EKY Community Organizer Apprentice

Job Title:                     Community Organizer Apprentice (3 positions open)
Reporting to:               Deputy Organizing Director for Just Transition
Job Duration:              Through 12/31/2018
Location:                     Eastern Kentucky, exact location(s) to be determined

Kentuckians For The Commonwealth is a grassroots social justice organization with more than 11,000 members across the state. We organize for a thriving and sustainable economy, a clean environment, racial and economic justice, and a healthy democracy.

KFTC is now hiring for three Community Organizer Apprentice positions in eastern Kentucky. The application deadline is April 18th. Applications received after that may be evaluated on a rolling basis, if the positions are still open. These apprentice positions will last through the end of December 2018. Organizer Apprentices will be encouraged to apply for permanent organizing positions with KFTC, as they open up.

These organizer apprentice positions will work with KFTC’s grassroots leaders and staff to help strengthen our membership and chapters in eastern Kentucky. Apprentices will implement outreach strategies to engage thousands of people in eastern Kentucky around key issues, voting, and opportunities to take action. Current issue campaigns in the region include efforts to help people save money by saving energy, strengthen funding for and access to health care and quality public education, win policies for racial justice and LGBTQ equality, advance a Just Transition, and more.

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. 

KFTC has 14 local chapters across the state, including five in eastern Kentucky, and members in most Kentucky counties. Chapters are the building blocks of KFTC’s power, and the primary place where members join and get involved in improving their communities. The KFTC staff team has currently has 33 full-time employees who work from six regional offices and several home offices. Staff members collaborate on many organizational goals and projects, while also working independently to accomplish specific goals. 

Key Objectives for EKY Organizer Apprentices:

  • Learn about organizing and KFTC's approach to change including: leadership development, chapter development, integrated voter engagement, strategic communications, direct action, and fundraising.
  • Support KFTC members and staff in a wide range of outreach strategies, including door-knocking, tabling, presentations and workshops, one-to-one conversations, public meetings and cultural events, phone banking, and deep canvassing.
  • Help register, inform, and engage thousands of potential new KFTC members and voters in eastern Kentucky, and provide opportunities for people learn about and take action on key issues and KFTC’s broader vision for social change – including by voting.
  • Strengthen KFTC by recruiting and developing a diverse set of members who participate in KFTC’s work to build grassroots power.
  • Work with KFTC members and allies to hold elected leaders accountable and shape the public conversation about our vision for social change.
  • Contribute to a positive, diverse, and high performing staff culture and team.


Range of Responsibilities:

  • Develop a broad, diverse base of skilled, active and politically conscious leaders.
  • Contribute to effective, successful local and statewide campaigns.
  • Use voter engagement strategies to build grassroots power, advance issue campaigns, and change Kentucky’s political landscape.
  • Support strategic communications about KFTC’s goals, issues, and activities.
  • Conduct and inspire effective, consistent grassroots fundraising.
  • Contribute constructively and positively to the KFTC organizing and staff teams.
  • Efficiently fulfill administrative tasks.
  • Travel locally and within 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
  • Community organizing experience, including as a volunteer
  • Desire and ability to do public outreach, including door-to-door, phone, and tabling
  • Desire and ability to develop the leadership of other people
  • A commitment to diversity and the ability to work well in diverse groups, especially with low-income communities and communities of color
  • Good communication skills, including listening and asking questions
  • Ability to manage multiple goals and responsibilities and build and carryout workplans
  • Ability to be self-motivated and independent, and also work effectively in teams

Personal Attributes:

  • Self-directed and capable
  • Coachable and desiring to learn
  • Empathetic and compassionate
  • Good communicator, facilitator, listener
  • Organized and strategic
  • Committed to high standards of quality
  • Ability to cope with changing and uncertain circumstances
  • Ability to build trusting, productive work relationships with a range of people
  • Collaborative, patient, hopeful



KFTC’s starting annual salary is $33,751. 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. Salary and benefits for these apprentice positions will be based on those annual rates and policies, but will be scaled from the time of hiring through December 31, 2018. 

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.

To Apply:

1)    Fill out this online form

2)    Then email a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three references to hiring@kftc.org. Include “EKY Organizer Apprentice” in the subject line.

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