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Job Description:
Organizing Director
Updated January 2012

Location:             Portland, Oregon
Position:              Full time, exempt
Reports to:          Executive Director

The Organizing Director is responsible for building public support for LGBT equality among Oregon’s electorate and alongside our progressive political partners. This includes overseeing the organization’s efforts to build public support for marriage equality. Key responsibility areas include communications, media, research, advertising, coalition building and grassroots efforts.

This position supervises the Field Manager, Labor Project Coordinator, Communications Manager and other positions as assigned.

The Organization
Basic Rights Oregon and its affiliated Basic Rights Education Fund are the state’s leading grassroots advocacy organization dedicated to ensuring that all lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Oregonians experience equality. Major program priorities include ending health care discrimination against transgender Oregonians, developing and highlighting the leadership of LGBT and allied people of color, and building public support for marriage equality. 

Managing alliances & coalitions

  • Build long term alliances with organizations and leaders across sectors to advance the organization’s campaigns for marriage equality, racial justice and trans justice.
  • Oversee efforts to build political power by electing fair-minded candidates to public office.

Marriage research, communications & media

  • Lead the organization’s ongoing efforts to build public support for the freedom to marry. Develop strategies, implement programs and bring in new resources to support this work.
  • Build strategies to win the freedom to marry that reflect Basic Rights Oregon’s values regarding transgender justice and racial justice.
  • Recruit, train and deploy community members to be profiled in the news media and online.
  • Place articles and opinion pieces in mainstream and online media outlets.


  • Identify and cultivate both major individual donors and institutional funders. This includes writing and reporting on major grants, conducting individual donor asks, and integrating fundraising plans into the work of staff teams supervised by the Organizing Director.

Supervision & staff support

  • Supervise various consultants and vendors providing expertise in media and research. Coordinate research and experimentation.
  • Participate in organizational planning as a member of the Management Team. Supervise and mentor a growing staff team of skilled, seasoned organizers who supervise staff and leadership teams of their own.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications & Requirements

  • Five years full-time related experience in field management, coalition building, and/or communications work.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage multiple complex projects, develop work plans and meet targeted goals and objectives. Ability to work long hours, including nights and weekends.
  • Experience supervising staff to manage multiple projects, develop work plans and meet targeted goals and objectives. Previous staff supervision.
  • Experience with media and messaging.
  • Experience building multiracial teams and working with transgender communities. Strong understanding of how racism, transphobia and homophobia operate and intersect.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills. Demonstrated computer literacy.
  • Ability to work independently and in a team setting. Comfort working in a fast-paced, results-oriented environment.
  • Commitment to the mission and goals of the organization, and passion to win marriage equality. Campaign experience a plus.

Compensation: Competitive salary; comprehensive medical, optical, dental benefits; 15 days paid leave.

To apply: Submit resume, cover letter and the names of three references to Interviews conducted on a rolling basis, priority will be given to applications received by February 1, 2012. Position open until filled.



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