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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.  People of color, women, individuals with disabilities and members of the LGBTQ community are Strongly Encouraged to Apply.

Current Openings

Organizing Director, United for a New Economy

Position Overview: We are seeking an Organizing Director with at least five years of relevant work experience in the labor movement, non-profit or public sector, or comparable experience, who is passionate, enthusiastic and visionary.  This person will provide day-to-day leadership and oversight of UNE’s organizing campaigns and program areas, both driving pieces of the work and supervising organizing staff. We are looking for someone willing and able to learn any new subject matter involved in the work, but who comes with strong abilities and experiences to draw upon to help take the organization’s work to the next level. 

Qualified applicants should be interested in working with UNE’s talented staff to build upon previous programmatic successes and grow the capacity of the organization.  The Organizing Director will supervise several staff members and work closely with UNE’s Director Team to provide program oversight to the organization.  The successful candidate will have strong verbal and written communication skills, and enjoy building and maintaining relationships with staff and stakeholders.   

Responsibilities: 

  • Supervision
    • Foster a team-oriented, supportive, accountable work environment at UNE/UNEA
    • Supervise organizers, including providing broad organizational vision and supporting staff in developing and executing goal-oriented work plans
    • Shadow and support organizers “in the field”
    • Work with staff on professional development plans
    • Conduct weekly Organizer Development training sessions
  • Organization Building
    • Positions UNE/UNEA as a leader in non-profit and labor sector to maximize opportunities for systems change that advance the organization’s mission and vision
    • Represent UNE/UNEA to targeted local and national audiences including key decision-makers and policy-makers
    • Partnering with the Director team to help secure funding for organizing work by cultivating funder relationships and developing proposals
    • Build shared ownership for UNE/UNEA’s work among staff and key allies, with a particular emphasis on organizing
    • Monitor and evaluate community organizing program, practices, and initiatives to ensure quality and effectiveness; identify and implement changes and/or improvements where needed
    • Act as a resource for other directors and staff by providing technical support within areas of responsibility and expertise
  • Program Implementation
    • Establish and execute the programmatic vision and strategic direction of organizing aspects of all campaigns
    • Build and maintain organizing relationships with community and coalition members and when appropriate, transition these relationships to UNE organizer(s) and members
    • Oversee significant portions of multi-strategy campaign/program work, integrating organizing, policy advocacy, coalition building, civic engagement, communications strategy and political analysis, in consultation with other director team members and key stakeholders
    • Lead interdisciplinary teams with UNE/UNEA and outside organizers, organizational leaders and other advocates to plan and advance policy change initiatives
    • Identify, recruit and train community members as spokespeople in consultation with appropriate UNE/UNEA organizer(s)
    • Monitor and/or participate in appropriate governmental and public meetings and processes consistent with assigned UNE/UNEA campaigns, including lobbying, testifying, etc.
    • Oversee the development of select campaign materials
  • Responsibilities for all staff:
      • Support fundraising activities, including small donor drives
      • Attend any “all-staff” meetings, trainings or functions (including evening or weekend events)
      • Other duties as assigned

Desired Qualifications:

  • Organizing and Leadership Skills:
    • At least 5 years of organizing experience working in labor, environment, and/or social justice community, or comparable transferable experience, including at least three years of community organizing experience in a base building organization
    • At least 2 years’ experience supervising organizers
    • Recruitment and leadership development experience
    • Willingness to learn, show initiative and creativity
    • Demonstrated commitment to social and economic justice and track record for driving change
    • Experience working with low income communities, communities of color, and/or the labor movement
    • Commitment to understand race, class, gender, and other equity issues as part of your work
    • Ability both to lead and to work well in teams
    • Strong written and verbal communication skills, including presenting to large groups of people
    • Willingness and flexibility to work “campaign hours” when necessary (nights and weekends)
    • Excellent planning and problem-solving skills
    • Outstanding political strategy skills
    • Excellent relationship and coalition building skills
    • Good facilitation skills
    • Ability to travel locally and have reliable transportation
    • Computer competency
    • Proficiency in both spoken and written Spanish preferred
  • Management Skills:
    • Experience designing, coordinating, and leading organizing training programs
    • Capacity to create, inspire and strengthen a healthy work culture
    • Ability to manage and drive multiple projects with complex relationships
    • Ability to work well under stress and deadlines, and maintain confidentiality

Salary and Benefits:

  • Annual Salary range is $53,000 – $59,000 depending on experience and qualifications
  • Great benefits: family health, dental, vision, holidays, vacation, employer-matched retirement

How to Apply:

Interested applicants should send (1) cover letter/email including salary requirements, (2) resume, and (3) three work-related references to

Carmen Medrano, Executive Director: unejobs@unecolorado.org 

No phone calls please 

Position Open Until Filled, preference will be given to applications received by August 28th, 2020

 

 COLORADO HOMES FOR ALL

COALITION MANAGER

 

Background​: The coalition that eventually became Colorado Homes For All came together at the end of Spring 2016 for the first time to plan an action for the National Renter’s Day of Action, which took place on September 22nd, 2016. Our members are from all over the Denver Metro Area. As we continue to develop our coalition, we are looking to include groups from all over the state to make it clear that this is not just an urban issue. We define “renters” as not only people who are tenants in apartments and homes but it includes mobile home owners who rent land, and ‘bank tenants’ or people who are still paying off their mortgage and therefore are at risk of foreclosure and displacement. Collectively our table decided that Rent Control was the number one priority and our action in September would be to declare a Housing State of Emergency in Colorado and roll out our demand for rent control.

