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UNE is an equal opportunity employer. UNE is firmly committed to maintaining a work atmosphere in which people of diverse backgrounds may grow personally and professionally.  UNE will not discriminate against an applicant or employee on the basis of race, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, color, age, physical ability, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, veteran status or medical condition.

Current Openings

Political Field Director

Position Location: Denver Metro, Colorado

Position Overview: The Political Field Director will lead the overall strategy and implementation of UNE’s civic engagement efforts to advance issue campaigns, legislative priorities, and local and state ballot initiatives, and UNE Action’s electoral priorities. The Political Field Director will design a program to integrate voter engagement in all aspects of our organizing, ensuring that our communities are the one’s crafting a vision for a thriving Colorado, and holding our elected officials accountable to that vision at the federal, state, and local level. This position will align our voter engagement efforts with our field membership recruitment operation and support in expanding the existing dues paying program. This is a senior level position which will report to the Executive Director and work closely with the Organizing and Deputy Director.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Work with organizing team to construct strategic civic engagement and voter contact programs to advance issue campaigns and policy priorities.
  • Co-lead state legislative strategy with Organizing Director to ensure voter engagement integration with organizing program.
  • Implement a training program for staff and membership to build year-round voter engagement capacity.
  • Manage C3 and C4 civic engagement field programs including: member recruitment, voter registration, persuasion, GOTV and electoral accountability.
  • Represent UNE at coalition and campaign tables, and manage and develop partnership relationships to achieve civic engagement and policy outcomes.
  • Provide timely reporting as requested for funders, staff, and allied organizations.
  • Serve as technical and training support to staff and membership for VAN (Voter Action Network), EveryAction and Hustle.
  • In collaboration with organizing team, develop and execute membership recruitment canvasses.
  • Along with the Deputy Director and Digital Organizer, grow our member dues program. 
  • Supervise Researcher and Political Analyst.

Job Requirements: We are seeking a highly motivated seasoned social justice leader who is interested in growing the organization into a credible powerhouse for grassroots organizing, voter engagement and economic justice campaigns. The ideal candidate should have at least 3-5 years of electoral or community organizing experience, and experience organizing in coalition with grassroots, political and labor allies.  Candidates should also have:

  • Commitment to the social justice movement and passion for winning change for low income and working families people
  • Commitment to understand race, class, gender, and other equity issues 
  • Experience working with low income communities, communities of color, and/or the labor movement
  • At least 2 years leading civic engagement programs
  • Experience with the wide range of electoral tactics employed by community organizations, including canvassing, phone-banking, SMS, digital ads, direct mail, earned media, volunteer and paid operations
  • Strong understanding of VAN (Voter Action Network), EveryAction, Hustle, Xcel and political data
  • Familiarity with legal frameworks for 501(c)3 and 501(c)4 eligible activities
  • Experience leading grassroots organizing campaigns with state or local significance
  • Demonstrated experience in recruiting, motivating and training staff and volunteers
  • Ability to develop and implement training curricula 
  • At least 1 year of direct management of staff
  • Ability and commitment to the development of leadership capacity among staff and members
  • Excellent relationship-building skills with significant experience building and sustaining working relationships across geography and with community leaders and organizers of color
  • Knowledge of the current economic, political and legislative issues at the local and state level
  • Must be able to operate independently in addition to working with a team in a campaign setting with an ability to respond to a rapidly changing political environment and field program 
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills (listening, speaking, and writing)
  • Experience with fundraising preferred (grant writing, small donor campaigns, etc.)
  • Willingness to work occasional long and irregular hours, including evenings and weekends
  • Ability and willingness to travel and reliable transportation
  • People of Color and candidates who speak a language in addition to English strongly encouraged to apply

Compensation:

  • Salary range is $53,000 – $57,000 based on experience 
  • Great benefits: family health, dental, vision, holidays, vacation, employer-matched retirement.

