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Organizing Director

Organization Description

Nebraska Appleseed is a nonprofit organization that fights for justice and opportunity for all Nebraskans. We take a systems-based approach to complex issues – such as child welfare, immigration policy, affordable health care, and poverty – and we take our work wherever we believe we can do the most good, whether that’s in the courthouse, at the Capitol, or in the community.

Position Description

The Organizing Director is responsible for coordinating, managing, and leading grassroots relationship-building and engagement strategies across program areas (Economic Justice, Health Care Access, Immigrants & Communities, and Child Welfare) to fight for a more just society. Broad areas of work include: creating strategies for and managing grassroots relationship-building, engagement, and mobilization; supporting nonpartisan, long-term voter participation strategies and Get-Out-the-Vote (GOTV) campaigns; community leadership development; training and management of organization-wide organizing strategy; and coordination of organizing staff and interns. The Organizing Director also assists with Appleseed’s internship program and volunteers. The position reports to the Strategy Senior Director and serves on the organization’s Director Team and Organizing Team. The position is based in Lincoln.

Position Responsibilities

  • Ensure work is aligned to the goals of the Organizing Team and the strategic objectives of the organization
  • Develop, implement, and manage organization-wide organizing strategies
  • Coordinate, advise, coach, and motivate the community organizing team and organizing interns and volunteers across programs.
  • Develop and implement an ongoing internal capacity building program for organizing staff
  • Create outreach plans for long-term community relationship-building, grassroots advocacy engagement and mobilization in consultation with the Directors of Public Policy, the Field Director, Organizing Manager, Program Manager, Program Directors, and Program/campaign Teams
  • Set and meet organizational goals for grassroots engagement and nonpartisan voter contact and GOTV outreach goals
  • Identify and support key partnerships and opportunities for collaboration across each program’s grassroots network
  • Ensure short-term grassroots mobilization campaigns connect with a long-term vision for community-based leadership development
  • Identify opportunities for civic engagement, training, 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 contact data management and constituent/supporter engagement
  • Manage the hiring and supervision of a year-long fellowship participant
  • Assist with Appleseed’s summer, fall, and spring semester-long internship program

What you Bring to the Position

The ideal candidate will have the following background or a combination of the following qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree and/or 3 years experience in the nonprofit field
  • Experience with grassroots or community organizing
  • Experience with non-profit advocacy organizations
  • Experience training and managing volunteers, interns, or staff
  • Experience developing strategies to achieve positive change in an organization or community
  • 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
  • Someone who is 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 with communities and leaders from diverse backgrounds (immigrant, multicultural, and rural/urban communities and leaders)
  • Familiarity with contact management systems, voter file systems, digital advocacy tools, and/or other advocacy tools
  • Ability to speak and write language in addition to English is a plus
  • Ability to work occasional evenings, weekends, and in-state travel.

Salary and Benefits

Salary of $61,000 to $73,000 and benefits including health, vision, dental, 401(k), and vacation.

To Apply

The application deadline is October 6, 2021, and the target start date is November 2021.

Please send a cover letter, resume, and a list of three references via email to careers@neappleseed.org or via mail to Nebraska Appleseed, Attn: Human Resources, PO Box 83613, Lincoln, NE 68501-3613

Nebraska Appleseed is an equal opportunity employer. People of color, members of the LGBTQ community, individuals with disabilities, and those from diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply. Nebraska Appleseed does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ethnic background, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, or disability

Community Organizer

Organization Description

Nebraska Appleseed is a nonprofit organization that fights for justice and opportunity for all Nebraskans. We take a systems-based approach to complex issues – such as child welfare, immigration policy, affordable health care, and poverty – and we take our work wherever we believe we can do the most good, whether that’s in the courthouse, at the Capitol, or in the community. The position is based in Lincoln.

Position Description

The Community Organizer builds, maintains, and coordinates authentic grassroots relationships in furtherance of the goals of the Collective Impact Lincoln collaborative project. The Community Organizer helps ensure programmatic work is community-led and builds power in local communities. The Community Organizer has the ability to solicit information, listen at all levels, and synthesize multiple channels to include face to face interactions and digital connections. This position is critical to providing leadership development training and contributes to the creation of a program organizing strategy. The Community Organizer is instrumental in community-driven advocacy and engagement efforts. The Community Organizer participates in formal and informal coalitions or collaborations which may include nonprofit, civic, and grassroots organizations. The position reports to the Economic Justice Program Director. The position serves on the Organizing team and on the Economic Justice program team.

