WHO WE ARE
At United Way of Salt Lake, we care passionately about the success of children. When challenges arise in our schools and communities, we bring people together to transform current systems so our children can reach their greatest potential.
To make this happen, we need your help! We are looking for passionate members of our community to join our Grassroots Leadership team and help ensure that families and community voices lead the way in transforming our communities. To do this, we engage community members to start conversations on what matters the most to them and elevate their experiences to impact decision making processes.
Joining our Grassroots Leadership team, you will serve as a Grassroots Organizer. This is a paid fellowship—a training and practice program lasting from July 2020 - December 2020. We aim to find those interested in growing in community organizing and who intimately know the neighborhoods of the larger Salt Lake area. If you are committed to your community and are willing to go the extra mile to drive social change, this is the opportunity for you!
WHAT YOU’LL DO
- Reach and recruit parents and caregivers in our neighborhoods to participate in leadership opportunities.
- Come up with out-of-the-box ideas to get community members participating in a discussion over what’s happening at their schools and in their children’s education.
- Learn about the lived-experiences of families in our neighborhoods through your own community-based research project.
- Develop a participatory process for families to identify and lead their own initiatives on what’s most important to them.
- Plan and run initiatives to improve family participation and community leadership.
- Develop research questions pertaining to challenges affecting families and our community.
- Transcribe and properly store participant data.
- Draw connections across stories and experiences collected and present findings to leadership groups.
- Interpret for members of your language community (if applicable).
- Design and translate materials to promote initiatives.
- Make phone calls, build relationships, and recruit folks to your initiatives.
- Keep a log and record your interactions with community members.
- Participate in partner and community meetings, and help by taking notes, preparing agendas, and actively engaging in discussions.
- Work with United Way’s network team to perform public presentations on community-based research initiatives.
- Other duties as assigned.
WHAT WILL MAKE YOU A GREAT FIT
- You have an intimate perspective of the unique struggles of parents and families from migrant or Native American backgrounds and are invested in learning from their experiences.
- When you witness a problem in your community, you tend to take the lead and take action
- You enjoy listening to people’s stories and nurturing deep connections
- You love meeting new people, making them feel at home, and building rich relationships
- You know the value of paying attention to the little details such as remembering people’s names, and following up with people
- You are aware and grounded in your own experience when sharing with others, able to connect your own personal story into why the work is important
- You have a knack to look beyond the headlines with a curiosity to dig deeper into social causes
- You are organized, accountable for your work, keep your own calendar, show up on time
- You seek feedback, self-reflect, and want to develop your craft as a community organizer
- You have a sense of how privilege and identity constantly impact your work with communities
WHAT WE REQUIRE
- Personal and social connections to at least one historically marginalized community
- An understanding of the culture and realities of at least one historically marginalized community
- Speak English fluently. We strongly prefer that you speak a second language that is relevant to our local migrant or Native American communities in Utah, such as Spanish, Somali, Arabic, etc.
- Experience bringing people together by organizing gatherings of any kind
- Experience discussing and leading conversations around community identified issues
- You can write professional email
- Access to the internet at home and are familiar using Microsoft 365 tools
- Willing and capable of learning different types of new software to log information
- Make this fellowship a priority for the 6-month duration
WHAT WE’LL OFFER
- $15 per hour (or $17 per hour for people who speak another language fluently)
- Around 15 hours a week for 6 months (ends in December 2020)
- Flexibility in terms of when you work, if you maintain 15 hours a week, and are available at times and days of the week when parents and caregivers are available to meet
- Trainings in community organizing, participatory action research, meeting facilitation, project management, event planning, deep canvassing, and leadership development
- Thoughtful and consistent coaching and mentoring
The employee is regularly required to communicate clearly, in oral and written formats, with others in person, over the phone, and via other devices. The employee must be able to transcribe, read extensively, prepare and analyze data and figures, constantly operate a computer and other standard office machinery. The employee is required to regularly travel to offsite locations to set-up presentations and displays physical and electronic forms. The employee must have the ability to lift, carry, push and/or pull objects weighing up to 50lbs.