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DesegregateCT Transit-Oriented Communities Organizer

DesegregateCT is looking for a Transit-Oriented Communities (TOC) Organizer to lead our advocacy campaign around TOCs in the Greater Hartford area, specifically in towns with CTrail and CTfastrak stations. They will report to the DesegregateCT Program Director and work closely with the Legislative Director and our highly collaborative and creative team of interns and volunteers to advance state and local zoning reforms.

The TOC Organizer will develop a campaign to educate local community members in targeted transit towns on the benefits of TOCs, using DesegregateCT materials and resources. They will oversee multiple public events promoting TOCs, including workshops, walk audits,” and public presentations to generate interest and momentum for TOCs. Most importantly, they will identify and train local community members to advocate for TOC zoning reforms in their communities and help them seek necessary zoning changes through their local Planning & Zoning Commissions.

Qualified candidates will have the following:

  • At least 1 year of experience in organizing either on issue or electoral campaigns, 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 electeds, and fellow staff members
  • Strong communication skills, including writing and public speaking
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced, frequently changing startup” environment
  • Ability to develop and execute campaign strategy and build consensus with 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

Exceptional candidates will have the following:

  • Familiarity and interest in DesegregateCT’s land use and zoning work and advocacy
  • Interest in social and environmental justice
  • Knowledge of Connecticut’s political landscape and experience in local government
  • 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
  • Fluency in Spanish

This is a part-time position, 20 hours per week, May-December, with the potential to extend through Spring 2023. The position is based around Greater Hartford and will be primarily remote with some travel expected. Working nights and some weekends should be anticipated to correspond with community meetings. This position is funded through the generous support of the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving.

The Regional Plan Association encourages a challenging, collaborative, and fun work environment. We believe in work-life balance and value diversity. Employment and promotional opportunities are equal opportunity without regard to race, color, gender, age, sexual orientation, disability or any other protected class as established by law.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled. Interested candidates should send a cover letter and resume to info@desegregatect.org.