Economic Justice Organizer | Kentuckians For The Commonwealth

Economic Justice Organizer

Kentuckians For The Commonwealth (KFTC) is hiring an Economic Justice Organizer. This position will work with our statewide Economic Justice Committee, our Organizing Team, chapter members, and allies to build and support a base of members who are organizing to build new economic power in Kentucky. This position works statewide and will work out of one of KFTC’s regional offices in Lexington, Louisville, Covington, Bowling Green, London, Berea, or Prestonsburg. The Economic Justice Organizer will implement outreach strategies to engage thousands of people around key issues, voting, and opportunities to take action. 

Who We Are

KFTC is a grassroots organization of 12,000 members across Kentucky. We have 14 local chapters and at-large members in many counties. KFTC believes 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 is 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. KFTC members and staff use a range of important strategies to achieve our organizing goals, including leadership development, strategic communications, integrated voter engagement, non-violent direct action, chapter building, grassroots fundraising, and alliance building. Chapters are the building blocks of KFTC’s power, and the primary place where members join and get involved in improving their communities. 

What You’ll Do

KFTC works for tax justice, health care for all, workers’ rights, and access to safe and affordable housing. This work is carried out on both the statewide level, and in our chapter and regions. 

This position is for a Economic Justice Organizer to work closely with other staff and allies to build new economic power in Kentucky. This organizer will be responsible for the following objectives and activities:

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

  • Integrate KFTC’s economic justice campaigns with the statewide and local voter empowerment strategies.

  • Conduct trainings and workshops for chapters and members and allies, and to support outreach efforts.

  • Support communication and ally work.

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

  • Conduct and inspire effective, consistent grassroots fundraising.

  • Contribute to the development and success of staff teams.

  • Other duties as assigned (including efficiently fulfilling administrative tasks) 

 

You will report to a KFTC Deputy Organizing Director.

 

Who You Are

Prior experience as a community organizer is not a requirement, but highly recommended. Because you will need to be able to relate to Kentuckians from all walks of life and move them to action, you will presumably bring experience developing others as leaders, strong communication and listening skills and a commitment to the vision and values of KFTC. You will also be organized, strategic, able to cope with changing and uncertain circumstances, collaborative, and compassionate. You will have a commitment to shared leadership and work well in teams with both leaders and other staff colleagues.

 In addition, you should excel in three areas:

  1. Critical thinking skills:  You will need to quickly analyze situations to see beyond the surface of challenges and effectively guide and support members in moving through those obstacles to make progress.

  2. Self-Direction and Commitment: You will be in situations where community leaders are looking to you for guidance and strategy. You must be able to know what steps are needed to make progress, meet commitments, and able to take those steps on your own. You must be highly organized, focused, and have a strong work ethic.

  3. Interpersonal ability and a strong lens on issues of equity:  You must be able to build trust and goodwill with people in the community and demonstrate respect for the leaders you work with.  You’re the kind of person who thrives on developing others. And because our members and communities come from a wide range of backgrounds, you can thoughtfully navigate issues related to diversity, equity, power, and inclusion and bring a deep commitment to advancing these values.

What Else You Should Know

This position is full-time and located in Kentucky. It requires moderate travel (about 4 day trips a month and 4 to 6 weeknights a month) generally, and regular travel to Frankfort during the General Assembly. 

We are an equal opportunity employer, and we strongly encourage people of color to apply for open positions. 

KFTC’s starting annual salary is $35,568. The organization offers full family health coverage, including vision and dental insurance. Annual time-off includes 3 weeks annual paid vacation, ten paid holidays, nine paid sick days, and three paid personal days. 

KFTC also has a compensation time policy and offers one-month of paid maternity/paternity/family leave. All staff members are eligible for a month of paid sabbatical leave after five years. KFTC contributes to a pension plan after three years of employment.

What Now?

If this seems like you, please send a resume and cover letter to hiring@kftc.org. Please indicate that you are applying for the Economic Justice Organizer position.