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Radical Democracy Organizer

Organizational Description:

Since our founding in 2006, Organizing Neighborhood Equity (ONE) DC has worked tirelessly to advance racial and economic equity in the District by fighting economic disenfranchisement among Black working-class communities in DC. ONE DC builds multi-racial and cross-class solidarity, but we focus our efforts in the majority Black, working class communities in Wards 5, 6, 7 and 8.  We build community power through grassroots organizing, leadership development of members, advancing social entrepreneurship and alternative economic models, collective use of resources, and coalition-building in the primary areas of housing, employment, and income inequality.

As a Black-led non-profit, we take seriously the need to bring members of the community that we serve into decision-making and leadership roles. The members of our shared leadership team have lived experience with the structural inequalities that we work to address, and this experience guides our direction and informs the work that we do. Our commitment to building economic independence and community power within communities of color in DC shows up clearly in the decisions we make about how to shape our programming and where to direct our resources.

As a Black and working class-led organization, ONE DC has recently achieved a number of internal and external victories to build our political strength to win racial and economic equity in the District. In 2018, ONE DC purchased the United Black Fund building and spent the last three years renovating it to become the country’s first debt-free Black Workers Center, where ONE DC members and other workers convene to build worker power through cooperative incubation, community work, and political education. As a community steward, ONE DC plan to use the Black Workers Center as a hub for movement-building work and community partnership. In 2020, ONE DC co-founded a citywide organizing partnership to cancel rent for workers who lost their jobs during the country’s first global pandemic in a century. In 2021, ONE DC began its work to strengthen the city’s tenant union community. Now, in over five buildings working with tenant leaders, ONE DC encourages these tenant associations to join the Right to the City, a national network of tenant activism.

Organizationally, ONE DC has practiced a non-traditional governance structure called the Shared Leadership Team. ONE DC’s volunteer directors work with ONE DC’s senior staff to steward and govern its resources and organizational priorities through sub-committees. In 2022, ONE DC’s SLT decided to introduce a management team of three, who will strategize with SLT staff activities as well as provide day-to-day staff supervision. As a management team of three, these supervisors will be responsible for ensuring key responsibilities that fall under certain SLT sub-committees are completed collaboratively by staff and members.

This position is one of the management positions. ONE DC is seeking a Radical Democracy organizer, who will be responsible for coordinating and executing ONE DC’s leadership and political development work.

About the Position:

ONE DC is seeking a creative and dynamic individual with a proven track record to join the ONE DC’s management team.

Responsibilities include:

  1. Anchor and create a ONE DC’s SLT governance committee called Membership Development.
    a. Ensure this committee holds monthly meetings.
    b. Invite and ensure this committee has at least 10 to 15 ONE DC's primary base members on it to ensure the organization's membership development work is collaboratively and cooperatively conducted.
  2. Work with SLT to revise, chart, and synthesize ONE DC’s membership development process.
    a. This assignment requires the incorporation of culture and cultural rituals to celebrate members’ growth and political unity
  3. Work with management team to revise and execute ONE DC’s staff orientation and leadership development plans
    a. Create a staff (leadership) chart that documents staff’s completion of trainings.
  4. Work with SLT to revise and expand SLT’s leadership development process, including a revamp of SLT’s orientation process.
  5. Oversee and execute political education trainings, including ONE DC’s Leadership Education for Action and Power.
  6. Create a member (leadership) ecosystem that charts member, member-leader, coordinator, SLT director’s leadership journeys to ensure the successful leadership development of each level of ONE DC leadership
  7. Study and recommend best democratic governance practices from other leading movement organizations like POWER U, OBS, YUC, Dream Defenders, Sustainable Law Economies about their human resources systems and democratic practices.
  8. Identify and integrate cultural events to celebrate ONE DC members and staff’s successful completion of leadership development activities.
  9. Assist in mentoring ONE DC staff by participating and modeling ONE DC’s organizing model by holding at least three one-on-one weekly with ONE DC’s primary base members (these members will be participating in ONE DC’s membership development ecosystem). By the year’s end, successful development of at least 50 ONE DC members, not including SLT directors and staff, is expected.
  10. Coordinate and host monthly meetings for ONE DC’s membership and development committee, with at least ten of ONE DC’s primary base members.
  11. When needed, build coalitions and working partnerships with like-minded, values-driven organizing groups committed to transformative education and power-building.
  12. Participate monthly in ONE DC’s outreach days led by ONE DC’s organizing committee.

Management team responsibilities include:

  • Supervise staff in daily work responsibilities
  • Further develop ONE DC’s human resources and administration, enhancing professional development, compensation and benefits, performance evaluation, training, and recruiting
  • Act as liaison between staff and Personnel Committee
  • Work with management team to plan staff retreats
  • Work with SLT to plan annual SLT retreats
  • Assist in planning and implementation of ONE DC organizational events, including ONE DC’s SLT retreats and staff retreats.
  • Hold bi-weekly check-ins with staff
  • Ensure monthly workplans are submitted
  • Ensure annual staff evaluations are completed on time
  • Provide and/or schedule leadership training for staff
  • Help staff develop leadership training plans and monitor their progress
  • Oversee new staff onboarding and conduct staff orientation
  • Support staff’s development and manifestation of ONE DC’s values, mission, and organizational work
  • Attend, participate and when necessary, plan staff meetings

A successful candidate’s Minimum Requirements:

  1. At least five years of demonstrated direct organizing/base building experience;
  2. Excellent interpersonal skills, with a history of power-building and relationship-building with working-class sub-populations;
  3. Strong computer and internet skills;
  4. Ability to build unity and motivate others to action;
  5. Strong history and personal practice of political and personal transformation;
  6. A disciplined commitment to political education;
  7. A history of developing successful working relationships with movement organizations;
  8. Excellent emotional intelligence;
  9. A visionary and strong organizational leader;
  10. A long history of self-accountability and positive contributions to organizational staff culture;
  11. Good communication skills, written and verbal; and
  12. Self-motivated and skilled at working as part of a team.

Additional Qualifications:

  1. Must be a resident in the DMV area, DC residents are strongly encouraged to apply and given strong preference;
  2. Must be willing to commit to at least a 2-year involvement in ONE DC;
  3. Knowledge of Washington, DC issues and organizations;
  4. Learn about and commit to ONE DC’s organizing model;
  5. Willingness and ability to work with diverse community residents, particularly low-income residents, to address barriers to developing their strength as a community;
  6. Spanish, Amharic, or Chinese language proficiency given strong preference;
  7. Strong research skills;
  8. Eye for detail;
  9. Flexible hours, including a willingness to work evenings and weekends;
  10. Creativity and sense of humor;
  11. A desire to deepen political analysis and learn about the history of social movements;
  12. A reflexive professional practice and active commitment to self-critique;
  13. Willingness to engage in honest, though constructive, mindful, and compassionate reciprocal critique of work with teams and other staff.

This is a full-time position. The salary for this position will range from $65,000-$80,000 based on experience. ONE DC offers a generous salary and benefits package. ONE DC is strongly committed to staff development and training. This is an opportunity for an individual to build meaningful relationships with grassroots communities and to be a part of real, concrete social change. People of color, women, LGBTQ and bilingual applicants are strongly encouraged to apply.

To Apply:

Please submit resume and cover letter (including salary expectations) electronically to [email protected]. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.