Organizer - Citizen Action - Milwaukee

Organizer Citizen Action 

Objective: Citizen Action of Wisconsin seeks a dynamic and socially committed person to join our organizing team. This position is located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, includes travel in Wisconsin, and occasional out-of-state travel.

Organizational Background: Citizen Action of Wisconsin is issue focused non-profit organization committed to achieving social, economic, and environmental justice. We are dedicated to achieving a Wisconsin and an America where every human being has an equal opportunity to live a meaningful and fulfilling life. Citizen Action of Wisconsin brings together thousands of activists and allied groups across Wisconsin to deepen democratic participation and create an issue environment that advances a progressive public policy agenda. Most fundamentally, we believe that issues matter.  It is through transformative issues that capture the public imagination and reveal the dissonance between our nation’s ideals and its economic and social realities that average people see their stake in the public sphere and are motivated to participate in their democracy, resulting in meaningful and lasting change.  Citizen Action’s lead issues are good jobs, health care reform, and the protection and expansion of democracy, and also leads a values-based communication project to improve the messaging of progressives in Wisconsin. Citizen Action is  spearheading the development innovative new grassroots organizing techniques, and seeks candidates who are interested in embracing new dynamic approaches. More information on current Citizen Action of Wisconsin programs can be found at

Job Responsibilities:

Work with Executive Director, Deputy Director, and lead organizer to help implement Citizen Action of Wisconsin’s organizing campaigns.

Directly organize and develop activists and volunteers to participate in Citizen Action’s campaigns.

Help organize coalitions supporting key Citizen Action of WI campaigns.

Develop Citizen Action’s story project, which includes developing compelling stories from individuals who are impacted by our campaigns.

Embrace and effectively utilize new communications technology, working within Citizen Action’s cutting-edge social networking and web technology programs to augment on-the ground organizing activity.

Effectively use Citizen Action’s 30,000+ person e-activist database and the voter file to augment on the ground organizing.

Coordinate program and logistics for public events, mobilizations and other grassroots activity..

Help implement Citizen Action’s voter engagement/election programs that are connected to our on-going organizing campaigns.

Work in a focused way to advance strategic goals, and provide timely weekly reporting of organizing progress.

Integrate Citizen Action’s values-based communication into all organizing work.


Philosophical commitment to progressive values, economic justice, and health care freedom, for everyone in America

Demonstrated experience in labor, community, political or faith-based organizing (at least 2 years experience is preferred but not required)

Ability to understand complex public policy issues and translate them into compelling organizing issues that motivate average people to act

Experience working with a broad array of organizations in a coalition on issues of social and economic justice

Experience with and commitment to working on racial justice issues and/or working in communities of color

Good written and verbal communication skills, including ability to produce effective flyers, email alerts, coalition reports, blogs, and effective social media posts

Strong creative strategic thinking skills

Computer skills including e-mail, composing documents, designing flyers, working with data bases, and social networking (Familiarity with NationBuilder, GoogleDocs, Google Analytics, Hootsuite, as well as managing Facebook pages and/or Twitter accounts)

Experience with online list-building and voter files a plus

Ability to resolve conflicts while maintaining effective relationships

Excellent listening, interpersonal and problem solving skills

Strong personal time management skills, organization skills, and the ability to work under pressure

Bilingual a plus but not required

Salary and Benefits:  This is a full-time position which includes health care, dental and vision, employer-matched 401K, life insurance, disability insurance, cell phone allowance, and other benefits.  Some weekend and evening hours required.  Compensation is based upon experience and demonstrated organizing skills.  This is a union position, represented by OPEIU Local 9, AFL-CIO.

Application Process:  E-mail cover letter and résumé to Kevin Kane, Lead Organizer at

Citizen Action of Wisconsin is an equal opportunity employer and will not discriminate against any employee or applicant on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, religion, age, gender, handicap, pregnancy, sexual orientation, or veteran status