Title: Community Organizers
Organization: Mass Senior Action Council (MSAC)
Job Type: 1 Full-time (Boston); 1 Part-time (Springfield)
Brief Summary of Organization:
Massachusetts Senior Action Council (MSAC) is a multicultural, senior-led grassroots organization empowering over 1,200 low- and moderate-income seniors state-wide to use their own voices to address key public policy and community issues that affect their health and well-being. Members work together for quality healthcare, safe affordable housing, transportation, and income security. Founded in 1981, Senior Action has achieved 33 years of meaningful wins and is respected as one of the most dynamic, effective grassroots groups of organized lower income seniors in the country.
- Support local chapter members to identify and carry out local and statewide policy campaigns and voter empowerment campaigns by:
- Facilitating strategy discussions, and setting goals with members,
- Doing recruitment and outreach with members to the local community, and
- Working with members to implement tactics and reach campaign goals
- Coordinate monthly chapter meetings, local campaigns, and action committees with chapter leaders
- Develop leadership skills of membership base.
- Identify potential leaders
- Provide individualized support and development for emerging leaders
- Develop and conduct popular education workshops to enhance leadership skills and understanding of strategic issues
- Work closely with statewide staff and membership to ensure that organizing work in chapters across the state is well coordinated.
- Conduct fundraising & local media work under supervision of Executive Director,
- Sustain & Strengthen local coalition of community organizations and allies.
- Provide (or arrange) transportation as needed to support local organizing and enable members to participate in MSAC organizing activities.
Qualifications & Experience:
- Passion and commitment to grassroots social change, collective efforts to promote social justice, and the empowerment of low-income, working class people.
- Excellent computer, speaking, writing and interpersonal communication skills.
- Capacity to think strategically and analytically about social, economic, cultural, and political issues affecting a community.
- Desire to learn and openness to challenge.
- Experience working in communities of color and with senior citizens preferred.
- Previous community organizing (issue, labor, or other) experience preferred.
- Must own and operate a car and be willing to transport members.
- Well-organized, punctual, self-motivated, quick learner interested in a broad range of issues.
- Bilingual ability a plus
- People of color strongly encouraged to apply
- Two-year commitment expected.
To Apply: Submit an up-to-date résumé and cover letter describing your interest and qualifications to search@MassSeniorAction.org no later than November 14, 2014 although resumes will be accepted until the position is filled. Applications should be sent via email in Microsoft Word of PDF formats only. No phone calls, please.