Become our next Senior Organizing Director

June 27, 2019
Title Senior Organizing Director
Location Denver
Program area(s) and general summary Oversees organizing campaigns to advance CIRC’s priority campaigns through coalition building, legislative advocacy and regional organizing model.
Reports to Executive Director
Closing Date Open until filled

Organization Summary

The Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition (CIRC), www.coloradoimmigrant.org, is a statewide membership-based coalition of immigrant, labor, interfaith, youth and ally organizations founded in 2002 to build a unified statewide voice to improve the lives of immigrants and refugees in Colorado and the U.S. CIRC achieves this mission through non-partisan civic engagement, public education and advocacy to win fair, humane and workable public policies. CIRC’s strategic priorities include:

  • Win Relief and Reform: for families, workers and students eligible for prosecutorial discretion and administrative reforms this includes permanent path to relief for DACA, TPS, and DED holders.
  • Defend and protect immigrants from detention, deportation and family separation through state advocacy and policy strategies.
  • Build organizing alliances among diverse immigrant populations, including, non-Latino immigrant and refugee communities.
  • Support the development of civic engagement campaigns to increase New American Voter participation in local, state and municipal elections.

Job Summary

The Senior Organizing Director is a senior strategist and manager within the organization and will lead a team with diverse expertise and objectives to accomplish short and long-term organizational goals.  We seek a motivated and visionary leader to join our leadership team to lead CIRC to the next level of strategic organizing.  The ideal candidate is a seasoned organizer, a strategic campaign planner and an experienced staff manager and leader.  They will have at least five years of grassroots, labor or political organizing experience, and a minimum of five year’s experience building, leading and managing teams.  The Organizing Director will help shape our future growth and implement the 2022 Strategic plan.

Areas of Responsibility

The Senior Organizing Director leads and manages the organizers who provide the grassroots muscle to win concrete campaign victories and build power in immigrant communities.  The Director drives campaign planning and implementation, and oversees all organizing and civic engagement strategy. This position reports to the Executive Director. The Director moves important policy goals in the areas of immigration reform and immigrant integration through the following strategies:

  • Non-Partisan Voter Engagement:  With CIRC Action and C3 team supporting year-round policy and election-based campaigns and organizing strategies that focus on voter registration, education and turnout for positive policy change at national, local and statewide levels. 
  • Membership & Leadership Development: Building a diverse base of member organizations and individual supporters; and leading the establishment of a leadership development program for different levels of leadership within the movement.
  • Strategic Political Action:  Understanding and translating national, state and local policy into strategic action, community education and organizing.  Lead and educate organizers to fully understand the implications of proposed policy changes and to fine-tune our campaigns to organize and engage community members to pass progressive policy change.
  • Coalition Building:  Leading strategic partnerships with in-state and national organizations, both immigrant and non-traditional allies, to collaborate and develop campaigns to advance the goals of CIRC and the movement. Support regional organizers with coordination, and overall CIRC efforts to partner effectively with state and local organizations.

The Senior Organizing Director will work closely with the Federal Campaign Director to build a cohesive and strong team of statewide organizers who support local, state, and federal campaigns; will be part of the senior leadership team; assisting with fundraising, grant writing and reporting.

Specific Tasks and Duties

  • Oversee development and implementation of long- and short-term organizing and outreach goals, strategies and tactics for the organization, in conjunction with campaign teams.
  • Oversee the hiring, supervision and training of organizing team staff. Coordinate trainings and other organizational and staff development activities. Facilitate organizing team meetings.
  • In conjunction with communications and policy staff, oversee development of organizing materials, issue updates, action alerts, membership materials needed to implement campaigns, in conjunction with communications team.
  • Work with coalition partners to build strong relationships and partnerships, and develop and implement strategies at the national, state and regional level.
  • Serve as a liaison between Organizing Team and other teams (Communications, Development & Administration).
  • Manages grant reports, organizing budget and coordinates with other staff to manage overall budget.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Experience and Accomplishments

  • Minimum 5 years staff management experience with proven track record of leading/building teams and staff supervision.
  • Minimum of 5 year’s experience as a grassroots, field, or national organizer or campaigner.
  • Proven ability to manage and evaluate projects and budgets with attention to detail from start to finish.
  • Extensive knowledge of campaigns, including grassroots organizing strategies and advocacy techniques.
  • Experience building a membership program.

Skills and Requirements

  • Passion for social justice and building power in immigrant communities.
  • Excellent interpersonal, supervisory, leadership development and training skills.
  • Excellent long and short-term campaign, strategic and organizational planning.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication, planning, and analytical skills.
  • Experience with non-partisan voter registration and mobilization and knowledge of Voter Activation Network a plus.
  • Experience working with the media and acting as a spokesperson a plus.
  • Experience working with policy analysis and research a plus.
  • High energy and enthusiasm.
  • Experience in organizational development and culture change desirable.
  • Experience building, training and leading teams.
  • Proven ability to work with diverse communities, work well under pressure, handle multiple tasks at once, and adapt to changing situations on a daily basis.
  • Ability to work long hours and travel.
  • Bilingual English and another language relevant to the immigrant community preferred.

Salary & Benefits: Full time position, competitive salary plus full medical benefits.
Closing Date of Position: Position to remain open until filled.
To Apply: Submit resume, cover letter and contact for three references in Word or PDF to: jobs@coloradoimmigrant.org

Questions or info about CIRC visit: www.colorado immigrant.org, call 303-922-3344, or email: jobs@coloradoimmigrant.org

CIRC is an advocate of affirmative action and welcomes applications from all backgrounds, particularly from people of color; women; LBGTQ people; immigrants or refugees; people with disabilities; and people from low- or moderate-income backgrounds. CIRC does not discriminate in its employment decisions on the basis of race, creed, color, ethnicity, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity/expression, age, height, weight, disability status, veteran status, military obligations, marital status, political party affiliation, or on any other basis that would be in violation of any applicable federal, state, or local law.