Reports to: Public Affairs Manager
This is a full-time hourly, non-exempt position. Work schedule is 40 hours per week; M-Sat. Based at Fort Wayne health center, but most work will be completed in the field.
Function: The Community Organizer functions within the Public Policy department. Key responsibilities include: coordinating and implementing Planned Parenthood 501(c)3 and 501(c)4-appropriate strategies, initiatives, and programs designed to inform and mobilize key constituencies on public policy/ legislative priority issues, with a focus on building, developing and sustaining volunteer-led Planned Parenthood advocacy groups in northeast and north central Indiana; establishing strong organizational partnerships to achieve established PPINK policy goals; and building power around reproductive freedom issues. To assist in achieving strategic growth through effective partnerships with external entities including community members, social service organizations, referring providers as well as other health sector groups.
- Develop and implement strategies to recruit, retain, engage and mobilize a broad, diverse base of organizations and individuals to serve as grassroots advocates for PPINK in support of legislative efforts and public policy initiatives.
- Provide technical assistance and on the ground support to PP Generation Action chapters, including planning and executing both national, regional, and local issue-based campaigns and skill-based trainings in organizing and advocacy skills as well as leadership development.
- Maintain a presence in targeted priority communities in Indiana, with a focus on communities of color, LGBTQ+, and immigrant communities in the northeast and north central region, to garner support for agency’s legislative / public policy agenda.
- Serve as the PPINK point person for advocacy groups such as the community advocacy partner groups and participate in public policy advocacy outreach/visibility events as appropriate.
- Partner with external organizations to conduct outreach, community education, marketing and integrated service delivery.
- Facilitate the expanded participation in health fairs and other community activities to engage patients and build the base of patients who rely on PPINK for prevention and education.
- Manage and maintain PPINK public policy advocacy databases, lists and resources.
- Assist with strategic communication to ensure staff and supporters have a broad understanding of legislative policy issues affecting organizational mission.
- Manages volunteer phone banking, canvassing and advocacy event recruitment.
- Recruits patients and volunteers to participate in the health center advocacy program and to share their reproductive health and education stories
- Work with communication staff members to develop and disseminate timely, accurate information on targeted policy issues in the assigned region for internal/external audiences with a focus on social media engagement and PPAN communications.
- Work collaboratively with IT and communications staff to ensure the public policy website is accurate and up-to-date on issues relevant to the staff member’s assigned region.
- Manage & oversee day to day activities of public policy volunteers and interns.
- Prepare and maintain accurate / organized computer and paper files.
- Effectively manage and prioritize workflow to achieve departmental goals.
- Other duties and / or special projects as assigned.
EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE
B.S./B.A. in related field preferred, but not required. High school diploma or GED required.
1-3 years experience with community and/or electoral organizing.
Previous experience in public health, public policy, and/or public health grassroots campaigns required.
Minimum 50%. Travel would be within the Northeastern Indiana region (Allen County and Delaware County) with limited travel to all other parts of Indiana as needed.