About the Organizing Fellow
After generations of racial inequity in schools, we have reached a moment where increased political will, community demand, and resources can lead to the reimagination of education - but it can only happen if we elevate the voices and changemaking ability of students of color. At Our Turn, we have a responsibility to stand at the vanguard of the fight, and to walk the talk in how we carry out the work. To that end, the Organizing Fellow will serve as a critical leader and collaborator with the Manager of Organizing to recruit, engage, and organize peers as well as support the development and execution of campaign strategy and coalition building. This role is an opportunity to gain leadership and professional development in political organizing and community engagement, while building local power that tangibly affects education outcomes and catalyzes a national movement.
Why Work For Our Turn?
We approach our work with the audacity of believing that students have the power to rewrite the rules of education in our country and the humility to know that thousands have come before us in this fight. We know that young people, especially BIPOC young people, have been shut out by decision makers who shape their educational experience and respond by providing transformational leadership development and grassroots organizing experience that flip the traditional power dynamic on its head. Our team is highly collaborative and works with urgency, passion, and — most importantly — a lot of joy. We are looking for purposeful, entrepreneurial social justice activists to join us and continue the fight for educational equity.
Recruitment & Base building
- Direct recruitment and engagement through recruitment shifts (tabling, in person or virtual school and class visits) , one-on-one relational meetings, phone banking and network outreach.
- Support turnout for actions and events by building relationships with student leaders and communicating through confirmation calls/texts.
- Regular data input and tracking to support base building and engagement.
Campaign Development and Management
- Support in planning and project management to execute campaign strategy that includes agenda setting, coordination and communication with other campaign leaders, delegating responsibilities and following up with peers.
- Executing events and actions, which includes setting goals, coordinating logistics, running prep and debrief calls, and supporting campaign team members and volunteers in executing their roles and responsibilities.
- Build political analysis and research insights through attendance and participation in local school board meetings, education or community events, and online resources.
- Data input and reporting including creating events, tracking RSVPs and attendees, and submitting after action reports.
Member Engagement & Leadership Development
- Consistently hold one on one relational meetings with member
- Provide direct shadowing and coaching on organizing skills
- Support Manager of Organizing in developing and facilitating trainings
Communications & Messaging
- Exercise thought leadership in spaces that elevate local work and/or open opportunities to gain resources, which can include fundraising.
- Amplify local and national posts through personal handles and networks on social media.
- Train others on “story of self, us, now” to elevate more youth voices and experiences to raise public awareness and move people to action.
- Must be a local student or youth between the ages of 16 - 24 yrs old
- Ideal to be enrolled or alum of local public school system
- Passion for and experience in social justice and/or political causes
- Demonstrated ability to build strong relationships with diverse peers, stakeholders and communities
- Collaborative work ethic and ability to work effectively across lines of difference
- Ability to work autonomously as part of an innovative team
- Ability to write and speak clearly and persuasively, including speaking in small and large group settings.
- Alignment with Our Turn’s Mission and Theory of Change
- Must be willing to work flexible hours that will include time outside of the traditional work day including evenings and weekends.
- Organized and time management
- Experience working in communities of color highly preferred
Compensation for this role is hourly ($15 per hour) and hours may vary from week to week.
COMMITMENT TO DIVERSITY
Our Turn encourages individuals of all identities and backgrounds to apply for this position and is committed to recruiting a team that reflects the diversity of our student movement (BIPOC, members of the LGBTQIA community, first generation college students). Our Turn does not discriminate against any applicant for employment because of race, color, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, nation of origin, disability, age, marital status, military status, or parenthood.
HOW TO APPLY
Fill out an application here. Applications will be accepted until the position has been filled.