Student Organizer (Cincinnati)

Ohio Student Association works to help unleash the power of young people through base-building, grassroots campaigns, and leadership development. We have fought for community safety, economic justice, and democracy
reform. Our organization has trained hundreds of young people as community organizers and leaders. Since 2018, we
have registered 50,000 voters and created paths for young people to build political power beyond elections. For more on
our past initiatives and victories, check out our website here. OSA is a part of the Ohio Organizing Collaborative, an
innovative statewide organization that unites community organizing groups, labor unions, faith organizations and policy
institutes across Ohio.

Student Organizer

OSA seeks a student organizer to build teams of young people impacted by Ohio’s higher education system, criminalization, and voter suppression on college campuses and in communities with Ohio Student Association.

Required Skills & Abilities

The Organizer is a self-motivated and detail-oriented critical thinker with a strong track record
of successfully and concurrently managing a variety of initiatives. They are committed to the principles of social justice, has a leadership background, and knows how to manage a large volume of relationships and solve problems quickly and efficiently. An OOC Organizer possesses strong planning and organizational skills, strong time management skills, strong relational and interpersonal skills, and strong written and oral communication skills. Ideally, they have at least one year of related organizing experience and are proficient in office and database software, and social media platforms.

Job Responsibilities

  • Organizer is able to work effectively with diverse staff, leaders, partners, and the general public.
  • Works closely with the team and supervisor to develop and implement campaign and work plans, and a yearly
    professional development plan
  • Able to work with leaders across race, class, and gender to align different interests towards the common goal
    of building community power to win progressive reforms
  • Identifies and develops community power building relationships with a broad leadership base of grassroots
    groups, faith-based institutions, and social/economic justice advocates.
  • Works with grassroots groups and leaders to recruit people into building volunteer teams, educate and motivate
    people to take action around local and statewide racial, economic, and social justice issues.
  • Identifies issues and works with teams to strategize and implement short- and long-term campaigns at the
    local, regional, and statewide levels
  • Trains grassroots leaders and groups to identify issues with attainable goals through engaging leadership base
    in participatory research and political education
  • Organizes [a] outreach activities with volunteers including canvassing, phone/texting banking, and tabling, [b]
    leadership development and organizing activities such as trainings, leadership and committee meetings, and
    [c] large-scale public actions including community conversations, town halls, public meetings, & direct actions
  • Integrates community organizing with long-term, community-driven policy change efforts
  • Participates in campaign framing and messaging, including collaborating on talking points, press releases,
    reports, social media, and other communications materials as necessary
  • Participate in fundraising efforts including reporting and supporting efforts with foundation grants,
    individual donors, and membership dues.
  • Attend and actively participate in team and statewide meetings, meet regularly with supervisor, submit all reports
    in a timely manner, and attend professional organizer training as required
  • Has some understanding of the intersection between race, class, and gender’s effect on socio economic
    policy and believes in progressive values
  • Performs all other related duties and responsibilities as required

Please note: This job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or
responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities are based on
campaign needs and may change at any time with or without notice

Position Details

The Organizer is a full-time salaried position. A Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent work experience is
preferred but persons meeting the skills listed above should still apply. Benefits include health/dental insurance, vacation, and retirement match. The organizer must possess a cell phone, an Ohio driver’s license and have access to a reliable automobile. In-state and national travel is required. Some weekend and evening hours will be required. Work-related expenses are reimbursed according to policy. Physical requirements include frequent standing, walking, ability to sit in meetings and lift moderate weight for supplies.

Experience and Salary Range

Previous experience is preferred but not required. People with more organizing experience should still apply and can be considered for Lead Organizer. Organizers will be paid a negotiated salary.

EEO/AAP Policy Statement

Ohio Student Association and Ohio Organizing Collaborative provide equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, criminal history, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state
or local laws.

This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion,
termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, and training.

Application Instructions

Priority deadline ends February 2nd but applications will be accepted until the position is filled.
To apply, please submit a brief cover letter explaining why you are interested in organizing, your resume and three
professional references to prentiss@ohorganizing.org.