Virginia State Field Organizer

Virginia State Field Organizer

Job Type: 
Full Time
Job Open Date: 
Wednesday, April 6, 2022

Organizational Description: Founded in 1994, the mission of the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Justice (Latina Institute) is to build Latina/x power to fight for the fundamental human right to reproductive health, dignity, and justice. We center Latina/x voices, mobilize our communities, transform the cultural narrative, and drive policy change.

We amplify the grassroots power and thought leadership of Latinas/xs across the country to fuel a larger reproductive justice movement. Read more about the Latina Institute here.

Job Description:  Latina Institute Virginia seeks a Virginia State Field Organizer. We are looking for a committed bilingual (English-Spanish) individual who is passionate about organizing to raise the voices of Latina/xs in VA for social change, in particular the issues that impact their lives through execution of our grassroots advocacy and organizing strategies locally and state-wide. The Virginia State Field Organizer, in coordination with the VA state team, will build the base of activists willing to take action on issues, develop community leadership, advance civic engagement strategies, and assist in campaign development and implementation. The position will work to expand the grassroots movement for reproductive justice in the community.

 

Reporting to the Virginia State Manager, the ideal candidate works well in teams, and supports the power building work in the state. We are seeking a culturally competent individual with experience working with diverse communities, who is highly motivated to organize and build leadership in our base.   

Position Location: Northern Virginia

Responsibilities include:

  • Build a cadre of Latina activists to advance and support the Latina Institute agenda through organizing and outreach to community members and organizations, including
    • Develop a system of regular and consistent communication and relationship building with new and established Latina Institute activists via one-on-ones and other trust-building activities.
    • Commitment to creating a sustainable, inclusive, and collective healing space for activists.
    • Develop a volunteer base by recruiting, motivating, and agitating activists to participate in community engagement activities such as educational workshops, mobilizations, canvassing, phone, and text banking, elected official outreach, health fairs, and cultural festivals. 
    • Help deliver monthly education and/or trainings as part of an overall activist leadership development plan.
    • Help train activists in additional leadership skills and schedule them to help coordinate or lead specific field work activities such as grassroots campaigns, and civic and voter engagement. 
    • Ensure that our activist volunteer databases are organized and kept up to date.
    • Consistently perform data entry.
    • Use digital tools for management of and communication with our activists.
    • In collaboration with the communications team, draft organizing and advocacy emails to our base.
    • Activate base to rapidly respond in the field to urgent issues.
  • Work collaboratively with VA State Manager, and other staff, on grassroots advocacy and media efforts, as necessary.
  • Serve as a Latina Institute spokesperson for media and communications opportunities, as necessary.
  • Administrative
    • In coordination with the VA State Manager, develop internal work plans, track progress towards goals, and report activities and outcomes with key members of the Latina Institute organization-wide team.
    • Track and record all lobbying efforts in a timely manner.
    • Track and reconcile expenses related to all organizing activities and travel within the overall state budget.
    • Help with grant reporting and support grassroots fundraising efforts.
    • Other duties as assigned.

Main Qualifications:

  • Working knowledge of written and spoken Spanish is required.
  • Prior community organizing experience is required. 
  • Have a working understanding of the political structure of the state; knowledge of the Northern Virginia landscape is required.
  • Knowledge and commitment to reproductive health and rights and/or social justice issues.
  • Strong communication skills, including comfort with public speaking.
  • Ability to multi-task and keep a close attention to detail.
  • Ability to work independently, think critically and creatively.
  • Self-motivated and able to take initiative.
  • Ability to work well with a team and take direction and feedback.
  • Strong computer skills, including Microsoft Office, database management/web/online tools, and social media required.
  • Travel required.
  • Leadership development experience preferred.
  • Preference given to candidates with relationships with key community-based organizations in the area.
  • Having a valid driver’s license is strongly preferred.
  • Knowledge of Facebook and Twitter needed, EveryAction, P2P or SMS texting programs and Voter Activation Network (VAN) knowledge is a plus.

Salary & Benefits:  Salary ranges from $55,000 - $65,000. Our comprehensive package of benefits includes:

  • Medical, dental, and vision plans
  • Vacation, personal, and sick time
  • Retirement plan, including employer match
  • Paid parental leave
  • $1000 towards professional development

APPLICATION PROCEDURE:  Please send your resume, cover letter, and list of 3 references via e-mail to humanresources@latinainstitute.org. Please include in the subject line: Applicant - VA State Field Organizer.

The National Latina Institute for Reproductive Justice is an equal opportunity employer, committed to inclusive hiring and dedicated to diversity in our work and staff. We do not discriminate in employment opportunities or practices on the basis of actual or perceived race, color, religion, national origin, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, veteran status, uniform service member status, disability or any other characteristic protected by law. Women, people of color, including bilingual and bicultural individuals, LGBTQ persons, and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply. 

Location: 
Virginia