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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, sexual orientation, age, or disability.


Position: Economic Justice (EJ) Program Director

Position Summary

The Economic Justice (EJ) Program works to address the root causes of poverty and ensure everyone has the resources and opportunities needed to thrive. Our goal is to clear a path for people and communities to have better opportunities. We work to improve services and programs that help Nebraskans move ahead, create better access to education and skill development and increase wages and job benefits.

The EJ Program Director establishes and executes the vision and outcomes for the program, and ensures that initiatives and outcomes align with the mission, vision, and values of Nebraska Appleseed. The EJ Program Director reports to the Senior Program Director.

Organization Profile

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 – by advocating in the courthouse, at the Capitol, and with the community. For more information visit neappleseed.org.

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, sexual orientation, age, or disability.

Responsibilities

  • Lead, motivate, guide and coach the members of the EJ Team.
  • Set the strategic direction of the program and oversee programmatic work across Appleseed’s 3 core strategies (litigation, community organizing, legislative advocacy)
  • Conduct weekly meetings with direct reports to provide updates, guidance, and understand progress and barriers.
  • Establish program goals for the EJ Team. Ensure the goals align with the strategic objectives of the organization.
  • Collaborate with key stakeholders and program partners on local, regional, and national levels.
  • Stay apprised of internal and external changes that could impact the EJ program.
  • Initiate community-driven change by ensuring that key stakeholders and community members are actively involved in the process from the inception.

Qualifications 

  • 3 or more years of management experience.*
  • 3 or more years of experience with one or more of the core advocacy strategies of the organization (legal, policy, organizing).*
  • Strong management skills, including conflict resolution, facilitating collaboration, and coaching.*
  • A self-starter with initiative and strong project management skills who can manage multiple projects, next steps, and deadlines.*
  • A strategic thinker who always keeps the big picture in mind.*
  • Experience developing leadership in others and able to plan for strategy and implementation.*
  • A team player who is curious, creative, energetic, flexible, collaborative, and proactive.

*Denotes essential qualifications.

Salary and Benefits

Competitive nonprofit salary based on experience and benefits including health, vision, dental, 401(k), and vacation.

To Apply

Application deadline is October 29, 2019 and the target start date is flexible.

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, 941 O Street, Suite 920, Lincoln, NE 68508.


Get Involved With Nebraska Appleseed

There are many ways to get involved with Appleseed, and we welcome all passionate individuals who are interested in learning more about becoming engaged in our work.

Please read about our volunteer opportunities below to see which opportunities interest you, and how you can fit into Appleseed’s work. Once you fill out our volunteer form, a staff member will be in touch with you about next steps towards joining us in the fight for justice and opportunity for all Nebraskans.

Sign Up To Volunteer

What types of volunteer opportunities interest you?
What kind of work would you like to do? Please keep in mind that we provide staff supervision and guidance on every project, so do not let lack of experience deter you from selecting an interest! We encourage you to select any project that you may be interested in participating in.

Arts-related projects - This can range from helping us design our new Get Out to Vote materials, to helping paint the canvasses we take to events.

Writing a letter to the editor (LTE) - LTEs are short (200-250 words) letters about why you care about a certain issue, and what other community members can do to help. These are submitted to local newspapers, as well as senators.

Staffing an event - Volunteers can help with set-up, leading activities at Appleseed’s booth, encouraging people to sign up for our email listing, telling community members about Appleseed’s work as they walk by, and helping with logistics. This includes both Appleseed-hosted and external events.

Door Canvassing - At Appleseed, we are involved in deep canvassing. When having conversations at residents’ doors, try to go deeper into the issues that a person may be facing by asking open-ended questions about people’s lives in Lincoln. Volunteers initially help with note taking in this process, but are welcome to lead canvasses as they become more comfortable.

Phone Canvassing Phone canvassing (or phone banking) is when we call our fellow Nebraskans to encourage them to take action on a policy change or to vote in an election. Volunteers can help us to spread the word about voter registration or these policy changes by coming to one of our phone canvassing events.

Hosting an advocacy event - This could include inviting Appleseed staff to give one of our many trainings to a group or organization you are a part of, including Advocacy 101, Storytelling Trainings, and presentations on Medicaid. This could also be a movie screening, or any activity you are excited about.

Translation/Interpretation - If you speak another language, we would love to have you help with translating materials, interpreting during canvassing or listening session, etc.

Preparing materials for staff to take to talks and events - This can involve printing pamphlets, packing sign-in sheets, and helping with other office tasks.

Data sorting or data entry - This can involve helping input data that we gather, as well as looking through the data to pull out specific themes or topics.

Which of the following skills/traits do you possess?
If you indicated artistic skills above, please tell us which skills you possess.
If you indicated translation / interpretation skills above, please tell us which languages you are proficient in.
What areas of our work excite you?

Internships & Clerkships

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 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, unpaid positions (8-12 hours per week). Interns work within our programs 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 Nebraska Appleseed staff member in one of our four program areas (Immigrants and Communities, Economic Justice, Health Care Access, and Child Welfare).

We will be accepting Fall 2019 applicants from July 16th-25th, 2019.

If you have any questions, you can email our Organizing Director, Selina, at smartinez@neappleseed.org

Internship Application 

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

Clerkship Application