Position: Community Organizer, Immigrants & Communities Program
Nebraska Appleseed is seeking a full-time Community Organizer in our Immigrants & Communities program to coordinate grassroots, community-driven advocacy and engagement efforts.
Broad areas of work include: long-term leadership development and capacity building with immigrant communities in Nebraska, short-term grassroots mobilization and advocacy campaigns on issues affecting immigrant Nebraskans, and nonpartisan Get-Out-the-Vote (GOTV) campaigns in rural immigrant and Latino communities.
The Community Organizer will report to the Director of the Immigrants & Communities Program and will also work in close collaboration with the Field Director, the Immigrants & Communities team, and community partners.
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 healthcare, 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.
- Work with immigrant leaders and community partners statewide to build leadership capacity and organizing teams in local communities. Work with local immigrant leaders to develop collaborative leadership teams, volunteer networks, team goals, and organizing/advocacy skills.
- Identify opportunities for civic engagement, capacity building trainings, and areas for collaboration among community leaders, organizations, and individuals statewide.
- Set and meet benchmarks for grassroots engagement, volunteer recruitment, and nonpartisan voter contact/GOTV.
- Work with Field Director and Immigrants & Communities Program team to ensure short-term grassroots mobilization campaigns connect with a long-term vision for capacity building and leadership development.
- Work with Field Director and Director of Technology to create effective systems for tracking data, contacts, and community engagement within the work.
- Connect local efforts with national networks and campaigns.
- Bachelor’s degree and/or 3 years experience in the nonprofit field preferred.
- At least two years experience with grassroots field organizing preferred.
- Fluent in Spanish and English (written and spoken).
- Experience working well with communities and leaders from diverse backgrounds (immigrant, multi-cultural, rural/urban) preferred.
- A facilitator with strong interpersonal skills and an ability to work with a range of personalities and skill levels to build consensus from diverse groups and produce high quality results.
- A self-starter with lots of initiative who can manage multiple projects, next steps, and deadlines.
- A strategic thinker who always keeps the big picture in mind.
- A leader who develops leadership in others and can manage from strategic to tactical levels.
- A valid drivers license and a flexible schedule with the ability to work evenings, weekends, and travel around the state.
- Experience training and managing volunteers and interns is a plus.
- Demonstrated skills utilizing CRM systems, voter files, phone banking software, and online advocacy tools is a plus.
- A team player who is curious, creative, energetic, flexible, collaborative, and proactive.
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 February 1, 2015. Please send a cover letter, resume, and a short writing sample (letter, excerpt from a paper or report, etc) and list of three references via email to email@example.com by December 31, 2014. 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