UPDATE: This position has been filled.
Beyond the Choir is hiring two full-time field organizers for our organizing and training work in eastern Pennsylvania. The full-time salaried positions will involve campaign work (a mix of issue-based and electoral campaigning—with a focus on 2018), and also training and coaching of volunteer leaders. Both positions will be based out of our office in Lancaster, Pennsylvania and will involve frequent travel within a two-hour radius.
We believe that our world is in crisis. And so is our political system here in the United States. Our mission at Beyond the Choir is to help to win a world for all of us. We believe this will require a large-scale political struggle. And we believe progressive forces can only win such a struggle if we build stronger organizations, bigger movements, and a broader alignment of social forces. Our name captures the core of our mission: to win, we need to do more than just “preach to the choir.” We are committed to building a new progressive populism that centers both racial justice and economic justice. We seek to bridge between in-the-streets social movements, civic spaces, and electoral strategies; we are committed to building progressive governing power. Our partnership work with progressive organizations and movements is in service to this mission.
The field organizers will work in close collaboration with other Beyond the Choir staff and with Lancaster Stands Up to organize volunteers and a door-to-door canvass in Lancaster County and Pennsylvania’s 16th Congressional District. The field organizers will also provide training and coaching for volunteers and grassroots organizations in neighboring congressional districts.
The training that we provide to groups focuses on political alignment, political narrative, organizing and campaign skills, and especially canvassing.
This is an entry- to intermediate-level position based in a small city with a low cost of living. The starting salary is $30k-$40k (depending on experience), plus benefits. Strong applicants will already have some or all of the qualifications listed below.
- Experience working with progressive political organizations and/or social movements.
- Training experience. Preferably experience with writing training curriculum.
- Demonstrated ability to collaborate with a team and with partner organizations.
- Demonstrated ability to connect with people across differences of class, race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, and political beliefs.
- Communication skills, verbal and written.
- A deep political analysis that is aligned with our mission of social, economic, and ecological justice.
- Based in or near Lancaster, PA. Willingness to travel regionally.
- Bonus: experience organizing in this particular context or a comparable context.
How to apply
Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, starting immediately. To apply, please send a short explanation of your interest in the job, and why you think you could be the right person (no more than 400 words) along with your resume and three references to firstname.lastname@example.org (we will notify you prior to contacting any references). Feel free to also send one sample of campaign materials, training curriculum, or other relevant materials you have written. Thank you.