Community Organizer

Website Nebraska Appleseed

Organization Description

Nebraska Appleseed is a nonprofit organization that fights for justice and opportunity for all Nebraskans. We take a systems-based approach to complex issues – such as child welfare, immigration policy, affordable health care, and poverty – and we take our work wherever we believe we can do the most good, whether that’s in the courthouse, at the Capitol, or in the community. The position is based in Lincoln.

Position Description

The Community Organizer builds, maintains, and coordinates authentic grassroots relationships in furtherance of the goals of the Collective Impact Lincoln collaborative project. The Community Organizer helps ensure programmatic work is community-led and builds power in local communities. The Community Organizer has the ability to solicit information, listen at all levels, and synthesize multiple channels to include face to face interactions and digital connections. This position is critical to providing leadership development training and contributes to the creation of a program organizing strategy. The Community Organizer is instrumental in community-driven advocacy and engagement efforts. The Community Organizer participates in formal and informal coalitions or collaborations which may include nonprofit, civic, and grassroots organizations. The position reports to the Economic Justice Program Director. The position serves on the Organizing team and on the Economic Justice program team.


Position Responsibilities

  • Ensure work is aligned to the goals of the Economic Justice and Organizing teams and the strategic objectives of the organization
  • Contribute to and implement strategic outreach plans, in partnership with the Economic Justice team and Organizing Director
  • Work with diverse community members and partners to establish and maintain authentic relationships, and identify opportunities and issues raised within the community
  • Collaborate with community members, partners, and the Economic Justice Program Team to develop targeted solutions to community issues including the development of policy, legal solutions, and organizing
  • Mobilize a base of grassroots support on the advocacy of important community issues
  • Identify and meet with key individuals and/or grassroots teams to promote positive change and build leadership capacity
  • Maintain applicable records in agency database adhering to Nebraska Appleseed privacy safeguards
  • Share key information gathered from the community with internal stakeholders

What you Bring to the Position

The ideal candidate will have the following background or a combination of the following qualifications:

  • Experience working with people from diverse backgrounds, personalities, and perspectives (immigrant, multicultural, rural/urban)
  • A strong relationship builder who has the ability to authentically connect with people with diverse personalities and skill levels
  • An active listener who is able to build consensus with diverse groups, and maintain integrity with Nebraska Appleseed standards and values
  • Strong interpersonal skills (to include effective listening, and the ability to contextualize messages of community members)
  • Strong verbal, written, nonverbal, and visual communication skills including facilitation & presentation skills
  • A self-starter with initiative who can manage multiple projects, next steps, and deadlines
  • A strategic thinker who always keeps the big picture in mind
  • A team player who is curious, creative, energetic, flexible, collaborative, and proactive
  • The ability to work evenings, weekends, and travel in and out of the state of Nebraska

Salary and Benefits

Salary of $40,000 to $45,500 and benefits including health, vision, dental, 401(k), and vacation.

To Apply

The application deadline is September 15, 2021, and the target start date is late October 2021.

Please send a cover letter, resume, and a list of three references via email to or via mail to Nebraska Appleseed, Attn: Human Resources, PO Box 83613, Lincoln, NE 68501-3613

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, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, or disability.

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