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Statewide Organizing for Community eMpowerment (SOCM) Middle Tennessee Community Organizer (posted 3/23/22)

JOB TITLE: Middle Tennessee Community Organizer

JOB TYPE: Full-time (40 hrs/wk)

DIRECT SUPERVISOR: Reports to the Executive Director 

LOCATION: Must live in Middle TN (Columbia, Murfreesboro or surrounding area)

ABOUT SOCM: SOCM is a 50-year-old, member-driven organization that utilizes civic involvement and collective action to empower rural and urban Tennesseans to have a greater voice in determining their future. We believe that extraordinary change is rooted in the power of ordinary people. Together, our members work towards a Tennessee where all people are treated with dignity, where our environment is preserved and protected, and where corporations and public officials are held accountable to the needs of the people. SOCM is democratically run by its members and invests heavily in the development of member leadership as a path to winning issues at local level.  We are organized through member-led, county-based chapters and accomplish our work through local and regional organizing trainings and support for local and regional issue campaigns.

OUR STRUCTURE: SOCM is led by a Board of Directors, composed of one elected representative from each of our chapters plus four at-large representatives who are elected by the full membership. This volunteer board is responsible for setting and evaluating organizational policies, as well as developing goals and strategic direction. SOCM’s staff team works with grassroots members and leaders to implement organizational goals and priorities, as well as local chapter campaigns. 

WHAT YOU’LL DO: SOCM Organizers are the primary support for our member-led chapters. Organizers work with members to help set strategy, build leadership, carry out work plans, communicate chapter goals back to our director and board, and help ensure that members are moving their campaigns forward. SOCM is committed to organizing that builds greater solidarity across lines of race, gender and class. As a staff, we are committed to mutual learning and growth. While we are looking for someone with fairly extensive organizing experience for this position, we also do not expect applicants to be proficient in every aspect of this work. 

  • Support our existing Middle & West TN chapters (Maury County, Rutherford County, Madison County) in selecting issues that advance a broader vision for social change and developing and implementing effective campaign strategies;

  • Assist and train members in essential organizing skills, including: public-speaking, working with the media, campaign planning and development; planning direct actions, lobbying; and running good meetings

  • Assist members in developing and implementing plans for strengthening the chapter, including membership recruitment, grassroots fundraising and publicity;

  • Engage the chapter in consistent planning and evaluation;

  • Ensure the chapter provides content (articles, photos, and/or graphics) for the SOCM Sentinel, E-news and other SOCM publications

  • Work with director, board and fellow staff to plan and implement cross-chapter trainings, annual meetings and other events

  • Encourage the development of strategic relationships among SOCM members and key external organizations

  • Provide reports to director and board about chapter progress 

  • Participate fully and constructively in staff meetings

  • Contribute to a culture of mutual respect, support, accountability, appreciation and learning, based on good working relationships and communication with other staff.

  • Other duties as negotiated and assigned.


QUALITIES OF AN IDEAL CANDIDATE:

  • Commitment to social, economic, and environmental justice through a base-building, community organizing framework; 

  • Enjoys listening to and learning from people of diverse backgrounds (including race, income-level, age, ability & political background)

  • Compassionate, honest and empathetic 

  • Ability to work both independently and as part of a team

  • Devoted to personal growth and self-development

  • Good communication skills including listening, asking challenging questions, and writing;

  • Experience as a volunteer member or leader in a member-led grassroots organizing group

  • Experience as a facilitator, trainer and designer of participatory workshops with adults

  • Understanding of how to work effectively in and with diverse communities

  • Creative, self-starting, and able to prioritize work effectively


QUALIFICATIONS:

  • A minimum of 1-year paid community or labor organizing experience and/or 2 years as an active leader in a member-based grassroots organization

  • Broadly familiar with the political & economic landscape of Tennessee 

  • Competency with digital tools including Google suite, Microsoft Office suite

  • Has access to reliable transportation and ability to travel to different parts of state and region on a regular basis

  • Experience with grassroots fundraising preferred 


COMPENSATION & BENEFITS:

Salary is negotiable based upon relevant experience. SOCM base annual salary is $37,450. SOCM provides full family health insurance for all employees that includes vision and dental coverage. We also offer generous vacation package, family and medical leave, mileage reimbursement, and a pension plan with contributions after two years of employment. 


TO APPLY: 

Send an email with your resume, a cover letter and three references to austin@socm.org.


Include subject line "ATTN: SOCM Organizer Application [Your Name]"