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Pittsburgh Organizing Director

Pittsburgh United is seeking an experienced, strategic, and dedicated leader and manager for the position of Pittsburgh Organizing Director. The Pittsburgh Organizing Director will be a key part of executing the organization’s vision of creating a community and economy that work for all people. Top priorities for this position include maintaining and growing strong coalitional relationships, managing and developing organizers to build powerful campaigns for economic, housing, and environmental justice, and strategic political thinking to align Pittsburgh United’s coalitions, our affiliated organizations, and movement partners across the region and state.

This is a senior director level position within the organization. It is an exciting and dynamic job in a stable and growing coalition, with opportunities for long-term growth and advancement. The successful candidate will be a self-starter with a strong work ethic and focus on the value of relationships, coalition, racial equity, and sustained and strategic organizing.  

To apply: Please email a cover letter and resume to info@pittsburghunited.org. Include the Subject Line: Pittsburgh Organizing Director

In your cover letter, please describe how your experience, skills, and interests align with this position and the organization’s mission. Preferred application deadline is September 30. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis and considered as soon as they are received, until the position is filled. 

Pittsburgh United is an affirmative action employer. People of color, LGBTQIA people, and women are strongly encouraged to apply. We believe that a diverse workforce and inclusive workplace culture enhances our ability to fulfill our mission. Employment and promotional opportunities are based upon individual capabilities and qualifications without regard to race, color, religion, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, sexual orientation, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, veteran status or any other protected characteristic as established under law. Pittsburgh United’s office is accessible; however, Pittsburgh United staff are currently working remotely.  

The Position

The Pittsburgh Organizing Director is a senior director level position responsible for ensuring the success of Pittsburgh United’s campaigns and overall organizing and political strategies through supervision, goal-setting, accountability, and partnership with coalition organizers. The Pittsburgh Organizing Director will work closely with the Executive Director and the Pittsburgh Organizing Team to set a vision, direction, and culture of organizing that builds power for our coalition, members, and movement in Pittsburgh. The Pittsburgh Organizing Director will also serve on Pittsburgh United’s Leadership Team and communicate closely about the work of the Pittsburgh team and ensure alignment across the organization. Primary responsibilities include: 

Staff Management and Leadership Development: Develop overall campaign strategy, evaluation, and monitoring; implement problem-solving techniques for any day to day challenges in partnership with coalition organizers. Supervise, support, and coach a team of coalition and digital organizers to create and be held accountable to campaign goals. Ensure staff are receiving intentional leadership development and setting professional development goals. Assess the effectiveness of current program elements to implement program revisions, updates, and long-term plans. 

Strategic Campaign Planning: Lead the development of strategic campaigns for housing, environmental, and worker justice and mentor organizers to develop their campaign planning skills. Develop the capacity of coalition partners to participate effectively in campaigns. Oversee campaign implementation including planning, execution, and evaluation. Monitor and/or participate in governmental and public meetings and processes related to Pittsburgh United’s campaigns, including public lobbying and testifying on behalf of the organization. Coordinate the political strategies required to advance Pittsburgh United’s campaign goals.

Relationship Building and Communication: Provide leadership in developing deep relationships and message alignment with coalition partners and campaign tables. Supervise staff to direct and coordinate implementation of coalition campaigns across the City and the region through internal relationship building, strategic campaign communications, and expansive working relationships with elected officials, the media, and other relevant stakeholders.

Qualifications

Pittsburgh United is seeking an experienced manager and strategic campaigner who is excited to work in a coalitional, fast paced, and creative environment. The person should exhibit a high degree of professionalism, initiative, and independence while also being collaborative and team focused. The candidate should have at least 5 years of experience in campaign management, including supervision of organizers. Deep relationship building, knowledge of the field from an issue and technical perspective, and experience with complex political strategy are required. Coalition experience is strongly preferred. Specifically, the successful candidate will have experience in and/or be able to demonstrate:

  • Experience in campaign management, including skill in planning, implementing, organizing, and evaluating long-term issue campaigns
  • Experience in analyzing problems and implementing programs or structures to resolve issues that help organizers and coalition partners succeed
  • Strong interpersonal skills, including racial equity skills, and ability to work with a diverse array of individuals and communities
  • Demonstrated ability to manage multiple tasks or projects, balance competing demands, set priorities, and meet deadlines
  • Commitment to justice and a deep understanding of race, class, gender and other equity issues in our campaign work, as well as the impact these structural issues have on our staff and organization

