Position:         Richmond Area Community Organizer
Reports to:     Campaigns Director
Status:            Full-time exempt position (40 hours), located in Richmond, Virginia.

Organization: NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia (an independent state affiliate of NARAL Pro-Choice America) is dedicated to building and sustaining a constituency that uses the state-level political process to guarantee reproductive freedom for all, including family planning, sexuality education, maternal health care, and safe, legal abortion. NPCV is the state’s leading voice for reproductive freedom and abortion access, and we work closely with state policymakers, advocates, and progressive allies to bring about real and lasting change for reproductive rights and health care. Our goal is to ensure that all Virginia women can access safe and affordable reproductive health care – including abortion – without shame, stigma, judgement, or fear. NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia has a grassroots 501(c)(4) issue advocacy organization arm, the 501(c)(3) NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia Foundation arm, and a political action committee (PAC).

Position: NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia is looking for a highly motivated, responsible, results-oriented, outgoing and pro-choice person with political and/or community based organizing experience to manage the agency’s grassroots activities in Richmond, Virginia. The community organizer will work closely with the campaigns director and coalition partners to conduct grassroots activities and engage activists while building capacity and infrastructure for an issue-based campaign around reproductive freedom, personal rights, and women’s health. During election seasons, the community organizer will work closely with the campaigns director and NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia and NARAL Pro-Choice America endorsed campaigns to build teams of volunteers, engage voters on our issues, and elect pro-choice candidates.

This position is full time. The hours average 40 per week and will include some evenings and weekends. Starting salary range is $38,000 – $42,000, plus a stipend for health insurance coverage and a generous and flexible leave package. (Note: This is NOT a temporary position.)

Responsibilities: Our Richmond Area Community Organizer is based out of our Richmond, VA bureau and reports to our Campaigns Director. Job responsibilities include:

  • Collaborate with endorsed statewide and state Senate/House of Delegates electoral campaigns to develop region-specific voter outreach plans to engage and educate voters on reproductive rights and elect pro-choice candidates.

  • Develop and implement local grassroots campaigns to organize and engage new pro-choice activists and change the cultural conversation around reproductive freedom. Campaign priorities include, but are not limited to, the de-stigmization of abortion, expanding birth control access, improving women’s health care options, exposing crisis pregnancy centers and fighting anti-choice attacks on the local and statewide level.

  • Create comprehensive campaign strategies to identify and meet program objectives. Must be able to assess progress of project, implement new strategies if necessary, and present relevant plans to a variety of audiences, including staff, allies, and volunteers.

  • Build a broad coalition of community partners to support, strengthen, and expand campaign efforts at the grassroots level. Coalition should include local issue-based organizations, faith leaders, educators, college students, parents, elected officials, and others as required to meet campaign goals.

  • Organize and manage civic engagement activities including phone banks, tabling events, and canvasses for legislative and issue-based initiatives. Design and create grassroots outreach materials, when necessary.

  • Grow and maintain a local core activist and volunteer base, including implementation of a volunteer leadership program and regular activist trainings.

  • Assist with development and implementation of appropriate and effective campaign messaging, including story gathering. Promote campaign through online organizing and social media avenues.

  • Track daily progress with qualitative reports, weekly supervisor check-ins, and monthly reports to staff, Board of Directors, and coalition partners.

  • Recruit volunteers and activists to attend relevant committee hearings and floor votes during the Virginia General Assembly legislative session.

Required Qualifications: We are seeking candidates who excel in strategic thinking and collaboration, have strong time management skills and bring a positive, flexible approach to the work. You present the following qualifications:

  • Full support for the mission, vision and work of NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia and NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia Foundation.

  • Well-organized, detail-oriented, and self-motivated.

  • Strong written and interpersonal, communication, and relationship-building skills.

  • Cultural competency and experience working with diverse communities, including communities of color.

  • Extensive experience working with volunteers and activists, preferably in an issue-based advocacy or campaign setting.

  • Ability to maintain confidentiality and work under pressing time constraints.

  • Ability to travel with valid driver’s license, car and required car insurance.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university.

  • Familiarity with Richmond communities and constituents, including local elected officials and community organizations.

  • Proficiency in Spanish a plus.

  • Experience working with voter management programs (i.e. VAN, Catalist, etc.), online advocacy tools and predictive dialer systems.

To Apply: Please submit a cover letter and resume addressing your experience with the above responsibilities and qualifications and describing your interest in being a member of the NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia staff. Please submit the names, affiliations and contact information of three references. No calls please. Email Ana Owens, campaigns director, at apply@naralva.org with “Richmond Area Community Organizer – Your Name” in subject line.

 Resumes will be accepted until the position is filled; however, preference will be given to resumes received by April 26, 2017.

 NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia (an affiliate of NARAL Pro-Choice America) is dedicated to building and sustaining a constituency that uses the political process to guarantee reproductive freedom for all women, including family planning, sexuality education, maternal health care, and safe, legal abortion. NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia Foundation is a grass-roots 501(c)(3) organization. NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia Foundation is an equal opportunity employer committed to inclusive hiring and dedicated to diversity.

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