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Communications Coordinator – Full-Time, Rural Oregon

About Us

Rural Organizing Project (ROP) is a statewide organization dedicated to building the capacity of human dignity groups to do the long haul organizing of creating communities that uphold a standard of human dignity: the belief in the equal worth of all people and the need for equal access to justice. Our mission is to strengthen the skills, resources, and vision of primary leadership in local autonomous human dignity groups with a goal of keeping such groups a vibrant source for a just democracy. Founded in 1992, we are about to celebrate our 30th anniversary of building and strengthening the rural movement for justice with our network of more than 80 human dignity groups in 33 counties and thousands of individual community leaders, organizers, and supporters in every corner of the state. 

A national struggle is underway for the hearts and minds of rural people, and Oregon is on the frontlines. The overlapping crises of COVID-19, wildfires, other climate disasters, and a lack of housing on top of generations of neglect and disinvestment have exposed massive gaps in the infrastructure that communities rely on to survive, such as libraries, schools, hospitals, broadband internet, 911 dispatch, and locally-based media outlets. The temperatures in rural Oregon are rising, both literally and metaphorically, and communities that are struggling to keep each other above water are stuck in the confluence of anti-democratic movements that aim to weaponize their communities’ lack of security and stability to pit neighbors against each other. ROP, our ever-evolving network of human dignity groups across the state, and thousands of connected community leaders have an unbreakable resolve that together we can build communities rooted in the values of democracy, self-determination, human dignity, and economic, racial, and social justice through the rural traditions of breaking bread together, storytelling, finding common ground, and community organizing.

About the Position

We are seeking a full-time Communications Coordinator to be the chief messenger for ROP as we work to build and strengthen the rural movement for justice. The Communications Coordinator would lead the staff in building integrated, dynamic communications that strengthen the ability of locally-rooted human dignity groups to contest for power locally and collectively as a statewide network. 

The Communications Coordinator will be responsible for leading the development of and supporting the implementation of communications strategies that advance rural narratives that challenge the dominant frameworks pushed by the Right about rural Oregonians, our values, and our vision for the future. The Coordinator will engage members and supporters through all forms of communication, including social media, print, audio-visual, radio, and traditional media. 

Roles and Responsibilities:

As a staff team member, you will develop a messaging framework and write stories; develop content and manage the website and social media; support a radio series, and write press releases and reports including the organization’s annual report.

Build communications capacity within a collaborative staff team: Manage, write, design and publish public-facing materials for ROP’s programs, including mailings, event flyers, email newsletters, web, and social media content, press communications, photography, artist engagement, audio production, and videography.

  • Support narrative and messaging development led by human dignity groups about what is happening across the state as well as storytelling that supports organizing opportunities in these communities
  • Manage ROP’s digital organizing & storytelling programs, including creative content development for social and digital media, arts, culture, and other vehicles at the intersection of organizing and narrative.
  • Support Rural Roots Rising (RRR) production, ROP’s radio show and podcast by being a member of the RRR organizing team and supporting as needed
  • Develop an annual communications work plan rooted in the goals and capacity of the team, and organize the staff to carry out this plan
  • Support the organizing team in creatively engaging member groups in key program areas by coordinating organizational communications systems, digital organizing tools, community media, conference calls, webinars, and more.
  • Collaborate with the Development Director to expand the organization’s online fundraising presence by co-creating stories, digital, direct mail communications, and other development materials.
  • Support the Archivist in creating materials to expand digital and in person access to our historical records of rural community organizing over the last 30 years.
  • Build meaningful relationships with communications and outreach staff at allied organizations, as well as reporters, spokespeople and organizers across rural Oregon.
  • Create and implement evaluation tools to analyze our impact and lead the team in adjusting accordingly to effectively shift narratives in and about rural Oregon.

Build communications capacity across a statewide network: Develop narrative, messaging, and communications materials to support ROP’s campaigns, organizational vision, and the engagement of autonomous human dignity groups.

