Field Director, National/Grassroots
MAY 2017 – MAY 2018
DS National Support Center
Google Doc Version of Job Description
Democracy Spring is looking for a passionate, talented, hard-working, and adaptive Field Director ready to commit one year of their life to launching the nonviolent revolution for a real democracy.
Democracy Spring is a progressive movement organization committed to winning sweeping democracy reforms that would end the corruption of big money in politics and guarantee the right to vote for all. We take escalating nonviolent action within a common Grand Strategy to build active public support for our movement. Last April, we organized the largest American civil disobedience action of the 21st century, with over 1,300 people sitting-in on the steps of the US Capitol.
Democracy Spring is fighting hard to win, but we also believe in fun! We strive to create a familial atmosphere in our organization. We sing together and celebrate as a community. “One big? Family!” is one of our core chants. We are constantly learning and striving to better embody a relational culture and to support one another in collective self-care in the marathon of our beautiful struggle.
We are committed to building a large, diverse, inclusive, and representative team and we strongly urge applications from people of color, women, LGBTQ people, low-income or working class people, people with disabilities, immigrants, formerly incarcerated people, and others who are marginalized.
The Field Director is responsible for developing and implementing a comprehensive field strategy.
- Collaborate with the Training Director to develop and adapt strategies consistent with our Principles and DNA to build and support a national, decentralized, and distributed network of robust local teams, with capacity to mobilize hundreds of thousands across the country.
- Develop and drive robust mobilization and turnout strategies for national campaigns, trainings, events, and actions.
- Drive aggressive leadership development for local team leaders through a systematic coaching and support program.
- Collaborate with the Training Director to develop and distribute field resources for local teams and local leaders.
- Build and lead national Field team; supervise, support, and develop junior Field staff and volunteers.
- Three or more years field experience.
- At least one year experience doing field work for for mass mobilizations and/or mass civil disobedience campaigns.
- A strategic, systematic, and detail-oriented approach to field work.
- Exceptional writing, communication, and organizational skills.
- Proficiency with digital organizing and communication tools, including spreadsheets, databases, online messaging, and video chat.
- Ability to work effectively and efficiently both independently and in teams, both on the ground, and from a remote location.
- Experience working in a fast-paced environment with multiple, competing priorities.
- Ability to think, plan, and organize under pressure.
- Strong interpersonal skills, with the ability to exercise influence, discretion and confidentiality as needed.
- Strong relational skills, with the ability to build and cultivate empathetic relationships with fellow team members.
- Substantial experience and demonstrated ability with leadership development.
- Strong commitment to the Democracy Spring 12 Principles & Grand Strategy.
- Two or more years experience leading a field team for mass mobilizations and/or mass civil disobedience campaigns.
- Experience with union organizing or community organizing.
- Experience planning and leading execution of nonviolent direct actions.
- Three or more years experience in movement/grassroots organizing work.
- Proficiency with Action Network & relationship management software.
- Personal past participation in civil disobedience or nonviolent direct action campaigns.
- Familiarity with SWARM thinking and organizing methodology.
- Training in the Momentum tradition.
Length of Service
Approximately one year, from as soon as can be arranged through May, 2018.
Washington DC. If full-time relocation to Washington DC is not possible, alternative work locations may be considered. NSC staff are encouraged to live in the Washington DC Movement House.
Negotiated needs-based compensation according to an ethic of voluntary simplicity. Those living in the Movement House will have their lodging, food, sundries, and internet covered. The standard range for monthly compensation is between $750 and $3,000, depending on the assessed monthly income needs of the staff member. All full-time NSC staff will receive at least a $250 minimum monthly stipend unless specifically waived or reduced by the staff member. Expected needs-based compensation will be discussed as part of the hiring process.
Long and irregular hours, including evenings and weekends. Typical work week is six days, with Sundays off. Work week averages 50+ hours per week and may reach or exceed 80 hours per week during campaigns, trainings, or other periods of intense and/or urgent need. Extended use of computer and cell phone required.
The Field Director will be a member of the Directing Staff Team within the Democracy Spring National Support Center (NSC). The NSC is led by a three-person Mission Council, who are charged with stewarding the Democracy Spring DNA and executing the directives of the National Coordinating Committee, which is the elected national leadership body of Democracy Spring.
The Field Director will be responsible for the supervision, support, and accountability of all Field junior staff and volunteers. They will be accountable to and take direction from the Mission Council.
Two members of the Directing Staff Team will be selected by the National Coordinating Committee at the recommendation of our current sole Mission Director once all or nearly all Directors are hired. These Mission Council members will help lead the Directing Staff Team by either the Support or Facilitation role. The Field Director may be asked, if willing, to serve on the Mission Council.
How to Apply
Application Process To apply for the position of Field Director please: