Director of Organizing
(Washington, DC, 20002-5625)
Director of Organizing Job Announcement
For The General Board of Church and Society
Background and Rationale:
In 2012, GBCS launched an ambitious year-long grassroots organizing initiative across The United Methodist Church to mobilize and connect teams of United Methodists within annual conferences and across jurisdictions to amplify the Church's call for social holiness. Organizing efforts have focused on building from the local congregational level, offering opportunity for vital connection amongst local congregations and Annual Conferences. Networks include teams focused on issues including restorative justice, economic justice, peace, addictions recovery, immigration reform, human trafficking and domestic violence.
In the past year, GBCS organizers have made contacts in strategic conferences, building up existing networks, coordinating grassroots activists and actions, and supporting the formation and connection of local United Methodist teams engaged in organizing related to specific social justice issues. Grounded in the Social Principles in the Book of Discipline and responding to the call to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world, the organizing initiative has been rooted in a posture of discipleship with an emphasis on incarnational relationships and the leadership of those most directly impacted by unjust systems of oppression.
In order to sustain the new momentum generated and build upon the advances of the organizing initiative amongst United Methodists, - a director of organizing is needed to provide regional coordination, tools and strategic support necessary to advance the various issue-specific campaigns, networks and teams of which United Methodists are a part.
Job Description: Director of Organizing
The director will provide strategic coordination and oversight for the organizing reach of GBCS to foster grassroots leadership and deepen partnerships that support networks across the connection. Director will advance the legislative priorities of the agency through coordination of organizing trainings, facilitation of strategic connections, assessment and support. Director of Organizing will serve as a generalist with regard to GBCS legislative priorities, with a focus on providing on-the ground organizing support to teams and networks in each jurisdiction.
Director will work with -staff colleagues to combine leadership formation and cultural competency training elements in all organizing initiatives. In collaboration with - staff, director will coordinate train-the-trainer trainings for steering committee members representative of each agency legislative priority. Organizing and advocacy effectiveness will be measured, in part, by the level of leadership assumed by jurisdictional steering committee members themselves within their issue network and jurisdiction.
In collaboration with Advocacy and Education and Leadership Formation staff, director will identify key grassroots leadership from each issue-specific network in each jurisdiction. Director will facilitate the formation of -teams representative of -agency legislative priorities, with emphasis on the recruitment and fostering of leadership of those most directly impacted by -injustices.
Each team will be included in the planning and promotion of the work of the network in collaboration with director of organizing, advocacy and communications staff. Director -will utilize social media tools to promote the involvement of United Methodists in GBCS networks, teams and campaigns in their jurisdiction, maintaining strategic communications with conference level staff and leadership.
The director will provide coordination through partnership with United Methodist agencies and caucuses, whensoever possible, in -widespread support of external grassroots campaigns.
The director will establish assessment tools to quarterly measure and map progress of organizing efforts both in relationship to the United Methodist connection as well as legislative impact of United Methodist participation in external campaigns in which United Methodist teams are actively engaged at the state and federal level. Director will work closely with steering committees to monitor progress and address barriers constructively and creatively.
Accountability: The position is directly accountable to the General Secretary or his/her designee.
• The director will be responsible for establishing assessment tools to measure and map progress of organizing efforts both in relationship to the United Methodist connection as well as legislative impact of United Methodist participation in external campaigns in which United Methodist teams are actively engaged at the state and federal level.
• The director will provide coordination through partnership with United Methodist local churches and annual conferences, agencies and caucuses in denominational support of external grassroots campaigns, and will support jurisdictional organizers in strategic communications with conference level staff and leadership.
• Director will collaborate with the GBCS Seminar Program to include cultural competency training elements in all organizing initiatives.
• Identify and establish new contacts with United Methodists in strategic conferences working on priority issues of the Advocacy team.
• Develop training materials and resources for groups.
• Represent GBCS - when needed.
• Participate in regular staff meetings and events.
• Attend board meetings as requested.
• Perform other tasks as -assigned.
Skills and Values Needed:
• Ability to travel.
• Commitment to social justice and the mission of the organization.
• Organizing experience, including familiarity with a diverse range of organizing strategies and tactics.
• Strong writing skills and verbal communication.
• Excellent interpersonal skills.
• Well-organized and attentive to details.
• Comfortable working with diverse groups of people.
• Experience working within the religious community.
• Ability to work in a team environment.
• Spanish helpful.
Annual salary of $79,000 factored level 14, pension benefits, 22 day of paid vacation, sick leave, comprehensive medical, dental and accidental death insurance; other benefits as outlined in the Employee Personnel Manual. This is a full-time exempt position with 20-30% travel.
The General Board of Church and Society is an equal opportunity employer and considers applicants for all positions without regard to race, color, age, gender, national origin, disability, sexual orientation or any other legally protected status.
Procedure and Deadline:
Send a cover letter, resume and a letter with your thoughts on organizing and the future work of the General Board of Church and Society, by Tuesday, December 4, 2012.
To: General Board of Church and Society
Attn: Ms. Frances J. Roberts, AGS Admin/Human Resources
100 Maryland Ave NE #224
Washington, DC 20002-5625
Incomplete applicant information will not be considered.
Organization: General Board of Church & Society
Contact: Frances J. Roberts
Closing Date: 12/4/2012