Job Announcement: Lead Organizer

| April 5, 2012 | Comments (0)


Job Announcement: Lead Organizer

Position Overview

The Lead Organizer will build support in Oregon for civil marriage for committed gay and lesbian couples by growing an intensive and large-scale grassroots field program and developing volunteer leadership.  Additionally, the Lead Organizer will oversee a one-of-a-kind collaborative project between Basic Rights Oregon and key coalition partners to engage rank and file union members in educational activities and public actions to build support for the freedom to marry and support working families. 

The Organization

Basic Rights Oregon is the state’s leading grassroots advocacy and education organization dedicated to ensuring that lesbian, gay bisexual and transgender (LGBT) Oregonians experience equality.  Founded in 1996, Basic Rights Oregon is a progressive, statewide nonprofit organization with three primary program areas: racial justice, transgender justice and marriage equality.  For more information, visit

Basic Rights Oregon is an equal opportunity employer committed to a diverse, multicultural work environment. People of color, people with disabilities and people of diverse sexual orientations, gender expressions and identities are encouraged to apply.


  • Assist in growing an intensive and large-scale grassroots field program and develop volunteer leadership to increase support in Oregon for civil marriage for committed gay and lesbian couples
  • Assist with supervision and day to day management of the field program including the development of projects, work plans and goal setting
  • Coordinate the one of a kind collaborative project between BRO and key coalition partners to engage rank and file union members by mobilizing LGBT organizations and community members to support local union campaigns and activating LGBT union members to participate in union activities
  • Develop and lead trainings and programs to strengthen rank and file union leadership among LGBT members,  build support for LGBT equality and the freedom to marry, and work to support LGBT union leadership teams
  • Raise money through individual donors, events, house parties and organizations
  • Maintain systems to track volunteer participation; prepare project reports and work plans
  • Advance organizational goals including transgender justice, youth justice and racial justice
  • Perform other duties as assigned

Qualifications & Requirements

  • Two+ years full-time labor, community or constituency organizing experience
  • Past supervision experience of staff and/or interns is preferred
  • Experience motivating organizational leaders to deeply engage in coalition efforts and managing organizational partnerships
  • Demonstrated ability to manage multiple projects, develop workplans and meet targeted goals
  • Proven ability and enthusiasm for recruiting a large volunteer team
  • Experience building multiracial teams and engaging transgender community members
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a fast-paced environment and overcome obstacles
  • Detail oriented, driven to succeed; ability to work independently and in a team
  • Commitment to excellence and to the mission and goals of the organization and the labor movement
  • Ability to work long hours, including nights and weekends; ability to travel throughout the state

Compensation:  Salary commensurate with experience.  Generous benefits provided, including medical, dental, optical and prescription coverage.

To Apply: Send resume, cover letter and contact information for three references to  Candidates are encouraged to apply immediately.  Interviews will be conducted on a rolling basis beginning in late April.

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