  • Build human dignity group leaders’ capacity to garner earned media by providing training and support around developing spokespeople and fostering traditional media relationships.
  • Be a resource to support ROP’s network of autonomous human dignity groups in building up their communications capacity as directed by the organizing team.
  • Develop resources and support human dignity groups to be prepared to use values-based communications strategically as an organizing tool in emergencies, quickly emerging situations, and actions.
  • Travel as necessary to capture stories of organizing within and across human dignity groups and communities.

Time Commitment

This position is full-time and exempt, with an average commitment of 40 hours per week required. As exempt, this position is not entitled to overtime pay, and ROP has practices in place to ensure staff are working sustainable hours. 

The Communications Coordinator needs to live in Oregon. This position is predominantly remote, but includes some travel to work with human dignity groups across the state, to participate in quarterly staff retreats (when COVID allows safe travel and social interactions), and to support a number of statewide convenings throughout the year. Flexibility in hours is needed to support rural leaders, including nights and weekends as needed.

Salary, Benefits, and Staff Resources

Salary is $48,000-62,000 annually based on experience: $48,000-55,000 for 3-5 years communications experience in an organizing context, $56,000-$62,000 for 6-10+ years communications experience. Excellent staff benefits including 100% coverage of health, vision, and dental care premiums; 12 paid sick days; 10 days vacation for the first year, 15 the second year, and 20 the third and following years; paid holidays; 12-week paid sabbatical after five years of service; employer-matched IRA; caregiver travel policies to support staff who are primary caregivers; per diem; and staff development budget for initial and ongoing training and support. Staff have access to a pool of well-maintained ROP vehicles, provided the technology needed to perform their job duties including phone and computer, and provided a budget to set up an ergonomic home office and/or to rent and establish an office in their rural community. Relocation support is available for out-of-state hires moving to Oregon.

About You

Required Qualifications & Experience

  • Demonstrated ability and capacity to develop communications strategies that activate, organize, and move people into action for change.
  • Experience and enthusiasm for working with, taking direction from, and building power for the long haul with frontline communities.
  • The ideal candidate will be an experienced and capable writer and editor, enthusiastic storyteller who is comfortable creating content, receiving, and responding to feedback with the goal of furthering the ROP’s organizing goals, voice, and identity. 
  • Ability to support staff in dynamically using digital organizing tools to support organizing, archives, fundraising and other organizational goals. The ideal candidate will be familiar with the future of digital organizing in campaign structures. 
  • Deep experience in community organizing and facilitating, supporting, and participating in collective decision-making processes.
  • Demonstrated ability to take initiative and offer critical thinking, direction, and processes to address challenges.
  • Ability to lead the development and implementation of an annual communications work plan.
  • Experience with popular education methodologies.
  • Familiarity with or a hunger to learn systems that manage ROP’s digital infrastructure, including WordPress, Canva, CRMs, Zoom meeting and webinar production, Adobe Suite.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of basic graphic design principles and tools.

Desired Skills and Qualifications

  • Verbal and written fluency in Spanish.
  • Experience working with community radio or producing audio content.
  • Advanced graphic design and layout skills.

Application Instructions

The deadline to apply for this position is January 21st. To apply, please email the following to jess@rop.org:

  • Letter of interest
  • Resume
  • Three references
  • Work samples that demonstrate your writing, visual skills, spokespeople training, and/or a communications plan you have developed in the past (these work samples will not be used by ROP and will be deleted after the position is filled)
  • The following application:
  1. Why are you interested in working with ROP? What do you hope to learn from working with ROP and human dignity groups?
  2. What experience do you have with community organizing? What organizations have you been involved with and what was your role?
  3. What do you feel you can bring to the work with rural Oregonians and why?
  4. Please share two examples from your communications experience in an organizing context that demonstrate your approach, philosophy, or beliefs about communications when organizing with communities facing inequity and injustice.
  5. How do you feel you meet the skills and qualifications criteria? What strengths do you most have to offer to ROP as part of our staff team?
  6. What systems and tools do you use to keep yourself and your work organized?
  7. If hired, how long would you be willing to commit to working at ROP?

