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Crisis Receiving Center Campaign Organizer

Virginians Organized for Interfaith Community Engagement (VOICE) is hiring an organizer to change the world for the better. We are particularly seeking to hire an organizer to focus on our ongoing campaign around creating a mental health Crisis Receiving Center (CRC) in Prince William County, Virginia.  Join us to make an impact alongside inspiring leaders. 

The Campaign Organizer role is a halftime position (20 hours/week) needed for 9 months, beginning immediately.  For some candidates with strong skills and experience, a full-time position may be considered.  For all candidates, full-time employment at the end of the 9-month position, either with VOICE or one of our sister organizations in the region, may be considered, depending on performance.  

Why Work with VOICE?

VOICE is a nonpartisan coalition of over 50 faith communities and civic organizations in Northern Virginia working together to build power in middle and low-income communities.  We organize in Prince William, Fairfax, and Arlington counties as well as the City of Alexandria uniting people across lines of race, class, religion, political party and geography to take action on key issues in our community.

Big Impact.  VOICE has impacted tens of thousands of people through organizing power with people to shape housing, youth, criminal justice reform, education, racial equity, and economic justice. VOICE is a vehicle for community leaders to act together for a seat at the table to shape VA  and the wider world. We act and win on some of the most critical issues of our time such as playing an instrumental role in winning one of the strongest eviction moratoriums in our country during COVID or stopping the draconian practice of taking away people’s driver licenses for unpaid court fines and fees.

Great People. Work alongside and in the service of a talented, visionary, inspiring, dedicated, and diverse team of leaders. We organize to develop community leaders who build and lead powerful organizations. Our vision of a better world is where all people have a seat at the table, especially when decisions are made in our democracy. We believe that tenants, school parents, frontline workers, people impacted by the criminal justice system, and community members have the best ideas about how to solve the most challenging problems. 

Opportunity to grow. We strive for a work culture of learning, growth, and development. We strive to make sure that everyone has an opportunity to work on projects that stretch them and are deeply meaningful. We also all roll up our sleeves to pull our weight with some more mundane tasks that need to get done. Be a part of a team made up of interesting, smart, driven, and diverse colleagues and leaders who are deeply committed to their growth and the growth of each other. Through VOICE, you can do meaningful local work and connect to a community of allies across the country and abroad. We take our drive to build people power seriously, and we work hard. We take the work seriously but try not to take ourselves too seriously. We also strive to organize with joy, a sense of humor, and balance. 

Qualities of a Successful Organizer

  • A drive to act: not rigid ideological fervor nor abstract commitment to “the people,” but a clear sense of what’s wrong, impatience in the face of that wrong, and a drive to address it. A willingness to make things happen and take calculated risks.
  • Curiosity: a drive to know people, question the status quo, understand how power works, and understand what is behind any curtain or inside every opaque box. 
  • Empathy: and relationality, especially across race, culture, religion, and income. An ability to listen and to build deep trust with people.
  • Self-reflection: and drive for growth. Someone who knows themselves and understands their motivations, strengths, and weaknesses. Willing to learn from mistakes and strives to know more about themselves and how to relate to the world.  
  • Intelligence: not necessarily degrees, but the ability to think, reflect, communicate, challenge conventional wisdom, make judgments in complicated situations, and show flexibility. 
  • A track record: some evidence, in school, the local community, or the workplace, of attempting to relate to people and respond to situations that seemed to demand responses. Some success in whatever field, career, or endeavor has occupied their time.
  • Hustle/Drive: the work of organizing is not only about the highlight reels of victories but also the hard work of making phone calls, knocking on doors, gatherings, and training (small and large). Ella Baker talked about the importance of doing the “spadework” of organizing that makes the ground ready for planting. Organizing is as much spadework as harvesting. 
  • Sense of Humor: life is short, the road to justice is long; find joy along the way. Laugh often, especially in the community and especially at yourself. 

Campaign Organizer

Reporting to VOICE’s Senior Organizer, the Campaign Organizer role is to support VOICE leaders in all aspects of their campaign to create a mental health Crisis Receiving Center (CRC) in Prince William County, Virginia.  CRCs are facilities, staffed by mental health professionals, where police and the general public can take people experiencing a mental health crisis instead of to a hospital emergency room or jail.

In 2022 VOICE, together with key allies, successfully secured the first $12m in local and state funding to help establish phase one of the CRC, which is expected to be operational in 18-24 months.  The Campaign organizer will work with VOICE leaders, other VOICE staff, and key allies through a process of securing additional funding for the CRC and to help reform burdensome regulations at the state level that prevent CRCs from achieving their full potential.

