- Application Deadline: June 30th, 2022, 11:59 pm CST
- Location: St. Louis, Missouri
About The Organization
WEPOWER is building a team full of dreamers and doers. We partner with Black and Latinx communities to build power to re-design education, economic, public safety, and health systems to be just and equitable for all. We build powerful relationships with community members and amplify their voices to inform critical decisions that impact their lives. We train community members to design new policies, organize, and lead policy and systems 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.
In just three years, WEPOWER has activated 300 community leaders, won a historic ballot measure that guarantees public funding annually for early childhood, supported 30 businesses with access to capital, coaching, and connections, and launched a one-of-a-kind investment fund for Black and Latinx businesses. We envision a future where systems are accountable to powerful communities that have been historically oppressed, and nurture our freedom, well-being, dreams, and joy. We are building a powerful movement led by everyday people, and we have bold plans for the years ahead to get us there. Join us!
Our team is:
- Creative: Lots of brainstorming and imagining what’s possible and then chasing each possibility until it is reality!
- Schedule one-on-one meetings with an average of 10 community members and organizational representatives per week to build relationships, uncover self-interests, and cultivate them to join the Community Benefits Agreement Coalition.
- Train and build the capacity of leaders and coalition members to effectively organize and lead campaigns, especially via WEPOWER’s Power Building Academies, with a special focus on activating Black and Latinx residents and members of community-based groups and organizations in neighborhoods experiencing historic and systemic disinvestment in East St. Louis, IL and St. Louis City, MO.
- Partner with other members of the WEPOWER team and external partners to build leaders' and coalition members' understanding and analysis of local economic systems and policy solutions.
- Partner with WEPOWER’s communications team to build leaders' and coalition members' capacity to advance a shared public narrative about a new economy/solidarity economy.
- Maintain fidelity to WEPOWER’s organizing cycle ranging from identifying and training new leaders, analysis of economic systems, identifying shared issues and designing policies, power analysis, direct action, get out the vote efforts, and evaluation in partnership with leaders and coalition members.
- Track data weekly via the organization’s CRM including new contacts, updated information for contacts, communication, and relationship-building efforts.
- Continuously prep and support leaders week to week as they lead economic justice organizing efforts.
- Continuously stay informed on current and emerging policy and political happenings that impact our base and economic justice campaigns.
The Ideal Candidate Will Have…
- A background in building powerful relationships that transform into action and impact.
- A background in teaching, facilitating, and building the capacity of others.
- A background being a leader or part of (a) successful advocacy campaign(s), with an understanding of the economic and development challenges that St. Louis faces.
- The capacity to analyze power and articulate a compelling public narrative.
- The capacity to build campaign coalitions with a diverse set of stakeholders and move people to action.
- A proactive approach to project management, with experience building templates and processes to simplify work.
- Comfort with learning and leveraging tech platforms (such as EveryAction and VAN to drive organizing strategy, base building, and voter engagement
- Deep commitment to racial equity, with self-awareness around privilege, bias, and oppression
- Knowledge of economic justice and/or solidarity economy and/or economic development and/or electoral campaigning is helpful, but not required.
- Reports to: Director of Organizing and Campaigns
- Salary: $50,000 - $60,000 annually. This is a full-time exempt position.
- Travel: You will engage in limited travel with the exception of professional development experiences that align with your short-term and long-term development goals and areas of interest.
- Comprehensive Health Insurance: Health benefits plus dental, vision, and affordable family coverage
- 403b Plan: To save for retirement
- Paid Time Off: 10 days of vacation, 8 sick days, 2 weeks off at the end of December, and 8 holidays each year.
- Paid Parental Leave: New parents get this time to spend with their family - 10 weeks if you've been here a year or more
- Cell Phone Reimbursement Benefits: We have two reimbursement options
- Wellness Stipend: Up to $50/month reimbursement for spending on physical and mental health needs
The interview process for this role will include a 5-step process which we expect to take ~1 month after the application deadline.
- Round one interview
- Performance activity and round two interview
- Leadership style assessment and final interview
- Reference check
The application window will close on Thursday, June 30th. We will not be reviewing applications received after the date.
WEPOWER is committed to the inclusion of all individuals, so if there is any reasonable accommodation we can provide for you for interviewing or any other element of this hiring process, please reply to the confirmation email and let us know.
This is a full-time exempt position. WEPOWER is an equal opportunity employer. WEPOWER prohibits unlawful discrimination against any employee or applicant for employment based on race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, age, national origin, genetic characteristics, disability, status as a special disabled veteran or veteran, marital status, sexual orientation, sexual identity or any other basis prohibited by law.