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Position Description: MOSES Community Organizer

The individual we seek for the full-time position as Organizer for MOSES (Madison Organizing in Strength, Equality, and Solidarity) is committed to community building, passionate, as well as committed to ending racial and economic inequity and reforming the criminal justice system in Dane County and Wisconsin.  This person will lead in building strong relationships with individuals, congregations,and organizations sharing this goal. This position will require flexible hours, evenings and weekends.  Must have willingness, ability, driver’s license and vehicle for frequent travel throughout the state.

Starting salary is $40,000, with good health/dental insurance, and three weeks of annual vacation.

MOSES is one of 14 affiliates of WISDOM, a statewide organization. (See https://wisdomwisconsin.org)It is a growing and energetic community organization, currently including 23 faith-based and nonprofit organizational members and many committed individuals.

Key Responsibilities

  • Build strong relationships with the MOSES leadership board, to understand their goals and vision for MOSES;
  • Recruit, train and support a diversity of people (including congregation leaders, formerly-incarcerated persons, persons with a wide range of ages, incomes, education and experience) to be effective, collaborative leaders in MOSES and effective advocates for systemic change;
  • Regularly attend meetings of MOSES Task Forces, Focus Groups and Committees, and communicate and coordinate their efforts with other MOSES members and allies; and coordinating Operational Teams to ensure that all MOSES committees, activities and meetings are in accord with its mission;
  • Coordinate advocacy with local and State-wide task forces, teams, governmental agencies, including monitoring relevant legislative actions;
  • Work collaboratively with all affiliate organizations in the WISDOM network;
  • Collaborate with and monitor the efforts of the fundraising committee;
  • Undertake other responsibilities as assigned by the MOSES

Desired Skills and Abilities:

  • “Self-starter,” with proven ability to convert goals into strategies and an action plan;
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including the ability to translate policy and legislation into summaries understandable to the non-specialist;
  • Understanding of the criminal justice system and ability to relate respectfully and empathetically especially with the most vulnerable members of our community;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and demonstrated skills in building consensus;
  • Computer skills and familiarity with social media
  • Understanding of how public policy is made and how to impact that process;
  • Respect for and interest in persons and communities of various faiths;
  • Experience in training and community organizing;

The immediate supervisor for this position is the President of MOSES, additional support will be provided by the personnel committee.  For oversight and professional development, the MOSES Organizer is expected to participate with the WISDOM Organizing Staff, and to meet regularly with the WISDOM State Director.

MOSESencourages people with these passions and qualities to apply.

MOSES is an equal opportunity employer.  All applicants will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran, disability status or any other classification protected under the law.

Applicants should submit a resume and cover letter (addressed to “Community Organizer Hiring Committee”) by March 2, 2020 to  moses.applications@gmail.com.