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Special Events Coordinator

Job Overview

POWER is seeking a Special Events Coordinator (part time temporary) to support 10th anniversary events. There is consideration of this becoming a permanent position with our staff in the future. In that event, the special events coordinator would assist our organizers, other staff, and volunteer leaders with event planning and logistics throughout the year. Events include virtual and in-person town hall meetings, direct action, rallies, marches, training sessions, retreats, voter registration drives and other civic engagement events, and social gatherings.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Coordinate 10th anniversary vendors, including venue/s, audio visual/live stream, catering, design/printing (in partnership with POWER communications team).
  • Negotiate contracts with input from 10th anniversary committee, and secure approval and signature of the executive director.
  • Collaborate with 10th Anniversary team to meet financial and other goals for the gala event
  • Weekly reporting to 10th Anniversary team and Executive Director
  • Coordinate sponsor outreach, confirmation, and acknowledgement.
  • Act as liaison between POWER and chair/keynote speaker offices--coordinate dates and travel arrangements.
  • Coordinate auction procurement and production.
  • Schedule, train, and oversee event volunteers.
  • Attend monthly committee meetings through July 2022.
  • Additional tasks as required.

Qualifications and Skills:  

  • Understanding of the basic principles of organizing.
  • Experience/comfort working within a faith-based environment; ability to authentically draw on one’s faith experience and faith-based language and to connect that with social change issues.
  • B.A. degree in related field and a minimum of seven years of paid community or union organizing, or political,  or faith-based community organizing work.
  • Proven track record of leading successful organizing campaigns.
  • Demonstrated track record of building relationships across lines of difference and in building up the leadership of others.
  • Experience supervising diverse organizers/field staff.
  • Familiarity with Microsoft outlook, Word, Excel and similar software and social media.
  • Ability to learn new systems, prior experience with the Voter Activation Network (VAN), Salesforce, Salsa, etc.
  • Ability to think both ‘macro’ (big picture, long-term campaign strategy) as well as ‘micro’ (helping organizers think through the daily tasks to engage leaders).
  • Self-starter, creative, highly motivated, ability to juggle multiple tasks and campaigns.
  • Experience facilitating meetings and designing and facilitating trainings.
  • Demonstrated ability to collaborate and an openness to learning and sharing.
  • Capacity to think strategically and analytically about social, economic, cultural, and political issues affecting communities.
  • Experience working with the disenfranchised.
  • Ability to travel through the city (personal vehicle strongly preferred) as well as throughout the region to meet with organizers, clergy and lay leaders and allies and decision-makers.
  • Participate in occasional travel out of state for conferences, trainings, etc.
  • Draw on an intersectional analysis of racialization and other forms of oppression
  • Ability to act as a coach people of diverse backgrounds
  • Flexibility to work nights and weekends.
  • Supervision Received: general supervision from Executive Director or designee.
  • Supervision Exercised: Community Organizers
  • Experience working with low-income and/or immigrant communities of color
  • Possess excellent written and oral communication and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to communicate in a professional manner with community contacts
  • Ability to work well independently, and within a team
  • Commitment to cultural sensitivity and respect for differences
  • Commitment to the continuous improvement of service quality and the organization’s mission
  • Cultural competence to work in a multicultural, multi-faith environment

Additional Skills:

  • Experience working with low-income and/or immigrant communities of color
  • Highly organized, ability to handle multiple tasks, manage a busy schedule of many face to face meetings and document both progress and outcomes.
  • Possess excellent written and oral communication and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to communicate in a professional manner with community contacts
  • Commitment to cultural sensitivity and respect for differences
  • Commitment to the continuous improvement of service quality and the organization’s mission
  • Cultural competence to work in a multicultural, multi-faith environment
  • Draw on an intersectional analysis of racialization and other forms of oppression
  • Collaborate with staff on new ideas, directions, and tools for communications and online organizing tools
  • Ability and experience working cross-culturally
  • Solid understanding of one's own faith journey
  • Strong relational skills and ability to connect, engage, and inspire community members across multiple cultures including: religion, race, gender, age, language, class and experiences
  • Desire to learn and openness to challenge
  • Ability to work as part of a strong staff team as well as independently
  • Demonstrable experience working with faith communities and/or in a faith-based environment required

Salary and Benefits:

  • Temporary
  • Part Time - 20 hours weekly
  • $25/hour

Application Procedure:

All applicants must apply for this position online via organizingcareers.org. Please have the following documents ready to upload to your online application:

  1. An electronic file of your resume (preferably in PDF format)
  2. A cover letter (2 pages MAX) describing your background, interest in, and qualifications for this position

If you need assistance or experience any technical difficulties with your online application, please contact careers@faithinaction.org. Resumes will not be accepted via this email address.