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Associate Director for Faith Organizing

OutFront’s Associate Director for Faith Organizing will cultivate and support a vibrant, diverse, and passionate community of faithful people to support LGBT people and families. This person will reach out to, educate, and mobilize diverse faith communities and act as a resource for congregations to become more welcoming to LGBT people and families. Successful candidates will have a demonstrated commitment to community organizing as a means to achieve OutFront’s mission to create a state where all lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people are free to be who they are, love who they love, and live without fear of violence, harassment or discrimination.

On a day-to-day basis this position will (a) build and support a team of faith leaders (lay and clergy), and (b) connect congregations and individuals to regional and issue work by partnering with regional organizers. This position will report to the Organizing Director, and work closely with the Political Director and Associate Directors for Policy and Faith and the Youth Organizer. This position will also participate in regional organizing and electoral work as needed, including volunteer recruitment and candidate support.

Responsibilities

  • Organizing and leadership development: Build and sustain a team of faith leaders (lay and ordained) who will expand OutFront’s capacity to educate and engage Minnesota’s diverse faith community. Leaders may participate on regional organizing teams, make presentations, act as spokespeople to community or the media, and organize denominations.
  • Public speaking/training: Create and deliver presentations and trainings reflecting faith values and action in the world. Represent OutFront on panels and other speaking opportunities when required.
  • Program integration: Work closely with OutFront’s Associate Directors for Policy and Regional Organizing, and with OutFront’s Youth Organizer, to integrate people of faith with youth, coalition members, and regional organizing.
  • Campaign planning: Participate in campaign and program planning, taking into account the role people and communities of faith play in OutFront’s work.
  • Staff development: Ensure that OutFront’s staff are competent working with and in diverse faith communities.
  • Development: Support the growth of a strong and diverse funding base through grassroots fundraising, participation in (and some leadership in) fundraising events, and grant writing.

Qualifications

  • Demonstrated success working in diverse faith communities to develop leaders, educate laypeople and clergy, and move communities to action on LGBT concerns/ issues.
  • Public speaking experience, including presentations and trainings in faith communities.
  • Theological training and/or education, and knowledge of faith-based resources for congregations wishing to become welcoming for LGBT people and families, preferred.
  • Experience in community organizing and advocacy campaigns as a staff member or leader/volunteer preferred.
  • Experience building relationships and working at the intersections of identity and culture (e.g. race, class, gender/gender identity, sexuality, faith, geography, etc.)
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills; willingness to be direct and transparent with both celebration and tensions.
  • Highly qualified candidates will be creative, flexible, optimistic, curious, grounded, collaborative, independent and reflective.
  • Ability to work some evenings and weekends as well as travel in and around Greater Minnesota. This may include up to 4-6 overnights per month.

Salary is competitive and dependent on experience. Health, vacation and other benefits are offered to all full time employees.

To apply: Send resume, cover letter and 3 references as PDF documents to Michelle Dibblee, Organizing Director, at michelle@outfront.org. Please use the phrase “Associate Director for Faith Organizing” in the subject line. No calls please. Posting will close October 24, 2013.

OutFront Minnesota is an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourages applications from people of color, persons with disabilities, LGBT individuals, and women.