Since then we have continued to grow and develop our structure to take on bold policies and strategies that will directly address the housing crisis. We work with over a dozen organizations in Colorado and are closely connected to the national housing justice movement, Homes For All, which was started by Right to the City Alliance.

 

Based in the Denver Metro Area or has the ability to travel to Denver Area up to 4 times a month

Position Description

Colorado Homes For All, a base-building housing justice coalition, is hiring a coalition manager to provide structure for the coalition. This individual would help develop the coalition by fostering existing and new relationships with coalition partners to engage them further in housing movement building work. This individual will also serve as a local and national representative of the national Homes For All movement. United for a New Economy (UNE) and 9to5 Colorado are the two anchor organizations that will work hand in hand with the coalition coordinator. Individuals with a commitment to social and economic justice, equal opportunity and women’s issues are encouraged to apply.

Job Responsibilities:
Local

  • Coalition Organizing and Management
    • Building and maintaining effective relationships with: Existing campaign partners, new campaign partners, allies, community members, elected officials, stakeholders, and leaders in the Housing Justice Space
    • Developing the capacity of table partners to participate effectively in the campaign
    • Monitor and/or participate in governmental and public meetings and processes related to COHFA’s housing justice campaigns
    • Represent COHFA in other coalition spaces
    • Facilitate and support facilitation for meetings and trainings
    • Work with Executive Committee to draft agendas for COHFA meetings
    • Follow up with with individuals identified through the Beyond Recovery National Campaign to connect them with respective coalition partners
    • Coordinate logistics for virtual and in-person COHFA events (sign-in sheets, childcare, interpretation, food, meeting space, materials, zoom, etc.)

 

  • Communications and Data
    • Oversee communication plan
    • Update COHFA social media with relevant news and information about upcoming COHFA events (facebook, twitter)
    • Data maintenance
    • Draft monthly newsletters/emails to our COHFA listserv in English and Spanish
    • Draft action alerts and updates

 

  • Fundraising and Administration
    • Support funder prospecting and grant reporting
    • Develop basic administrative systems and structures for COHFA
    • Meet regularly with Executive Committee to review progress on deliverables
    • Participate in grant writing and reporting
    • Maintain organized digital and physical campaign records

 

National

  • Represent COHFA in national Homes For All general assemblies, committees and translocal committees
  • Attend bi-weekly virtual Homes For All membership meetings
  • Coordinate with national HFA around general assemblies both at local and national level

Qualifications: 

  • Believes in coalition’s guiding principles (put link here)
  • Enthusiastic about social justice
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Excellent writing skills
  • Experience working with low income communities and communities of color
  • Available to work weekday evenings and weekends
  • Bilingual in English and Spanish
  • Demonstrated experience and success in collaborative project management or nonprofit administration and organizing
  • Ability to coordinate communication among coalition members effectively
  • A passion for creating organizational systems and empowering collaborative teams
  • Ability to proactively anticipate operational issues and create solutions
  • Ability to evaluate and implement online collaboration tools
  • Advance knowledge of and demonstrated commitment to diversity, inclusion, equity, and social justice
  • Ability to collaborate and work effectively with a variety of partners and stakeholders
  • Ability to create goals, develop strategy and plan backwards
  • An understanding of Colorado politics and community organizing
  • Proficiency in using Zoom, facebook live streaming, twitter, instagram, google drive, powerpoint
  • Must be flexible with lack of structure
  • Self-motivated and able to work in an environment where day to day activities differ drastically
  • 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

This is a temporary full-time contract position that will begin in October, 2020 and lasts until November, 2021. Contract can be extended if additional funding becomes available.

 

Equal Opportunity Employer:

UNE  is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer. Women of color, identify as LGBTQ,  women with disabilities and older women are encouraged to apply.

 

Pay Rate & Benefits:

  • Annual Salary range is $43,000 – $50,000 depending on experience
  • Great benefits: health, dental, vision, holidays, vacation

 

To Apply:

Interested applicants should send (1) cover letter, (2) resume, and (3) three work-related references to unejobs@unecolorado.org.

 

Position Open Until Filled

 

Digital Organizer, United for a New Economy

Position Overview: The Digital Organizer is responsible for online engagement within the state of Colorado including UNE’s core geographies Westminster, North Aurora and Commerce City. The digital organizer will be part of a team of organizers and policy staff who will work together to accomplish the goals of UNE campaigns. The digital organizer will be responsible for recruiting and developing online members using action opportunities related to UNE and UNE Action. This includes inspiring people digitally to be active leaders in their local communities.