How to Apply:

Interested applicants should send a cover letter, resume, and three work or school related references to Carmen Medrano, Executive Director at jobs@unecolorado.org 

Position Open Until Filled – Priority will be given to applications received before August 23rd, 2019 

UNE is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer and actively recruits people of color, women, individuals with disabilities and members of the LGBTQ community are Strongly Encouraged to Apply

 

Strategic Researcher

Join the fight to take back our communities! United for A New Economy and UNE Action is seeking a Strategic Researcher to build power to fight for social, racial and economic change in Colorado.

Position Location: Denver Metro, Colorado

About the Position: The Researcher is responsible for conducting priority research projects and campaigns for UNE and UNEA in collaboration with other staff to achieve UNE’s strategic goals and win real change that improves the lives of by transforming about our political and economic systems. The Researcher serves as an in-house advisor and partner to the organizing team and director team.

Responsibilities:

  • Research
    • Analyze city, state and national public policy for UNE/UNEA initiatives
    • Utilize a range of research strategies to collect quantitative and qualitative information, including database searches, public records requests, interviews, and surveys
    • Conduct industry and political power analysis for strategic targeting and to advance organizing and campaign goals
    • Find and cultivate new sources of information that advance local campaigns and membership chapters, including research on companies, industries, laws and policies, government agencies
    • Prepare well-written and persuasive reports, analyses, briefings, media communications and memoranda for UNE staff, leadership, and partner organizations
    • Apply a critical class, racial and gender lens to all research, with an emphasis on the disproportionate harm experienced by working families, communities of color, and women and other oppressed groups
    • Cultivates effective internal research capacity including vetting research requests, leading the creation of long-term research plans, supporting organizers in developing, conducting, and analyzing worker and resident surveys
    • Collaborate with UNE/UNA staff to create narrative and messaging strategies
  • Projects/ Campaigns
    • Inform and contribute to both short-term campaigns and long-term organizational strategy
    • Provide analysis of potential campaigns, and identify new policies, solutions and practices, as needed to organizing team
    • Track and evaluate progress and effectiveness of research and campaign goals
    • Plan, organize, facilitate and debrief project related meetings
    • Conduct research training and presentations for UNE/UNEA and partner organizations
  • Work with Members and Geographic Chapters
    • Create training materials and deliver trainings to local UNE chapters on priority policy issues identified by membership
    • Develop and lead survey and participatory action research projects that engage and empowers the skills and expertise of grassroot members to inform policy solutions, and coordinate related activities across multiple geographic chapters

Desired Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated commitment to the social justice movement and passion for winning change for low income people and working families
  • Commitment to understand race, class, gender, and other equity issues as part of your work
  • Experience working with low income communities, communities of color, and/or the labor movement
  • At least two years of research and/or policy experience working in labor, environment, and/or social justice community, or comparable transferable experience
  • Excellent analytical, writing and verbal communication skills, including presenting to large groups of people and producing written materials
  • Self-directed and able to manage and drive multiple projects and complex relationships
  • Ability to think big and be creative and proactive
  • Excellent planning and problem-solving skills
  • Willingness and flexibility to work “campaign hours” when necessary (nights and weekends)
  • Ability to travel locally; and have reliable transportation
  • Degree in relevant field a plus
  • Community Organizing Experience a plus

The Strategic Researcher is a member of the Denver Newspaper Guild (DNG).

Salary

  • Salary range is $35,00-$52,000 based on relevant experience.
  • Great benefits: employer-paid insurance premiums for family health, dental, and vision. Generous paid holidays, vacation, and employer-matched retirement.

How to Apply:

Interested applicants should send (1) cover letter/email, (2) resume, and (3) three work or school related references to Desiree Westlund, Deputy Director: jobs@unecolorado.org

No phone calls, please. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled, with priority given to applications received by August 16th.

UNE is an Equal Employment Opportunity employee. People of color, women, individuals with disabilities and members of the LGBTQ community are Strongly Encouraged to Apply.

 

Internships at UNE

If you are interested in a future internship, please submit an email describing your interest in UNE, the quarter/semester you are available, and a resume to jobs@unecolorado.org .

UNE is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer and people of color, women, individuals with disabilities, and members of the LGBTQ community are Strongly Encouraged to Apply.