP culture grounded in creating radically welcoming and engaging spaces
  • Work day to day with key leaders (institutional leaders and rank and file, individual supporters and members, and movement leaders) teaching, coaching, mentoring, and training them, and helping build their commitment to the party
  • Ensure tracking of supporters and members and their leadership development in CRM/database and build a team of members capable of this
  • Develop and implement membership structures that will facilitate recruitment, retention, and development
  • Media and Communications
  • Work with national communications staff and Campaigns Director on op-eds, letters to the editor, and other earned media strategies
  • Lead OWFP’s digital presence including Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and e-mail
  • Develop and implement a strategy that engages online activists to take offline action
  • Generate earned media attention and build public awareness of Working Families initiatives and campaigns
  • Fundraising
  • Work with the OWFP State Director and NW Regional Director to develop and lead members and organizational dues
  • With the support of the NW Regional Director, Oregon State Director and the Oregon state committee sets the organizational priorities for the state and implements effective strategies to advance the mission of Working Families within the state
  • Build a political network: cultivate relationships with allies, partners, constituency leaders, elected officials and their staff, stakeholders, donors, and foundations to expand Working Families’ base of support;
  • Fundraise to carry out the objectives of the organization and to grow the capacity of the organization to set more ambitious goals over time

Skills and Qualifications

  • Three or more years of relevant professional experience. Relevant experience includes (but is not limited to) working in political, policy, union, advocacy, legal, journalistic, or government settings
  • Fundraising experience
  • Experience with multi-faceted and broad-based planning processes
  • Excellent analytical skills and sound judgment
  • Strong verbal and writing skills; to work under pressure on several projects at one time;
  • Commitment to social and economic justice
  • Fluency in a second language, preferably Spanish encouraged
  • Nice to Haves:
  • At least 2 years of supervisory experience

What Else Should You Know

  • Compensation: The final salary for this role will be determined based on our Pay Scale, which takes into consideration years of experience, geographic location, and final job description. The final salary offer will fall into one of the following ranges depending on where you live:
  • National Market (Eugene): $58,000 to $77,000
  • High Market ( Portland): $67,000 to $85,000
  • Very High Market (Seattle): $72,500 to $91,000
  • The locations listed above are just examples and not an exhaustive list. We also offer a robust benefit package for full time employees including paid time off; health, dental, vision, and life insurance; flexible spending accounts; retirement plan options; professional development funding; and remote work support.
  • Location and Travel: The position is full-time and based in Oregon. You may need to travel for major events and all staff meetings.
  • Schedule: The position is temporary and full time, ending August 01, 2025.
  • Union Affiliation: WFP is a unionized workplace. This is a nonmanagerial role eligible to join WFP's staff bargaining unit after six months of employment. WFP's union employees are represented by the New York Metropolitan Area Joint Board, Workers United union.
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Working Families is an equal opportunity employer with a commitment to economic and social justice. Women, people of color, LGBTQ people, people with disabilities, and members of other historically disenfranchised populations are strongly encouraged to apply. Any applicant who requires an accommodation in order to apply for or perform the essential functions of the job should contact us at jobs@workingfamilies.org with the subject line "Application Accommodation" to request such an accommodation.