Compensation and Job Design

This is a permanent, full time management position and reports to the Executive Director. The organization is currently working remotely; the Pittsburgh Organizing Director will be located in Pittsburgh, PA when the organization transitions back to in-person work. The work schedule can at times be greater than 40 hours per week and includes some evening and weekend meetings and events, as necessary. It is not a strictly 9am-5pm position. Travel to local meetings and events is often required (once COVID allows), and travel outside of the region is occasionally required. Compensation will be based on skills and experience, with a salary range of $65,000-$85,000 per year. Our comprehensive benefits package includes employer-paid family health, dental, and vision and other insurance, 3% employer 401k contributions, communication and transportation benefits, and paid holidays, vacation, and sick time.

About the Organization

15 years of building power….

Who We Are

Pittsburgh United is a coalition of community, labor, faith, and environmental organizations committed to advancing the vision of a community and economy that work for all people. We aspire to create a community where all workers are able to care for themselves and raise their families, sharing in the prosperity generated by economic growth and development.

What We Do

We organize campaigns through permanent coalition tables and base-building for housing, environmental, and economic justice. Our past and current campaigns have positioned us to forward an organizing strategy and policy agenda to make our vision a reality. 

Pittsburgh United’s Housing Justice Table organizes with tenants and community groups to preserve and expand affordable housing options in our community and fight against displacement with people who have always called Pittsburgh home. The Housing Justice table won the first ever citywide affordable housing policy – the Housing Opportunity Trust Fund – and sustainable funding of $10 million annually. The Our Water Campaign fights for safe, affordable, publicly controlled water and green solutions to make our region more resilient to climate change. The campaign has successfully fought water privatization while winning important policy changes at the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority such as new water affordability programs, thousands of full lead line replacements, and two community advisory committees to oversee these new programs. The Worker Organizing Table works with unions and community organizations to fight for livable wages and good benefits for working people and their families. We’ve supported the Fight for $15 and passed Paid Sick Days legislation in Pittsburgh. We’ve fought alongside hospital workers, janitors, grocery store workers, and steelworkers to form their unions and improve their contracts.

We also work across a regional footprint in Western PA – spanning from State College to Erie to Greensburg – with our affiliated organization Pennsylvania United. PA United organizes and builds power across Western PA to create communities that work for all of us. Since 2016, PA United has been rebuilding progressive organizing infrastructure in communities that have experienced historic disinvestment from both economic opportunities and organizing resources. This work has resulted in member-led chapters in key swing counties in Western PA, where we are building a multi-racial, poor and working class movement for long-term change.

We are constantly developing organizing, education, advocacy, and communications strategies to fight and win progressive policy campaigns that ensure sustainable communities, raise standards for low-wage workers, advance racial equity and harness economic development and public investment for community benefit. Join us in building a better Pittsburgh and Pennsylvania for everyone.

To learn more about Pittsburgh United visit www.pittsburghunited.org

To learn more about our affiliated organization, Pennsylvania United, visit www.paunited.org

Digital Organizer

The Digital Organizer is part of a team of organizers working together to build a powerful organization for working class people. The Digital Organizer is responsible for developing online strategies that build the overall narrative of Pittsburgh United and the narratives of its core campaigns. The digital organizer will be responsible for working with campaign organizers to develop and execute digital strategy and tactics that compliment the overall strategies of campaign tables.

The digital organizer will be responsible for reaching and growing a network of activists that are responsive and engaged with Pittsburgh United campaign tables, with a particular focus on moving supporters from online to offline engagement.

