Director of Organizing

Department: IN - Faith in Indiana
Location: Indianapolis, IN
Job Code: 574

Description

Director of Organizing
 
Faith in Indiana seeks a Director of Organizing deeply committed to build power through organized people, money, and ideas. A leader passionate about the role of faith in social change.
 
Faith in Indiana is the primary vehicle for people of faith to restore democracy and advance racial and economic justice in Indiana. Our congregation and community partners develop civic leaders, amplify the prophetic voice, expand the electorate, and forge strategic partners to build power to shape our collective future. Faith in Indiana unites tens of thousands of people across faith, race, and place through six growing chapters in Marion, Hamilton, Allen, St. Joseph, Elkhart, and Lake Counties. Faith in Indiana is known as an innovator in the field and one of the most powerful faith-based organizing efforts in the country.
 
Faith in Indiana is affiliated with Faith in Action, the largest faith based organizing network in the United States with more than 1,000 congregations in 22 states and 150 cities. Learn more:
http://faithinindiana.org and https://faithinaction.org/
 
Position Summary:
 
This is a joint position of Faith in Indiana (501c3) and Act Indiana (501c4) seeking an Director of Organizing to drive an ambitious program, going on the offensive to win bold policy change at the local, state, and national levels. The Director of Organizing will develop the next generation of organizing talent and build independent political power to advance racial and economic justice in Indiana.
 
The Director of Organizing will:
 
  • Develop Organizers. Deeply invest in people, who develop the leadership of others. We are known for leader-driven organizing at scale. Our growing organizing team, varied in experience levels, is developing new county chapters, aligned around a shared state power plan.
  • Create Formation Centers. Agitate and inspire people to take on bold risks and responsibility. Design formation programs that equip people with the tools to take collective action at all levels of the organizations – clergy, staff, and grassroots leaders.
  • Make Big Plans. Run complex, multi-year state-wide campaigns that escalate power and deliver wins on criminal justice reform, immigrant rights, Healthcare for all, caring economy, and a fair democracy. Write your plans down so they can be owned broadly and free people up to act.
  • Build Independent Political Power. Together, our growing network of organizations and allies is aligning around a long-term roadmap toward governing power. We’re building a new center of gravity around communities and base-building organizations, and extending our leadership to the highest offices in the land.
  • Build Voter Power. We are flipping the formula. With a focus on people of color, women, and youth we will engage them year-round, center ongoing relationships, and ultimately turn non-voters into voters who can shape the issue environment.
  • Bring to bear Sophisticated tools. From the Race-Class Narrative to the VAN, overlaying digital organizing and large-scale grassroots fundraising - shape our infrastructure to amplify the on-the-ground organizing and bring far more people than we can personally touch into our movement community.
  • Model our Values and Culture. Shared Power. Radical accountability. Trust. Courageous and direct conversations. Development of People is the priority. Inclusion. Money is power. Risk and Reward. Bake this into all we do and build it into our staff and organizational culture.
  • Race at the center. Recognizing the impact of white supremacy on all of our lives and creating new ways of being is our central purpose. Model and create systems to practice racial equity, inclusion, and intersectionality at all levels of our work.
  • Be a leader. Bring your full self and brilliance to think with the Executive Director and top clergy, leaders, and staff to shape our power analysis, theory of change, vision, and long-term power building goals, strategy, and plans.
 
Experience and Qualifications:
 
  • Minimum 5+ years of success in community, labor, or electoral organizations and can point to tangible results for people
  • Similar level of experience developing organizing staff with a strong record of building multi-racial teams and organizing talent
  • Commitment to racial, gender, economic justice and their intersections both inside and outside organizations
  • Highly organized and ability to manage multiple many streams of work in a fast-paced, deadline driven environment
  • Strong written, verbal, interpersonal communication skills
  • A strong understanding of faith formation and religious education
  • Ability and willingness to travel regularly across Indiana and at times nationally 
 
Personal Characteristics:
 
  • High Emotional Intelligence
  • Integrity, strong work ethic and ‘do whatever it takes’ approach
  • Self-starter, flexible problem solver
  • Prayerful, reflective, contemplative, and mindful
  • Eager to learn, a good listener, capable of working well with people from different backgrounds, ability to build rapport quickly
  • Political sophistication as relates to organizing strategies
  • Able to independently set goals and use them do guide daily actions
  • Open to evaluation and direction from supervisor and peer learning with agitation from colleagues
 
Other Preferred Qualifications:
 
  • A decade or more organizing and leadership experience
  • Experience organizing in the Black Church context
  • Experience organizing people directly impacted by mass incarceration and mass deportation
  • A deep commitment to building social movement in Indiana and the Midwest
  • A masters in divinity or history of leadership in religious institutions
  • Fluency in Spanish
 
Salary and Benefits:
 
  • Competitive salary is based on experience.
  • Excellent benefits includes; family medical, dental, and vision, 401K plan with 5% employer contribution after two years, and generous vacation
 
Application Procedure:
 
All applicants must apply for this position online via organizingcareers.org.  Please have the following documents ready to upload to your online application:
 
  1. An electronic file of your resume (preferably in PDF format)
  2. A cover letter outlining your qualifications and interest in this position
 
If you need assistance or experience any technical difficulties with your online application, please contact careers@faithinaction.org.  Resumes will not be accepted via this email address.
 
Deadline:  
 
  • Interviews begin immediately.
  • This Position will remain open until filled.
 
 
FAITH IN ACTION provides Equal Employment Opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, FAITH IN ACTION complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.




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