The Women Effect Fund (WEF) seeks an innovative and energetic grassroots organizer for the Virginia Campaign for a Family Friendly Economy.
The Virginia campaign will partner with established state organizations and new women activists who are on the forefront of an unprecedented renewal of civic engagement and activism among Virginia—and American—women. The campaign will help sustain and grow their movement while building public support for important policies that benefit working women and their families.
The campaign is looking for an organizer based in Northern Virginia. The organizer will be responsible for working directly with newly formed grassroots groups, partner organizations and activists in their region of the state. The campaign aims to engage the public and elected officials to support the policies included in a family friendly economic agenda, starting with paid family and medical leave. Equally, the campaign will deepen engagement of women in civil society, and change the culture around women’s civic engagement.
The organizer will contribute to the design and implementation of an exciting new program that will develop a model for engagement with new progressive activists.
The ideal candidate has experience working in political or advocacy campaigns and with a diverse set of coalition partners and allies. The organizer will be a creative team player who thrives in a fast-paced environment.
The organizer will have outstanding interpersonal communication and organization skills. They will be committed to women’s equality, believe in the power of grassroots organizing to make change and be open to challenging the norms of traditional advocacy work.
The Women Effect Fund (WEF), a project of New Venture Fund, was founded in 2015 as a collaborative fund of individual donors, foundations and public charities dedicated to an intersectional approach towards achieving true economic equality for all women in our lifetimes. The WEF connects donors and doers to build power and win advocacy campaigns to advance gender equity and economic justice for women. By changing policies and building a movement of people who share their goals, they build the conditions for broader culture change.
The Rockefeller Family Fund (RFF) is one of the founding organizations and partners of the Women Effect Fund. Over the past eight years, the RFF has worked to improve women’s economic equality by establishing policies like earned sick leave and paid family and medical leave. Since RFF began this work, more than 13 million people have gained access to earned sick leave in ten states and more than 35 cities.
In addition to our work at WEF, The Women Effect Action Fund, a project of the 1630 Fund, a 501(c)(4) non-profit, advocates for these issues at the ballot box, highlighting the importance of family-friendly policies to the electorate, building support for candidates that center smart policies for women and families and holding elected officials accountable.
● Collaborate with the team to meet overall campaign goals.
● Engage new and established advocacy groups and organizations.
● Experiment with innovative tactics to keep new activists engaged.
Recruit, train, manage, and motivate volunteers.
● Develop systems to replicate organizing successes more broadly.
● Develop volunteer leaders through 1:1 conversations and training.
● Assist volunteer leaders with the planning and execution of on-the-ground activities.
● Develop turnout plans for volunteers, organizers, and surrogates.
● Partner with the team to convene an advisory council of grassroots women leaders.
● Forge relationships with established organizations that are new to issue advocacy.
The Organizer will report to the Campaign Director and will work closely with a team of advisors to the WEF. This position is full time and considered exempt for overtime purposes. Establish and operationalize key organizing metrics. Meet daily reporting and data entry deadlines. Complete all administrative duties, including timesheets.
● At least two years of field organizing or political campaign experience in support of an issue, initiative, or candidate;
● Experience using NGP VAN/VoteBuilder;
● Microsoft Excel proficiency;
● Goal-orientation and willingness to hold self-accountable;
● Willingness to relocate to Virginia (out-of-state candidates);
● Ability to work quickly and cooperatively under pressure and meet deadlines;
● Ability to work well with coalitions and the staff and leadership of allied organizations;
● Energetic outlook and commitment to the mission and grassroots approach to change;
● Ability to manage multiple tasks simultaneously;
● Ability to work long hours including nights and weekends on a regular basis;
● A team orientation that combines collegiality and creativity to drive and motivate others;nExisting relationships and/or volunteering with local grassroots groups a plus
Compensation and Benefits
The organizer position will be based in Northern Virginia and will require some travel. Compensation ranges from $55,000-60,000. Excellent benefits including: 100% employer-paid medical, dental, and vision insurance; generous paid time off and a 401k plan.
To apply, submit a cover letter and resume to Tara Gibson at email@example.com. Please “ Nova Organizer” in subject line. The cover letter should be concise, compelling and outline the specific ways in which you would be a good fit for this position. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis.
The Women Effect Fund is a project of New Venture Fund (NVF), a 501(c)(3) public charity that incubates new and innovative public-interest projects and grant-making programs. NVF is committed to attracting, developing and retaining exceptional people, and to creating a work environment that is dynamic, rewarding and enables each of us to realize our potential. NVF’s work environment is safe and open to all employees and partners, respecting the full spectrum of race, color, religious creed, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, political affiliation, ancestry, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status, and all other classifications protected by law in the locality and/or state in which you are working.