Economic Justice Organizer - SPACEs in Action

About SPACEs:
SPACEs In Action is a Safe Place for the Advancement of Community and Equity In
Action. We are a multi-racial membership organization that is people of color-led. We
are regional in scope – currently anchored in DC and Montgomery County, MD. Our
organizing work includes income security campaigns such as expanding and building up
the quality of early learning education and expanding access to health care. We aim to
move communities of color from surviving to thriving; and “win” substantive changes in
the areas of racial and economic justice.

The Economic Justice Organizer (EJO) will engage new and existing community
members in national and local campaigns.
Employment Type: Full-time
Salary Range: Salary is negotiable and commensurate with experience.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
The EJO will report to the Executive Director of SPACEs In Action/SIA and will:
• Work with leaders to build and implement the strategic vision for emerging
campaigns to address the issue of generational poverty in the DC metro region.
• Build a base of community leaders and leader-driven teams
• In partnership with others, research and define what will constitute a campaign “win”
and secure support of the campaign
• As part of the larger effort described above, make a substantive contribution to a
local community campaign and our national opportunities. This entails functioning as
the staff lead for one local organizing campaign. And having primary responsibility
for outreach, recruitment and turnout with respect to the local and national
• Provide assorted training to individual leaders and partner organizations with respect
to outreach and recruitment, campaigns and strategic communications, just to name
a few topics.
• Cultivate relationships with and represent SIA in assorted city-wide and region-wide
coalitions and alliances. This may entail significant local travel between and among
the jurisdictions that encompass the Washington, DC metropolitan area. And will
require that the EJO own or have access to a private vehicle to facilitate local travel

• Serve as a compelling – and, when necessary, provocative — spokesperson for a
unique approach to addressing concentrated and generational poverty.
• Knowledge of community organizing and issue campaigns — at least one year —
including but not limited to one-on-one relational meetings, power mapping, direct
action, training, group management/facilitation and outreach and recruitment.
• At least one year of experience working within a not-for-profit social justice
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
• Knowledge of strategic campaign planning.
• Effective understanding of the dynamics of race and racism in the U.S. and how both
play out with respect to individuals and institutions (systems and structures).
• Effective customer service skills. Ability to communicate with volunteer leaders and
organizational staff with sensitivity. Experience in dealing with a variety of
personalities and educational levels.
• A strong track record of outreach and leader engagement in campaigns, mobilizing
people into action, and building community leadership.
• Knowledge of how to develop a power analysis and campaign strategy.
• A strong unwavering commitment to addressing concentrated and generational
poverty through organizing and building people power to win.
• A demonstrated commitment to social justice, strong analysis of systemic oppression
based on race, class, gender, sexual orientation and gender identity, and an understanding of challenges facing communities of color and low-and moderate-
income families.

• Driver’s license and vehicle (see above for more details)
• Dedication and ability to work flexible hours (including evenings and weekends)
• Excellent organizational skills and good attention to detail
• Excellent written and oral communication skills
• A high level of self-motivation and a proven ability to work independently, as well as,
• Problem solving skills.
• Capacity to engage community members one-on-one and run meetings and
• Comfortable working in community and organizational environments characterized
by VUCA (Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity and Ambiguity). If you require
predictability in your day-to-day work and rigid systems, this position may not be for

• Strong commitment to innovation and experimentation – a commitment to creating,
testing, “failing” and learning from “failure.”
• Ability to work well with diverse groups and populations
Organizational Relationships:
• The EJO will work closely with: a) Executive Director of SIA; and b) volunteer
community leaders and organizational partners.
Physical Demands:
• Job requires an ability to stand or ‘be on your feet’ for at least 3 consecutive hours for
the purpose of performing outreach and recruitment tasks and/or group
facilitation/training. Job also requires an ability to stand at a copy machine or other
device for 30 minutes or more. Lastly, the job requires significant local travel within
the Washington, DC metropolitan area. Thus, the Lead Organizer should expect to
spend anywhere from 30 to 60 consecutive minutes operating a vehicle.
Work Environment:
• The EJO will work out of the SPACEs office in Washington, D.C. The office is
handicap accessible and ergonomically friendly. In addition, it has adequate lighting
and AC/heating conditions. The Organizer will occupy a desk or cubicle in an
environment that has a low level of background noise.
Application Process:
Send a cover letter and resume to
SPACEs In Action, a project of Fusion Partnership, is an “at-will” and equal opportunity
employer. Applicants and employees shall not be discriminated against because of
race, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, mental or physical disability, sexual
orientation, gender (including pregnancy and gender expression) identity, color, marital
status, veteran status, medical condition, or any other classification protected by
federal, state, or local law or ordinance.
Reasonable accommodation will be made so that qualified disabled applicants may
participate in the application process. Please advise in writing of special needs at the
time of application."