DesegregateCT Local Organizer

DesegregateCT is a pro-homes coalition of neighbors and nonprofits advocating for more equitable, affordable, and environmentally-sustainable land use policies in Connecticut, with a focus on expanding the diversity and supply of our housing stock. DesegregateCT seeks a Local Organizer to lead its municipal-level organizing efforts across the state. The ideal candidate will be highly motivated to create and implement campaign strategy, energized by working with a diverse range of individuals and groups, and deeply committed to racial, economic, and climate justice. A background in urban planning and interest in land use policy is appreciated, but not required.

The work of DesegregateCT focuses on three primary functions: educating the public through workshops, trainings, and issue briefs; researching current land use policies and measuring the positive impact of reforms; and organizing advocacy campaigns at the state and local levels, focusing on empowering local residents to speak for the kinds of changes they want to see.

Buoyed by success on all three fronts in its first 18 months, DesegregateCT is seeking a Local Organizer, reporting to the DesegregateCT Program Director, who will work closely with the nonprofit coalition and the team, including student interns and volunteers, to advance the organization’s land use reform agenda in a highly collaborative and creative manner. In its next phase of growth, the coalition is transitioning from an independent campaign to a program of our current fiscal sponsor, Regional Plan Association. With this transition, the Local Organizer will be an RPA staff member responsible for managing relationships with DesegregateCT coalition partners and local community advocates and recruiting and training new members. They will balance high-level strategic priorities with a detail-oriented approach for day-to-day campaigns, including overseeing local programming and advocacy work. This position requires the ability to think and act qualitatively and quantitatively, to identify new campaign opportunities and community leaders, and to motivate others to act.

Required Qualifications:

  • At least two years experience in organizing or campaigning, with a strong background in advocacy and/or grassroots organizing
  • Excellent organizational and time management skills with the ability to meet goals and deadlines while working independently
  • Excellent interpersonal skills; ability to build trust and maintain relationships with community partners, local elected officials, and fellow staff members
  • Strong communication skills, including writing and public speaking
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced, frequently changing startup” environment
  • Able to develop and execute campaign strategy and build consensus within different stakeholders
  • Ability to manage a growing number of advocates across multiple campaigns
  • Ability to manage, from start to finish, large scale events with up to one hundred participants

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Familiarity and interest in DesegregateCT’s land use work and advocacy
  • Knowledge of Connecticut’s political landscape
  • Experience with using social media platforms for organizing, such as Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram
  • Familiarity with online platforms such as G Suite tools, Action Network, Airtable, Slack, and similar tools

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

Campaign Management

  • Lead and manage existing municipal-level and regional campaigns, as well as new campaigns as opportunities arise, in collaboration with the Director
  • Create and implement campaign strategy, from top-level goals to day-to-day campaign management
  • Organize and implement tactics per campaign strategy
  • Track qualitative and quantitative goals for campaigns, including writing reports on progress

Advocate Development

  • Recruit and develop leadership local advocates in priority towns and cities
  • Train local advocates on DesegregateCT’s Be the Change playbooks and other educational materials
  • Facilitate monthly Regional Advocates Committee meetings, and find and invite new members
  • Manage and log communications through email, Slack, and G‑Suite documents

Community Support

  • Conduct outreach to recruit volunteers for DesegregateCT campaigns through attending and hosting public meetings, canvassing, phone/text banking, social media, and other methods
  • Develop and maintain relationships with key local political and opinion leaders, as well as allied organizations
  • Represent DesegregateCT in aligned-issue coalitions, meetings, and events in priority communities

The Local Organizer will be an hourly position, full-time during the legislative session with regular evenings and weekends expected (40+ hrs/week) and part time when the legislature is not in session (20 hrs/week). The Local Organizer will be a staff member of the Regional Plan Association, reporting to the DesegregateCT Director.

The position will be based in Connecticut but operate remotely, including an increasing amount of in-person work as public health requirements allow. Working nights will be common, and some weekend work should be anticipated.

Salary: $20-$22/hr

Interested candidates should send a cover letter and resume to We plan to review applications received by December 24, 2021 in a batch, with rolling reviews thereafter.

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