PBA CO-FACILITATOR DESCRIPTION
WEPOWER is building a team full of dreamers and doers. We partner with Black and Latinx communities to build power to re-design education, health, economic, and justice systems to be just and equitable for all. We engage the community and amplify their voices to inform critical decisions that impact their lives. We train community members to design new policies, organize, and lead change. We provide early stage companies with access to coaching, capital, connections, and community as they create jobs in the communities with whom we partner. We envision a future where we all have to power to lead, so every community prospers. We are building a powerful movement led by everyday. Join us! Let’s build something new and beautiful together.
About the Opportunity
The Power-Building Academy is an entry point for community members who want to lead change through organizing to improve our region’s education and economic systems. Our Power Builders have launched three campaigns to date: Better Budgets Better Schools, Rise 189, and What's Next SLPS. Over seven months, a place-based class of approximately 25 community members partner with WEPOWER to learn about a specific system [early childhood education, K12 education, or economic], design policy solutions and organize a resident-led campaign to bring about policy change and drive voter education. This is your chance to engage and support a cohort of change agents as they fight to upend the status quo and build people power. Your role will be to co-facilitate the process of supporting changemakers to grow in comfort and mastery of our fundamental organizing principles.
What is a Facilitator?
A facilitator is someone who is a facilitator of change and learning that leads to action; someone who facilitates discussion, reflection, and experiences that are paired with training and skill development.
- Facilitate the process of community members building organizing skills
- Develop the skills of community members to engage in understanding and applying the organizing cycle
- Develop the skills of community members to practice power building through one-on-ones, research actions, house meetings, uncovering self-interests, identifying issues vs. problems, power mapping and analysis
- Facilitate the process of community members deeping their understanding and mindsets around race, class, power, systems, and their own identity development
- Work with the identity development facilitators to further develop community members ability to understand their internalized racial oppression and racial superiority while working towards liberation
- Work with the policy research team to reinforce analysis of specific systems and key nuances, history, topics, and emerging trends
- Work with the policy research team to support community members with developing policy solutions and cutting issues that are research informed
- Facilitate the process of community members developing a campaign strategy that supports them with achieving their policy change goals
- Facilitate the process of members building a sense of community among one another and ensuring the space is an environment that is challenging yet welcoming
- Facilitate relevant content among diverse and a variety of groups of people
- Break down and simplify complicated material
- Be interactive and engaging
- Practice and model active listening, respect, and fostering an environment of trust, empathy, and open communication
- Be flexible and adaptable to the various situations that arise throughout the facilitated experience
- Keep the group grounded in common goals and interests, shared values and outlook; maintain an understanding of group dynamic
- Continuously ask probing to spark critical thinking and to challenge participants to find the answers in their own reflections
- Draw upon personal experiences that are relevant to the topic and content
- Foster learning and clarity; check the room regularly to ensure understanding
- Content expertise and experience with applying the concepts in real life scenarios
Has a shared commitment to the Organizing Principles that WEPOWER prioritizes:
- The first revolution is internal.
- The first priority in organizing is always to build power.
- Take people from where they are and not from where you want them to be. Deal with the world as it is.
- Change requires discomfort and disruption.
- When in doubt, do 1:1s.
- Power is taken not given.
- Power respects power.
- It takes relationships to build power.
- People are motivated by their self-interest.
- Anyone can be a leader.
Has an unwavering belief that the facilitaining paired with participants power and action will successfully lead to the policy and systems change they want to see
- Able to laugh
- Champion of racial justice and identity development
You Have Some of the Following Experiences...
- Participate in all or part of an organizing cycle (i.e. identifying/developing leaders, participated/leading a house meeting, policy design, WEPOWER Activate Changemaker fellowship, etc.)
- Worked alongside and/or coached community members to foster change
- Facilitated capacity building sessions surrounding the foundations or mastery of community organizing
- Influenced or developed policies (i.e. K12 education, economics, Early Childhood Education, etc.)
ROUND 1: Apply by Friday, April 3rd at 5pm CST.
- Complete application.
- Submit a copy of your resume.
- Interview with WEPOWER Team - Charlene Mack, Vice President of Movement Building.
- Mock facilitation with WEPOWER Team and community members.
- Independent contractor agreement signed by both parties
- Train the Trainer Training
- Friday, April 17th, 2020 | 5pm-9pm
- Saturday, April 18th, 2020 | 9am-4pm
- PBA Kickoff
- Friday, May 15th, 2020 | 5pm-9pm
- Saturday, May 16th, 2020 | 9am-4pm