Relational Organizing Fellow

Website Community Change

About Community Change and Community Change Action:

Community Change builds the power and capacity of low-income people, especially low-income people of color, to lead powerful and dynamic movements for social change. With our community-based partner groups, we bridge the grassroots and the national, supporting outsider strategies to disrupt the status quo while also building pathways to influence the insider conversation.

Our vision of a better world centers the leadership of impacted people of color to move our work on immigrant rights, economic justice, and racial equity, including a focus on jobs and housing, early childhood care and education, income supports, and immigration reform.

This position also supports Community Change Action, an affiliated 501(c)(4) advocacy organization. While motivated by the same core values – equity, inclusion, and justice – Community Change and Community Change Action operate independently of one another and each organization has its own board of directors.

Position Description: 

The Relational Organizing Fellow will provide capacity to the  Community Change’s political/electoral team embedded in a state partner organization. The Relational Organizing Fellow will support a Community Change state partner to implement and run a co-developed relational voter turnout program. This role will work hand in hand with state partners staff with the support of the Community Change Action electoral, digital  and communication team along with other teams to achieve the 2022 Electoral and Relational Organizing goals. The Relational Organizing Fellow will focus on building political power by utilizing relational organizing strategies to work with existing and new leaders to turn out new and unlikely voters in crucial primary and general elections.

What is relational organizing and how does it relate to the political program? Relational voter turnout is a model for building collective power at scale to bring about social and political change. It is about engaging your closest relationships in a conversation about political change and action. The practice of “Relational Organizing” has a rich history in our country including the Civil Rights Movement and the United Farm Workers Movement. Recently electoral campaigns have used the process of engaging and tracking personal relationships and conversations to strengthen existing relationships, facilitate engaging political education (memes, links to news stories, etc) through trusted channels, and ultimately deliver a more impactful get out the vote request.

We at Community Change/Action believe that this type of strategy can and should deliver impact in the 2022 election cycle but its capacity is greater than just electoral. We have the possibility of building an infrastructure that will strengthen our ongoing organizing and issue campaigns

A portion of time will be spent working with Community Change’s sister organization, Community Change Action.

Principal Responsibilities: 

  • Identify, recruit and support volunteer leaders based on assigned field plan.
  • Provide training and development to volunteer leaders to execute successful relational organizing programs in target areas.
  • Implement local, state, and national political plans by working with organizational partner staff, volunteers, and Community Change/Action staff.
  • Use VAN, EveryAction, and/or Impactive to implement relational organizing programs and peer to peer texting programs.
  • Work with state partner staff to build technical understanding and shared commitment to executing the relational organizing program.
  • Develop and conduct effective community organizing 1:1s, team building, mobilization, storytelling and other organizing strategies including digital organizing.
  • Daily events, door-to-door canvassing and/or phone banking assignments.
  • Track progress to overall relational voter turnout goals.
  • Monitor demographic and political trends related to voting and civic participation to create timely and engaging relational app content.
  • Attend weekly fellowship meetings with Community Change/Action staff to report on ongoing priorities and initiatives.
  • Attend partner organization staff and local coalition meetings, as needed.

Qualifications: 

  • Strong commitment and passion to building the political power of low-income communities, particularly low income communities of color.
  • At least 1-2 cycles of campaign experience that includes direct field and voter engagement.
  • 1-2 years of community organizing, leadership development, team building and demonstrated ability to relate to grassroots community organizations.
  • Significant experience in electoral campaign planning, program development and budgeting.
  • Experience and understanding of VAN.
  • Ability to meet ongoing deadlines and plan projects.
  • Experience with digital organizing is a plus.
  • Understanding of legal parameters for electoral organizing in 501(c)(3) and 501(c)(4) contexts.
  • A strategic mindset that encompasses base-building, coalition-building, public policy, communications, and field and electoral organizing.
  • Strong team and coalition management skills.
  • Excellent oral communication, public speaking, and writing skills.
  • Experience and comfort working in multi-issue and multi-cultural environments.
  • Commitment to economic, race and gender justice is essential.
  • Experience in research and testing on electoral programs is a plus but not required.
  • Must be willing to work a flexible schedule including evenings and weekends.
  • Written and verbal fluency in Spanish or other languages is a plus.
  • Knowledge of remote-first organizational culture and systems.
  • Comfortable using our remote work tools including Google Workspace, Microsoft Outlook, and Slack.

This position reports to: Co-Director of Electoral Power Building with close coaching under direction of state partners staff.

Classification: Community Change recognizes a staff bargaining unit affiliated with IFPTE Local 70, a union for non-profit workers. This position is not included in Community Change’s bargaining unit and not covered under the terms of the collective bargaining agreement.

Duration: This is a 9month role which will conclude March 1, 2023.

COVID-19 Requirements: Community Change requires all new employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 (within six weeks after the start of employment) unless a medical or religious exemption is requested and approved. An employee will be considered fully vaccinated once (i) two weeks have elapsed since after the employee has received the final dose of a primary COVID vaccine series (e.g., two doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, two doses of the Moderna vaccine, or one dose of the Johnson & Johnson/Janssen vaccine) and (ii) the employee has received any booster vaccine dose currently recommended by the CDC for those in the employee’s age group. Should the CDC subsequently recommend additional boosters or should an employee otherwise become newly subject to a CDC booster recommendation, an employee shall continue to be considered fully vaccinated if the employee gets the additional booster within one month of the change.

Travel Requirements: Travel pending COVID updates. Assuming the ability to travel, expected travel 3-8 weeks throughout the year.

Salary & Benefits: $55,0000 annual salary. Community Change also offers an excellent benefits package, which includes 4 weeks of annual paid vacation; additional paid holiday leave between December 24 and January 1; 8% employer contribution to retirement account after six months of employment (and 3% employer contribution for the first 6 months); and a choice of generous health insurance plans.

Closing Date of Position: Open Until Filled

Position Location:  Flexible, AZ, NV, WI preferred

How to apply: Please click here to submit a resume, a cover letter that includes salary expectations and at least two writing samples.

Community Change is an Equal Opportunity Employer

To apply for this job email your details to employment@communitychange.org