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Lead organizer – Help A Nationally Renowned Youth organizing Group Accomplish Its Political Vision.


The Lead Organizer is a managerial staff position with the Philadelphia Student Union responsible for managing PSU's campaigns and programs.
Specifically, the Lead Organizer will coordinate PSU's youth-led issue campaigns and the organization's member recruitment and development.
The Lead Organizer works directly with the Executive Director and student leaders to identify PSU's political priorities.
About Us: The Philadelphia Student Union is a nationally renowned youth organizing group with a history of successful campaigns at the school and city-wide levels.
The organization works with public high school students across Philadelphia, developing student-led issue campaigns and other activities to build youth power in the city.
Previous campaigns include resisting a private takeover of the School District of Philadelphia, fighting against planned school closures and an ongoing campaign for police free schools.
The Position: The Lead Organizer position is a full-time salary position at $50,000 per year.

The Lead Organizer is a managerial staff position with the Philadelphia Student Union (PSU) responsible for managing PSU’s campaigns and programs. Specifically, the Lead Organizer will coordinate PSU’s youth-led issue campaigns and the organization’s member recruitment and development. The Lead Organizer works directly with the Executive Director and student leaders to identify PSU’s political priorities. They are then responsible for creating and implementing the plan to accomplish that vision.


About Us:

The Philadelphia Student Union is a nationally renowned youth organizing group with a history of successful campaigns at the school and city-wide levels. PSU is grounded in the values of educational justice, youth empowerment and the role of collective action in shaping society. PSU builds the capacity of youth to step outside of their oppression, training them to be organizers who have the concrete skills to fulfill the potential of their schools and communities. The organization works with public high school students across Philadelphia, developing student-led issue campaigns and other activities to build youth power in the city. Previous campaigns include resisting a private takeover of the School District of Philadelphia, fighting against planned school closures and an ongoing campaign for police free schools.


PSU is 27 years old and is an institution of youth power in Philadelphia, with hundreds of alumni across the country. Staff historically have gone on to work in philanthropy, create successful consulting projects or lead organizations of their own. Staff and members work collaboratively and this position is an opportunity for candidates to express their skills and interests while contributing to a powerful organization.


The Position:

The Lead Organizer position is a full-time salary position at $50,000 per year. Fully covered medical and dental with 20 vacation days a year. The Lead Organizer is responsible for the following:


  • Co-lead with the Executive Director an annual process with students and staff to identify PSU’s political priorities
  • Lead recruitment and development of PSU's youth membership to successfully meet base building goals
  • Coordinate PSU’s issue-based campaigns - tasks include campaign planning, liaising with coalition partners and managing communications strategies in support of campaigns
  • Manage PSU’s programming including school-based chapters, citywide programming and large events like retreats
  • Supervise organizing staff participation in political work and programming
  • Support grant reporting on deliverables related to political work and programming
  • Minimum 3 years of community based organizing experience
  • Meet clearance requirements for the School District of Philadelphia and state of Pennsylvania to work in schools
  • Demonstrated commitment to building grassroots student power for social justice
  • Demonstrated commitment to social justice in education
  • Understanding of organizing in complex systems and orientation towards building power with volunteer members
  • Experience planning and implementing organizing campaigns and other complex projects with a team
  • Clear written and verbal communicator
  • Commitment to taking leadership from community members and young people
  • Experience developing leadership and skills of organization members
  • Experience working with young people a plus
  • Supervisory or related experience a plus 
  • Competitive salary and benefits with projected annual cost of living raises
  • Chance to create new programs and campaigns empowering young people to improve their communities
  • Develop expertise in nonprofit leadership including supervision, grant writing, and project planning
  • Network across the country and region as a representative of a well respected organizing group


Interested?

Interested applicants please email a resume and cover letter to hiring@phillystudentunion.org. The application deadline is October 8th.

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Lead organizer – Help A Nationally Renowned Youth organizing Group Accomplish Its Political Vision.

Lead organizer – Help A Nationally Renowned Youth organizing Group Accomplish Its Political Vision.

The Lead Organizer is a managerial staff position with the Philadelphia Student Union (PSU) responsible for managing PSU’s campaigns and programs. Specifically, the Lead Organizer will coordinate PSU’s youth-led issue campaigns and the organization’s

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