Black Organizing Program Organizer
Location: Hampton Roads, Virginia
Planned Parenthood is the nation’s leading sexual and reproductive health care provider and advocate. Planned Parenthood Advocates of Virginia (PPAV) is a statewide organization whose mission is to preserve and broaden access to reproductive health care through legislation, public education, electoral activity, and litigation in the Commonwealth of Virginia. PPAV works to ensure that individuals and families have the freedom, information, and ability to make their own informed reproductive choices.
The Black Organizing program is Planned Parenthood’s national effort to work with the Black community on fights for reproductive health, sex education, and access to care. Beginning in 2019, Black Organizing Program Organizers have worked to build sustainable, community-organizing teams in partnership with the Black community.
PPAV is seeking an organizer to work in close coordination with Planned Parenthood’s national organizing team, engage and grow a base of Black supporters, and build power for the reproductive health movement in the Black community. Each organizer works directly with local and national Planned Parenthood teams to develop and execute campaign plans in their assigned area. The organizer will use a local campaign/initiative as a vehicle for deepening Black engagement at the local level.
What the organizer will gain from working with the Black Organizing Program:
- Build deep/intentional relationships with the Black community, organizations and leaders who can support cross-collaboration efforts with Planned Parenthood.
- Engage, educate, and mobilize Black communities on local initiatives and Planned Parenthood services
- Recruit and manage Black volunteers to participate in community events/actions
- Develop an understanding of how data is a vital component to track and analyze advocacy campaigns by using VAN
- Manage logistics, planning, and implementation of efforts for local initiative/policy
Ideal candidates will have experience with at least four of the following:
- Local organizing in the region where you are applying to work
- Deep experience living or working in Black communities
- Holding others responsible to quantitative and qualitative goals
- At least one big campaign victory on campus or in your local community – as a volunteer or staff
- At least 1-2 years as a volunteer or staff doing field organizing
- Leading canvasses or phone banks
- Working knowledge of VAN, Excel, a computer language, or another tool for data management
- Workshop facilitation
- Knowledge of reproductive health issues
Additional candidate qualifications include:
- Curiosity around new ways of organizing, using data, and building infrastructure for a long- term movement
- Ability to use personal stories to explain why you organize and move others into action
- Strong commitment to meeting deadlines and showing progress towards goals
- Access to reliable transportation
- Available nights & weekends
It is our policy to provide equal employment opportunities to all qualified persons without regard to race, age, gender, sexual orientation, religion, nationality, disability, marital status, or other characteristics protected by applicable law.