Lehigh Valley Area Community Organizer -
We are Philadelphians Organized to Witness, Empower & Rebuild (POWER). We are 50 congregations in Philadelphia and Montgomery Counties, intentionally bringing people together across the lines of race, faith, income level and neighborhood -- lines, which have historically kept Philadelphians, divided. We are people of faith committed to the work of bringing about racial and economic justice here and now, in our city and our region.
By strengthening and mobilizing our networks of relationships, we seek to exercise power in the public arena so that the needs and priorities of all Philadelphians are reflected in the systems and policies that shape our city. More recently, POWER has expanded beyond Philadelphia to build POWER Metro, a network of congregations in Montgomery and Delaware Counties as well as POWER Center State, an effort to bring together faith leaders in York, Lancaster, Dauphin and Lebanon Counties.
POWER is a proud affiliate of Faith in Action ), the largest and fastest growing faith-based community organizing effort in the country. We are a faith based not faith exclusive entity.
At Faith in Action we are lifting a new vision for America that is rooted in our shared moral values and democratic traditions. POWER is also a member of the Partnership for Working Families ).
For more information on POWER visit our website at
About the Position
The Community Organizer has the responsibility for cultivating relationships with individuals of good will, like-minded local social justice organizations and members of diverse faith congregations across the area. The community organizer works with a local community organizing team and with congregation social justice teams teaching them community-organizing skills and supporting them to conduct successful issue campaigns on the local, state and potentially national levels.
Specifically, the Lehigh Valley Community Organizer will be responsible for maximizing the involvement of the local communities of Allentown and throughout the Lehigh Valley area organizing team and members of a set of congregations that belong to POWER through ongoing relationship building, leadership training, coaching and mobilization for meetings, events and actions. The Community Organizer will at the direction of the Director of Organizing work towards specific goals for getting the local community organizing team and the assigned congregations to play active roles in POWERs main campaigns: school funding equity, living wage/minimum wage increase, criminal justice reform, voter turnout as well as other potential or related campaigns that POWER is involved with.
POWER has a strong learning culture and places a high priority on personal learning, racial awareness and analysis, and relationship building. The ideal candidate would have a passion for justice, strong relational skills, a strong sense of their own faith values, a capacity to build bridges across multiple cultures, awareness of personal and societal racism, and demonstrable experience in bringing people together to win campaign victories. Strong written and verbal skills are required; fluency in Spanish is a plus.
This position is located in the Allentown/Lehigh Valley Area. Strong candidates will have an established network in this geographical area.
It is full time with significant evening and weekend work. Reliable access to a vehicle is a must. Starting salary is competitive, depending on experience; benefits include excellent health plan and retirement plan.
Conduct 15-20 one-on-one meetings each week in the Lehigh Valley/Allentown area with new or established POWER leaders, clergy, and influential external leaders on a consistent and regular basis
Prepare written weekly reports on progress and outcomes of their work
Provide regular organizing training for POWER leaders and community members in the principles and strategies of congregation and community-based community organizing
Support POWER congregational teams and the local community organizing team in outreach, research, and strategic planning leading to large community action meetings that impact systemic change
Provide support and strategic guidance to Strategy Teams (groups of POWER members that lead each issue campaign)
Attend professional development sessions
Meet on a regular basis with the Director of Organizing to shadow, plan and evaluate work progress
Ability and experience working cross-culturally
Solid understanding of one's own faith journey
Strong relational skills and ability to connect, engage, and inspire community members across multiple cultures including: religion, race, gender, age, language, class and experiences
Capacity to think strategically and analytically about social, economic, cultural, and political issues affecting a community
Ability to lead effective meetings
Desire to learn and openness to challenge
Ability to work as part of a strong staff team as well as independently
Relevant previous organizing experience (Community, Labor, Voter) a plus
Demonstrable experience working with faith communities and/or in a faith-based environment required
Ability to design and implement trainings, using popular education and other teaching methods
Highly organized, ability to handle multiple tasks, manage a busy schedule of many face-to-face meetings and document both progress and outcomes.
Experience using Microsoft Office suite of programs, the Voter Activation Network (VAN), and CRM/databases are highly desired.
Compensation and Benefits
Health care-plan for employee after 90 days of employment (POWER pays 70% of premium) including dental and vision.
Retirement plan (matching plan by employer) after one-year of employment.
All applicants must apply for this position online. (Click the Apply for this Position button below) Please have the following documents ready to upload to your online application:
An electronic file of your resume (preferably in PDF format) and three professional references
A cover letter (2 pages MAX) describing your background, interest in, and qualifications for this position
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