Philadelphia Community Organizer - Pennsylvanians Organized to Witness, Empower & Rebuild
About the Community Organizer Position:
The Community Organizer has the responsibility for cultivating relationships with members of diverse
faith congregations across the city, teaching them community-organizing skills and supporting them to
conduct successful issue campaigns on the local, state and potentially national levels.
Specifically, the Community Organizer will be responsible for maximizing the involvement of members
of a set of congregations that belong to POWER through ongoing relationship building, leadership
training, coaching and mobilization for meetings, events and actions. The Community Organizer will – at
the direction of the Director of Organizing and Lead Organizer– work towards specific goals for getting
their assigned congregations to play active roles in POWER’s main campaigns: school funding equity,
living wage/minimum wage increase, criminal justice reform, voter turnout – as well as other potential
or related campaigns that POWER is involved with.
POWER has a strong learning culture and places a high priority on personal learning, racial awareness
and analysis, and relationship building. The ideal candidate would have a passion for justice, strong
relational skills, a strong sense of their own faith values, a capacity to build bridges across multiple
cultures, awareness of personal and societal racism, and demonstrable experience in bringing people
together to win campaign victories. Strong written and verbal skills are required; fluency in Spanish is a plus.
We are Pennsylvanians Organized to Witness, Empower & Rebuild (POWER). We are 50+ congregations
in Philadelphia, intentionally bringing people together across the lines of race, faith, income level and
neighborhood -- lines which have historically kept Philadelphians divided. We are people of faith
committed to the work of bringing about racial and economic justice here and now, in our city and our
region. By strengthening and mobilizing our networks of relationships, we seek to exercise power in the
public arena so that the needs and priorities of all Philadelphians are reflected in the systems and
policies that shape our city. More recently, POWER has expanded beyond Philadelphia to build POWER
Metro, a network of congregations in Montgomery and Delaware Counties as well as POWER Center
State, an effort to bring together faith leaders in York, Lancaster, Dauphin and Lebanon Counties.
POWER is a proud affiliate of the Faith in Action (www.faithinaction.org) the largest and fastest growing
faith-based community organizing effort in the country. At PICO we are lifting a new vision for America
that is rooted in our shared moral values and democratic traditions. POWER is also a member of the
Partnership for Working Families (www.forworkingfamilies.org).
For more information on POWER visit our website at www.powerinterfaith.org
This position is full time with significant evening and weekend work. Starting salary is competitive,
depending on experience; benefits include excellent health plan and retirement plan.
• Relevant previous organizing experience (Community, Labor, Voter) a plus
• Experience working with low-income and/or immigrant communities of color
• Possess excellent written and oral communication and interpersonal skills
• Ability to communicate in a professional manner with community contacts
• Ability to work well independently, and within a team
• Commitment to cultural sensitivity and respect for differences
• Commitment to the continuous improvement of service quality and the organization’s mission
• Cultural competence to work in a multicultural, multi-faith environment
• Draw on an intersectional analysis of racialization and other forms of oppression
• Coach people of diverse backgrounds
• Collaborate with staff on new ideas, directions, and tools for communications and online
● Ability and experience working cross-culturally
● Solid understanding of one's own faith journey
● Strong relational skills and ability to connect, engage, and inspire community members across
multiple cultures including: religion, race, gender, age, language, class and experiences
● Capacity to think strategically and analytically about social, economic, cultural, and political
issues affecting a community.
● Desire to learn and openness to challenge
● Ability to work as part of a strong staff team as well as independently
● Demonstrable experience working with faith communities and/or in a faith-based environment
● Ability to design and implement trainings, using popular education and other teaching methods.
● Highly organized, ability to handle multiple tasks, manage a busy schedule of many face to face
meetings and document both progress and outcomes.
● Conduct 15-20 one-on-one meetings each week with new or established POWER leaders, clergy, and
influential external leaders on a consistent and regular basis
● Prepare written weekly reports on progress and outcomes of her/his work.
● Develop Local Organizing Committees within congregations
● Use Databases to record work with Congregations/Allies/LOC’s
● Provide regular organizing training for POWER leaders and community members in the principles
and strategies of congregation-based community organizing
● Support POWER congregational teams in outreach, research, and strategic planning leading to large
community action meetings that impact systemic change
● Provide support and strategic guidance to Strategy Teams (groups of POWER members that lead
each issue campaign) through use of research meetings, etc.
● Attend professional development sessions
● Meet on a regular basis with the Director of Organizing to shadow, plan and evaluate work progress
POWER is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity in its staff, and offers a
competitive salary and generous benefits. Join the POWER family to advance social justice and
improve the lives of millions. Apply Today!