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Advocacy & Civic Engagement – Field Organizer

Urban League of Portland logoPosition title:  Field Organizer

Reports to: Director of Advocacy and Public Policy
Hours and Compensation: .5 FTE (20 hours per week)
$16.50 – $18.00 per hour

Position Overview

The Urban League of Portland is looking for a motivated, creative, and organized Field Organizer to develop and meet organizing goals towards building power, voice and leadership within the African American/Black community in Oregon to advance racial and social justice.  The ideal candidate will be a results-oriented, self-starter able to work independently and collectively within a team. 

The Field Organizer is responsible for organizing efforts around all of the Urban League Advocacy & Civic Engagement Department’s priority campaigns in coordination with the Organizing Team, with their focus in 2014-2015 on our Jobs and Economic Justice campaigns and our Basebuilding program. The position may involve travel in the city and throughout the state; and involves regular evening and weekend hours. 


  • Work closely with Urban League’s Organizing Coordinator and ACE Director to develop and implement African American/Black community leadership, vision and engagement on jobs and economic justice; and strategies guided by the State of Black Oregon 2014.
  • Work with Urban League’s emerging leaders, volunteers to develop at least 12 community gatherings in Portland, East County  and statewide  over the next year,
  • Help devise and implement organizing strategies to achieve the ACE Department’s other campaign and project goals;
  • Identify and recruit new Urban League members and community leaders, support leadership development of Urban League members, leaders, volunteers, and interns;
  • Maintain close relationships with coalition partners, public officials, small business allies, and constituencies around the state, as needed;
  • Work with a diverse group of individuals and partners,
  • Maintain administrative functions, including the relevant areas of the web site, database, reimbursements, budgets, shared calendars and project planning.
  • Support grassroots fundraising for memberships 
  • Support the Urban League’s communication work by periodically writing a blog post, social media networking, sharing photos or videos, and offering input into public materials.
  • Other related duties as assigned. 

Minimum Qualifications:

The Field Organizer will have:

  • Successful track record of at least 1 year in community or labor organizing (particularly in African American/Black communities),
  • Deep commitment to and vision for The Urban League of Portland’s mission and strategic plan
  • The capacity to create and independently move forward a complex agenda with supervision and in a team
  • Ability to identify, set priorities, and work plan; and move teams of volunteers in line with our goals and strategic direction
  • Strong communication skills (both written and verbal) with ability to connect across multiple audiences
  • Respect for and demonstrated experience working with African American/Black community members, organizations and activists
  • Minimum Bachelor’s Degree or commensurate experience. 

Special Job Requirements:

 Have own vehicle with valid Driver’s License, registration, and insurance that can reliably travel throughout Oregon, sometimes on short notice. Ability to work a flexible schedule, including evenings and weekends as needed.

The following are a plus, but not requirements:

  • Experience with education advocacy, legislative, electoral, and/or statewide organizing strongly preferred. 

Physical Demands:

The Field Organizer regularly uses a computer/phone, walks, bends, and climbs stairs.

To Apply:

Send your resume and cover letter to Director of Advocacy and Public Policy, Midge Purcell at gro.xdplunull@llecrupm or by mail at 10 N Russell St, Portland OR 97227.

No phone calls, please.