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Director of Organizing at The Rising Majority

Movement 4 Black Lives

Movement 4 Black Lives

Oakland, CA, USA
Posted on Tuesday, July 25, 2023

Position: Director of Organizing

Location: Remote

Salary Range: $85,000 - $95,000

Benefits: Generous full package including health, vision, and dental, 401K;

About Rising Majority:

Rising Majority is a Black and people of color-led broad-based coalition of multiracial groups on the political left that are committed to opposing the ravages of racial capitalism, settler colonialism, white supremacy, and patriarchy.

In 2017, the Movement for Black Lives convened allied organizations and movements in response to the 2016 elections, and from there Rising Majority was formed. Our coalition is working to develop a collective strategy and shared practice that will involve labor, youth, abolition, immigrant rights, climate change, feminist, anti-war/anti-imperialist, and economic justice forces in order to amplify our collective power and to build alignment across our movements.

Our Work:

Rising Majority is committed to building a powerful, anti-racist left for radical democracy. In order to leverage our collective power, we are committed to cohering movements and engaging organizations and individuals in strategies that are crucial to deepening solidarity and building power. We believe that our historical mandate and our responsibility in this moment is to depart from the pattern of scattered and siloed struggles as much as possible. Here’s how we do it:

  • Building a cross movement long term vision and strategy that allows our organizations to orient toward and engage in power building
  • Developing and advancing narratives and cultural interventions that influence popular consciousness to uproot the fundamental ideas of systems like racialized capitalism and patriarchy; and
  • Curating opportunities to build political and values-based alignment within our communities, among our bases, and from our organizations to practice the anti-racist, anti-capitalist, anti-patriarchal, radical democracy we are fighting for.
  • Leading major political education events, actions, and more to respond to the critical moments
  • Building ties, lines of communication and relationships that cross sectoral and other boundaries

Job Description:

We are seeking candidates who are excited by the political project of building a more powerful social movement left that can operate as an independent political force in the dominant terrain. The Director of Organizing is responsible for working with the National Director to develop an organizing strategy, theory and methodology for Rising Majority and its staff team. The Director will also be responsible for managing staff and their related projects that are devoted to advancing the agenda and political program of Rising Majority. The Director of Organizing will need to ensure cross-learning and communication between various task teams and working groups, providing guidance and supporting the implementation of programming. Finally with the Leadership of the National Director, the Director of Organizing will be integral in our movement building strategies: representing Rising Majority in key movement formations and building partnerships.

Areas of Work

Strategic Direction:

  1. Collaborate with the National Director to ensure that the strategic direction and programming of Rising Majority is animated through an organizing plan that involves key components such as: membership recruitment, retention, and engagement; cross-sectoral and cross-movement alignment building
  2. Providing thought leadership on the conjuncture, material conditions and implications for a cross sectoral effort such as Rising Majority
  3. Prepares accurate and timely analyses that capture and communicate the impact of Rising Majority

Movement Building Partnerships:

  1. Represent RM with key movement partners as well as acting as a spokesperson at public events and with the media when necessary.
  2. Recruit, establish and maintain relationships with organizations towards enhancing our collective’s mission

Supervision and Staffing:

  1. Supervise the organizing team staff of 3-5.
  2. Recruit and onboard new staff in order to meet the needs of the organization and set annual performance goals for the organizing team; oversee evaluation and support performance reviews and improvements when necessary.
  3. Provide overall management and leadership to the organizing team, provide day to day supervision of and ensure the work is aligned with RM’s strategy
  4. Manage organizing staff development plans and opportunities ranging from social/emotional to political development


  1. Support efforts to raise necessary resources for the organization as necessary through activities such as funder briefings, grant proposals, and prospecting

You’ll thrive in this role if this sounds like you:

*While no candidate will possess every quality, the successful candidate will possess many of the following qualifications and attributes. Even if you aren’t sure but are excited about the position, we encourage you to apply!

  • Demonstrated commitment to Rising Majority’s values and mission
  • A minimum of 5-7 years’ experience in community organizing and strategy development
  • Leadership and management skills, including management of staff and projects, facilitation of groups, volunteer management, and program coordination
  • Exceptional interpersonal and communication, verbal and written, communication skills
  • Attention to detail with the ability to work effectively under pressure
  • Social justice background
  • Ability to communicate and collaborate virtually
  • Willingness and capacity to travel.

How to apply:

These positions are opened until they are filled, with priority given to candidates to submit their materials by August 19. We encourage applicants to submit a resume and cover letter to our BambooHR application form.

The cover letter should address the following:

  • Organizing Positions: We would like candidates to speak to their assessment of the current social movement left and where they see opportunities and challenges to strengthen. Please also include any relevant coalition experience including relating to a diverse membership base, and a description of your leadership and organizing style.

We are happy to consider applications together; for example, if someone is interested in the Director of Organizing position and has a prospective organizer in mind, we will consider their applications together. Or, we are happy to consider someone for multiple positions and make offers based on their skill sets and expertise.

*Rising Majority strongly encourages and seeks applications from Black people, Indigenous people, People of color, immigrants, women, people with disabilities, members of the LGBTQIA community, and other underrepresented and historically marginalized groups.