Regional Community Organizer - West Michigan

Grand Rapids & Kalmazoo /
PPAM /
Full Time
POSITION TITLE: Regional Community Organizer, West Michigan
STATUS: Full Time, Exempt 
ANNUAL SALARY: $46,000 per year
BENEFITS: Medical, Dental, Vision, STD, LTD. Life & ADD, 403B, Flexible Spending Account, Generous Paid Time off Program and Free healthcare at our clinics for you and your immediate family!

Planned Parenthood of Michigan has implemented a mandatory vaccination policy requiring COVID-19 vaccinations including boosters when eligible for all employees.

Position Description
Reporting to the Associate Field Director, the Regional Community Organizer works with the communities of Oakland and Macomb County to build, implement, and execute direct community and field organizing programs to achieve the goals of Planned Parenthood's direct voter contact advocacy and organizing initiatives including, but not limited to: door-to-door canvassing, text banking, phone banking, relational organizing programs, outreach events, activist nights, community education presentations, volunteer training, grassroots lobbying and legislative education effort, and special projects across large geographic regions.
                                                                                                                   
Essential Functions:
Cross-functional Collaboration
      Align field organizing goals and PPAM goals to turf goals & objectives
      Serves as a liaison to partner organizations as it relates to the purview of this position
      Collaborates with Program Organizers to execute goals
      Provides onboarding and support for staff related to the implementation of programs under the purview of this position.
      Works with Government Relations team to further cross-functional objectives
      Maintains currency in current legislative and electoral news.
      Reviews progress of assignments with PPAM senior management

Field Organizing
      Responsible for directing activities of supporters, members, and volunteers, volunteer engagement groups, and activities that support awareness and advocacy campaigns, including, but not limited to, Legislative Action Teams, Volunteer Leadership Councils, Student Advocacy Groups, PPAM Members, and more.
      Actively participates in identifying tabling, volunteer recruitment, public speaking, and other visibility opportunities and works with supervisor to prioritize those opportunities.
      Establishes, maintains, and expands upon existing relationships and creates new alliances with state and local coalitions and allied organizations to strengthen visibility, credibility and mobilization efforts.
      Works collaboratively across teams

Electoral and Grassroots Organizing
      Under the direction of the Associate Field Director, the Regional Community Organizer implements and executes grassroots campaigns and other initiatives while meeting the numerical and recruitment goals.
      Work to deliver electoral wins for Pro-Sexual and Reproductive Health (Pro-SRH) champions so that we may secure policy wins for our organization, patients, supporters, and communities
      Mobilize supporters to advocate for the passing of pro-sexual & reproductive health policies
      Responsible for building, implementing and executing electoral and political ground campaign activities in target districts to persuade voters and increase voter turnout – including large-scale paid and volunteer door-to-door canvassing programs and phone banking, managing teams of paid and volunteer canvassers, utilizing the Voter Activation Network (VAN) database, and cutting turf, script writing, and electoral and political messaging; including recruiting dues paying members to PPAM Membership program to increase engagement with electoral work in defined turf.
      Maintains and applies up-to-date knowledge of political and legislative issues impacting the mission of the organization as well as effective political grassroots campaign tactics and methodologies.
      Builds, implements and executes grassroots issue education campaigns that engage and mobilize priority communities for a large geographic region.

Other Responsibilities:
      Works interdepartmentally within PPMI to identify and coordinate cross-departmental outreach opportunities, including, but not limited to, work with Education and Youth, Development and Fundraising, and Health Center and Patient Advocacy.
      Works with supervisor to implement a metrics based reporting system
      Responsible for regular reporting and communication of organizing efforts and results to leadership.
      Reviews progress of assignments with supervisor, and reaches out proactively for troubleshooting/support.
      Operates standard office equipment and uses required software applications, including, but not limited to: printer/copiers, laptops/tablets, Google Suite, Asana, and Outlook Email Software.
      This position requires significant contact with the public and serves as the face of PPMI and PPAM in local communities.
      Performs other duties and responsibilities as assigned.
 
This is not an exhaustive list of essential duties and responsibilities. Additional functions may be added, and this job description can be amended at any time
 
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
Knowledge of:
      Intermediate knowledge of concepts, practices and procedures used in effective and efficient community and field organizing activities and campaigns designed to engage target audiences and move them to action
      Intermediate knowledge of political issues impacting the mission of the organization
      Intermediate knowledge of reproductive and sexual health issues impacting the organization's ability to further its mission
      Intermediate knowledge of the reproductive justice framework and feminist principles
      Intermediate knowledge of diversity and inclusion work, intersectionality, and race and identity equity organizing
 
Skills in:
      Basic Project Management and Event Planning
      Operating standard office equipment and using required software applications, including Microsoft Office, Google Suite, and others
      Data gathering and basic data analytics techniques
      Basic meeting facilitation and process management
      Working concepts, practices and procedures used in political campaigning and organizing.
      Public Speaking and community or educational presentations
 
Ability to:
      Organize, manage and track multiple detailed tasks and assignments with frequently changing priorities in a fast-paced work environment
      Facilitate meetings, ensuring that all viewpoints, ideas, and problems are addressed
      Incorporates established strategic goals into tactics and techniques to meet objectives
      Attend to detail while maintaining a big picture orientation
      Gather information, identify linkages and trends, and apply findings to assignments
      Incite enthusiasm and influence, motivate and persuade others to achieve desired outcomes
      Work under pressure on multiple projects concurrently and meet deadlines in a fast-paced work environment with frequent interruptions and changing priorities
      Communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing.
      Work independently as well as collaboratively within a team environment.
      Handle stressful situations and provide a high level of customer service in a calm and professional manner.
      Establish and maintain effective working relationships.
      Travel and accept a flexible work schedule that involves evening and weekend commitments.
      Solve problems, analyze information and data, and manage projects
      Exercise a high degree of judgment and diplomacy and maintain confidentiality.
      Have a sense of humor.
 
 
Qualifications and Experience
2-5  years of relevant experience in Community or Field Organizing, Political Science, Social Justice and/or Community Engagement work, or related fields
OR
Any equivalent combination of experience, education, and/or training approved by hiring decision makers.
 
Key Requirements
      Commitment to advancing race (+) equity in one's work: interested in expanding knowledge about the role that racial inequity plays in our society.
      Demonstrated ability to effectively communicate across differences, as well as hear and act on feedback related to identity and equity with an openness to learn.
      Commitment to Planned Parenthood's In This Together service ethos, workplace values, and service standards.
We value a truly diverse workforce and a culture of inclusivity and belonging. Our goal is to attract qualified candidates and encourage applications from all individuals without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.  We're committed to creating a dynamic work environment that values diversity and inclusion, respect and integrity, customer focus, and innovation.