Witness for Peace Southeast Regional Organizer

2017 Regional Organizer Job Description- Contract Role

Witness for Peace is a politically independent, grassroots organization made up of people committed to nonviolence and led by faith and conscience.  For over 30 years, Witness for Peace Southeast (WFPSE) has pursued its mission to support peace, justice and sustainable economies in the Americas by challenging US policies and corporate practices that contribute to poverty and oppression in Latin America and the Caribbean.  WFPSE documents the impact of U.S. and corporate policy on Latin America. We mobilize a base of grassroots supporters to advocate for just U.S. policies. We stand with people who seek justice.

Witness for Peace is a national organization with an executive office in Washington D.C. The Southeast region contributes to national campaigns and coordinates regional campaigns. The Witness for Peace Southeast region consists of North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, Kentucky, Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, and Arkansas.

WFPSE is seeking a Regional Director to be based in Raleigh, NC. This is a contract position that will begin at 15-25 hours per week. An increase in weekly hours is dependent on the director’s ability to raise their own salary.

Primary Responsibilities
Under this contract, the Regional Director has 3 primary duties:

  1. Fundraising: Connecting with local supporters, creating long-term donors, organizing our donor base, and engaging creative methods to fundraise.

  2. Local organizing: Develop smaller actions to keep local supporters involved and build coalitions with likeminded community members and organizations. These could include movie nights, trivia nights, social events, legislative advocacy, non-violent direct actions. We welcome creativity.

  3. Recruit coordinators for 1 or 2 annual delegations to Latin America or lead these delegations .

We desire an experienced individual who can grow the organization's support base while the Board focuses on day-to-day office maintenance, and the coordination of WFPSE's annual events. The Regional Director will recruit for and lead Witness for Peace delegations to Latin America. The Board will work with the Regional Organizer (RO) to slowly introduce them to other programmatic aspects of Witness for Peace Southeast. Once the RO is successful in raising the funds necessary to increase hourly commitment, they will inherit other programmatic responsibilities.

The preferred candidate will have experience in grassroots organizing, as well as managerial administration. The candidate must:

  • Demonstrate a clear vision of how to grow WFPSE

  • Carry on 30 years of tradition

  • Develop new ways to raise awareness about WFPSE and its policy issues

  • Attract new members

  • Ensure the financial stability of the organization

  • Mobilize the WFPSE base to push for U.S. policy change

The Director will work closely with the WFPSE regional board of directors, and with WFP regional organizers located across the U.S.

Essential Qualifications

  • Experience in Grassroots Organizing

  • Fundraising Experience

  • Experience in Event Planning

  • Experience in Latin America (preferred: experience living and working in Latin America)

  • Spanish proficiency

  • Supervising Experience

  • Flexible schedule. Travel will be required both throughout the region and to Latin America; ability to work nights and weekends when necessary.

  • Administrative skills (i.e. budgeting, emailing, etc.)

  • A passion for the organization’s mission

  • Ability to work independently

  • Strong writing skills

  • Strong phone and email communication skills

  • Possess a Bachelor’s Degree

Preferred Qualifications

  • Grant writing experience

  • Experience with Witness for Peace

  • Experience with the media/experience in public relations

  • Experience utilizing websites and social media

  • Management experience and experience working with different entities within an
    organization (international offices, national offices , the board of directors)

  • Master’s/advanced degree preferred

People from diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply

Career Level: Management

Job Type: Full-time

Application deadline: August 11, 2017

Send resume, cover letter, and 2 references to wfpse1@gmail.com or PO Box 12123, Raleigh, NC 27605.

Start date: September 10, 2017