Job Description: Bilingual Small Business Organizer
Location: Portland, Oregon
General Purpose: The Main Street Alliance of Oregon (MSA OR) seeks a part-time Bilingual Small Business Organizer to recruit and develop a base of small business owners to support progressive issues.
About the Main Street Alliance of Oregon: Main Street Alliance of Oregon is a coalition of over 3500 independently owned small businesses across the state that brings forward the voices of Oregon’s small business owners on public policy and economic development issues. Our advocacy promotes vibrant small businesses and healthy communities, and fosters leadership development of socially responsible business leaders. Too often, small businesses are “spoken for” by corporate lobbyists who claim to represent us but are really pushing a Big Business agenda. We’re changing that by creating opportunities for Oregon’s small business owners to speak for themselves – face to face with decision-makers, at public events and through the media. For more information about the Main Street Alliance of Oregon, visit oregon.mainstreetalliance.org.
Job Description: The Main Street Alliance of Oregon is seeking a Small Business Organizer to recruit small business support. The canvasser will help us recruit and mobilize our small business membership base; develop small business owners into dynamic, socially responsible small business leaders; and support local, state, and federal campaigns for economic justice, tax fairness, racial justice and immigrant rights, and other issues. We are seeking a candidate who is energetic, willing to learn, and has a passion for justice.
The duties of Small Business Organizer focus primarily on grassroots organizing and leadership development, campaign execution, and partner and ally relationship building.
- Work with national Main Street Alliance staff and local coalition allies to develop a coordinated small business outreach and organizing plan for the state, and participate in the development of the national Main Street Alliance network.
- Organize statewide and local tactics, action steps, and events in coordination with the national small business campaign plan – leverage the voices of small business owners to impact the public debate.
Grassroots Outreach & Leadership Development
- Conduct small business recruitment drives in key areas around the state using direct canvass- based outreach to recruit small business members; recruit and train volunteers/interns to participate in small business outreach blitzes and other outreach/contact strategies.
- Hold organizing meetings in key areas around the state to build local small business leadership teams, engage small business owners on a deeper level, and identify potential small business spokespeople and candidates for a coalition steering committee.
- Identify and develop small business leadership/spokesperson teams for direct engagement with decision-makers, media opportunities, and peer outreach through one-on-ones, organizing meetings, and small business leadership trainings.
- Engage emerging small business leaders in peer outreach and research – collecting petitions and surveys – to develop leadership and build resources for research products.
- Deep commitment to a vision of racial, social, and economic justice and to building the collective voice of small business owners in Oregon.
- Experience in community/grassroots organizing, political campaigns and/or legislative work.
- Experience working in coalition to develop and implement legislative and electoral strategies.
- Experience with foundation, individual donor or membership fundraising strategies.
- Strong canvassing and/or door knocking skills.
- Strong written and verbal skills, and ability to listen.
- Ability to produce consistent, quality work in a fast-paced environment.
- Willingness and ability to travel on a regular basis and work flexible hours required.
- Ability to work independently and strong time management skills.
- Strong facilitation skills.
- Computer skills (word processing, spreadsheet & database, Power Point, electronic communication).
- Experience with national campaigns or large municipal/state coalitions a plus.
- A passion for organizing and a sense of humor.
- Ability to speak Spanish or other languages a plus.
- There will be an evaluation after the first month, again at the four month mark, then ongoing at the end of each year.
- $15 per hour
- 25 hours per week
- Khanh Le, State Director of Main Street Alliance of Oregon
To apply, email a cover letter, resume and references to Khanh at firstname.lastname@example.org. With subject line: Small Business Organizer. Deadline: September 1st 2017.
Inclusion Statement: We are looking for committed, enthusiastic people with a sense of humor to join our organizing team! The Main Street Alliance of Oregon is committed to equal opportunity, and is considering applicants of all races, gender, ages, sexual orientations, national origins, ethnicities, religion, and abilities. We urge people of color, and experienced organizers and activists of all backgrounds, to apply.