Position Responsibilities

  • Ensure work is aligned to the goals of the Economic Justice and Organizing teams and the strategic objectives of the organization
  • Contribute to and implement strategic outreach plans, in partnership with the Economic Justice team and Organizing Director
  • Work with diverse community members and partners to establish and maintain authentic relationships, and identify opportunities and issues raised within the community
  • Collaborate with community members, partners, and the Economic Justice Program Team to develop targeted solutions to community issues including the development of policy, legal solutions, and organizing
  • Mobilize a base of grassroots support on the advocacy of important community issues
  • Identify and meet with key individuals and/or grassroots teams to promote positive change and build leadership capacity
  • Maintain applicable records in agency database adhering to Nebraska Appleseed privacy safeguards
  • Share key information gathered from the community with internal stakeholders

What you Bring to the Position

The ideal candidate will have the following background or a combination of the following qualifications:

  • Experience working with people from diverse backgrounds, personalities, and perspectives (immigrant, multicultural, rural/urban)
  • A strong relationship builder who has the ability to authentically connect with people with diverse personalities and skill levels
  • An active listener who is able to build consensus with diverse groups, and maintain integrity with Nebraska Appleseed standards and values
  • Strong interpersonal skills (to include effective listening, and the ability to contextualize messages of community members)
  • Strong verbal, written, nonverbal, and visual communication skills including facilitation & presentation skills
  • A self-starter with initiative who can manage multiple projects, next steps, and deadlines
  • A strategic thinker who always keeps the big picture in mind
  • A team player who is curious, creative, energetic, flexible, collaborative, and proactive
  • The ability to work evenings, weekends, and travel in and out of the state of Nebraska

Salary and Benefits

Salary of $40,000 to $45,500 and benefits including health, vision, dental, 401(k), and vacation.

To Apply

The application deadline is September 15, 2021, and the target start date is late October 2021.

Please send a cover letter, resume, and a list of three references via email to careers@neappleseed.org or via mail to Nebraska Appleseed, Attn: Human Resources, PO Box 83613, Lincoln, NE 68501-3613

Nebraska Appleseed is an equal opportunity employer. People of color, members of the LGBTQ community, individuals with disabilities, and those from diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply. Nebraska Appleseed does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ethnic background, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, or disability.


Internships & Clerkships

Nebraska Appleseed routinely has paid 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 below for Law Clerk and Intern positions.

Internships

The Nebraska Appleseed Internship Program is a hands-on way to learn about nonprofit and advocacy work in Nebraska.

Our internships are part-time, paid positions working at most 10 hours per week and we open the hiring process once each semester. We require all interns to have access to a personal computer and internet access. Interns may work to conduct research projects, assist with advocacy and public policy work, help with community outreach and education, and provide general office support. Interns work directly under the supervision of a program and/or support manager.

Below you can find the approximate time frames our applications open for each semester and when applicants are notified of a decision. Visit this page or follow our social media accounts to see when specifically our intern program applications open.

Spring: Application opens middle of November and decisions go out mid-December
Summer: Application opens middle of March and decisions go out mid-April
Fall: Application opens middle of July and decisions go out mid-August

If you are doing the internship for school credit through your institution and need a decision by a date sooner than what our time frame states, please apply a semester early and indicate in your application that you are applying for the following semester and provide the notification deadline for your institution. While Appleseed-paid internships are no more than 10 hours per week, interns who will be paid through another institution (a program through your school, for instance, or an unpaid program in return for college credit) may be able to work more hours per week, based on the needs of Appleseed and their external program.

We are NOT currently accepting applications for our internship program. Our Spring 2021 intern application will be open from November 15th-22nd. Please check back then to apply.

If you have any questions, please email our Sr. Program Associate, Erin Pixley, at epixley@neappleseed.org.


Law Clerks

Nebraska Appleseed clerkships are full or part time positions open to current law students that provide opportunities to experience a wide variety of public interest law. Law clerks will do research, legal writing, litigation support, assist with administrative appeals and advocacy and conduct public policy research and analysis. Law clerks work directly under the supervision of Nebraska Appleseed Staff Attorneys allowing them to get one on one attention and direction.

Available Positions

Economic Justice Program Law Clerk

Immigrants & Communities Program Law Clerk

Health Care Program Law Clerk

Child Welfare Program Law Clerk

Clerkship Application 
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