The Community Organizer’s primary goal is to assist Equality Virginia in building power among LGBTQ Virginians and allies. Virginia is home to over 250,000 LGBTQ adults and the Community Organizer will be responsible for building involvement in local, state, and federal advocacy efforts. To do so, the Community Organizer will recruit, engage, activate, and retain community members, develop leaders, build community-based leadership teams, conduct trainings, and execute campaign strategy on a variety of LGBTQ related issues, with a focus on HIV decriminalization.
Virginia is one of 37 other states with laws and policies that target and punish people based on their HIV positive status. Most of these misinformed laws were enacted in the 1980s, but are still used regularly against people living with HIV. Current Virginia law is outdated, and disincentivizes HIV testing, deepens the community’s distrust of public health institutions, and puts people living with HIV at heightened risk of violence from intimate partners. The Community Organizer is directly responsible for developing relationships with community members and allies, faith leaders, various social services agencies, health service providers, and local Community Service Boards. These collaborations are critical to educate the general public, destigmatize HIV+ status, and build broad support for comprehensive HIV modernization laws in Virginia.
Community Organizer Responsibilities Include:
- Drive efforts to build strong relationships and identify and develop community leaders. Timely and aggressive follow up with leads generated by field efforts including one-on-one meetings and other methods of grassroots outreach.
- Manage regular meetings with community members and support new leaders to facilitate meetings geared towards peer engagement and immediate activation.
- Create actions, trainings, and mobilization opportunities in order to activate LGBTQ Virginians, LGBTQ-inclusive faith communities, and a diverse range of other stakeholders and allies.
- Mobilize and track engagement of Equality Virginia’s supporters and other LGBTQ advocates at various events and field opportunities in our online database.
- Advance the political consciousness of the statewide network of LGBTQ-related and allied organizations through education, reflection, leadership cultivation, and development of appropriate educational materials.
- Lead Equality Virginia’s campaign development, strategizing, and implementation.
- Participate in building campaign coalitions and key relationships with campaign-related allies.
- Support data collection of Equality Virginia’s statewide needs assessment.
- Proficiency with basic office technology and information systems, online communications, word processing, spreadsheets, and video conferencing.
- A commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion and an understanding that these values are central to the overall protection of LGBTQ equality.
- A personal approach that values the individual and respects differences of race, ethnicity and national origin, age, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, ability and socio-economic circumstance, and able to work with diverse individuals within the organization and broader community.
- Willingness and availability to travel throughout Virginia, and work occasional evenings and/or weekends as necessary.
Essential Skills and Abilities:
- Ability to regularly and easily jump from task to task, prioritize, stay organized, and complete assignments under tough deadlines in a fast-paced environment.
- Ability to work independently and collaborate with others as part of a team.
- Ability to think proactively, anticipate problems, develop creative and effective solutions, and take initiative to confidently complete tasks.
- Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to represent the organization to the public as well as interface with all levels of staff, interns, and volunteers while maintaining tact and diplomacy.
- Ability to communicate quickly and effectively, verbally and written.
- Ability to take direction, receive and provide constructive feedback.
- Experience working in a database (e.g. Salsa, Every Action, NPG VAN, etc.).
Desirable Experience, Skills, and Abilities:
- An understanding of HIV policy and advocacy and existing connections with HIV organizations.
- Proficiency Spanish. Bilingual in Spanish and English languages is preferred.
- Two or more years of experience in community organizing.
- Comfort with social media and designing graphics to support digital communications.
- Valid Virginia Driver’s license.
Compensation and Benefits:
This is a full-time position with an annual salary of $50,000. We offer an excellent benefits package including: 100% medical, dental, and vision coverage, 401k plan with employer contribution, cell phone and travel reimbursement, paid parking, generous paid time off and holidays, and a professional development stipend.
How to apply: Applicants can apply for this position by filling out the form below or via email to [email protected], with attention to Mr. Mario Guevara. Note: “Application: Community Organizer” in the subject of the email. Submit in digital format only, PDF preferred. This position is open until filled and applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. All applicants will be notified once the position has been filled.
Equality Virginia (EV) is an equal opportunity employer. We value a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture. We encourage applications from all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, and veteran status and commit to comply with all applicable equal opportunity and nondiscrimination laws and to refrain from unlawful discrimination.