is a membership-based union for debtors. We use our collective power to fight for better conditions in our financial lives and a more equitable society: the cancellation and renegotiation of debts, access to publicly-funded goods (education, healthcare, housing, etc), anti-racist economic policies, and much more. Our current campaigns include the national fight for full student debt cancellation and publicly-funded tuition-free higher education, as well as local campaigns around anti-eviction work in Los Angeles County, utility and municipal debts in Philadelphia, and other campaigns in development.
The organizing director will lead the process of developing and executing an overarching organizational strategy to scale-up debtor organizing around multiple issues. As we transition to a dues-based and explicitly “debtors’ union” model, we seek an experienced organizer who is excited to fuse labor, community organizing and distributed organizing models to build and engage the base of our debtors’ union, design pathways of engagement and build training models to support mass action. The organizing director will also help support, integrate, strengthen and develop existing campaigns and Debt Collective projects.
We are seeking an experienced organizer with a passion for movement building, experimentation and boldness. This is an opportunity to bring your creativity and conviction and help us bring our organization to a new level.
Key Areas of Responsibility
(1) Develop & Execute Organizational Strategy
- Lead the process of developing an overarching strategy and organizational structure to build debtor power at multiple levels
- Develop coherent pathways to engagement/action and distributed organizing models
- Develop strategy for mass training and mass action around student debt campaign and other debt-related campaigns
- Help integrate existing campaigns and projects into the overarching strategy
- Effectively communicate strategy and structure to potential and current members
(2) Member Engagement & Empowerment
- Develop materials, processes and spaces to engage and empower membership to become active agents of change
- Oversee and support member-led newsletter and other member-led projects
- Develop processes and spaces for member feedback; coordinate recurring member meetings
(3) Training & Leadership Development
- Develop regular and varied trainings to build leadership among members
- Execute mass training program, “train the trainers” and coaching model to support distributed organizing
- Identify potential leaders among membership and develop pathways to leadership
(4) Campaign Development
- Work with members, member data and local chapters to develop national, regional and/or targeted campaigns around debt
- Strategize and support ongoing development of student debt, anti-eviction, fines and fees, utility debts and other active campaigns
Skills & Qualifications
- A passion for economic justice, an interest in the way finance works and a commitment to devising and advancing innovative ways to transform our financial system
- A movement builder with extensive ties to communities of color, motivated to build power in historically marginalized communities
- 2-3 years organizing experience and a familiarity with a range of organizational and social movement models (labor, community organizing, distributed organizing, etc)
- 1-2 years experience doing base-building and leadership development work
- An innovative, flexible and creative thinker, particularly when it comes to organizational strategy and building mass movements
- Experience with training and political education models and best practices
- Strong interpersonal skills: focused on building trust and knowing that everything starts with good relationships
- Self-starter, someone who has ideas and is ready to implement them
- Sees failure as an opportunity to learn and retool the approach, and is committed to ongoing learning in the field
- Has effective personal systems for project management - able to move multiple projects forward and hold relationships
- Maintains personal boundaries and engages with professionalism even when under pressure
The organizing director will be expected to model the following traits:
- Foster and maintain open communication and collaboration and actively engage in the exchange of ideas and maintaining constructive relationships
- Initiative and creativity in all aspects of the position
- Lead by example by maintaining a high standard of professional ethics and conduct at all times
- Treat everyone with dignity and respect at all times
The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities, and skills required.
Debt disproportionately affects the most marginalized people in society — including black and brown communities, people from working class backgrounds, women and LGBTQ+ people. These communities are centered in this work. People with these identities or who are members of other marginalized communities are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.
To apply, please send a resume along with a brief cover letter describing your interest in the position.