We are seeking individuals who are passionate, versatile, and enthusiastic with experience using online tools to tell the story of a campaign, build digital strategy for campaigns and the broader organization, identifying new supporters, and organizing people online to take action both online and offline.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Work with Communications Consultants to build digital strategy that compliments the overall strategy of the organization and campaign strategies
  • Identify and engage campaign supporters and drive measurable online actions
  • Curate and develop creative content such as infographics, memes, key messages etc.
  • Utilize social media and other digital tools (texting programs, e-blast etc) to maximize digital list building
  • Deepen supporters sense of identity and involvement with organization and campaigns, including both online and offline engagement
  • Understand and apply data analytics related to the organization and campaigns’ email list, website, and social media channels to improve the effectiveness of the work
  • Support traditional media work and cultivate relationships with media to facilitate coverage of actions and events; cover actions and events using live digital tools

Qualifications and Skills:

  • Demonstrated skills in organizing and community outreach (experience with digital and/or coalition organizing preferred)
  • Experience using online tools to effectively tell the story of a campaign, build digital strategy, identify and activate supporters
  • Commitment to understand race, class, gender, and other equity issues as part of your work as well as the impact these structural issues have on our collective work environment
  • Belief in and commitment to progressive social, racial, and economic justice
  • Deep connection to people and organizations in the county of work
  • Superior interpersonal skills, an ability to work with a diverse array of individuals and communities, and an ability to challenge people to take risks in order to make change
  • Exceptional oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to receive and integrate performance based feedback into ongoing work plans as well as the ability to provide relevant and timely feedback to peers in a constructive manner
  • PA Drivers License and use of a vehicle

Other Information:

The work schedule can at times be greater than 40 hours per week and includes evening and weekend meetings and events, as necessary. It is not a strictly 9am-5pm position. Travel may be required within the county of work and may be required to spend extended periods of time in different communities across Western Pennsylvania.

This is a full time position and is part of the PA Workers United bargaining unit. Starting salary is $43,000.

To Apply:

Submit cover letter and resume to info@pittsburghunited.org with the subject line “Digital Organizer.” Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

Housing Justice Coalition Organizer

Pittsburgh United is seeking an experienced, creative, and dedicated leader for the Housing Justice Coalition Organizer position. With more than 25 active coalition partners, the Housing Justice Table at Pittsburgh United presents an incredible opportunity to affect change in a mid-sized City. Top priorities for this position include maintaining and growing strong coalitional relationships, building a campaign that moves partners to take action to combat the affordable housing crisis in the Pittsburgh region, identifying affordable housing policy opportunities, and implementing new coalitional campaigns.

This is an exciting and dynamic job in a stable but growing coalition, with opportunities for advancement and leadership. The successful candidate will be a self-starter with a strong work ethic and focus on the value of relationships, coalition, racial equity, and the right of all people to have a safe, affordable place to call home. The Housing Coalition Organizer works in a fast-paced environment that requires strategic thinking and a knack for “connecting the dots.” We are looking for a team player who shares our vision of a community and economy that work for all of us and a commitment to working together in coalition where we can accomplish more together than we can on our own. 

To apply: Please email a cover letter and resume to info@pittsburghunited.org
Include the Subject Line: Housing Justice Coalition Organizer

In your cover letter, please describe how your experience, skills, and interests align with this position and the organization’s mission. Preferred application deadline is Sept 15, 2021. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis and considered as soon as they are received, until the position is filled.

Pittsburgh United is an affirmative action employer. People of color, LGBTQIA people, and women are strongly encouraged to apply. We believe that a diverse workforce and inclusive workplace culture enhances our ability to fulfill our mission. Employment and promotional opportunities are based upon individual capabilities and qualifications without regard to race, color, religion, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, sexual orientation, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, veteran status or any other protected characteristic as established under law. Pittsburgh United’s office is accessible, however, Pittsburgh United staff are currently working remotely.

The Position

The Housing Justice Coalition Organizer is responsible for organizing and leading the Housing Justice Table at Pittsburgh United. Primary responsibilities include:

Coalition Organizing and Management: Build and maintain strong and effective relationships with existing campaign partners, new campaign partners, allies, community members, elected officials, stakeholders, and leaders in the Housing Justice Space; Conduct frequent meetings and check ins with partners and allies; Support and develop the leadership of coalition partners

Campaign Planning and Execution: Lead the development of strategic campaigns; Develop the capacity of table partners to participate effectively in campaigns; Plan and execute meetings, events, actions, or other strategic activities that further the goals of the campaigns; Monitor and/or participate in governmental and public meetings and processes related to Pittsburgh United’s housing justice campaigns, including lobbying and testifying on behalf of the campaign

Communications: Work with the digital organizer and communications team to promote events, resources, and actions; Act as a spokesperson for the campaign; Develop table partners to act as spokespeople; Speak at events to highlight the campaign where appropriate; Maintain various campaign lists and data systems to facilitate campaign outreach