Responsibilities:

  • Create and implement online communications to promote UNE and UNE Action’s work in a timely manner including e-blasts, website management, online petitions, sign-ups/RSVPS, and social media postings
  • Create content for email and websites including:
    • Video and photograph events and public actions
    • Writing content for email, social media and websites
    • Designing graphics and videos for social channels
  • Manage every aspect of online campaigning including (but not limited to):
    • membership recruitment plan
    • campaign communications messaging 
    • online action opportunities
    • managing production, targeting, posting and tracking of digital ads
  • Conduct data entry, tracking and analysis of online actions and fundraising in UNE’s database (Every Action)
  • Assist with tracking civic engagement and legislative campaigns in UNE’s database (Every Action)
  • Coordinate online fundraising plan and activities
  • Participate in Racial Justice trainings and activities
  • Attend any “all-staff” meetings, trainings or functions (including occasional evening or weekend events)
  • Other duties as assigned

Desired Qualifications:

  • Strong online writing and content creation skills
  • Strong understanding of digital media and online organizing, including social engagement
  • Bilingual Spanish/English or experience promoting content in multiple languages preferred
  • Graphic design, video editing, and HTML/CSS experience preferred
  • Some knowledge of CMS and CRM systems, preferably WordPress and EveryAction
  • Experience with SMS advocacy/messaging (Ex: Hustle, OutVote)
  • Experience with online fundraising
  • Project management  and vendor management a plus (Ex. Website build outs, Data migrations, etc.)
  • Ability to track and analyze metrics related to online action and fundraising efforts
  • Desire to test and optimize online tactics to develop best practices
  • Capable of compiling data and information into concise reports upon request
  • Excellent organizational skills, self-motivator, and ability to drive projects to completion
  • Discipline and ability to work effectively in a highly unstructured environment
  • Desire to learn and openness to feedback
  • Use of a car during working hours
  • Ability to work evenings and some weekend hours

A progressive leader with at least three years of relevant work experience in the labor movement, non-profit or public sector, comparable experience or educational background that supports the responsibilities of this position.  Passionate, enthusiastic and visionary. Implements and drives day-to-day strategic communications and multi-strategy digital work.

The Digital Organizer is represented by the Denver Newspaper Guild and is covered by a Collective Bargaining Agreement.

Salary

  • Salary range from $36,432- $50,000 depending on experience 
  • Great benefits: family health, dental, vision, holidays, vacation, employer-matched retirement.

How to Apply:

Interested applicants should send (1) cover letter/email, (2) resume, and (3) three work or school related references and (4)a portfolio with digital work example: graphics, videos, websites, press content, and or photography to 

Desiree Westlund, Deputy Director: jobs@unecolorado.or

No phone calls, please. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled, preference will be give to applications received by July 24, 2020.

 

Canvasser, United for a New Economy Action

About UNE Action: United for a New Economy Action (UNEA) is a grassroots organization of working families and people of color organizing to create a new economy that works for everyone. Even though our economy looks like it’s growing, too many of our neighbors are working multiple stagnant-wage jobs to make ends meet and are being pushed out of their communities.

UNEA’s leaders and members work to create safe, affordable housing, good jobs with benefits and community voice so everyone is respected and represented. They have everything to lose yet take risks to challenge and hold big corporations, elected officials and decision makers accountable.

About the Position: United for a New Economy Action is hiring enthusiastic part-time canvassers to help support voter outreach in Arapahoe and Adams County. Canvassers will be responsible for working within diverse communities to inform voters about this year’s election. This position is an hourly, part-time 25 hours /week, temporary contract position starting at $16/hour from July until November 3rd, 2020.

Duties and Responsibilities :

  • Perform targeted door-to-door canvassing in assigned, pre-selected communities, in coordination with a network of organizational regional partners.
  • Enthusiastically engaging diverse communities, and remaining positive, assertive, and confident.
  • Participate in trainings and staff meetings, as assigned.
  • Document information regarding all required metrics and canvass results including information such as: the number of homes canvassed, number of contacts made, number of consumer stories recorded, and the amount and type of information requested by consumers during a canvass shift.
  • Document any challenges or obstacles encountered in the field, and be prepared to offer solutions and workarounds to overcome them.
  • Reach daily quota 
  • Other duties, as assigned.

Desired Experience and Skills:

  • Must have access to reliable transportation.
  • Strong commitment to civic engagement and empowerment of underrepresented communities.
  • Must actively practice good social distancing to prevent the spread of covid-19
  • Strong collaboration skills, and a desire to work as part of a team and respond to the needs of the team.
  • Experience working with diverse communities, in particular, communities of color and low-income communities.
  • Ability to work independently with broad guidance, and a self-starter.
  • Good communication skills.
  • Ability to stay on task and problem solve. 
  • Enjoys meeting and interacting with new people.
  • Bilingual/Multilingual (Spanish, Mandarin, Cantonese, Korean, Vietnamese, Hindi, Tagalog, Amharic or Arabic) a huge plus.

To Apply: 

Please e-mail a resume to Hope Blinne at hope@unecolorado.org, or call (970) 402-7471.

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.