Position: Community Engagement Lead, full-time
Salary: $45,000 per year, non-exempt.
Benefits: Health benefit package, 3% employer retirement match, flexible work schedule, generous paid and sick time off
Location: Bozeman, MT (remote may be possible)
WHO WE ARE
The Montana Racial Equity Project (MTREP), a 501c3 nonprofit, advocates equity and justice for historically and currently disenfranchised and oppressed peoples in Montana. We lift the voices and elevate the agency of Black, Brown, Indigenous, and other People of Color primarily through education, training, and activating antiracist organizers, leaders, individuals, groups, organizations, institutions, etc. We invest in interrupting racism, bigotry, and prejudice whenever and wherever encountered, particularly through education reform, criminal-legal reform, health and well-being reform, and equity and inclusion outreach and consulting.
We value diversity and strive to live an anti-racist existence. People who can speak to their lived experience around racial inequity, oppression, and institutional and systemic racism are strongly encouraged to apply. We are excited to work with someone who can continue turning our mission into reality. You will be joining a highly skilled BIPOC staff embedded in multiple identities and communities; ours is a welcoming, supportive, and affirming space.
Reporting to the Executive Director, the Community Engagement Lead’s issues of focus are community outreach, organizing and mobilizing, and leadership training for issues on which the MTREP mission encompasses. This position sometimes involves driving long distances in-state, some nights away from home, and requires the willingness to work irregular hours, including evenings and weekends.
SPECIFIC DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
● Identify, recruit, and develop new grassroots community leaders
● Plan, organize, and facilitate community meetings and phone banks as needed
● Train/guide/mentor the community grassroots leaders
● Engage community members in MTREP campaigns and support their leaders in mobilizing their base
● Organize public events, actions, rallies or other direct actions as they relate to MTREP campaigns
● Prepare grassroots leaders for spokesperson and advocacy opportunities including media interviews, public testimony, and meetings with government officials
● Create, develop, and maintain documentation to ensure project effectiveness and evaluation
● Develop and maintain productive, often collaborative, relationships with MTREP staff and volunteers, as well as other non-profits, agencies, institutions, and community members and community organizations
● Design and produce promotional materials or arrange for same
● Develop and adhere to budgets within the unit
● Adhere to MTREP policies, procedures, and positions, recognizing they represent and advocate for MTREP and carry the MTREP mission and goals at all times in the community
● Other job-related duties as assigned
QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE
● Experience in grassroots, movement-building organizing, and leadership development
● Experience in implementing grassroots organizing campaigns and managing databases
● Experience in movement-building organizing, including door knocking, and phone banking
● Demonstrate effective leadership development practices and movement building curriculum
● Knowledge of racial justice and equity issues, policies, and laws which help and hinder civil rights
● Strong written and verbal communication skills, and the ability to be diplomatic in fraught situations
● Strong public speaking, presentation, training, and facilitation skills
● Strong relationship building and interpersonal communication skills
● Be pro-active, have good judgment, be able to multitask, and work independently and as part of a team
● Willingness to learn new techniques, ideas and skills
● Experience with media and the ability to code switch are pluses
They will also be thoroughly committed to MTREP’s mission, extremely organized, and be an excellent communicator with great time management skills. All candidates should have proven leadership, facilitation, and problem-solving skills. The ideal candidate will be able to speak clearly and well to their lived experience around racial inequity, oppression, and institutional and systemic racism. The ability to code-switch is a plus.
SPECIFIC REQUIREMENTS INCLUDE:
● Demonstrated ability to engage a wide range of stakeholders, cultures, and socio-economic levels
● Proven organizational skills including attention to detail, time management, ability to multitask, work well at a fast pace and in a sometimes quickly changing environment
● Organizing, leading, and hosting workshops, meetings, and community actions in multiple formats.
● Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite, Adobe Acrobat, and social media
● Cross cultural competence and the ability to work effectively in collaboration with diverse groups of people of all ages, races, ethnicities, gender identities, sexual orientations, religions, and ability levels
● Creativity and enthusiasm about trying new and inventive methods and techniques
● Acting as a positive role model through enthusiasm for hard work, ethics, fairness, flexibility, trust, and displaying a no-compromise commitment to racial equity, justice and the MTREP mission.
● Possession of own vehicle, valid driver’s license, valid car insurance, and an acceptable driving record.
● Passing an acceptable background check
The person in this position reports directly to the Deputy Director and works collaboratively with MTREP staff, consultants, and outside collaborators as assigned. This position may involve driving long distances, some nights away from home, and requires the willingness to work irregular hours, including evenings and weekends.
LEVEL OF INDEPENDENT DISCRETION, CONSEQUENCE OF ACTIONS
This person, within the parameters of MTREP policies and procedures, exercises a high level of independence in decision making. Significant errors in judgment may endanger the health and safety of the staff and may cause serious financial and/or legal repercussions for MTREP.
This work requires due diligence to avoid, manage, and/or resolve threatening or dangerous circumstances. Exposure to difficult situations and emotionally taxing and triggering circumstances may be encountered.
HOW TO APPLY
Email pdf of cover letter and résumé to firstname.lastname@example.org with “Community Engagement Lead” in subject line no later than September 30, 2021. The Montana Racial Equity Project is an equal opportunity employer.