Northeast Ohio Regional Organizer

Position reports to: Statewide Civic Engagement Director 

Membership region covered: 17-county region including but not limited to Erie, Huron, Richland, Lorain, Ashland, Cuyahoga, Medina, Wayne, Summit, Lake, Geauga, Portage, Stark, Ashtabula, Trumbull, Mahoning, and Columbiana.

Position based in: Northeast Ohio

Salary Range: Entry-level; $30,000 – $35,000 based on experience

Overview of role:

To grow our work in Northeast Ohio, Equality Ohio Education Fund (EOEF) is maintains a full-time Northeast Ohio Regional Organizer devoted to strengthening organizational and individual relationships across the region. The presence of a Northeast Ohio Regional Organizer – who focuses on both grassroots organizing as well as strengthening grasstop partnerships and relationships – significantly expands the ability for EOEF to directly extend statewide and local policy and education strategies into Northeast Ohio and build capacity with the many connections established here.

Background:

Equality Ohio Education Fund (EOEF) and Equality Ohio were founded in 2005 by a group of 65 dedicated LGBTQ activists and allies from all corners of Ohio after voters passed a constitutional amendment prohibiting same sex marriage and civil unions. Now, our work is broad and focuses on multiple aspects of LGBTQ equality in Ohio. We exist to advocate and educate for fair treatment and equal opportunity for all Ohioans regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity or expression. We are a team of passionate, self-motivated, multi-purpose team players who thrive in flexible and independent work environments and excel in grassroots, grasstops, and creative strategies to build an Ohio everyone can call home.

Primary responsibilities:

The purpose of the Northeast Ohio Organizer is to maximize the collaborative potential among Northeast Ohio’s businesses, community leaders, unions, social justice and LGBTQ organizations around the goal of advocacy for and with LGBTQ community members and our allies. The Northeast Ohio Regional Organizer seeks to capitalize on the success in the region by creating a lasting infrastructure to support LGBTQ equality in Northeast Ohio.

The overarching objectives of the Northeast Ohio Organizer include the following:

  • Strengthening organizational partnerships in Northeast Ohio;
  • Connecting Northeast Ohio LGBTQ organizations with state and national resources;
  • Developing professional capacities of student advocates through management of undergraduate interns and graduate fellows;
  • Creating connections in and engaging suburban and rural Northeast Ohio communities in LGBTQ education and advocacy;
  • Provide leadership, training, and know-your-rights resources to underserved and marginalized populations; and
  • Grow statewide support for LGBTQ equality.

Specific goals in furtherance of these objectives include the following:

  • Increase momentum around advancing LGBTQ issues through local civic engagement and policy work;
  • Coordinate connectivity among community leaders, elected officials, donors, LGBTQ organizations and other stakeholders to advance LGBTQ-inclusive education and policy at the local and state level;
  • Communicate strategies for advancing intersectional LGBTQ concerns among a diverse array of leaders, in addition to LGBTQ and other social justice organizations;
  • Support and bring awareness to the LGBTQ services in place in Northeast Ohio, including those offered through The Greater Cleveland LGBT Center, Plexus LGBT and Allied Chamber of Commerce, CANAPI,, PFLAG Chapters, GLSEN Chapters, TransOhio, Equitas Health, Equality Ohio Legal Clinic, and many others;
  • Foster leadership development opportunities to address specific emergent needs of the LGBTQ community, especially among historically marginalized populations such as the transgender community and people of color; and
  • Be present with and activate the LGBTQ community through thoughtful response in crisis situations.

Minimum Requirements:

Candidates for this position should:

  • Be fluent in issues facing the LGBTQ community and have an exceptional understanding of LGBTQ identity;
  • Be able to manage themselves and others by setting and achieving goals;
  • Be competent in working with diverse groups in an intersectional manner and across all levels of organizations with a commitment to building positive collaboration;
  • Have demonstrated experience in grassroots organizing strategies (experience with LGBTQ campaign work is advantageous but not required);
  • Be comfortable working in faith communities;
  • Willing to engage in Equality Ohio’s theory of change which includes understanding that the process of changing hearts and minds is not overnight or immediate;
  • Have excellent written, verbal, and listening communication skills, along with effective public speaking and presentation skills;
  • Be prepared to work evenings and some weekends, on a fast-paced schedule that may change on short notice;
  • Ability to work independently without constant direct staff contact
  • Have at least 2 years professional or volunteer experience in community organizing, project management, volunteer management; legislative work, or electoral work;
  • Have a basic understanding of adult education theory and an ability to craft and lead trainings for a variety of audiences;
  • Be able to effectively manage competing priorities and re-prioritize as needed;
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office (Word, Powerpoint, Excel, etc.), Google Drive, and preferably familiarity with a CRM (Customer Relationship Management) system;
  • Be able to travel independently across the state, at times overnight; and
  • Spanish speakers a plus

Characteristics: Resourceful, Charismatic, Detail-Oriented, Flexible, Self-Motivated, Passionate

Application Instructions: Send a cover letter and resume to employment@equalityohio.org. People of color and those with gender-expansive identities are strongly encouraged to apply.