Minimum Qualifications

  • 2-3 or more years of experience organizing or in community-based work.
  • Can meet deadlines and manage multiple tasks.
  • Excellent personal accountability and follow-through.
  • Multilingual skills are a plus. Especially seeking candidates who speak Spanish. 
  • Prior experience designing campaign strategy and tactics, and developing and executing campaign plans.
  • VOICE is an equal opportunity employer. Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) are strongly encouraged to apply.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Identify, recruit, and coach a team of people who have been directly impacted by the public mental health system in Prince William County and help them tell their stories in suitable public settings. 
  • Conduct research and analysis about CRC best practices and track the progress of funding and legislation associated with the campaign. 
  • Create informational and presentation materials for the campaign for VOICE leaders and key allies about the CRC campaign and present to audiences throughout the region.
  • Assist VOICE staff with press outreach and public actions.
  • Coordinate scheduling for internal VOICE meetings and those with public officials and key allies.
  • Assist the Senior Organizer and VOICE leaders with strategic thinking and development of organizing tactics to advance the campaign.
  • Oversee campaign-related data collection and entry, as needed.

Position Location

The position is in Prince William County, VA. It is not remote.  An organizer is not stuck behind a desk but meeting people where they are in congregations, schools, workplaces, neighborhoods, etc.

Compensation

  • The Campaign Organizer role is a halftime position (20 hours/week) needed for 9 months, beginning immediately.  For some candidates with strong skills and experience, a full-time position may be considered.  For all candidates, full-time employment at the end of the 9-month position, either with VOICE or one of our sister organizations in the region, may be considered, depending on performance.  The salary for the position is $30,000.
  • The position offers frequent opportunities to participate in community organizing trainings and a range of other avenues for personal growth and development..    

To Apply:

Applications may be submitted to positions@voice-iaf.orgPosition is open until filledIncomplete applications will not be reviewed. Please submit:

  1. A copy of your resume that lists relevant experience.
  2. A detailed cover letter explaining your interest in this position, and why you are well-suited to serve in this position.
  3. A list of three references, including a sentence about each one identifying what information the person can provide.

VOICE is an equal opportunity employer. We value a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture.  VOICE encourages applications from all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, veteran status, or any other classification protected by the Commonwealth of Virginia or federal employment law. If you have a disability and need a reasonable accommodation regarding any part of the application process, please include your accommodation request(s) in your application email.

Power Organizer

The Industrial Areas Foundation (IAF) is seeking to recruit, train, and develop a new generation of organizers to work in one of the groups that already exist and to assist in new strategies and targeted campaigns. The IAF is recruiting organizers to work across the US in its 70+ affiliate organizations. IAF is seeking individuals from colleges, graduate programs, seminaries, business and law schools, the military, political campaigns, and other professions who are interested in exploring careers in organizing.

IAF is the oldest and largest broad-based citizens organizing network in the US. Founded by the late Saul Alinsky, IAF won the first universal health care law in Massachusetts that became the blue print for the Affordable Care Act, conceived and won the first living wage law in Baltimore that became a national movement, and secured more than $1 trillion in infrastructure, housing, and schools investment to revitalize poor rural and urban communities across the US. IAF has trained hundreds of thousands of citizen leaders and organizers, including Cesar Chavez and Barack Obama.

Here are some of the qualities IAF looks for in a successful organizer:

  • Native Intelligence – not necessarily degrees, but the ability to think, reflect, communicate, challenge the conventional wisdom, make judgments in complicated situations, and show flexibility.
  • Anger and Edge – not temper, not ideological fervor, not an abstract commitment to “the people,” but a clear sense of what’s wrong, impatience in the face of that wrong, and a drive to address it.
  • A willingness to cross race and culture – to be willing to work with people unlike oneself, people of other races, classes, orientations, and faiths.
  • A track record – some evidence, in high school, college, the local community or the workplace of attempting to relate to people and to respond to situations that seemed to demand responses; and some success in whatever field or career or endeavor has occupied the individual’s time.
  • A drive to be on the ground in communities directly affected by injustice to build power and take action from the bottom up — some evidence that you are committed to people and place and embrace the organizing tradition pioneered by A. Philip Randolph, Fannie Lou Hammer, Ceasar Chavez, and others.

To Apply

E-mail us a 1-page resume and a separate 1-page story of self that tells us why you want to be an organizer, or why you became an organizer, and a specific story of how you have demonstrated some of the qualities VOICE’s looks for in a successful organizer. VOICE will only review complete applications that include the 1-page story.

E-mail applications to: positions@voice-iaf.org