Location: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Reports to: Regional Field Director, Pittsburgh, PA
The Western PA Field Organizer position is a full-time non-exempt position funded through December 2019. The position will be based in Pittsburgh, PA and include outreach in and supporting work in the surrounding Western PA counties (Allegheny, Beaver, Washington, Butler, and Westmoreland) as needed.
Who we are: Planned Parenthood Pennsylvania Advocates and Association (PPPA) is one of 21 state public affairs offices of Planned Parenthood Federation of America. PPPA staff coordinate political and issue education efforts with public affairs staff at Pennsylvania’s Planned Parenthood affiliates who serve nearly 90,000 patients a year. Our goal is to ensure legislative, issue, and political advocacy efforts are integrated into a coordinated statewide strategy.
Western PA Field Organizer: As a member of the Statewide Public Policy team, the Western PA Field Organizer is responsible for supporting state and national Planned Parenthood campaigns for reproductive rights through activities related to 501(c)(4) and some 501(c)(3) grassroots outreach and advocacy volunteer management. The Organizer’s goal is to increase public awareness of Planned Parenthood’s legislative, educational, and advocacy efforts and activate volunteers to support that work in Western Pennsylvania. This position will help expand the grassroots Planned Parenthood network to create a long-lasting and sustainable environment for reproductive rights advocacy.
Duties And Responsibilities
- Recruit for, plan, and participate in a range of 501(c)(4) grassroots advocacy activities in Western PA, such as supporter recruitment, patient engagement and campaigns
- Connect with existing community and campus groups, as well as outreach to University professors, campus and community leaders, and supportive businesses
- Activate student leaders into Planned Parenthood Advocacy volunteers and volunteer leaders to build broad and visible support for Planned Parenthood’s mission
- Work with the communications team to support social media in an attempt to reach potential leaders, broadcast a unified message about organizing and advocacy and showcase the work done by youth organizers
- Develop and implement grassroots outreach strategies that meet the needs and interests of residents in Allegheny County and surrounding Collar Counties
- Support national and state based campaigns
- Provide a visible community presence for Planned Parenthood by actively seeking opportunities for Planned Parenthood to increase its public presence
- Represent Planned Parenthood at community and campus events
- Maintain activist database (The VAN) to track supporters, volunteers, and events, and use data to identify strategic ways to engage supporters
- Ensure a culture that embraces diversity, fair and respectful treatment of all persons, and customer-focused delivery throughout the organization
- Ensure completion of required annual training
- Recruit, train and supporter volunteers in all actions
- Commitment to reproductive health and rights for all Pennsylvanians, and to Planned Parenthood’s mission to protect access to safe and legal abortion, access to essential health care and comprehensive sexual education, equality for PA women and LGBTQA residents, and equity for people of color, immigrants, those economically disadvantaged, and people living with physical or mental disabilities
- Commitment to inclusivity and embodying intersectionality
- Ability to work independently and as part of a team
- Well organized and strong attention to detail. Previous organizing experience preferred but not required.
- Highly Self-motivated and ability to work remotely
- Ability to set priorities and meet deadlines
- Ability to organize and multi-task in a fast paced environment to set and achieve short and long term goals
- Ability to work independently under minimal supervision
- Outgoing personality with a desire to engage underrepresented populations through campus engagement and grassroots community organizing tactics
- Good interpersonal and communication skills that enable work in a collaborative and multi-faceted team environment
- Commit to at least 40 hours a week (schedule varies), including weekends and evenings
- Must have access to a car and ability to travel
- Extensive computer skills, including competency in Microsoft Office software, Internet, Google Drive platform and social media
- A “Can Do” attitude and positive energy that will reflect in all projects and representation of organization
Physical Demands and Work Environment
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. Successfully meeting the physical demands listed below are also essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
- Continuous ability to read, speak, hear and see
- Infrequent exposure to outside weather, and heat or cold conditions
- Continuous exposure to moderate no noise level
- Ability to lift and move up to 25 pounds
To Apply: Send a resume and cover letter with Subject Line “Western PA Field Organizer.” To [email protected] Resumes without a cover letter will not be considered. PPPA is an equal-opportunity employer. Women, People of Color, LGBTQIA individuals, young people, and other historically disenfranchised populations are encouraged to apply. Applications without all required documents will not be considered. Applications will be considered until position is filled. No phone calls please.