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Faith Organizer

Position:     Faith Organizer
Reports to:     Organizing Director
Location:     Pennsylvania

THE ORGANIZATION

Founded in 1996 as the Center for Lesbian and Gay Civil Rights, Equality Pennsylvania is the only organization in the Commonwealth advocating in Harrisburg and across the state, exclusively for the rights of LGBT Pennsylvanians.

Our central goal is to achieve equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) Pennsylvanians through education, policy and legislation.  More than a decade ago, Equality Pennsylvania was a volunteer-based 501(c)3 organization.  Today, we have full-time and part-time staff that stretches across the state, including robust field and communications departments. Staff are spread throughout affiliated 501(c)3, 501(c)4, and PAC organizations. Our board comes from across the Commonwealth—we are LGBT and straight, business people and government workers, attorneys, non-profit leaders and professors who are singularly focused on changing the landscape for all LGBT Pennsylvanians.

THE OPPORTUNITY

Equality PA is working to support a stronger LGBT movement in Pennsylvania and better serve LGBT people of faith and faith allies throughout Equality PA’s work for LGBT equality in the Commonwealth.  The Faith Organizer will work to engage LGBT and allied people of faith across Pennsylvania in support of ongoing grassroots organizing efforts. This statewide position will collaborate with other field staff and partner organizations specific and unique to the geography of Pennsylvania.

Responsibility Breakdown: 70% Field Work/20% Administrative/10% Fundraising

THE POSITION

Specifically, the Faith Organizer will:

●    Manage communication and organization of Equality PA’s more than 3,100 people of faith connected to the organization as members and volunteers
●    Foster and develop ties with Faith Leaders and congregations
●    Educate individuals and congregations about LGBT issues
●    Identify stories relevant to LGBT equality
●    Generate media stories from a faith perspective
●    Identify regionally diverse faith leaders for public speaking engagements and to respond to media requests in support of LGBT equality
●    Plan and hold faith-focused worship service/rally/press conference/vigils connected with Days of Action consistent with issue campaigns
●    Help identify/create best LGBT educational materials that are denominationally 
and culturally appropriate, with particular focus on gender identity and 
expression
●    Develop and support statewide LGBT faith action teams, with support and cooperation from other staff and organizational partners

CANDIDATE PROFILE

We seek a motivated candidate with a strong organizing background and a knowledge of and commitment to social justice. They must be independent and adapt easily to a fast-paced environment.  This person must be flexible, adaptable, resourceful and creative.

●    This person will be capable of taking responsibility for specific goals and measurable outcomes within designated time frames and will be able to coordinate multi-task initiatives to successful conclusion.
●    The successful candidate will have significant issue/candidate field organizing experience, including experience working within faith communities.
●    Candidates should be capable of managing multiple projects related to the same organizational goal, as well as their administrative functions, including individual budget, program-specific goals and benchmarks, and volunteer organizing.
●    Qualified individuals will bring a minimum of 2 to 3 years of progressively responsible experience in grassroots organizing.  Candidates will also have the ability to maintain flexible work hours including weekends and evening hours and travel in-state on occasion.

PREFERRED SKILLS AND ABILITIES

●    Experience working with a group to plan and implement social change strategies to address a pressing problem of systemic discrimination, isolation, and/or oppression.
●    Experience with the Voter Activation Network (NGPVAN) is an advantage.
●    Education or work experience in LGBT organizing, LGBT policy, community or political organizing, or a related field.
●    Education in Theology, experience working with different denominations, or interfaith groups.

EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER

Equality Pennsylvania follows an equal opportunity employment policy, and employs personnel without regard to race, creed, color, religion, national origin, sex, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, age, physical or mental disability, veteran status, and marital status.  This policy also applies to internal promotions, training, opportunities for advancement, terminations, relationships with outside vendors and customers, use of contractors and consultants, and in dealing with the general public. Women, people of color, and trans* identified candidates are particularly encouraged to apply.

COMPENSATION

Salary based on experience.  Benefit package available. This position is currently budgeted for 12 months, with opportunity for continuation if the program is deemed successful.

APPLICATION INFORMATION

Email cover letter and resume via PDF, Word, or Pages to jdungee@equalitypa.org

Please, no phone calls. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis. The position will be filled as soon as the appropriate candidate is found. It is recommended that you submit your materials as promptly as possible.

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