Down Home North Carolina (DHNC) is seeking a full-time Organizing Director to create and implement our organizing and base building vision, strategy and program to build the power of multiracial rural and working class communities across North Carolina. As the first Organizing Director at Down Home, the Organizing Director will develop a vision and create the systems and processes to build a state-wide network of county-wide, member-led chapters. The Organizing Director will be responsible for hiring and managing a multiracial, cross-class organizing department, including up to five Field Organizers and three Regional Organizing Managers. The Organizing Director will be a member of Down Home’s leadership team.
The ideal candidate is a people person who is highly motivated to build a powerful multiracial base that wins changes for poor and working-class people in rural places. They are a systems builder, a strong manager, an experienced base-builder, and an effective project manager. As a senior leader in a young organization, they’ll be expected to create and sustain foundational infrastructure as well as an inclusive, equitable, and results-orientated culture.
About Down Home North Carolina
Down Home North Carolina’s is a growing statewide organization of rural and small town communities that advocate for economic, gender, and racial justice. We will move North Carolina toward the values of dignity, safety, and inclusion through leadership development, strategic campaigning, multiracial movement building, and civic engagement that advances positive, life-changing reforms for rural communities.
We are unique in our focus on building permanent, statewide organizing infrastructure in North Carolina’s rural places. Through our growing network of member-led, county-based chapters, we are engaged in year-round organizing. Our member-leaders, deeply rooted in their communities, are the heart and soul of We are Down Home’s work. Our organizational mission includes a deep commitment to building multiracial and working-class member leadership, and our chapter culture inspires the deep and necessary commitment required to transform small towns and rural places.
Founded in 2017, Down Home has built a strong organizational track record, including:
- Helping to elect the first Latinx state legislator in NC history
- Winning local campaigns to raise the minimum wage for city workers (Waynesville) and oppose the expansion of local jails
- Growing a statewide membership base that includes all 100 counties of North Carolina
- Anchoring the first southern, rural deep canvass and race-class narrative tests
- Driving statewide coalitions to fight for a just COVID-19 recovery and for Medicaid expansion
Buckets of responsibility:
- Develop and implement Down Home’s organizing vision, strategy, and program.
- Build our organizing and base building vision, strategy, and program to build power for rural and working-class communities across North Carolina.
- Design an organizing program to create and sustain county-based chapters and in a way that can build our movement to scale
- Build effective, efficient, and user-friendly systems for all aspects of the organizing programs.
- Set and track organizing metrics that drive us towards our organizational vision.
- Lead teams of regional organizers to build County Chapters throughout the rural parts of our state.
- Establish a culture that advances the leadership of a multiracial, working-class, and rural membership.
- Design and implement internal and external trainings, events, and gatherings that support our base building work and power-building work.
- Work closely with the Field Director, Statewide Campaigns Manager and Communications Director to coordinate base building, campaigns, and communications strategies to win campaigns for rural, working-class North Carolinians.
- Convene and collaborate with organizational allies and partners across the state.
- Manage a multiracial, cross-class organizing team
- Recruit, hire, train, and retain a strong, diverse organizing team that will include 3 Regional Organizing Managers and at least 5 organizers.
- Ensure that each member of the organizing team has clear annual goals and knows what success looks like for their role.
- Ensure that staff deliver great results using strong and equitable day-to-day management practices.
- Serve as a coach and champion for your staff and support them to do their best work through frequent feedback.
- Track progress towards goals; support and troubleshoot when a project is off-track.
- Manage personnel challenges directly, kindly and firmly using the organization’s progressive discipline procedures.
- Build a collaborative and inclusive team culture where all staff feel a sense of belonging.
- Be an organizational leader
- As a member of the Directors Team, help set the strategic agenda for the organization.
- Represent Down Home with coalition partners, as a media spokesperson, and with other key stakeholders.
- Demonstrates deep appreciation for and wrestles with the contemporary and historical challenges of working across race and class
- Serve as an exemplar of our values and contribute positively to the culture of the organization.
- Model Racial, Equity, and Inclusion (REI) competencies at the highest level and is able to bring equity and inclusion lens to all aspects of our work; actively contribute to a more equitable and inclusive organization.
- Demonstrates a deep commitment to learning and continuous learning for self and others.
Required skills and experience:
- Systems builder: Demonstrated ability to translate a vision into an effective program that gets results. Ability to create and document systems, practices, and standards from scratch and that can be used (and modified) for years to come.
- Strong manager: Demonstrated experience leading multiracial teams to accomplish results, ability to cultivate organizer’s development through direct feedback and strong inclusive and equitable management practices. Able to work through conflict directly and in ways that build trust and relationships. Able to build an inclusive and equitable culture
- Effective project management skills: Demonstrated ability to successfully execute complex projects, including setting goals and developing a realistic work plan. Move people to action and hold them accountable with and without formal authority. Highly organized and strong attention to detail. Proven ability to manage complex schedule and responsibilities with minimal support or oversight
- Experienced organizer: Proven track record for moving people to take collective action through a power-building analysis; demonstrated ability to authentically build relationships, trust, and credibility with community members and across race and class; genuine curiosity about others.
- Mission alignment: Committed to the vision of a powerful, inclusive, rural, multiracial, working-class movement-building as a path towards liberation for all people.
Familiarity with organizing tools and tracking systems; and personal or professional experience living in rural communities, living in the South, rural organizing, and/or organizing in the South are a plus but not required. Experience developing and running strategic issue campaigns is desirable but not required.
Some irregular hours are required, including nights and weekends. Location is flexible within North Carolina. Applicants must be able and willing to travel regularly for work.
Compensation for this full-time, permanent staff position is $75,000-$85,000 annually and includes best-in-class health and retirement benefits. We also offer unusual benefits, including a sabbatical policy and relocation stipend. Location is flexible within western North Carolina. Applicants must be able and willing to travel regularly for work.
How to Apply
Down Home NC is committed to creating a dynamic, multicultural, diverse working environment. Candidates of color and diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Down Home NC is an equal opportunity employer and a unionized workplace.
Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis, with a priority for applications received by November 24th. If this job description is posted on Down Home’s website, we are still accepting applications.
Please send a resume and a short cover letter that includes your experience working with organizations to: [email protected]