SPACEs is an inter-disciplinary social justice organization that
unleashes the capacity of people and organizations to create communities of HOPE
(Healing, Opportunity and Possibility for Everyone).
SPACEs seeks an experienced organizer who shares the organization’s belief that,
collectively with others, we can put a serious dent in the issue of generational poverty –
including the issue of low-quality jobs - in the DC metropolitan region (DC, Maryland
and Virginia). The Lead Organizer will have overall responsibility for developing and
executing campaigns to achieve this goal, with an emphasis on building and supporting
the leadership of persons most impacted by this issue.
This is a senior leadership position within the organization that will be either part-time or
full-time. Having founded SPACEs five years ago, the Executive Director seeks to
practice a more distributive – or shared – form of leadership and is looking for a fellow
visionary, innovator and risk-taker to lead this emerging body of work along with
workers, staff and partners.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
The Lead Organizer will report to the Executive Director of SPACEs and will:
- Provide strategic vision for and day-to-day management of all aspects of an
emerging campaign to address the issue of generational poverty in the DC metro
region. This includes but is not limited to building a base of unemployed and
underemployed workers, the creation of worker-driven leadership teams, helping
research and define (along with others) what will constitute a campaign “win” and
securing support for the campaign from private sector businesses and other
- Serve as lead staff for SPACEs’ participation in the Fed Up campaign. Fed Up is
a national effort to influence the Federal Reserve to pursue monetary policies
that prioritize higher wages and full employment. The campaign also seeks to
increase the institution’s accountability to the public and transparency regarding
its governance and the selection of its leadership.
- In collaboration with staff and volunteers, lead an effort to transition SPACEs into
a dues-paying, membership-driven organization.
- Provide assorted training and support to individual leaders and partner
organizations with respect to outreach and recruitment, campaigns and strategic
communications, just to name a few topics.
- Cultivate relationships with and represent SPACEs in assorted city-wide, regional
and national coalitions and alliances. This may entail significant local travel
between and among the three jurisdictions that encompass the Washington, DC
metropolitan area. And will require that the Lead Organizer own or have access
to a private vehicle to facilitate local travel.
- Serve as a compelling – and, when necessary, provocative - spokesperson for a
unique approach to addressing concentrated and generational poverty.
- Work with the Executive Director to generate local and national resources to
support the above work.
- At least five years of experience in community organizing and working on issue
campaigns including but not limited to one-on-one relational meetings, power mapping,
direct action, training, group management/facilitation and outreach and recruitment.
- At least five years of experience working within a not-for-profit social justice
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
- The knowledge and skills to function as a strategic campaign planner and leader
within grassroots labor and political circles.
- Effective understanding of the dynamics of race and racism in the U.S. and how
both play out with respect to individuals and institutions (systems and structures).
- Effective customer service skills. Ability to communicate with volunteer leaders
and organizational staff with sensitivity. Experience in dealing with a variety of
personalities and educational levels.
- A strong track record of winning concrete campaign victories, mobilizing large
numbers of people into action, and building community leadership.
- Experience with power analysis and campaign development.
- A strong unwavering commitment to the campaign’s theory of change for
addressing concentrated and generational poverty.
- A demonstrated commitment to social justice, strong analysis of systemic
oppression based on race, class, gender, sexual orientation and gender identity,
and an understanding of challenges facing communities of color and low-and
- Due to the myriad of sites and locations this position will need to visit, some of
which have no or very limited public transportation options, and in order to be
productive and efficient in this role, it is a requirement that the incumbent have
continual access to an automobile, possess a valid driver’s license and provide
acceptable proof of insurance.”
- Dedication and ability to work flexible hours (including evenings and weekends)
- Experience supervising and coaching staff and volunteers
- Excellent organizational skills and good attention to detail
- Excellent written and oral communication skills
- A high level of self-motivation and a proven ability to work independently as well
- Problem solving skills.
- Capacity to engage community members one-on-one and run meetings and
- Comfortable working in community and organizational environments
characterized by VUCA (Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity and Ambiguity). If
you require predictability in you day-to-day work and rigid systems, this position
may not be for you.
- Strong commitment to innovation and experimentation – a commitment to
creating, testing, “failing” and learning from “failure.”
- Ability to work well with diverse groups and populations
- The Lead Organizer will work closely with: a) the Executive Director/Project
Director of SPACEs; b) volunteer community leaders and organizational partners;
and c) on occasion, donors and/or potential donors.
- Job requires an ability to stand or ‘be on your feet’ for at least 3 consecutive
hours for the purpose of performing outreach and recruitment tasks and/or group
facilitation/training. Job also requires an ability to stand at a copy machine or
other device for 30 minutes or more. Lastly, the job requires significant local
travel within the Washington, DC metropolitan area. Thus, the Lead Organizer
should expect to spend anywhere from 30 to 60 consecutive minutes operating a
- The Lead Organizer will work out of the SPACEs office in Washington, D.C. The
office is handicap accessible and ergonomically friendly. In addition, it has
adequate lighting and AC/heating conditions. The Organizer will occupy a desk
or cubicle in an environment that has a low level of background noise.
Interested candidates are invited to submit a resume and cover letter (including salary
expectation) to Dushaw Hockett at Dushaw@thespacesproject.org.
SPACES, a project of Tides Center, is an “at-will” and equal opportunity employer. Applicants and employees shall not be discriminated against because of race, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, mental or physical disability, sexual orientation, gender (including pregnancy and gender expression) identity, color, marital status, veteran status, medical condition, or any other classification protected by federal, state, or local law or ordinance. Reasonable accommodation will be made so that qualified disabled applicants may participate in the application process. Please advise in writing of special needs at the time of application."