Post Date: 11/04/2019
Close Date: 01/04/2020
Uniting Oregon Organizer
Who We Are:
Oregon Food Bank (OFB) believes that no one should be hungry. Our mission is to eliminate hunger and its root causes.
At Oregon Food Bank, we believe that food and health are basic human rights for all. We know that hunger is not just an individual experience; it is also a community-wide symptom of barriers to employment, education, housing and health care. That’s why we work on two fronts in our mission to end hunger in Oregon: we build community connections to help people access nutritious, affordable food today, and we build community power to eliminate the root causes of hunger for good.
Oregon Food Bank is an Equal Opportunity Employer, and we encourage applications from candidates who can contribute to the diversity of our organization. Over and above our commitment to non-discrimination, OFB actively seeks to employ members of the community who have experienced poverty or food insecurity and members of historically marginalized groups including racial and ethnic minorities. Please visit our website to read more about our commitment to equity.
Who We Are Looking For:
You care deeply about people experiencing hunger and hold them in the center of all that you do. You are experienced community and civic engagement organizer who will provide leadership and implement year round civic engagement strategies across Oregon. You are known for your ability to think holistically in terms of issues, organizations and communities and to identify opportunities for multiple constituencies to act in collaboration through civic engagement to change policy and build power.
You have a proven ability build effective relationships and move people toward common goals. You can navigate complex political conversations and translate power and organizing concepts to engage broad constituencies in action. You are experienced in building the capacities of others to engage in organizing and change strategies. You are an agile organizer – comfortable adapting to community realities across issue, identity, culture and geography—while moving an agenda for racial, gender and economic justice. You are skilled at juggling multiple competing deadlines and judicious at setting priorities.
You have confidence in your skills and knowledge and the humility to reflect, listen to understand, and be changed. You have an empathetic nature and are able to understand the situations, needs and motivations of the individuals, groups and organizations we work with. You are courageous enough to take risks, shoulder responsibility, fail occasionally, and continually learn.
Most of all, you are excited by the idea that we can build power with communities most impacted by food insecurity and leverage that power toward systemic change.
The Uniting Oregon Organizer leads a year-long project to strengthen democracy and civic engagement in small town and suburban Oregon. This position ensures that OFB is advancing our 10 year vision to build a movement to end hunger through building a base of people who share values of eliminating the root causes of hunger and engaging in processes of democracy and inclusion to achieve our goals.
Civic Engagement Organizing and Capacity Building
• Implement Uniting Oregon project workplan in multiple small town and suburban communities:
o Engage community members in strengthening relationships and progressive voice through civic engagement process.
o Build relationships and collaborate with organizational partners and community leaders to leverage narratives of inclusion and democracy as critical interventions in poverty and hunger.
o Connect candidates and communities to amplify issues of hunger and poverty during the 2020 electoral cycle.
• In collaboration with Statewide Team and Statewide Civic Engagement Organizer, provide on the ground support to organizational partners implementing year round civic engagement strategies.
• Based on capacity, provide on the ground support to local organizing campaigns aligned with our priorities.
• This position travels throughout Oregon for up to 50% of the time.
Leadership and Organization Building
• Participate fully in cross-department teams as critical to position responsibilities.
• Participate fully in OFB’s Advocacy, Volunteer and Organizing Team, share leadership across the team in peer to peer collaboration and team development.
• Participate fully in OFB’s, data and technology systems, lobbying and finance tracking processes and organizational equity journey.
• Other duties as assigned.
Skills and Experience of the Ideal Candidate:
• 3-5 years’ experience implementing race and gender justice social change strategies – including community organizing and civic engagement.
• 3-5 years’ experience building cross-organizational relationships and working in coalitions or networks spanning issue, identity and geography.
• Demonstrated capacity to identify strategic opportunities for organizing and leverage those opportunities toward action.
• Excellent verbal communication skills.
• Outstanding relationship building skills. Ability to develop and maintain relationships in the context of building relationships for the organization and its mission.
• Demonstrated ability to navigate conflict through effective leadership and problem-solving.
• Demonstrated ability to handle sensitive information effectively and confidentially.
• Ability to travel for up to 20 working days per month.
• Personal lived-experience living in rural, small town or sub-urban Oregon.
• Verbal and written language skills in Spanish/English is highly preferred.
• Personal lived-experience of systemic hunger and/or its root causes (racism, sexism, heterosexism, cis-sexism, ableism, ageism, size-ism, ethnocentrism, and classism).
The Fine Print: Work is performed in a variety of office environments inside and outside of Oregon Food Bank while using a telephone and sitting at a computer screen for extended periods. May lift, move, and carry objects of about 20 pounds, such as boxes, materials, and other supplies. Frequent travel (up to 50% per week) by car (mileage, or rental car, covered by OFB) to points outside the greater Portland metro area, as well as work outside normal working hours, such as evenings and weekends.