Fundraising and Administration: In coordination with the Executive Director, identify funding opportunities and build relationships with funders/program officers; Participate in grant writing and reporting where appropriate; Maintain organized digital and physical campaign records; Maintain timesheets and calendar, especially for lobbying activities

Compensation and Job Design

This is a permanent, full time position in the PA Workers United bargaining unit and reports to the Organizing Director. The organization is currently working remotely, and the Housing Justice Coalition Organizer will be located in Pittsburgh, PA when the organization transitions back to in-person work. The work schedule can at times be greater than 40 hours per week and includes some evening and weekend meetings and events, as necessary. It is not a strictly 9am-5pm position. Travel is occasionally required around the region or to state/national conferences related to housing justice. Compensation will be based on skills and experience, with a salary range of $43,000-$55,000 per year. Our comprehensive benefits package includes employer-paid health, dental, and vision insurance, 401k with an employer match, cell phone and transportation benefits, and paid holidays (12), vacation (15), and sick days (12).

Qualifications

  • Experience with coalition organizing or leading a team in campaign work
  • Experience implementing a successful campaign plan, strategic campaign development/planning experience preferred
  • Personal or professional experience with and passion for housing justice, lived experience a plus
  • Strong interpersonal skills, including racial equity skills, and ability to work with a diverse array of individuals, communities, and sectors
  • Ability to challenge people to take risks in order to make change
  • Exceptional communication skills
  • Ability to receive and integrate performance based feedback into ongoing work plans as well as the ability to provide relevant and timely feedback to peers in a constructive manner
  • Commitment to justice as well as understanding race, class, gender and other equity issues as part of the work as well as the impact these structural issues have on our collective work
  • Exceptional planning and time management skills and ability to prioritize competing, complex priorities

About the Organization
15 years of building power….

Who We Are
Pittsburgh United is a coalition of community, labor, faith, and environmental organizations committed to advancing the vision of a community and economy that work for all people. We aspire to create a community where all workers are able to care for themselves and raise their families, sharing in the prosperity generated by economic growth and development.

What We Do
Pittsburgh United’s Housing Justice Table organizes with tenants and community groups to preserve and expand affordable housing options in our community and fight against displacement with people who have always called Pittsburgh home. The Housing Justice table won the first ever citywide affordable housing policy – the Housing Opportunity Trust Fund – and sustainable funding of $10 million annually. The Our Water Campaign fights for safe, affordable, publicly controlled water and green solutions to make our region more resilient to climate change. The campaign has successfully fought water privatization while winning important policy changes at the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority such as new water affordability programs, thousands of full lead line replacements, and two community advisory committees to oversee these new programs. The Worker Organizing Table works with unions and community organizations to fight for livable wages and good benefits for working people and their families. We’ve supported the Fight for $15 and passed Paid Sick Days legislation in Pittsburgh. We’ve fought alongside hospital workers, janitors, grocery store workers, and steelworkers to form their unions and improve their contracts.

We also work across a regional footprint in Western PA – spanning from State College to Erie to Greensburg – with our affiliated organization Pennsylvania United. Since 2017, PA United has been rebuilding progressive organizing infrastructure in communities that have experienced historic disinvestment from both economic opportunities and organizing resources. This work has resulted in member-led chapters in key swing counties in Western PA, where we are building a multi-racial, poor and working class movement for long-term change.

We are constantly developing organizing, education, advocacy, and communications strategies to fight and win progressive campaigns that ensure sustainable communities, raise standards for low-wage workers, advance racial equity and harness economic development and public investment for community benefit. Join us in building a better Pittsburgh and Pennsylvania for everyone.

The Moment
Pittsburgh is at a crossroads. The affordable housing crisis in Pittsburgh has already displaced thousands of families, but it is still possible to implement local policies that can help keep Pittsburgh home for longtime residents. Pittsburgh United has a long track record of fighting for development and policies that benefit people and communities including the One Hill CBA, the Pittsburgh Land Bank, and the Housing Opportunity Fund and its sustainable funding mechanism. With a new mayoral administration beginning in 2022 and federal recovery funds for local governments, Pittsburgh has a once in a generation opportunity to address its affordable housing crisis.

To learn more about Pittsburgh United visit www.pittsburghunited.org

To learn more about our affiliated organization, Pennsylvania United, visit paunited.org