Job Title: Northwest Washington Regional Organizer
Supervisor: Organizing Director
Schedule: Half Time (Est. 20 hours/week)
Salary: $22,500 per year
Location: Hybrid remote based in the North Puget Sound or Northwest Washington Region in Washington state.
The Northwest Washington Regional Organizer position will help build political power to protect and expand abortion access in the Northwest Washington and North Puget Sound regions (Whatcom, Skagit, Snohomish, Island, and portions of King counties) and across the state by engaging and cultivating Pro-Choice Washington’s base of grassroots supporters and members in the Northwest Washington and North Puget Sound regions. They will support and expand Pro-Choice Washington’s student and community activist chapters in the region and mobilize Pro-Choice Washington’s broader network to take political and advocacy actions. The work of the Regional Organizer will help to achieve clear and relevant political wins.
The Regional Organizer will work with the Organizing Director, and the Deputy Director to identify, build, and strengthen community partnerships, design and implement activist leadership development programs and programs that support activist leaders’ goals, and facilitate network engagement with regular electoral and legislative activities.
A successful Regional Organizer will be excited by the opportunity to be creative while strengthening existing partnerships and activist chapter models. Pro-Choice Washington is committed to living our values throughout our work, so a successful Regional Organizer will also center racial, economic, gender, and social equity, and will believe in non-competitive coalition work and collaborative movement building.
Pro-Choice Washington, a 501(c)4 nonprofit organization, is the leading grassroots advocacy organization for reproductive freedom in Washington state. We believe every person deserves equitable access to affordable, unbiased, quality abortion and reproductive healthcare within their community.
Pro-Choice Washington’s advocacy work is complemented by the Pro-Choice Washington Foundation and the Pro-Choice Washington Political Action Committee. The Pro-Choice Washington Foundation is a 501(c)3 organization and the research and education arm of our movement, focusing on grassroots capacity building, community and lawmaker issue education, policy change, and leadership development.
The Pro-Choice Washington Political Action Committee (PAC) helps elect reproductive rights and justice champions at all levels of state and local government. It directs financial and in-kind contributions to candidates endorsed by Pro-Choice Washington and who are aligned with our values and our communities’ needs.
Our organization is powered by the voices of more than 25,000 members across the state who are speaking up for reproductive rights through advocacy, community engagement, and education. You can learn more about our organization at prochoicewashington.org.
Thoughtful Decision-Making: We believe in the things that are working and in approaching new challenges with creativity, open-mindedness, and intentionality.
Boundaries and Self-Care: We believe in identifying and facilitating actions, approaches, and individual boundaries that replenish our energy and excitement about this work.
Collective Success: We believe in the importance of systems-thinking and working toward non-competitive and collaborative community growth.
Safe Spaces and Shared Solutions: We believe in ensuring a safe working environment to express fears and frustrations, which allows us to atone for mistakes and to solve challenges as they arise. We believe in shared solutions and a forward momentum to our work.
‘Impacted Leadership’ and ‘Privileged Support’: As is well-articulated by adrienne maree brown, we believe in being led by folks most impacted by the issues we work on with support from those in positions of privilege.
Living Our Values: We believe in putting into action the values that we hold and espouse as an institution via organizational practices, policies, strategies, and partnerships.
Transparent Decision-making: We value transparency and insight into organizational processes and decisions, and collaborative decision-making whenever possible.
Key Duties & Responsibilities
- Create inclusive community spaces by organizing consistent programming and accessible community events where Pro-Choice Washington members can connect, learn, and take collective action.
- Attend local community events to build trust, connect with, and recruit new community members to get involved with Pro-Choice Washington’s advocacy work.
- Support and coordinate Pro-Choice Washington’s youth leadership programs, including internship, campus, and high school programs.
- Support and coordinate Pro-Choice Washington’s North Seattle and West Seattle Troublemakers Chapters and work to build new chapters across the region by identifying and regularly engaging activist leaders, sharing guidance and resources on Pro-Choice Washington’s messaging and priorities, and identifying and coordinating meaningful opportunities for action.
- Communicate regularly with local Pro-Choice Washington activist members by email, phone, and text.
- Identify and elevate activists eager to increase their leadership in the reproductive freedom movement.
- Help to mobilize members to participate in community events, like Conversations for Change and Chapter events.
- Help to mobilize members to participate in legislative and electoral activities like Advocacy Week, in-district meetings, events, door-to-door canvasses, phonebanks, and text banks.
- Identify opportunities to respectfully collect and uplift the experiences and stories of members to raise awareness and to support communications and development departments.
- Create and/or support the development of educational resources, including activist guides, issue briefs, toolkits, and one-pagers.
- Other tasks as required.
Desired & Required Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities
- Deep commitment to equity, racial, economic, gender, and social justice, and strong alignment with our organizational values
- Sincere commitment to work collaboratively with all constituent groups, including staff, volunteers, members, and partners
- Demonstrated success at cultivating and sustaining respectful relationships with a wide range of diverse stakeholders, while centering values of collaboration, empathy, and direct communication
- A minimum of two years of experience in organizing volunteers or activists on issue-based or electoral campaigns
- Interest in mentoring staff and volunteers
- Self-starter and able to work independently
- Ability to work in a fast-paced, dynamic environment while nurturing and sustaining a team culture built on trust, collaboration, flexibility, and humor
- Commitment to the mission and vision of Pro-Choice Washington, and a deep understanding of the intersectional components of reproductive freedom
- Experience developing and implementing public policy, political, and electoral strategies
- Experience designing campaign plans
- Background and community relationships in Whatcom, Skagit, Snohomish, or Island Counties.
- Mastery of Microsoft Office programs, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint
Must be able to stand, walk, sit, climb stairs, and occasionally lift up to 25 pounds from floor to waist high. Work is primarily performed remotely with occasional in-person meetings and events. Half-time position, with some flexibility in hours possible for the right candidate. Occasional evenings and weekend work are likely. Occasional travel within Washington state.
Please email a cover letter, addressed to Sami Alloy (she/her), Deputy Director, and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “Northwest Regional Organizer” as soon as possible and no later than January 16th, 2022, as the position may be filled sooner. All applications will be reviewed, but only those demonstrating a strong alignment with the position description will be contacted for additional information. We encourage you to apply even if you do not meet all the requirements – commitment to the mission and a willingness to problem-solve is highly valued. Referrals to potential candidates are welcome. No phone calls please.
Pro-Choice Washington is an equal opportunity employer and considers qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, age, disability, or any other protected factor. We also engage in anti-discriminatory hiring practices, folks who are women, queer, trans, non-binary, Black, Indigenous, people of color, parents, have different abilities, and are immigrants are encouraged to apply.