ROP is Growing our Organizing Team

Dear Friends and Allies,

We’re excited to begin the search for an additional Organizer to join the ROP team.  Please help us in our quest – forward this job description to your contacts in Oregon and beyond – we know that the perfect one is out there somewhere.

Applications are due on July 5th.

Questions or recruitment ideas?  Contact

Rural Organizing Project

Rural Organizing Project (ROP) is a statewide organization of locally-based Human Dignity Groups that work to create communities accountable to a standard of human dignity: the belief in the equal worth of all people, the need for equal access to justice, and the right to self-determination.  ROP was founded by and for small town Oregonians in response to Extreme Right organizing and backlash in rural and small town Oregon. The Rural Organizing Project is a movement organization – which means that our work is volunteer-led, visionary, and accountable to an active, participatory base.

Rural Organizing Project will be hiring an organizer to build and strengthen the movement for justice in rural and small town Oregon.  Interested applicants are asked to submit applications by Tuesday, July 5th.

Ideal applicants have a passion for justice, an understanding of issues of the day, community organizing experience, and an appreciation of small town communities.  Organizers must enjoy working in a fast-paced organization, be capable of juggling multiple projects at once, and have a deep sense of accountability to the true leaders of our movement.  They must work well in a collaborative environment but also be self-directed, assertive and independent.

Core responsibilities include:

  • Organizing and Capacity Building: Develop individual and organizational relationships with local human dignity groups through ongoing communication (in-person, email, phone) that measurably grows the capacity of each group (including leadership development, membership recruitment, database and other communication technology, fundraising).
  • Education and Mobilization: coordination, development, and implementation of programs and campaigns that build and engage the membership of ROP at local and statewide collective levels in a wide range of intersecting gender, economic, and racial justice and democracy issues.

Our current program focus is on building a democratic economy and creating welcoming communities.  ROP organizers must understand the array of issues from immigrant scapegoating to a corporate/ war economy that are symptoms of a broader attempt to disenfranchise people around the state and globe.

The position requires travel, a sense of adventure, independent problem solving, strong people and relationship-building skills, both humility and confidence, clear written and verbal communication skills, and competence with basic computer systems.  The office is based in a small house in Scappoose, Oregon but all staff need the skills, drive, and orientation to work outside of the office.  Staff work as a close team but organizers are expected to work independently with member groups and while traveling.  Volunteers perform many of the organizational administrative tasks.  All staff are expected to pitch in with office management and organizational administration as needed.  Grassroots fundraising is seen as a part of your organizing tasks.

Salary is competitive and includes benefits. People experienced in small town life, people of color, people with disabilities, and sexual minorities are encouraged to apply.  Bilingual skills in English/Spanish are preferred but not required.  All applicants are encouraged to review our website at before applying.

To apply please submit by snail mail by July 5th, 2011:
1.      A cover letter explaining your interest in this position and relevant experiences.
2.      Your Resume
3.      Three References, both personal and professional (phone and email requested)

Please send the completed application to:  Rural Organizing Project PO Box 1350 Scappoose, OR 97056

Questions may be directed to Cara Shufelt, Director at  No phone calls please.