Community Organizer Apprentice

Job Title: Organizer Apprentice

Reports to: Organizer Partner and a Supervisor

Job Duration:  now through 12/31/18

Location: one of KFTC's eight regional offices

Kentuckians For The Commonwealth is a statewide grassroots organization; a community of people, inspired by a vision, building New Power, for all of us.  Together, we organize for a fair economy, a healthy environment, new safe energy and an honest democracy.  We are a fast growing organization with over 11,000 members and 13 county or multi-county based chapters across the state.

We believe in the power of community organizing – people working together to achieve common goals. Organizing empowers us to help shape decisions affecting our lives and the larger community. It's a long-term approach that focuses on building and exercising power, especially among people affected by injustice, to improve the quality of life for all.

This Spring, KFTC is launching a Community Organizer Apprentice Program.  Organizer Apprentices will work full-time with KFTC, as a member of our Organizing & Leadership Development Team.  Each Organizer Apprentice will be paired with an an Organizer Partner, a member of our organizing staff.  Organizer Partners will provide coaching and direction to the Apprentice, while they work together on a shared body of work.

In conjunction with the Apprentice Program, KFTC will launch an Organizing Academy starting in June 2017.  The Organizer Academy will be a multi-track leadership and organizing training program and the foundation of KFTC's expanding leadership development strategy.  A core component of the Organizing Academy will be an advanced six-month training program for the six Organizing Apprentices, that develops leadership and organizing skills needed to effect vision-based change.

Key Objectives:

Working closely with an Organizer Partner, Apprentices will:

  • Learn all aspects of KFTC's community organizing approach to change including leadership development, building grassroots power, and direct action.

  • Strengthen KFTC by developing a growing and diverse set of members who participate in all aspects of KFTC's program of work.

  • Support the development of experienced and newer grassroots leaders.

  • Create ongoing opportunities for local KFTC members to learn about critical issues and contribute to effective strategies for change.

  • Build local grassroots political power capable of holding elected leaders accountable and shaping the public conversation about KFTC’s vision for social change.

Range of Responsibilities:

  • Develop a broad, diverse base of skilled, active and politically conscious leaders.

  • Contribute to effective, successful local and statewide issue committees and campaigns.

  • Use voter empowerment strategies to build grassroots power and advance issue campaigns.

  • Support strategic communications about KFTC’s goals, issues, and activities.

  • Conduct and inspire effective, consistent grassroots fundraising activities.

  • Contribute constructively and positively to the KFTC organizing and staff teams.

  • Efficiently fulfill administrative tasks.

  • Ability to travel in the state and accommodate a work schedule that includes some evenings and weekends

  • Other duties as assigned.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated commitment to the mission and values of KFTC.

  • Demonstrated problem-solving abilities and abilities to think and work strategically.

  • Ability to create the conditions that allow others to take ownership and become leaders.

  • Evidence of a commitment to diversity and an understanding of how to work effectively in and with diverse communities, especially low-income communities and communities of color.

  • Excellent communication skills, including listening, asking challenging questions and writing.

  • Demonstrated ability to deal with multiple goals and responsibilities and to build and carryout workplans.

  • Demonstrated ability to be self-motivated and independent and also work effectively in teams.

  • Knowledge of Kentucky politics, issues, regions, and organizations.

Personal Attributes:

  • Self-directed, capable

  • Excellent communicator, facilitator, listener

  • Organized and strategic

  • Ability to cope with changing and uncertain circumstances

  • Ability to build trusting, productive work relationships with a range of people

  • Collaborative, patient, hopeful


Apprentices will receive the KFTC annual base salary of $33,089 and we provide annual cost of living adjustments and annual salary increases to credit experience.  In addition, KFTC offers full family health, vision and dental insurance. Time-off includes 3 weeks annual paid vacation, ten paid holidays, nine paid sick days, and three paid personal days. We also have a compensation time policy and a one-month maternity/paternity/family leave policy. Organizer Apprentices will be hired by summer 2017 and will work for KFTC until December 2018.

To Apply

You may either:

1.) Apply online. Click here to complete a digital application and then email a PDF or DOC of your: letter of interest, resume, and contact information for three references to


2.) Apply by mail. Print a PDF of our application, and mail it along with your cover letter, resume and contact information for three references to: KFTC, P.O. Box 1450, London, KY 40743.

KFTC is an equal opportunity employer. Women and people of color are strongly encouraged to apply.