Title: Equity and Justice Organizer
Classification: Full time, non-exempt, 40 hours/week, shared position between two nonprofit neighborhood associations
Salary: $35,000-$39,000 per year paid bi-weekly, depending on experience / 90-day probation period
Benefits: generous PTO + extended office break offered 2021 (additional paid holiday break 12/18/21- 1/16/22.)
Schedule: Flexible hours. Some nights and weekends required.
Location: Co-working office in the Lyndale neighborhood in South Minneapolis at 35th and Nicollet
The most important aspects of the Community Organizer position are skilled communication, empathy, and relationship-building. The primary task is to increase â€“Â and retain existing â€“Â volunteer neighbor participation at both organizations. The Community Organizer will accomplish this through sustained, coordinated effort of volunteer recruitment and retention, and close work with the Executive Director and neighbor-leadership. The position reports directly to the Executive Directors.
- Languages: comfortable with both spoken and written Spanish + English.
- Organizing Experience: time invested by living or working in a diverse community: direct organizing training or lived-experience preferred.
- Computer skills: basic data entry and graphic design, experience with email, Whatâ€™s Ap, Excel, and Word
- Communication Skills: Strong writing ability; comfortable giving presentations and leading meetings.Â Social Media skills or willingness to learn.
- Proof provided of being fully vaccinated by start date.
The person hired for this position will work full-time split between the two organizations (we will consider part time employment if necessary to find the correct employee). This position will offer a broad variety of activities. Projects, tasks, and outreach activities will be determined in bi-weekly staff meetings. Flexibility in work hours is a must, nights and weekends are common. Time will be tracked by organization and work area. See below for a description of specific activities this position may be asked to participate in. KFNA and LNA are equal opportunity employers.
- Self-motivated and able to work unsupervised; sees what needs to be done and does it.
- Excited to be part of the community; willing to go the extra mile to help.
- Organized and detail oriented to track contacts and tasks; understands that this job involves behind the scene work as well as visible outreach .
- Flexible in work hours, but also in personal approach; willing to lead and follow.
- Creative problem solver; able to think outside the box.
- Clear communicator; willing to talk and listen.
Position Roles & Responsibilities:
Outreach and Operations Management (40%)
- Increase all kinds of diversity in active membership and input
- Conduct specific outreach to engage businesses, new residents, and unheard groups
- Manage and maintain member/volunteer database
- Establish new/enhance existing relationships with key local partners
- Support existing working groups and block clubs as needed
- Conduct door-to-door canvassing
- Creating a welcoming environment for all members
- Recruit and build a foundation of volunteers and leaders
Event Coordination, on and off-site (25%)
- Coordinate and supervise regular (currently monthly) pay-as-you-can community dinner including:
- Planning, outreach, and communication with community volunteers
- Assist in grocery shopping and preparation with volunteer staff
- Attend events and support distribution of the meal
- Recruit and support volunteers for other events
- Assist with neighborhood programs, meetings, and event promotion/coordination
- Connect with constituency using external communications (weekly e-newsletter, mailed newsletter, social media, website)
- Experience with mass e-mailings preferred (MailChimp, Constant Contact, etc.).
- Create graphic designs and promotional materials, as needed, in English and Spanish
- Interpret between English and Spanish, for meetings or for conversation, as needed
- Develop opportunities for members to advocate for equitable systems, policies, and processes
- Evaluate and report needs of general public and community groups
- Document and report on work-related tasks
- Assist with program, event, and project evaluation.
- Weekly staff meetings
- Data entry
- Updating community calendar
- Holding office hours for community members
- Reports (events and staffing)
- Procedure manual creation
- Close out community gardens including:
- facilitate water shut off
- document close-out at all three gardens
- assure all sites are cleaned and bedded for winter
Who are we?Â
We are the Kingfield (www.kingfield.org) and Lyndale neighborhood associations (www.lyndale.org), two independent nonprofits co-housed in the South Nicollet Action Center at 3537 Nicollet Avenue South. As place-based nonprofits that cover from Lake Street to 46th South and from Lyndale Avenue to 35W, we are focused on the neighbors and the opportunities in this area including housing and development, food security, racial justice and safety, election education, as well as community building and engagement. We share our office space, and occasionally our work, with dynamic issue-based organizing groups; currently this includes Minneapolis Climate Action and the Somali American Women Action Center. Together we seek to create a community center for all neighbors, by focusing on 1) connecting neighbors to each other and to resources, 2) community identification of issues and solutions, and 3) leadership skill development.
Our organizations are committed to being equitable and inclusive and reflect the diversity and many identities in our neighborhood. We seek to foster the leadership and participation of people who neighborhood organizations have historically underinvested in. This includes people who rent, and people who identify as BIPOC (black, indigenous, people of color), LGBTQ+, youth, and seniors.
How to apply
Apply by email to with a statement of interest and availability + 3 references (not more than 1 may be personal). Please attach a current resume if you have one prepared; if not, we will consider a phone screening. Resumes reviewed upon receipt; position filled when we meet the right candidate.