Title: State Organizing Manager
Position: Full Time
Reports To: Director of Organizing and Field
FLSA Status: Exempt
Start Date: As soon as filled
Work Location: Remote
About Caring Across Generations:
Caring Across Generations is an intersectional campaign working to make care more affordable and accessible at every stage of life, while making sure caregivers are treated with respect and dignity. Founded in 2011 by workers’ rights activists Sarita Gupta and Ai-jen Poo, we’re focused on creating change in three ways: organizing a powerful movement of the Caring Majority, fighting for groundbreaking policy at the state level and federal level, and changing hearts and minds through storytelling and leveraging pop culture.
We were behind the historic win to extend federal minimum wage and overtime protections to home care workers, the creation of the Kupuna Caregivers program in Hawaii in 2016, and in 2018, helped Washington state create the nation’s first universal public program for long-term support and services.
The State Organizing Manager will lead our state-based coalition work to move and win Care legislation in state legislatures while building toward national moments and join the entire Organizing & Field team to support our federal agenda. We are currently running state-based campaigns in 11 states and plan to expand that number over the next five years.
Caring Across Generations is seeking a creative, experienced campaigner to organize, help lead strategy development, and grow our state-based coalitions. The State Organizing Manager primarily will be responsible for organizing a set of Caring Across Generations state-based campaigns to pass and support the implementation of legislation that expands the care infrastructure . Our organizing program is heart-centered and full-person organizing based, and this person will require a high degree of emotional intelligence, a deep belief that people are the experts in their own experience who can take action to change their situation.
This role presents a unique opportunity for a dynamic, self-starter who lives for movement building, excels in establishing relationships, project management, and leadership development .
- Build strong relationships with a wide range of state political actors: organizers, elected officials, political directors, and grassroots leaders to build power to win and move legislative agendas forward.
- Act as a catalyst with state-based partners to create, run and implement ambitious campaign plans to move Care Agendas in their states. These activities can include, but aren’t limited to, coalition meetings, grassroots trainings, policy workshops, lobby visits, days of action, and digital actions.
- Coach state-based partners to be better organizers and campaigners – from executive directors to base-building organizers.
- Manage rapid response moments, both online and in person. Quickly coordinate in-person events (when it is possible again) at the speed of the news cycle that may include petition deliveries, stand-up news conferences and other creative actions that earn media attention.
- Monitor progress of campaign activities, evaluate effectiveness, make recommendations for improvement, and provide regular updates both to support state-based campaigns success and to incorporate learnings to be shared across the Caring Across field program.
- Engage, educate, and motivate a diverse network on Care-related issues and advocacy. Train leaders and teams in basic organizing skills and engage them in setting realistic yet challenging goals.
- Represent Caring Across Generations at public hearings, conferences, and coalition meetings.
- Leverage national staff to support state-based campaign work including:
collaborate with Digital Director and Manager of National Organizing to mobilize Caring Across
- Generations supporters for online and offline advocacy and engagement (e.g., lobby days, local events, petitions, call-in days, digital days of action, etc)
- Collaborate with the communications team on local press events, media, and communications strategies to support Caring Across Generations’ state policy priorities.
- Collaborate with the policy team to equip state partners and coalitions with policy and research support that move state-based campaigns forward.
- Support Director of Organizing and field engagement in states, including identifying opportunities for high-level engagement and visibility, preparing director for key meetings, etc.
- Organizing successful field visits with state-based coalitions at critical campaign moments.
- Work with the Organizing and Field team to execute national days of action to move the campaign’s federal policy forward. Support the Organizing Department’s goals to build power to move a bold national Care Agenda
- Experience organizing and/or campaigning
- Preferred five to seven years of relevant organizing and/or campaigning experience that can include a mix or some of the following: coalition building, leadership development, campaign development, policy creation, GOTV, digital organizing, and coordinating actions. (We will consider three to five years experience for exceptional candidates who may have other areas of applicable expertise.)
- Effective meeting facilitation skills, a must. Ability to lead engaging training on a Zoom webinar or jump in front of a crowd of activists or organizational partners.
- Works well with others across race, gender, organizational positionality, and identity differences to move the work forward..
- High level of emotional intelligence.
- A values-based, empathy-centered, principled approach and willingness to work with people you don’t always agree with to advance positive change.
- Willing to take initiative, exercise good judgment, and use diplomacy and discretion.
- The ability to set and meet deadlines, detail oriented and highly organized — all while driving results.
- A roll-up-your-sleeves, no-job-too-small, go-the-extra-mile work ethic.
- Good project management skills while moving multiple pieces of work.
- Strong written and verbal communications skills, including excellent writing and editing skills, persuasive communication, public presentation, and able to write compelling emails that move activists to take bold action.
- Thrives in a fast-paced work environment.
- Communicates well and comfortably among a racially diverse set of people.
- Strong social justice lens and an appetite to undo racism, sexism, misogyny, classism, ableism, homophobia, xenophobia, and other forms of oppression.
Must be willing and able to travel, including for in-person staff meetings and retreats. Generally, openness to traveling 1-2 times per month for 3-5 days once we begin to allow staff to travel again..
How to Apply:
Candidates will be considered on a rolling basis until it is filled, but preference will be given to those who apply by midnight ET on May 27, 2020.
Please send a resume and responses to the following questions in lieu of a cover letter to email@example.com. Please write State Organizing Manager in the subject line.
Why are you interested in applying to this role? (150 words or less)
Describe a time you had to come up with a strategy for how to get to a particular outcome. What did you do? What came next after implementing the strategy? (150 words or less)
Describe a time you had to build a stakeholder relationship across identity lines (i.e. race, gender, age, etc.) to grow your coalition/organization/campaign’s power. (150 words or less)
Compensation, Benefits and Work Schedule
This is a full-time, exempt position, with occasional evening and weekend work based on need. The annual salary range will be between 65,000 – 70,000 commensurate on experience.
Caring Across Generations is a project of, and fiscally sponsored by, Bend the Arc: A Jewish Partnership for Justice. Bend the Arc offers a comprehensive benefits package including:
- Medical, dental and vision benefits fully paid for by Bend the Arc for individual coverage and generous employer contribution of 80% toward monthly premiums for dependent and family coverage;
- Long and short term disability benefits fully paid for by Bend the Arc;
- 401K with employer contribution of 2% after your first year;
- Paid time off including:
- 15 vacation days during your first three years with an increase to 20 vacation days in your fourth year
- 12 sick days per year
- 23 paid holidays each year
- Generous Caregiving / Personal Leave of Absence policy with a Paid Leave Benefit that covers 3 weeks of paid leave for each year of employment, up to 12 paid weeks after four years on staff
- Adoption Assistance Program providing reimbursement of up to $1,500 for qualified adoption expenses;
- Dependent Care Flexible Spending Account;
- Flexible Spending Account or Health Savings Account for eligible health related expenses;
- Commuter Benefits;
- Employee Assistance Program;
- Life Insurance fully paid for by Bend the Arc;
- And more!
Bend the Arc values a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture. We encourage applications from all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, veteran status, record of arrest or conviction, or any other legally protected status. Bend the Arc is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from women, people of color, persons with disabilities, and LGBTQIA individuals.
This job description is intended to convey information essential to understand the scope of the position. It is not intended to be an exhaustive list of skills, efforts, duties, or responsibilities associated with the position.