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Chief Organizing Director—The Chisholm Legacy Project

Chief Organizing Director Job Description

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The Chisholm Legacy Project’s (“TCLP”) Chief Organizing Director’s (“COD”) primary focus is to develop and lead the strategic plan to reach 41 million Black people in the United States, facilitate visioning and strategy development, and ensure that they know the pathways to achieve self-determination, Black liberation, and climate justice. The COD will design and develop the Organizing Team, which will serve as the center of accomplishing TCLP’s mission. Within the context of TCLP’s vision, and within the light shone by Shirley Chisholm’s legacy, our aims are both to ensure that there are seats at the Black Liberation/Climate Justice/Just Transitions table for all and to equip every Black person with a folding chair in the meantime!


The Chief Organizing Director reports to TCLP’s Deputy Director.


TCLP will be a bridge for frontline communities to practice radical imagination and achieve aims that are seemingly audacious in the current context, but are necessary to Black liberation. The COD will develop and lead a team that will facilitate community visioning and strategizing to determine best approaches and resources to utilize. To achieve these goals, the COD will do the following:

Build and lead an Organizing Team that believes and demonstrates understanding of being community-led with the ultimate goal of Black Liberation through a Just Transition framework.
Design and implement an outreach and engagement plan that ensures that TCLP touches all 41 million Black people in the United States and ensures that they know the pathways that are open to them for achieving Black Liberation.
Develop and maintain relationships with base building organizations as well as technical, strategic, and power building partner organizations and coalitions who are aligned with our mission to advance community-led self-determination, Black Liberation, climate justice, and just transition.
Using an innovative spirit and creativity, continually monitor the structure of the Organizing Team to ensure that it is properly aligned with the needs of frontline communities, making recommendations for resource adjustments as needed.
Monitor organizing metrics and make management and coaching adjustments as necessary to meet and exceed daily, weekly, and monthly organizing goals, all towards the aim of self-determination, Black liberation, and just transition, as defined by frontline communities.
Ensure team members (and COD) stay current on status of communities with whom TCLP maintains relationship, stay connected to local and national news to maintain awareness of activities, incidents, and opportunities impacting these and other communities, and maintain contact with critical relationships within each community.
Work collaboratively with senior management team to center organizing to achieve TCLP’s mission of advancing frontline communities.
Create regular reports that are both qualitative and quantitative that staff and stakeholders can use to monitor progress. These reports should be prepared for presentation to the Board of Directors, as needed.
Skills and Experience

Proven track record of at least 9 years leading work on racial justice.
Passion for advancing economic, racial, and gender justice required; Experience in climate justice highly desirable.
Seven (7+) years of supervisory experience managing and recruiting a significant and successful team.
Ability to be strategic and efficient with time and able to maintain a good work life balance – a goal of TCLP for all employees to achieve.
A successful record of combining audacious, aspirational vision with developing targeted plans to obtain outcomes, draw awareness to injustice and untapped opportunity.
A candidate who has a campaigning mindset about scale, embraces relationship building, is super organized, and is skilled and enthusiastic about documentation.
Ability to facilitate processes of community-led discernment and assessment of needs and desires and to determine how much assistance is needed.
Capacity to excel at facilitating community vision as well as working with community-led efforts to influence/educate and lead individuals and organization(s) towards environmental and climate justice and a just transition framework.
Ability to communicate and work with persons of diverse professional backgrounds (i.e. frontline communities, policy makers, colleagues, etc.).
Capable of designing and directing strategies that enhance and support organizational knowledge of how to work with frontline communities.
Exceptional project management skills, including experience in establishing and executing clear, measurable goals and work plans.
Position Terms

This position is full-time (based on a 40-hour workweek).
Annualized compensation will be $130,000, payable in accordance with TCLP’s payroll processing schedule.
Position is classified as exempt as defined by the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and is not eligible for overtime compensation.
Benefits include medical, dental, vision, health savings accounts, health reimbursement arrangements, income protection (AD&D), tax savings, travel assistance, EAP, life insurance, and retirement plans, as well as vacation, PTO, and holidays.
COVID POLICY: Although an offer of employment and continued employment is not contingent upon a candidate being fully vaccinated, we are committed to following all health department guidelines and contractual requirements associated with venues as well as internal TCLP travel protocols where TCLP events may be held. Therefore, those who are unvaccinated may be limited in their ability to participate in in-person staff meetings, conferences, and meetings with certain organizations, etc.
To Apply: Submit resume and cover letter on posting.