Community Organizer

Allentown, PA, USA

$40,000 - $50,000 year

Full-Time

Job Description

Make the Road PA seeks an energetic, Spanish-speaking community organizer to join our team in Philadelphia. The organizer will work closely with the Lead Organizer and MRPA’s leaders to grow our membership base through street outreach, door-knocking, and phone banking, develop new leadership and execute campaigns.


Key responsibilities:

  • Participate in base-building, including street outreach, door-knocking, phone-banking, membership recruitment and engagement, member meetings, mobilizing, and leadership development.

  • Coordinate local issue-based campaigns on economic justice, immigrant rights, criminal justice reform, and/or LGBTQ justice.

  • Lead events and mobilizations on issues impacting MRPA’s membership.

  • Develop and implement popular education and leadership development curriculum.

  • Coordinate with the Lead Organizers of the organizing centers on statewide campaigns and organization-wide events.

  • Develop testimonies with members for the press, and work with directly impacted people to give testimonies that advance our campaigns.

  • Engage a variety of stakeholders, including member leaders, allies, community leaders, coalitions, elected officials, and funders.

  • Constantly connect and build our local, state, and national supporter base through organic social media, texting, calling, and other avenues including member referral, blog posts, emails, or peer-to-peer texts to member lists.

  • Weekly data entry on the database.

  • Engage current members, move them and deepen their leadership.


In addition, the Community Organizer will:

  • Support MRPA’s civic engagement work.

  • Represent the organization at some external meetings and coalition tables.


Key Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated commitment to racial, economic, and social justice, and an understanding of the challenges facing immigrant communities, communities of color, and low-income families.

  • Demonstrated commitment to community organizing focused on power-building through direct community engagement, leadership development, and the elevation of directly impacted and marginalized people to create change.

  • Fluency in at least one SMS platform (e.i.: Hustle, ThruTalk), familiarity with organizing through Facebook groups, and experience using VAN, Every Action, Action Network, or any other movement database.

  • At least one year of experience in community labor, or other relevant community organizing.

  • Ability to move people to action using online tools.

  • Strong commitment to developing other people’s leadership.

  • Ability to take initiative and effectively manage multiple projects in a fast-paced environment at a growing organization.


Requirements:

  • Must be eligible to work in the US.

  • Be fully bilingual in Spanish and English.

  • A car and driver’s license.

  • Required to be fully vaccinated with an FDA-approved COVID-19 vaccine prior first day of employment.

  • Be open to working some evenings and weekends.


Location:

This position will be a combination of remote and in-person work during COVID-19, and work in person from the Philadelphia office. MRPA also has organizing centers in Reading and Philadelphia, so the Community Organizer will need to travel to the other two organizing centers for organization-wide meetings and events.


MRPA is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to a diverse staff. Women, LGBTQ, people with disabilities, and people of color are strongly encouraged to apply. All qualified applicants will be afforded equal employment opportunities without discrimination because of race, creed, color, national origin, sex, age, genetic information, disability, or marital status.

About the Company

Make the Road PA was launched in 2014 and, over the last few years, has quickly become one of the largest Latinx organizations in the state of Pennsylvania. MRPA now runs three robust organizing centers in Reading, Allentown, and Philadelphia. We have a strong, engaged membership base of Black and Brown working-class people, primarily in Latinx communities. We have a strong track record of local and state campaigns, large-scale mobilizations on federal issues, large-scale civic engagement work, and active leadership among key progressive organizing groups, coalitions, and tables across the state.