Rural Organizing Project (ROP) is an equal employment opportunity employer. ROP prohibits unlawful discrimination against any employee or applicant for employment based on race, ethnicity, religion, sex, gender identity, age, national origin, genetic characteristics, disability, status as a special disabled veteran or veteran, marital status, sexual orientation, sexual identity, or any other basis prohibited by law.

Organizer – Full-Time, Rural Oregon

Please note: we are not actively hiring for an organizer at the moment. That said, we are excited to hear from skilled, experienced rural organizers! Please don’t hesitate to drop us a line! We will keep your application on file for our next hiring window.

Rural Organizing Project (ROP) is a nonpartisan statewide organization dedicated to building the capacity of autonomous, all-volunteer small-town and rural groups committed to creating communities that uphold a standard of human dignity: the belief in the equal worth of all people and the need for equal access to justice. Founded in 1992, ROP has more than 80 active member groups in 34 counties across Oregon and one tribal community, along with almost 30 years of relationships with thousands of rural community leaders. ROP, our ever-evolving network of over human dignity groups across the state, and thousands of leaders have hope and an unbreakable resolve that together we can build beloved community through the rural traditions of community organizing, political education, critical thinking, finding common ground, breaking bread, and celebration.

A national struggle is underway for the hearts and minds of rural people, and Oregon is on the frontline. COVID-19 and wildfires on top of generations of neglect and divestment have exposed massive gaps in community infrastructure that communities rely on to survive and thrive in crisis, including libraries, schools, hospitals, broadband internet, and more. Many rural counties are finding themselves in the midst of armed confrontations, candidates running for all levels of local office who aim to advance white nationalist agendas, and rising temperatures as threats to safety and intimidation campaigns try to silence the groups organizing for Black Lives Matter, to stop detentions and deportations from tearing apart families and communities, and to advance rural democracy for all.

For almost 30 years, ROP has been on the cutting edge of advancing experimental and innovative organizing as we support our network of autonomous, community-based human dignity groups to act as moral compasses to lead their communities, rooted in the values of democracy, self-determination, human dignity, and economic, racial, and social justice. Human dignity groups are working to lower temperatures while courageously countering the politics of fear, isolation, and rejection with another vision of vibrant, healthy communities where everyone can live their lives fully with dignity and safety.

We are seeking a full-time organizer to build and strengthen the movement for justice in several rural and frontier counties in Oregon. We are looking for organizers that have a demonstrated ability to develop local leaders over time, use grassroots organizing to build community power, understand issues impacting small-town and rural communities, experience organizing with people most impacted by intersecting oppressions, enthusiastic about traveling and meeting new people, and excellent communication skills.

The position includes the following areas of responsibility:

  • Relationship Building and Capacity Building: Develop strong working relationships with rural leaders and offer support that builds the capacity of each ROP member group. We define capacity as the ability for a human dignity group to create change through base-building and grassroots organizing. Key support from ROP includes assistance in building and troubleshooting the core structures needed for a strong group, including a named leadership team, a growing base of supporters, communications systems to communicate with supporters, and an action plan.
  • Organizing: Work closely with the entire staff team to develop, communicate, and support local groups to identify local campaign opportunities, objectives, and targets. Facilitate member groups in developing local strategy, tactics, outreach, and mobilization. Coordinate the program, outreach, and logistics for meetings, actions, and strategic gatherings.
  • Communications: Capture and share stories and resources from strategic local organizing. Develop innovative tools and resources with members for distribution across our network and beyond to break rural isolation. Lead and support colleagues in creatively engaging member groups in key program areas through organizational communications systems, community media, conference calls, and webinars.

