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Deadline to Apply: Applications will be reviewed immediately and will be accepted until filled.

Location: Hartford, CT

About us:

The Katal Center for Health, Equity, and Justice works to strengthen the people, policies, institutions, and movements that advance health, equity, and justice for everyone. We have three big, interrelated goals:

  • building leadership and organizing capacity of neighborhood residents, organizers, advocates, and community groups, to effectively drive and shape systemic change;
  • ending mass criminalization, mass incarceration, and the war on drugs; and
  • advancing evidence-based solutions to promote and secure health, equity, and
    justice.

Our experience has taught us that through effective community organizing, informed by analysis of systemic racism, we can take on critical problems, like mass criminalization, turn them into winnable issues, and make real changes in the lives of our members and communities. 

Job Summary:

The Community Organizer is focused on building the membership base and developing leaders from the membership. To facilitate outreach, engagement, recruitment, member development, and, of course, actions, the Community Organizer uses traditional community organizing tactics and digital/online organizing tactics, including use of online action tools, database management, phone, video calls, emails, text, social media, etc.

Responsibilities/Essential Functions:

  • Building a strong member base of people impacted by the issues Katal is working on
  • Developing members into leaders that play prominent roles in campaign planning.
  • Preparing members and leaders for public speaking and media interviews
  • Engage and lead outreach across NYC, including in-person and phone/text banks
  • Facilitating members to plan, organize, and lead meetings.
  • Mobilizing members, supporters, and volunteers for actions, including supporting the work of partner organizations
  • Utilizing the database to track outreach and engagement.
  • Developing materials — including flyers, signs, materials, social media posts, emails, and more — for virtual and in-person outreach, education, lobby days, and actions
  • Engaging in legislative advocacy and participation in public forums, coalition meetings, conferences, and virtual lobby days
  • Participating in coalitions across Connecticut
  • Building relationships with new organizations
  • Taking notes, tracking, and reporting on activities – written and verbal
  • Sharing infrastructure/administrative responsibilities with other staff
  • Work on some evenings and weekends required.                                                         

 

Experience, Education and Skills:

  • Passionate about Katal’s mission and campaigns.
  • At least 3 years community organizing experience.
  • Online / digital organizing experience a plus, but not required.
  • Proficient in Google Site
  • Comfortable using social media applications.
  • Seeks out opportunities to learn and grow.
  • Enjoy working as part of a team.
  • A problem solver, hungry to dive into new challenges.
  • Excellent communicator and great listener.
  • Must feel comfortable in using tech in their organizing or be quickly adaptable to learning.
  • Motivated and driven.
  • Attentive to details.

 

Core Competencies:

  • Communication: Clearly conveys information and ideas through a variety of media to individuals or groups in a manner that engages the audience and helps them understand and retain the message.
  • Strategic Decision Making: Obtains Information and identifies key issues and
    relationships relevant to achieve a long-range goal or vision.
  • Strategic Communications: Demonstrates a clear understanding of the organization’s vision/mission and develops a communication strategy to achieve organizational objectives.
  • Formal Presentation: Presenting ideas effectively to individuals or groups when given time to prepare.
  • Gains Commitment: Using appropriate interpersonal styles and techniques to gain acceptance of ideas or plans; modifies one’s own behavior to accommodate tasks, situations, and individuals.
  • Adaptability: Adjusts effectively as work dynamics change and maintains effectiveness when experiencing major changes in work tasks or the environment.
  • Contributes to Team Success: Actively participates as a member of the team toward achieving its vision and the completion of goals.
  • Initiating Action: Takes prompt action to accomplish objectives and takes action to achieve goals beyond what is required.
  • Maintains Situational & Informational Awareness: Tracks and digests new information related to the organization’s work and issues areas and sharing insights and questions with the team.
  • Tenacity: Maintains a position or plan of action until the desired objective is obtained or is no longer reasonably attainable.
  • Work Ethic: Sets high standards of performance for self and others; assumes responsibility and accountability for successfully completing assignments and tasks.
  • Understands and Utilizes work tools effectively.

 

Physical Factors:

  • Ability to stand, walk, lift, or carry up to 10 lbs. while outdoors.
  • Ability to sit in front of a computer for extended periods of time.

 

Working Requirements (Travel Requirements, Overtime, Shifts, On-Call, etc.):

  • Must attend meetings within the community and with other organizations/community partners.
  • Some travel required from time to time between Brooklyn and Hartford offices, and throughout the states of Connecticut and New York.
  • Flexible to working requirements. Some evenings and weekends required to attend events, meetings, or protests within the community.

 

Compensation, Schedule, Location: This is a full time, salaried, exempt position. The current salary for this position is $58,000 – $68,000, based on experience and qualifications.

Regular business hours are generally 9am – 6pm Monday-Friday, but schedule may vary based on priorities and activities of Katal’s campaigns and will require working evenings and weekends, as needed. This position is based in our Hartford, CT office, and some travel in Connecticut and New York may be required.


Benefits:

Katal offers a generous benefits package, including:

  • Fully-covered Medical, Dental, and Vision coverage
  • 401(k) with employer matching contribution
  • Life insurance
  • Family Planning Benefits
  • Commuter Benefits
  • Generous Time Off
  • And additional Perks

 

To Apply: Please send the following to jobs@katalcenter.org with the subject line
“First Name Last Name- CT Community Organizer”.

  • One page cover letter
  • Your resume or CV
  • A writing sample of no more than two pages

**No phone calls, please. While we appreciate all applicants, please be advised that we can only respond to those we intend to interview. For more information about Katal, please visit our website at www.katalcenter.org

Katal is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, ethnicity, national origin, religion, disability, or criminal records. People impacted by the criminal legal system or the drug war are encouraged to apply.

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