Now Hiring: Community Organizer

SOPHIA is accepting applications for a full-time Community Organizer!

To apply: Email resume and cover letter to Betty Groenewold at by October 14, 2019.

Community Organizer Job Description

Date: September 24, 2019

Position Title: Community Organizer

Reports to: SOPHIA Board

Day-to-day Supervision: SOPHIA Board Chair

Type of Position: Full-time, exempt (salaried)

Salary Range: $45,000 to $55,000 annually


This position serves as the Community Organizer for SOPHIA, a faith-based grassroots organization. The Community Organizer’s key responsibility is to identify and develop leaders and expand SOPHIA’s organizational capacity and democratic structure through thoughtful, intentional strategies developed in collaboration with SOPHIA’s leadership. The Community Organizer plays a key role in planning and implementing grassroots issues campaigns for addressing local and regional societal problems by assisting in organizing people, congregations, and money to carry out the work. This position works in collaboration with SOPHIA’s Organizer for Development & Communications and supervises paid and volunteer staff as appropriate. This position serves as a liaison between internal programs, congregation leadership, community partners, the WISDOM statewide organization, and the Gamaliel Foundation.


Membership Recruitment, Retention, and Leadership Development

  • With SOPHIA Board, analyzes current congregational membership, and develops and implements a strategy for engaging current member congregations more fully and recruiting new congregations.
  • Develops relationships with current and potential leaders utilizing on-going 1:1 meetings to deepen the involvement of members in the work of justice by building strong Congregational Core Teams to reach out in their neighborhoods identifying the needs of their community and engage nearby residents and institutions in addressing those needs.
  • Develops SOPHIA and congregational leaders through SOPHIA, WISDOM, and GAMALIEL leadership training events and follow-up actions that provide confidence, experience, and skills. Serves as a trainer as needed.
  • Assists with planning and coordinating outreach and organizing meetings to build an effective, on-going organization and maintain involvement of grassroots leadership.
  • Coaches SOPHIA leaders in skills needed to effectively plan and run the organization’s meetings, task forces, and issue actions; and to serve as SOPHIA spokespersons in meetings with the community, public officials, and the media.

Issue Development, Power Analysis, and Strategizing

  • Engages SOPHIA and congregational leadership in processes to identify, research, and analyze potential problems to select viable issues for action groups.
  • Supports issue action campaigns by coaching leaders in the issue research and power analysis for the development of a strategy and tactical plans for each issue.
  • Ensure that grassroots leaders are trained and mentored to represent SOPHIA in meetings with policymakers and officials, and with the media.
  • Coordinates SOPHIA in actions and works with the Organizer for Development & Communications in developing informational materials for such activities.
  • Assists leaders in networking with possible allies and in forming strategic alliances.
  • Works with the Organizer for Development & Communications to coordinate the tracking and reporting of goals and outcomes for issues campaigns and actions.

Organizational Development and Accountability

  • Works in collaboration with SOPHIA’s Organizer for Development & Communications on funding and communications strategies.
  • Supervises paid and volunteer staff as appropriate.
  • Works with SOPHIA Board to develop an organizational structure which provides for a coherent and sustainable grassroots-led organization to carry out the SOPHIA mission with integrity.
  • Participates in WISDOM staff meetings, prepares staff reports, and works collaboratively with other WISDOM organizers. Utilizes guidance available from the WISDOM director.


  • A minimum of two years’ experience in grassroots organizing or public affairs leadership with demonstrated success in meeting goals for change and/or organizational growth. Five years of experience desired.
  • Strong commitment to SOPHIA’s mission and vision.
  • Personal attributes of integrity, flexibility, and high energy.
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule including evenings and some weekends.
  • Knowledge and skills in grassroots organizing, issues research, power analysis, strategy and tactics for action campaigns.
  • Skills in relationship-building through 1:1 meetings.
  • Skills in developing and conducting leadership training for grassroots organizations.
  • Skills in one-to-one coaching of grassroots leaders for leadership roles in the organization and issue campaigns.
  • Skills in teambuilding with staff and volunteer leadership.
  • Skills in meeting management and facilitation.
  • Superior skills in active listening, verbal and written communications, and presentations.
  • Proficient computer skills in word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, and web-based communications.
  • Skills in prioritizing work demands and time management to accomplish goals.
  • Ability to motivate leaders and staff to set goals and act.
  • Ability to work with religious organizations, and diverse people, com unities, and cultures.
  • Ability to be self-motivated, multi-task, highly organized, and provide quick but thoughtful responses as needed.
  • Ability to persevere and remain positive despite setbacks and obstacles to reaching goals.

DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS (preferred by not mandatory)

  • Proficient in conversational Spanish
  • Organizer training by Gamaliel Foundation or group with similar organizing model