Organizer Job Description

Position Description: SOPHIA Community Organizer


This position is central to the growth and success of the Waukesha county WI organization called SOPHIA (Stewards of Prophetic Hopeful Intentional Action).   SOPHIA is a local, grassroots, interfaith organization working for social justice in Waukesha County. Established in April 2004, SOPHIA is an effective organization, currently including 10 faith-based organizational members. It is one of 11 affiliates of WISDOM, a state-wide network of congregation-based community organizations.  SOPHIA’s focused issues have included treatment alternatives to incarceration in Waukesha County and the statewide 11x15 campaign; workforce housing; and immigration.   

This is a full time position with immediate supervision by the Executive Board President of SOPHIA.  For oversight and professional development, the SOPHIA Organizer is expected to participate in the WISDOM Organizing Staff, and to meet regularly with the WISDOM State Director.

Key Responsibilities

  • Build strong relationships with key SOPHIA leaders, to understand their goals and vision for SOPHIA.

  • Organize and coordinate outreach to non-member congregations, non-profits and community organizers.

  • Recruit, train and support people marginalized in our community (including immigrants, formerly-incarcerated people, families of incarcerated people, and low wage workers). Identify potential leaders within this population, provide leadership training and incorporate these new leaders into SOPHIA’s structures and campaigns and continue to offer mentoring and guidance to them.

  • Research and write grants and participate in all fundraising efforts.

  • Take a lead role in written communication and documents for SOPHIA.

  • Work to ensure that all the committees, activities and meetings of SOPHIA are well-ordered and representative of marginalized people most impacted by the issues.

  • Work collaboratively with all affiliate organizations in the WISDOM network, and with other organizations and agencies in Waukesha County.

  • Direct and coordinate the work of the SOPHIA’s Administrative Assistant.

  • Undertake other responsibilities as assigned by the President.

Necessary Skills and Abilities

  • Understanding of systemic injustice;

  • Understanding of how public policy is made and of how to impact that process;

  • Appreciation for various faith traditions and ability to work with faith communities;

  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to listen;

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills;

  • “Self-starter,” with ability to convert goals into strategies and an action plan;

  • Basic office skills (computer skills, basic administrative abilities);

  • Willingness and ability to travel throughout the region, and occasionally out-of-state, ability to work with a flexible schedule including many evenings and weekends.

  • Fluency in Spanish preferred but not mandatory.

Applicants should submit a resume and cover letter by Feb 15, 2015 (addressed to “Community Organizer Hiring Committee”)