Pennsylvania’s leading progressive public policy organization is looking for an organizing associate. If you are passionate about securing democracy, a fair tax system and wages; clean water and air; strong unions; and affordable health care, housing, food, and education, please consider applying for this staff position.
About Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center, the Keystone Research Center, and the We The People campaign:
Launched formally in 2007, the Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center (PBPC) is a nonpartisan, statewide policy research project of the Keystone Research Center that provides independent, credible analysis on state tax, budget, and related policy matters with attention to the impact of policy proposals on working families.
The Keystone Research Center was created to broaden public discussion about strategies to achieve a more prosperous and equitable Pennsylvania economy. As a research and policy development organization, the Keystone Research Center conducts original research, produces reports, promotes public dialogue that addresses important economic and civic problems, and proposes new policies to help resolve those problems.
We The People–PA (WTP) is a nonpartisan campaign that aims to make state government work for all of us. WTP’s agenda was created from the ground up by people who came together in meetings across Pennsylvania. WTP is a project of the Keystone Research Center (KRC) and the Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center (PBPC).
The organizing associate is responsible for identifying key activists/advocates and leading organizers to take on community power-building across Pennsylvania with a potential for target districts. This position will specifically work to mobilize community members to communicate with legislators who sign on to the We The People campaign’s pro-active legislative agenda and also hold legislators accountable to their constituents. We’re seeking candidates who excel in relationship-building and are results-oriented, excellent problem solvers, value working in a team setting, and have strong project management skills. The ideal candidate is someone deeply invested in PA, and preferably has a knowledge of the political landscape and community networks in the state. Background in community and/or political organizing, strong analytical and quantitative skills, a passion for progressive politics, and experience in educating community members and leading them to action is also very important.
This position will report to the campaign director.
- Track, manage, and effectively complete multiple projects and spreadsheets and meet multiple deadlines.
- Work with advocates, partners, and allies to execute a mobilization plan that holds WTP endorsers and legislators accountable to their constituents.
- Conduct educational seminars and presentations around our pro-active legislative agenda in communities through digital/virtual platforms with the possibility of occasional in-person events.
- Convene, participate, and support external stakeholder activities in the community to build power, especially in communities of color, and to win economic justice for the prosperity of all Pennsylvanians.
- In an administrative capacity: attend weekly KRC, WTP, and monthly leadership meetings. Complete timesheets and work and media trackers.
- Produce frequent and engaging content across various social media platforms, including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok, and coordinate with the communications team on messaging.
- Represent PBPC and WTP at meetings and public events.
Strong communication skills (written and oral) that include the following:
- Ability to process, understand, and translate complex policy issues and communicate them to diverse audiences (with different levels of understanding re: issues)
- Effective writing and speaking skills for presenting issues and ideas to diverse communities and groups
- Cultural competence in communicating with diverse communities
This is a full-time staff position based in PA and involves remote working. Evening and weekend hours are required, along with significant travel throughout PA.
Applicants must have a car and a valid driver’s license and at least 1-3 years of relevant work experience with a track record of developing and maintaining strong relationships.
COMPENSATION: Depends on experience and is highly competitive. Salary range is $45,000 – $50,000 based on experience with excellent benefits, including full medical and dental coverage and a 401k package.
HOW TO APPLY: Please send a cover letter and resumé to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include Organizing Associate in the subject line.
DEADLINE: Applications will be accepted until the position is filled, at which time the job announcement will be removed from our website: www.krc-pbpc.org.
Keystone Research Center is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. We value a diverse workforce and have an inclusive culture. Keystone Research Center encourages women; people of color; persons with disabilities; people with records of arrest or conviction; veterans; and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals to apply.