Southern VT Community Organizer

  • Part Time
  • Windham County
  • Applications have closed

Website Vermont Interfaith Action

Vermont Interfaith Action is a grassroots network of clergy and faith communities across Vermont working to improve the quality of life of all Vermonters by addressing social justice issues through systemic change. VIA is seeking a Community Organizer to coordinate our Brattleboro chapter and build out a chapter in Bennington county.

The organizer will engage and develop clergy and grassroots community leaders to shape public policy in areas of social concern affecting their communities. Vermont Interfaith Action is an affiliate of the Faith in Action (FIA) National Network, the largest network of faith-based community organizing federations in the country.

Responsibilities:
Build relationships through one-to-one conversations with faith leaders and community stakeholders on a consistent and regular basis
Develop leaders to build organizing teams with the power to win policy changes
Mobilize grassroots community leaders to lead social justice campaigns
Expand VIA’s Southern Vermont base through recruiting new clergy, congregations, and community stakeholders
Incorporate Faith in Action’s model of organizing into day-to-day work activities
Participate in national network professional development activities as required
Participate in fundraising and administrative activities as required

Qualifications:
Deep interest and commitment to community and social justice issues
Strong relational skills and ability to connect, engage and inspire community members
Capacity to think strategically and analytically about issues impacting communities
Respect for and ability to work with diverse faith communities
Commitment to bottom-up organizing, grassroots leadership and collective decision-making
Must be a self-starter, able to work independently, as well as a team-player
Desire to learn and openness to challenge yourself and others
Bachelor’s degree or equivalent work experience preferred
Previous organizing experience (union, labor, voter, political campaigns) a plus

VIA has a strong learning culture which includes weekly staff development sessions as well as FIA regional and national training. We place a high priority on personal learning, relationship building and creating a respectful multi-faith organization. This position is part-time (averaging 20 hours per week) with some travel, nights and weekends involved.

VIA is an equal opportunity employer. We value a diverse workforce and an inclusive office culture. We strongly encourage applications from all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, age, national origin, marital status, disability, veteran status, or prior involvement in the criminal justice system.

Salary is commensurate with experience. Benefits include employer paid medical (including dental and vision) insurance; 401(k); and generous vacation, holiday and sick leave. Applications accepted until position filled.

To apply, email a cover letter and resume to office@viavt.org. Please include in the subject line of the email: your last name and Southern VT Organizer. Please indicate where you learned of this position.