Nebraska Appleseed is seeking a full-time Field Director to coordinate the organization’s civic engagement strategies across each of its program areas (Economic Justice, Health Care Access, Immigrants & Communities, and Child Welfare). Broad areas of work include: short-term grassroots mobilization campaigns, nonpartisan Get-Out-the-Vote (GOTV) campaigns, leadership training and volunteer development, management of organization-wide field organizing strategy, and coordination of field organizing staff and interns. The Field Director will report to the Director of Development & Engagement, but will work in a collaborative team environment with director level staff and lead a standing Field Team.
Nebraska Appleseed is a nonprofit organization that fights for justice and opportunity for all Nebraskans. Appleseed takes a systemic approach to complex issues – such as children’s welfare, immigration policy, affordable health care, and poverty – and we take our work wherever it can do the most good, whether that’s at the courthouse, at the statehouse, or in the community. For more information visit neappleseed.org.
- Develop and manage organization-wide field organizing strategy; and coordinate, coach, and motivate field organizing staff, field interns, and volunteers across programs.
- Write and implement comprehensive, data-driven field plans for grassroots advocacy campaigns in consultation with the Director of Public Policy and Program Directors.
- Set and meet aggressive benchmarks for grassroots engagement, volunteer recruitment, and nonpartisan voter contact/GOTV.
- Identify key partnerships and opportunities for collaboration across each program’s grassroots network.
- Ensure short-term grassroots mobilization campaigns connect with a long-term organizing vision.
- Identify opportunities for civic engagement, trainings, and collaboration with community leaders, organizations, and individuals statewide.
- Work with the Director of Information Technology and the Director of Development & Engagement to develop and standardize best practices for data management and constituent engagement.
- Coordinate field organizing with fundraising operations.
- Bachelor’s degree and/or 3 years experience in the nonprofit field preferred.
- At least two years experience with grassroots field organizing.
- Experience training and managing field volunteers, interns, and staff.
- A strategic thinker who always keeps the big picture in mind.
- A leader who develops others’ leadership and can manage from strategic to tactical levels.
- Someone who is curious about how things work and creative in developing solutions.
- Energetic, flexible, collaborative, and proactive.
- A self-starter with lots of initiative who can manage multiple projects, next steps, and deadlines.
- Strong interpersonal skills and an ability to work with a range of personalities and skill levels to produce high quality results.
- Experience working well with communities and leaders from diverse backgrounds (immigrant, multi-cultural, rural/urban communities and leaders) is preferred.
- Demonstrated skills utilizing CRM systems, voter files, phonebanking software, and online advocacy tools.
- Spanish language skills is a plus.
- Ability to work occasional evenings, weekends, and occasional in-state travel.
- Background or experience in non-profit advocacy organizations is desirable.
Salary and Benefits
Competitive nonprofit salary based on experience plus benefits including health, vision, dental, 401(k), paid sick days and paid vacation.
Position is open until filled. Target start date is July 14, 2014. Please send a cover letter, resume, and a short writing sample (field proposal, presentation, memo, etc.) and list of three references via email to firstname.lastname@example.org by Wednesday, June 25. If you have any questions, please contact Cynthia Davis at 402.438.8853.
Nebraska Appleseed is an equal opportunity employer; people of color and individuals from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Nebraska Appleseed does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ethnic background, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age, or handicap.
Nebraska Appleseed routinely has positions for interns and law clerks to help support our work. If you are interested in being a law clerk or intern please complete our electronic application form and attach a cover letter and resume. Apply online for Law Clerk, Intern, & Volunteer positions.
Interns are students who have an interest in public interest work. Interns will provide project support for all discrete project areas and assist with basic office functions such as answering phones, assisting with mailings, and filing. Internships can be done for credit. Specific substantive internships may be possible depending on the project proposed.
A law clerk at Nebraska Appleseed is primarily responsible for general legal research within one of the organization’s discrete project areas and works under the supervision of a staff attorney or the Executive Director. Law clerks will do legal research, draft legal memos, draft policy briefs, provide litigation support, and participate in outreach events. Clerkships can be done for credit and are available to current law school students.
- Economic Justice Program Law Clerk
- Immigrants & Communities Program Law Clerk
- Health Care Program Law Clerk
- Child Welfare Program Law Clerk
Nebraska Appleseed Volunteers are anyone who would like to donate time to Nebraska Appleseed either assisting with events or providing administrative support. Volunteers are generally brought on on an as needed basis.
Online Application for Internships & Clerkships