Organizer

Voces Unidas de las Montañas and Voces Unidas Action Fund

Position:                Organizer

Reports to:            Director

Location:               Garfield, Pitkin, Eagle, Lake and Summit counties

Hours:                    Full-time. Frequent travel and evening and weekend work required. 

Our Mission

We are working to create a more equitable central mountain region where Latinas and Latinos are thriving, engaged and leading in all of our communities. We do this by creating opportunities where Latinas and Latinos advocate for themselves, actively participate in all civic institutions and take leadership roles in all decision-making tables. We are also building and growing political and community power in the region through our Action Fund and other affiliated organizations.

Our Organizations

Based in Glenwood Springs, Voces Unidas was the first Latino-created, Latino-led, and Latino-serving advocacy organization in the central mountain region in Colorado. We operate in Garfield, Pitkin, Eagle, Lake and Summit counties. Voces Unidas includes four separate organizations, all which work independently to accomplish the larger mission. Learn more at www.vocesunidas.org and www.vocesunidasaction.org.

The Job

We are looking for a motivated bilingual leader who thrives in a start-up culture and is looking for an opportunity to lead organizing programs in their respective territory. The Organizer is responsible for identifying, training, coaching and mobilizing local Latina and Latino leaders to build community power and create systemic change in their communities. This includes doing year-round civic engagement work to engage Latino voters on the issues and involving leaders in policy and advocacy campaigns. Voces Unidas organizes around social justice issues, including immigration reform, access to health care, affordable housing, food insecurity, good-paying jobs, rights of workers, reproductive justice, environmental justice, and others. This position supports all affiliated organizations. 

Responsibilities

  • Identify, train, coach and mobilize local Latina and Latino leaders to build community power and create systemic change in their communities;

  • Recruit leaders and supporters willing to act to create change in their communities, using effective online and in-person recruitment strategies like online petitions, face-to-face meetings, group meetings, door-knocking and offering entry-level issue education or trainings;

  • Build strategic relationships with key groups and community leaders to identify more supporters/leaders;

  • Work collaboratively with leaders to research the issues facing communities and identify community-driven solutions; 

  • Coordinate regular planning meetings with leaders to create effective team structures, develop and plan winnable campaigns, and set goals for growth and action;

  • Offer a series of workshops that develop individual power (skills, knowledge and confidence) and strengthen collective action for change;

  • Coach and support leaders through one-on-one coaching and group sessions focused on the fundamentals of organizing, movement-building, and systems change; 

  • Support the mobilization of leaders and supporters in a variety of strategic actions to win campaigns to create systems change;

  • Identify, train and support leaders with individual actions like providing testimony in support of a legislative proposal or sharing their story through the press to create awareness of the issues;

  • Ensure the majority of leaders and supporters are taking regular action and are presented with opportunities to remain engaged in multiple campaigns/issues;

  • Recruit participants for Latino Advocacy Day (LAD) in Denver and Washington, D.C. and other programs;

  • Run local door-knocking and phone-banking campaigns year-round to support civic engagement goals; 

  • Track and report out on key milestones, successes, wins and challenges;

  • Other duties as assigned.

Required Job Skills, Experience, and Qualifications

  • Alignment to Voces Unidas’ mission; 

  • Passionate about community organizing and movement-building;

  • 1-3 years of full-time experience in advocacy or community outreach;

  • Bachelor’s degree is preferred, but not required; 

  • Experience facilitating trainings;

  • Familiarity with advocacy and organizing skills and strategies;  

  • Passion for developing people to realize their potential as a leader; including experience delivering presentations and facilitating group discussions;

  • Experience working with Spanish-dominant communities;

  • Deep and profound commitment to ensuring equity in the advocacy process and in ensuring that those with the least power have a voice at the table in our advocacy work; 

  • Strong interpersonal, communication, and team-building skills; 

  • Ability to initiate, foster, and leverage contacts and networks to achieve strong, positive outcomes;

  • Ability to be flexible and steadfast in the face of ambiguity; 

  • Action-oriented, self-starter who can work well independently and in collaborative teams;

  • Willingness to work flexible hours including 1-3 evenings per week and occasional weekends;

  • Full-time access to a car;

  • Ability to be in multiple locations in the course of a given day, the ability to transport items, and the ability to set up and take down meeting equipment (chairs, tables, projectors, screens, etc.); 

  • Prior knowledge of how common American systems work (examples: school districts, local and county governments, electoral process, legislative process, etc); and 

  • Fluency in English and Spanish is required.

Salary and Benefits

  • Starting salary range is between $45,000 to $60,000+, based on experience

  • Flexible work model to accommodate nature of organizing

  • Very generous self-care time

  • Health insurance or stipend to support health care coverage

  • Ski pass or stipend for outdoor recreation activities

  • Relocation support (if outside of region)

  • Housing stipend (must live in central mountain region)

  • And more

How to Apply

Please send a letter of interest and resume via email to alex@vocesunidas.org and use ORGANIZER in the subject line.

Positions will remain open until filled.