Type: Stipend Paid Fellowship
Location: South Sioux City or Kearney
Length of Commitment: August 1, 2021 - May 30, 2022
How to Apply: Email résumé and cover letter to Claire Wiebe at [email protected].
Under immediate supervision of the Advocacy Manager, the Rural Organizing Fellow performs a wide variety of functions. The Rural Organizing Fellow has responsibilities for building, maintaining, and activating a network of supporters, volunteers, and leaders on behalf of Planned Parenthood North Central States and Planned Parenthood Advocates of Nebraska organizations, within their defined region in the state. The Rural Organizing Fellow is responsible for carrying out legislative, organizing, and electoral goals which advance the Public Affairs department plan and build a sustainable base of support for Planned Parenthood and its constituency programs.
Rural Organizing Fellows are advocates in implementing our mission “To affirm the right to reproductive and sexual health and freedom for all by providing excellent care, trusted education, and fierce advocacy.” They may perform other related duties as assigned.
PHYSICAL WORK INTENSITY AND WORK ENVIRONMENT
Level 2, Light – Majority of time is spent sitting in an office environment. Occasional physical demands include lifting of 10-20 lbs., extended periods of standing, walking, and lifting. The physical demands described are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
- Work with the Nebraska Public Affairs Team to execute a 10-month advocacy plan for the specific region assigned to the Fellow, including particularly constituency and programmatic goals, in order to build capacity and sustainability across the state.
- Meet or exceed metric standards set for work in assigned regions and districts, as directed by the Deputy Director and Advocacy Manager.
- Recruit, train, and mobilize volunteers, including identifying and working with new volunteer leaders.
- Increase the number and skills of overall supporters in the specific region assigned to the Fellow and as directed by the Advocacy Manager.
- Identify and support patient advocates, storytellers, and youth on college campuses to participate in advocacy programs and advance advocacy priorities.
- Plan and execute grassroots advocacy activities and events that support the public affairs department plan and regional work plans.
- Develop, coordinate, and direct activities for identifying, educating, motivating, and supporting allied organizations and constituencies within the assigned region.
- Represent Planned Parenthood in Nebraska at events, internal and external task forces, coalitions, workgroups, as approved by the Advocacy Manager or Deputy Director.
- Ensure data and reporting requirements are met in a timely and compliant manner.
- Other duties as assigned.
Recruitment & Base Building
- Assist in development and execution of geographically specific plans for identifying and securing potential new supporters, volunteers, and volunteer leaders.
- Contact supporters, volunteers, and potential volunteers via a variety of methods and inform them of and scheduling them for volunteer opportunities and ways to engage.
- Train new and existing supporters and volunteers in organizing best practices and regarding specific programs.
- Work in partnership with the Public Affairs Team to create events and activities that excite and train supporters, inspire participation, and leverage technology to ensure accessibility.
- Execute successful volunteer engagement activities including regularly scheduling volunteer shifts to phone & text bank, write postcards, draft letters to the editor, relational organize, deep canvass, lit-drop, call policymakers, and take other actions as needed to advance the department and work plans.
- Identify strong volunteers through intentional engagement and provide them opportunities to take on more responsibilities with Planned Parenthood, coordinating with the Public Affairs team to strengthen pipelines for programmatic and board participation.
- Support and foster authentic relationships with organizations in the region with missions and values that intersect with Planned Parenthood’s, including providing support to events or activities and assisting with mapping long-term partnership strategies.
- Offer consistent support and stewardship to engaged volunteers including potential and current leaders through 1:1 meetings to discuss interest, goals, and desired development.
- Work in VAN and assist with reporting measurable work plan related data in a timely manner.
- Assist with analysis of electoral data to generate and amend campaign and field plans to respond to identified trends.
The Rural Organizing Fellowship will commence August 1, 2021 and run through May 30, 2022. The successful candidate is expected to work approximately 20 hours per week over the course of 10 months, for a total of 800 hours. This is an independent contractor position. Upon successful completion of 80 hours and progression on the work plan, a stipend of $1600 will be paid to the Rural Organizing Fellow. The Rural Organizing Fellow has the opportunity to earn 10 stipends for a total of $16,000 over the course of the 10 months, so long as time and goal requirements continue to be met.
- Understand and work as a team to meet PPNCS productivity goals. Annual performance monitoring for staff will include an assessment of whether established productivity goals have been met.
- Supports, cooperates with, and implements specific procedures and programs for: safety and security, confidentiality, quality assurance, compliance with current laws and regulations including HIPAA and mandated reporting, and training.
- Committed to collaborating in a diverse organization through equitable practices and an inclusive culture.
- Supports and participates in:
- Common teamwork; Cooperates and works together with all coworkers
- Attend all staff meetings, huddles, and 1:1 meetings
- Uses tactful, appropriate communications in sensitive and emotional situations demonstrating compassion, empathy, and dignity for all
- Follows up as appropriate with manager/supervisor, coworkers and patients regarding reported complaints, problems, and concerns
- Promotes positive public image and relations of PPNCS
- Completes requirements for acceptable attendance and timeliness to work, uniform and dress codes including personal hygiene, and other work duties as assigned.
MINIMUM SKILLS AND QUALIFICATIONS
- At least one cycle working with or volunteering for a policy, grassroots, or political campaign with demonstrable organizing experience or comparable experience in non-profit advocacy, organizing, or volunteer management experience preferred
- Professional or volunteer experience in reproductive health/rights/justice & gender equality preferred.
- Desire to learn and grow skills in areas of volunteer management and grassroots organizing.
- High school graduate or equivalent.
- Commitment to racial, gender, ethnic, and other equity and eradicating systems of oppression including white supremacy required
- Outstanding people skills with the ability to build sustainable relationships between supporters and the organization
- Strong organizational, communications, computer, problem-solving and analytical skills
- Willingness and ability to work well with high-level volunteers; strong ability to lead and engage volunteers and supporters
- Proven competency with voter/supporter database software; experience with VAN strongly preferred.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES
- Effective communication skills
- Attention to detail and accuracy
- Ability to maintain confidentiality
- Technology skills including computer and applicable software skills
- Highly self-motivated and directed
- Ability to work remotely including accountability to administrative systems and procedures, documenting work time accurately, informing other staff of activities, and completing all duties including administrative tasks by the deadline assigned
- Ability to work with people from diverse backgrounds and create a positive environment that demonstrates PPNCS’ commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion
- Ability to multi-task
- Effective critical thinking and problem-solving skills
- Fluency in Spanish, to be demonstrated via a fluency test administered by PPNCS prior to hire to be considered for specific regions.
- Current student status or alumni from University of Nebraska – Kearney, dependent upon region.
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