Required Skills and Qualifications

  • Demonstrated ability to use grassroots organizing to build community, develop leadership, and contest for power with leaders who are most impacted by inequity. Demonstrated ability to build and maintain relationships with volunteer leaders over multiple years.
  • At least 3 years of community organizing experience. We recognize that rural organizing is desperately under-resourced and that the majority of rural work is done on a volunteer basis.
  • Stellar personal organization skills and attention to detail. If your calendar is always up-to-date and your notes are color-coded, we want to talk to you! There’s a lot to keep track of in this role and nothing can fall through the cracks.
  • Strong public speaking, written and verbal communication, and group facilitation skills. Staff often present to groups, facilitate strategy sessions, lead workshops and trainings, write up stories about local organizing and action opportunities in email newsletters to our members, and start challenging conversations with our member groups.
  • Emotional maturity and humility. Our work centers supporting a vast network of groups led by people most impacted by the issues we work on as an organization. ROP organizers need to be masters in the art of understanding the difference between what people say and what they mean. We rely on local leaders to be experts in their communities and ROP organizers need to be able to “read the room” and adapt, recognize unspoken boundaries, intently listen and learn, and understand when it is time to apologize and take accountability.
  • Constructive optimism. While we are creating possible solutions to remedy deep structural issues, rural Oregonians are winning incremental victories, sometimes big and sometimes small. We believe that anyone can make meaningful changes in their communities and that everyone has something to give to the movement.
  • Resourcefulness. Rural Oregonians pride ourselves on being able to patch together solutions from what we find around us, even if that’s baling wire and bubblegum. Successful organizers at ROP are able to identify opportunities and resources to best support our members, aren’t afraid to ask for help, and enjoy building relationships with unsuspecting allies.
  • Skills and experience proactively setting priorities and goals, self-managing, problem-solving, and working independently to achieve shared organizational goals. Proven ability to complete high-quality work on shared timelines and operate in a fast-paced environment.
  • Confidence using word processing, spreadsheet, and Google Suite applications.
  • Must be able to drive.

Desired Skills and Qualifications

  • Verbal and written fluency in Spanish.
  • Staff, intern, or fellow supervision skills and experience.
  • Graphic design and layout skills.
  • Experience working with community radio or newspapers.

Time Commitment

This position is full-time and exempt, with an average commitment of 40 hours per week required. As exempt, this position is not entitled to overtime pay, and ROP has practices in place to ensure staff are working sustainable hours. This position includes significant and frequent travel to work with human dignity groups across the state, to participate in regular staff retreats, and to work occasionally out of ROP’s offices around the state. Flexibility in hours is needed to support rural leaders, including nights and weekends as needed. When operating normally, organizers spend approximately the equivalent of one week per month in the field.

Salary, Benefits, and Staff Resources

Salary is $48,000-62,000 annually based on experience: $48,000-55,000 for 3-5 years organizing experience, $56,000-$62,000 for 6-10+ years organizing experience. Excellent staff benefits including 100% coverage of health and dental care premiums, paid sick leave, vacation, holidays, 12-week paid sabbatical after five years of service, employer-matched IRA, caregiver travel policies to support staff who are primary caregivers, per diem, and staff development budget for initial and ongoing training and support. Organizing staff have access to a pool of well-maintained ROP vehicles, provided the technology needed to perform their job duties including phone and computer, and provided a budget to set up an ergonomic home office and/or to rent and establish a field office in their rural community.

Apply

Please note: we are not actively hiring for an organizer at the moment. That said, we are excited to hear from skilled, experienced rural organizers! Please don’t hesitate to drop us a line! We will keep your application on file for our next hiring window. To apply, please email a letter of interest, resume, three references, and the following application to jess@rop.org:

  1. Why are you interested in working with ROP? What do you hope to learn from working with ROP and our members?
  2. What experience do you have with community organizing? What organizations have you been involved with and what was your role?
  3. What do you feel you can bring to the work with rural Oregonians and why?
  4. Please give two concrete examples from your organizing experience that demonstrate your approach, philosophy, or beliefs about organizing with communities facing inequity and injustice.
  5. How do you feel you meet the skills and qualifications criteria? What strengths do you most have to offer to ROP as part of our staff team?
  6. What systems and tools do you use to keep yourself and your work organized?
  7. If hired, would you be able to commit to working with ROP for at least two years?

Rural Organizing Project (ROP) is an equal employment opportunity employer. ROP prohibits unlawful discrimination against any employee or applicant for employment based on race, ethnicity, religion, sex, gender identity, age, national origin, genetic characteristics, disability, status as a special disabled veteran or veteran, marital status, sexual orientation, sexual identity, or any other basis prohibited by law.

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