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About the Position

Addition (a project of Tides Center) is looking for a community organizer to work on their new Rural Organizing Project in the upper Midwest. We are looking for a candidate that is committed to building winning economic and social justice campaigns.  As a community organizer you will be responsible for organizing with working-class rural people in Michigan by conducting one-to-one visits, building an engaged base of people, developing grassroots leadership, creating effective communications, and more. We are looking for someone who is excited about building power with hardworking people in new ways & places, and has the drive, self-direction and flexibility to operate at the pace of the people to make it a reality.


What You’ll Do:

  • Work with the Senior Strategist to set the overall vision and workplan for campaigns.
  • Provide leadership to the campaign, including strategic organizing and membership development approaches. 
  • Listen for issues that resonate with rural people and they want to take action on, work to cut issues and help people create effective organizing plans. 
  • Work to Identify and develop new leaders and strategic constituencies. This includes Training and coaching grassroots leaders in organizing fundamentals,  such as running effective public meetings and non-violent direct actions.
  • Be actively meeting and engaging with a broad range of people in rural communities. The work will emphasize in-person connections, including door knocking, 1-1 conversations, and in-person meetings and events to build power among people who are often left out of decision making that impact their lives. 
  • Maintain and track detailed organizing records and conducting ongoing follow-up.

What You’ll Need:

  • Commitment to meeting people where they are at: Demonstrated ability and commitment to working with people from all walks of life. Ability to engage people while suspending judgment. Experience:  Seven or more  years of campaigning and community organizing experience.
  • Strong Communication: Excellent written and verbal communication skills, with the ability to distill complex ideas into clear, compelling messages.Good conversation and interpersonal communication skills. 
  • Campaigns and Organizing leadership: Proven ability to plan, execute, and adapt comprehensive campaign strategies in changing contexts; This includes strong-strategic thinking and decision-making skills. 
  • Training and Leadership Development: Experience training and developing community members in organizing, power building, community advocacy and/or influencing policy. 
  • Systems-based approach: Familiarity and comfort with systems-based approaches to change. Not afraid to use confrontation as a tactic for winning justice.
  • Basic computer skills (Google suite, zoom, ability to learn basic database functions for organizing)
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Must have a car or have access to a car on a daily basis.
  • Experience organizing with older people

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