Wanted: PJALS Community Organizer!

Application deadline extended to Sept 7, 2021

The Peace and Justice Action League of Spokane engages everyday people to build a just and nonviolent world through community organizing and grassroots leadership development for peace, racial equity, economic justice, and human rights. We are an independent, multi-issue membership-based organization founded in Spokane County in 1975. PJALS 2021-22 strategic priorities are our Young Activist Leaders program; ending mass incarceration and systemic racism in our regional criminal system; countering white nationalism; and “education for action” on racial justice and grassroots organizing. Come be part of our team to organize for change! 

In our PJALS community, we believe everyday people can accomplish extraordinary things together. We strive to draw from our differences to increase and enhance effective action to build a just and nonviolent world. Our values ask us to honor and respect our web of different life experience to work collaboratively, sharing power and decision-making. Our work is guided by leadership of people directly impacted by the problems we seek to address, both among our PJALS community and in our broader community and world. We recognize our shared humanity and commit in the following ways to neither harm a member nor see a member harmed:

  • Use an intersectional racial equity lens in all of our work.
  • Call each other in, not out, when we make mistakes.
  • Use decision making processes that engage our diverse community.

 

Organizer Duties include

  • Leadership development: Recruiting, building relationships with, and involving member volunteers to develop skills, leadership, and capacity of our Peace & Justice Action League of Spokane community. 
  • Campaign planning, including research, development, implementation, and adaptation.
  • Hands-on organizing: this includes recruiting and training volunteers, outreach such as tabling or door knocking, signature gathering or other small and large mobilizations and events. 
  • Planning, facilitating, and/or participating in campaign/project meetings, as well as follow up communication.
  • Campaign and Event Communications: developing strategy, messaging, and content, to include flyers, newsletter articles, website, email alerts, social media, and earned media as assigned.
  • Representing PJALS: in collaborative efforts with partners, in the broader community, at public events and in communication with local, regional and national partners as assigned.
  • Excellent work habits: Develop and use week-by-week workplans to accomplish campaign objectives and organizational priorities and to track progress on multiple projects with multiple deadlines. Produce monthly staff reports to Steering Committee.
  • Timely responses to phone calls, emails, and other requests for information and referral.
  • Staffing the PJALS office and attending meetings and events as assigned. 
  • Coordinating and assisting with events, mailings, and other projects as needed.
  • Fundraising: participating in activities as assigned. 
  • Other duties as assigned. 

 

Required Qualifications:  

  • Demonstrated strong commitment to social justice and enthusiasm for the long haul of movement-building for collective power. 
  • Willing and able to work some evenings and weekends when necessary. 
  • Able to work independently as well as contribute to team success.
  • At least one year organizing or coordination experience with strong follow-through.
  • Ability to identify short-term steps to advance long-term values and goals. 
  • Strong written and verbal communications skills.
  • Ability to build respectful relationships across race, ethnicity, class, sexual orientation, gender identity, faith, age, ability, and other identities to increase recognition of mutual interest, shared values, and sense of community.
  • Proven ability to apply intersectional racial equity lens. 
  • Collaboration skills. 
  • Excellent time management, ability to advance more than one project at a time with varying degrees of urgency and long-term importance. 
  • Thriving on variety and change while able to maintain steadiness: able to work under pressure with grace and creativity, be comfortable with rapid response and be able to adjust/adapt a plan, and nurture strong relationships while always keeping your eye on the prize, core approaches to change, and long term goals and values. 
  • Technology skills: Google Suite, Google Drive, Microsoft Office, Zoom, database management and email alerts.  
  • Growth mindset: Desire to sharpen skills and analysis, receive feedback, and contribute to organizational success.
  • Sense of humor! 

 

Preferred Qualifications: 

  • Directly impacted by issues we work on. 
  • Familiarity with Marshall Ganz and/or Midwest Academy organizing models and with nonviolence skills and analysis. 
  • Facilitation skills for committees, coalition meetings, and skills-training workshops. 
  • Anti-racism training experience and familiarity with racial affinity groups. 
  • Communications strategy based on Race-Class Narrative research. 
  • Phone/ text banking, canvass experience and script creation. 
  • Curriculum development for political education and skill-building. 

 

PJALS Culture: 

PJALS is closed on Mondays to support work-life balance. PJALS’ work culture is open and based on trusting, respectful, authentic relationships. We honor and respect each other’s lived experience, not just professional experience. We care about the community and world, our organization, members, and mission; we care about the work, the issues, and impacted people. We are fueled by love and outrage! Our organizational culture is based on these shared beliefs and values: 

  • Change is fundamental. 
  • We have an expectation for learning and progress. 
  • We take risks in service of our values. 
  • We share losses and victories. 
  • We do not have internal competition. 
  • We have strong relationships and a strong team. 
  • We support self-care. 
  • We enact conscious use of self. 

To learn more about PJALS: 

PJALS staff have been working remotely since March 2020; nearly all events and meetings take place via Zoom. Currently our plan is to transition back to in-person in Fall 2021, which could change based on best practices for safety.  

Organizer reports to the Director; position is full time, hourly. Target start date October 2021. 

Compensation range: $38,000-40,000.  Benefits include dental coverage; 100% employer-paid healthcare with a Kaiser Permanente Gold Plan including vision; work expense reimbursement; 10 paid holidays, and 12 paid leave days annually.

To apply: Please send resume and cover letter with 3 references, with subject line “Application: PJALS Organizer” to jobs@pjals.org.  Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Application deadline: September 7, 2021