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Resource Organizer

About ONE DC:

ONE DC (formerly Manna CDC) was founded in 1997 (renamed Organizing Neighborhood Equity DC in 2006) in the midst of rapid neighborhood change. Our work centers on popular education, community organizing, and alternative economic development projects. Stemming from a deep analysis of race, class, gender, and power, our approaches to equitable community development and anti-gentrification address structural causes of poverty and injustice in Shaw and throughout the District of Columbia.

ONE DC's People’s Platform is the current foundation of our work. The People’s Platform is a movement of low-income and working-class DC residents of color and people who share our values and vision. We seek to organize, educate, fight for and win truly affordable housing, sustaining work, and wellness for all in DC. The state of income & housing security and wellness for DC residents is bad and only getting worse. Where the city has successfully encouraged wealthier and whiter residents to move into the city, it has pushed out low-income Black residents, destroyed welfare and social programs, attacked workers’ rights, and supported a severe reduction in spending on programs for the most vulnerable. We envision a DC that retains its long-term residents and is an equitable and just place to live and work for all of its residents.

ONE DC’s Black Workers and Wellness Center (BWWC) is a member-led space that builds racial and economic justice through popular education, direct action and worker-owned alternatives. It is a center for finding and creating positive, dignified Black work and training. It’s an incubation space for alternatives to low-wage work, such as worker cooperatives, collectives, and small businesses created, owned, and operated by community residents of color. The BWWC provides a place to openly discuss the intersection of race and work, particularly what it means to be "working while Black." The BWWC creates an environment to challenge bad employers who exploit, cheat, & steal from their workers; and an educational space to talk about and create ways to provide safe, high quality, dignified work in DC. ONE DC’s Cooperation DC is a member-led initiative within the Black Workers and Wellness Center. Cooperation DC coordinates city-wide efforts for worker co-op development, including education and advocacy.

Organizationally, ONE DC has formally implemented a shared leadership structure, managed and governed by our Shared Leadership Team, composed of our not-for profit board of directors and senior staff. We practice a non-traditional governance structure of self-management by committee, with a working board and a member-staff supervision structure that recognizes, supports and encourages the contributions of its members, staff, and directors. [More details provided during interviews and staff orientation.] ONE DC desires applicants who are self-starters, continuous learners, are motivated to perform at high levels, passionate about organizing, and can meet strict deadlines.

Resource Organizer Job Description (full time)

  • Responsible for organizing and outreach to community members including long term D.C. residents.
  • Co-Chair the Resource Committee.
  • Assist in developing and implementing the annual fundraising plan; and a five year fundraising plan.
  • Work with building and maintaining the Resource Committee and attend Resource Committee meetings.
  • Cultivate donors, sustaining donors, major donors, and members; and acknowledge the work of each.
  • Manage the resource phone banking.
  • Coordinate site visits with donors and foundation staff.
  • Implement a tracking and monitoring system of donor information, and train others to do so.
  • Research prospective donors, grantors and foundations; and develop an approach strategy.
  • Coordinate members with grant writing skills to prepare grant proposals and letters of inquiry (LOIs).
  • Prepare grant proposals and letter of inquiries (LOIs), as needed. Finalize and submit LOIs and proposals or oversee finalization and submission.
  • Monitor grant proposals, provide grant updates, and report submission deadlines.
  • Meet with prospective donors/grantors to share ONE DC’s financial needs and goals.
  • Teach and support staff and members to do grassroots fundraising.
  • Support member-initiated activities and groups related to ONE DC’s mission, vision and values.
  • Attend staff and Shared Leadership Team meetings and planning sessions, LEAP, Freedom Schools, and other in-house political education.
  • Work with other organizers to carry out the strategic vision of the organization.
  • Research topics and legislation related to housing or work-related and co-op issues.


  1. At least 5 years of demonstrated experience, training or education in grant writing and reporting, cultivating donors, researching prospective foundations and other funders, direct organizing, base building, and program coordination.
  2. Self-motivated and skilled at working as part of a team.
  3. Willingness to engage in honest, constructive, mindful, and compassionate reciprocal critique of self and work of team members with teams and other staff.
  4. Knowledge of Washington, D.C. communities, history, issues and organizations. Long term D.C. residents are strongly encouraged to apply and given strong preference.
  5. Willingness to learn about and commit to ONE DC’s organizing model.
  6. Willingness and ability to work with diverse community residents, particularly low-income residents, to overcome barriers to developing their strength as a community; as well as practice and develop resident-led leadership.
  7. Strong computer, internet, social media skills.

 Desired Skills:

  1. Bilingual speakers are welcome, especially Spanish, Amharic, or Chinese language proficiency.
  2. Strong research skills: knowledge of Participatory Action Research (PAR); Labor Studies.
  3. Good public and interpersonal communication skills, written, verbal.

ONE DC offers a salary range of $43,000 to $48,000 based on experience and a benefits package that includes a comprehensive organization paid health insurance plan, personal leave and sick leave. 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 electronically to [email protected]. Applications will be accepted until August 31, 2020.