Friday, August 28, 2009

Job announcements for the US Social Forum 2010!

- 1 National Coordinator
- 2 Field Organizers

JOB ANNOUNCEMENT

National Coordinator
United States Social Forum 2010

The US Social Forum is a movement-building process to build a powerful multi-racial, multi-sectoral, inter-generational, diverse, inclusive, internationalist movement that transforms this country and changes history. It will be happening June 22-26, 2010 in Detroit, Michigan. The USSF is a large, mostly volunteer effort with stakeholders all across the country and several moving parts. Planning for the USSF is being done by the National Planning Committee (NPC) and an Organizing Committee made up of the co-chairs of the different committees. The National Coordinator will report to the Coordination Team, made up of representatives from the National Planning Committee, in addition to participating on the Organizing Committee of the NPC.

The national scope of the US Social Forum offers exciting movement building opportunities and difficult challenges. The leadership of the planning committees are staff and directors of grassroots, local, regional, and national organizations spread across the entire continent. The National Coordinator will bring cohesion, flexibility, clarity, and smooth infrastructural operation to the functioning of the staff and the planning bodies.

The National Coordinator will work under the guidance of and have the support of the Coordination Team in conjunction with the National Planning Committee and the Organizing Committee.

Job Responsibilities include:
- Coordinate the overall function and participation of the members of the National Planning Committee, the Organizing Committee, and the Coordination Team
- Coordinate with the Detroit Co-coordinators in order to ensure clear agendas, communication, and implementation of work plans
- Serve as the point person and liaison for the fiscal sponsor
- Serve on the Finance Committee to ensure budget maintenance and fiscal health of project
- Represent the US Social Forum in event spaces, with organizations, and
- Communicate regularly with the co-chairs of the Working Groups on progress and planning for next steps, including ensuring consistent update of the website planning tools
- Support and manage staff positions in conjunction with Working Groups and planning bodies
- Willingness to travel, work flexible hours, and be responsive as necessary

Qualifications:
- A minimum of 5 years of work experience in community organizing and/or coalitions
- Strong administrative skills and financial management skills
- Strong writing skills and communication skills
- Strong facilitation skills
- Familiarity with and respect for the USSF, its goals, and process
- Ability to take initiative, develop new processes, and work alone and as part of a team
- Spanish language abilities, a plus

This is a full-time position. This is NOT an entry-level position. The National Coordinator will work from October 1, 2009 through the US Social Forum in June 2010 and several months beyond the Forum. Compensation is approximately $35,000 a year.

Please apply no later than Monday, September 4, 2009. Email a cover letter, resume, and 3 references to Stephanie@projectsouth.org

People of color and community members are strongly encouraged to apply.

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JOB ANNOUNCEMENT

Field Organizer
United States Social Forum 2010

The US Social Forum is a movement-building process to build a powerful multi-racial, multi-sectoral, inter-generational, diverse, inclusive, internationalist movement that transforms this country and changes history. It will be happening June 22-26, 2010 in Detroit, Michigan. The USSF is a large, mostly volunteer effort with stakeholders all across the country and several moving parts. Planning for the USSF is being done by the National Planning Committee (NPC) and an Organizing Committee made up of the co-chairs of the different committees. The Field Organizers (2 full-time positions) will report to the co-chairs of the Outreach Working Group and the Peoples Movement Assembly Working Group in addition to participating on the Organizing Committee of the NPC.

The USSF drew 15,000 participants from communities all across the country in 2007. Due to the success of the first Forum and more visibility, the planning committees anticipate over 25,000 participants in 2010. The Field Organizer positions will ensure that people from under-represented and marginalized communities, organized and unorganized, will participate in the Forum.

We are seeking two Field Organizers with distinct scopes of work, however both positions will be responsible for creating targeted outreach plans, developing tracking mechanisms, and mobilizing communities. The Field Organizers will work under the guidance of and have the support of the Outreach Working Group and the People’s Movement Assembly Working Group, as the PMA is an organizing vehicle to mobilize and prepare participants from localities and movement sectors. Some of this process may be coordinated with other committees as needed.

Job Responsibilities include:
- Develop and oversee national organizing infrastructure, including overall plan, development of materials, contact spreadsheets, benchmarks, etc.
- Develop familiarity and connection with participating organizations so as to assist mobilization and coordination of participation from existing bases
- Attend events, convergences, and meetings to mobilize communities to the Forum
- Communicate regularly with the Outreach Working Group on progress and planning for next steps, including via the website planning tools
- Support and coordinate participation in the People’s Movement Assembly, based on schedule and targeted outreach plan developed by Working Group
- Identify, coordinate, and support, the organizing needs of marginalized groups, particularly with resource mobilization networks, transportation/caravans to Detroit, connection to housing options in Detroit
- Support and coordinate with regional gatherings and forums to mobilize
- Hold regular outreach and orientation conference calls to introduce the Forum
- Willingness to travel, work flexible hours, and be responsive as necessary

Qualifications:
- A minimum of 5 years of work experience in community and/or regional/national organizing
- Experience in creating the infrastructure needed for a broad-based, multi-sector organizing plan
- Strong writing skills and communication skills
- Strong facilitation skills
- Connected to networks people of color-led organizations, coalitions, and networks
- Familiarity with and respect for the USSF, its goals, and process
- Ability to take initiative, develop new processes, and work alone and as part of a team
- Spanish language abilities, a plus

This is a full-time position. This is NOT an entry-level position. The Field Organizers will work from October 1, 2009 through the US Social Forum in June 2010. Compensation is approximately $35,000 a year.

Please apply no later than Monday, September 4, 2009. Email a cover letter, resume, and 3 references to Stephanie@projectsouth.org
People of color and community members are strongly encouraged to apply.

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