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The Grassroots Organizer for Chicago, Northern Cook County & Northern Suburbs is responsible for recruiting new supporters, engaging activists and developing volunteer leaders who identify with and support Planned Parenthood of Illinois and Planned Parenthood Illinois Action. The Grassroots Organizer will also execute grassroots outreach plans to further the programmatic goals of the organization.
Essential Functions 1. Responsible for forming and supporting teams of activists in targeted geographic areas who will become informed on local, state, and national reproductive health issues, educate their community and elected officials on the importance of the issues and take other actions to further the public affairs goals of PPIL/PPIA. 2. Conducts grassroots, pro-Planned Parenthood organizing in legislative districts, on campuses, at public events, etc., as directed. 3. Ensures organizational base building goals are met; establish and meet goals for the number of new prospective supporters identified and added to our database. 4. Assists in the development and leads execution of plans for generating new contacts for outreach and engagement of supporters of the organization. 5. Keeps activists informed of all local, state, and national legislation and public policies that effect PPIL. 6. Develops and executes grassroots strategies to further the campaigns or PPIL/PPIA. 7. Creates and participates in opportunities to expand our reach, meet new potential supporters and generate new contacts to add to our base. 8. Creates and leads events and activities, turning out supporters to ensure participation from our base. 9. Coordinates member-to-member campaigns to tap into the networks of our supporters. 10. Assists with electoral activities, including running canvasses and phone banks through PPIA, as directed. This includes canvassing and phone banking. 11. Works as a member of the Public Policy Department under the department’s work plan and direction. 12. Acts as liaison and provide leadership and active participation in community coalitions and faith-based groups to broaden support for issues of concerns to Planned Parenthood of Illinois. 13. Increases PPIL’s visibility in the Northern Cook County and Northern Suburban area. 14. Represents PPIL to the community in a professional manner. 15. Through these activities demonstrate an understanding of and commitment to PPIL core values of access, activism, care, confidentiality, diversity, excellence, integrity, respect, self-determination, and stewardship; practice these values in relation with internal and external customers.
Other Responsibilities: 1. Coordinates and implements Planned Parenthood sponsored lobby days, rallies and advocacy activities. 2. Provides selection, supervision, on-going training, and feedback (including evaluations) to volunteers and interns. 3. Coordinates and attends volunteer meetings and grassroots volunteer activities. 4. Other duties as assigned.
Physical Demands: The physical demand characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand, walk, talk, read, see, and hear. The employee is frequently required to use hands and fingers to type, handle, or feel and reach. The employee is regularly required to sit. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.
Supervisor: Deputy Director, Advocacy & Campaigns
Status: Full-time, exempt from the overtime provisions of the wage and salary guidelines.
Qualifications: Education and Experience: Bachelor’s degree and a minimum three years in grassroots organizing, legislative, political, or constituent education required. Demonstrated ability to direct campaigns in sensitive political situations; successful experience in planning and implementing strategic legislative, electoral, or community support campaigns in pursuit of organizing goals. Significant past involvement in reproductive rights and health, or women’s rights, is preferred. Minimum of 3 years of grassroots organizing experience is preferred. Preference will also be given to candidates who are bilingual in Spanish and English with good written and oral language skills.
Ability to handle high-stress situations and to think as well as act flexibly and creatively in a high-paced environment; Ability to maintain a flexible work schedule, including at times, long and irregular hours. Must have the ability to work remotely as needed.
Experience working in a multi-cultural environment, including communities of color, where commitment to diversity based on race, ethnic origin, gender, age, sexual orientation and physical ability is important to the institutional values.
Working knowledge of the Voter Activation Network (VAN) systems as well as community organizing and leadership development is desirable.
This position is based out of Planned Parenthood’s Chicago Administrative Office. The majority of the time will be spent working remotely and in the community. This position requires traveling statewide, therefore a personal vehicle, a valid Illinois driver’s license, and auto insurance in accordance with agency liability standards is required.
Professional Qualities: A self-starter, with the ability to organize and maintain large amounts of diverse information with attention to detail. Must possess strong project management skills with a proven ability to initiate, plan, execute, and close projects while keeping the needs of the agency as the highest priority. Outstanding interpersonal, presentation, and written communication skills and ability to manage internal and external stakeholder expectations. High-energy, skilled organizer who thrives in a fast-paced work environment, learns quickly, can think on their feet, has a strong commitment to racial and gender equity, and a passion for social change.
A commitment to the operating goals of Planned Parenthood is essential. Ability to function independently as a representative of Planned Parenthood while meeting the strategic goals outlined. Proficiency in Microsoft Office, including Excel, Word, and Power Point, is a necessity. Ability to maintain a flexible work schedule that may require some evenings and weekends. Ability and willingness to travel throughout Illinois and to work remotely if needed.
DIVERSE CANDIDATES ARE ENCOURAGED TO APPLY Planned Parenthood works affirmatively to include diversity among its workforce and does not discriminate in the selection of its staff based on factors including but not limited to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, income, marital status or any other characteristic protected under federal, state or local law. Planned Parenthood is committed to creating a dynamic work environment that values diversity and inclusion, respect and integrity, customer focus, and innovation.
About Planned Parenthood of Illinois
We are a trusted health care provider, an informed educator and a passionate advocate. Planned Parenthood of Illinois' 17 health centers throughout the state deliver vital health care services, sex education, and sexual health information to more than 60,000 women and families each year.
For nearly 90 years, building healthy communities has been Planned Parenthood's mission. Everyday, Planned Parenthood of Illinois helps all kinds of people get the health tools and information—and above all the care and compassion they need—to prevent unintended pregnancies or to plan for families when they are ready.