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Senior Coalition Organizer

Chicago, IL

At this critical time for lower-income, frontline communities and people of color, JMA is uniquely positioned to advance a powerful agenda for equitable job creation and climate justice, as well as expanded access to training for historically underrepresented groups. As the Illinois Senior Coalition Organizer, you will be responsible for growing the network of workers, grassroots community members and coalition partners that are engaged in our campaigns to win equity-based good jobs, climate justice & accountability policies. The Organizer pays special attention to organizing key stakeholders that can include workers at a specific worksite, grassroots community members in key geographic areas, and/or organizational and union partners that can contribute to advancing our vision of public goods for the most public good.  

Primary Responsibilities include but are not limited to:  

  • Minimum 3 years comprehensive strategic organizing experience organizing communities, workers, unions, or campaigns to unite a diverse group of people in issue-based, political, policy, and/or legislative campaigns.
  • Sound organizing practice including the ability to continually assess and deepen the commitment of key stakeholders through regular 1:1s, thoughtful asks, securing commitments, developing leadership, and moving Develop and maintain substantial 1:1 relationships through regular meetings and consistent follow-up with key stakeholders including developing and running monthly coalition meetings
  • Ensure implementation of our community benefits agreements with local manufacturers to develop jobs pipelines that prioritize hiring and training of workers of color, women, veterans and people with records
  • Contribute to the development of campaign strategy through regular power mapping, analysis of the political landscape and identification of opportunities to build the power we need in order to win
  • Help strengthen JMA’s organizing program, strategies and toolkit by producing organizing and campaign materials, contributing to strategic planning and/or facilitating trainings for other organizers and JMA staff
  • Initiate the development of new worker/community alliances that help us build grassroots power and infrastructure to win campaigns  
  • Develop plans that ensure workers, community members, union/organizational partners and/or other key stakeholders are supported to contribute to JMA campaigns and projects in meaningful ways 
  • Act as an effective spokesperson for JMA’s vision, work and campaigns and represent JMA in high stakes meeting with decision makers
  • Recruit new partners to join or support our coalitions and advocacy efforts
  • Comply with all organizational policies and procedures, including timely attention to administrative responsibilities
  • Contribute to JMA’s organizational development, for example assisting with fundraising, providing peer evaluations, and participating in JMA staff committees (not to exceed 15% of time)

Qualifications and Expectations

The ideal candidate is able to dive into our campaigns and take initiative over their work. You should have most of the following qualifications:

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including the ability to effectively communicate JMA’s work to a wide variety of stakeholders
  • Facilitation skills and ability to move coalition and/or worker committee members to shared agreement and action 
  • Knowledge of and experience working within the political landscape and dynamics within diverse coalition spaces, Chicago and the collar counties, and Illinois
  • Experience in comprehensive campaigns in conducting power mapping and campaign planning 
  • Creativity and initiative in identifying key stakeholders we must develop new relationships with and engage in order for campaign efforts to be successful 
  • Ability to continually assess and deepen the commitment of key stakeholders, through regular 1:1s, thoughtful asks, and securing of commitments
  • Maintain a high level of timely follow-up to follow through on commitments – both personal commitments made as well as commitments made by partners  
  • Maintain flexibility: be ready to take advantage of unexpected opportunities and adapt quickly to change 
  • Demonstrated self-awareness, empathy, and social skills in work and interpersonal interactions
  • Ability to build and sustain authentic and productive working relationships with colleagues across race and other group identities, including JMA employees as well as external partners 
  • Ability to give and receive constructive feedback 
  • Must be able to work under pressure and meet deadlines, while maintaining a positive attitude 
  • Ability to work independently and to carry out assignments to completion 
  • Familiarity with labor unions, policy/research are a plus


Compensation for this role is $57,000-$78,500 depending on years of experience. Benefits include annual raises, full health and dental benefits at no premium cost to the employee, Flexible Spending Account, cell phone and transit pass reimbursement, generous time off including 12 personal days off a year, 12 paid vacation days, 12 sick days, 12 paid holidays, paid family leave and eligibility to apply for a paid sabbatical after 5 years. JMA also provides a 401(k) plan with 5% employer contribution after 6 months of employment and professional development opportunities. This position is part of the staff union. JMA staff are working remotely for the remainder of 2021 and receive a monthly work-from-home stipend of $75/month. The organizer should have access to a reliable vehicle and will receive mileage and parking reimbursement for work-related mileage.

How to Apply:  

Please complete the form at the following link and upload a cover letter, resume, and three work references (preferably as a single PDF) as soon as possible. Cover letter must describe your commitment to JMA’s mission, your skills, and years of experience that prepare you to meet the qualifications of the position. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis. Only applications submitted via the above link will be considered. No phone calls, please. Applicants who do not meet the minimum qualifications will not receive a reply. Applicants may be asked to provide a writing sample and/or perform a writing exercise later in the selection process. Preferred start date is July 1, but flexible. 

JMA is an affirmative action employer, and strongly supports the social goals of affirmative actions. We therefore make special efforts to recruit individuals from groups that are impacted by systematic barriers, as well as institutional and societal discrimination.