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Faith Organizer

We are looking for an enthusiastic self-starter with high energy, a “can do” attitude, and a knowledge of and commitment to social justice. He or she must be independent and easily adapt to a fast-paced environment.  This person must be flexible, adaptable, resourceful and creative.

Faith Organizer will work in collaboration with other field staff and partner organizations specific and unique to the geography of Pennsylvania to develop and implement a comprehensive grassroots plan to educate and organize LGBT and allies statewide. The ideal candidate will have a strong background and experience in grassroots field organizing, including volunteer recruitment, civic engagement, and coalition building.

Faith Organizer will work closely with other field staff and partner organizations to develop and implement Equality Pennsylvania’s grassroots organizing plan.  Field Organizer will plan, direct, and oversee a full range of organizing activities to cultivate an active and diverse support base throughout his or her region (or within his or her constituency group).

  • General goals for the faith organizer will be:
  • Develop a new group of faith leaders (e.g. Pennsylvania Clergy for Fairness); set 
regional and denominational/faith goals
  • Educate individuals and congregations about LGBT issues generally, and the lack of nondiscrimination protections in Pennsylvania specifically
  • Develop a one-to-one conversations project within the most active and supportive congregations
  • Identify stories of LGBT discrimination
  • 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/vigil 
connected with key points in the campaign
  • Help identify/create best LGBT educational materials that are denominationally 
and culturally appropriate, with particular focus on gender identity and 
expression
  • Prepare and distribute model sermons/faith talking points on nondiscrimination

CANDIDATE PROFILE

We seek an enthusiastic self-starter with high energy, a “can do” attitude, and a knowledge of and commitment to social justice. He/she must be independent and easily adapt 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.

  • Experience with the Voter Activation Network (VAN) is a plus.
  • The successful candidate will have exceptional “people skills” that will be used to work effectively with colleagues, partner organizations, and volunteers.  Candidates will have the ability to recruit and mobilize volunteers.
  • 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 w/in-state on occasion.

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, more than a dozen interns each year and many, many dedicated volunteers.

In 2010 we totally re-organized and strengthened our status as an organization by adding both a 501(c) 4 component and a PAC to our overall structure.  Since then we have made a number of key administrative changes and today our Board comes from areas all across Pennsylvania. We are gay 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.

To apply, email jslusser@equalitypa.org.

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