Community Organizer, Protect the Sacred

2 months ago
Employment type
Los Angeles

Protect the Sacred educates and empowers the next generation of leaders and allies to use transformative storytelling and community building to strengthen Indigenous sovereignty and protect Indigenous elders, languages, and medicine ways. Protect the Sacred is a program of Harness that aims to focus, in 2022, on activating Native youth across the country in get-out-the-vote activities, public health priorities and COVID relief, and youth leadership development through summits and convenings.

About Harness
Founded by America Ferrera, Wilmer Valderrama, and Ryan Piers Williams following the 2016 presidential election, Harness educates, inspires, and activates a community of Cultural Organizers to use the power of storytelling to imagine and create a more equitable world. Our programs and campaigns have catalyzed wide-scale support, prominent media coverage, inclusion in pop culture storylines, and transformative partnerships for leaders from historically disinvested communities. Harness is guided by the values of active learning, community, service, social justice, and sustainability.

Position Overview
The Community Organizer is a new position that will develop, grow and coordinate Protect The Sacred’s (PTS) youth organizing strategy. The Community Organizer will lead on-the-ground cultural activations to engage Native youth and increase the visibility of Native culture and priorities. This position will galvanize community participation in PTS initiatives and civic engagement campaigns that educate and empower Native young people throughout Indian Country. The Community Organizer will support the Protect The Sacred Founder and Program Manager, and the rest of the PTS team to maximize the skills, resources, and influence of the PTS network, as well as identify and guide collaborations within campaigns.

We are looking for someone that believes in the leadership of Native youth and young people of color, and has a history of organizing youth in Indian Country. You are an innovative, collaborative, sharp thinker and doer who can mobilize communities, and lead campaigns that shift culture and engage diverse communities to take action. You are committed to movement organizing that uplifts racial, civic, and gender justice.

Core responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Identify, recruit, motivate, and retain, a base of Native youth leaders ages 16-35 throughout Indian Country, and allies through one-on-one meetings, community events, voter engagement, and other activities
  • Coordinate outreach, recruitment and the engagement of coalition partners for large scale mobilizations, including on the ground actions
  • Lead development of organizing efforts to support field campaigns
  • Participate in media events including press interviews, actions, etc.
  • Manage PTS’s contact management database in Salesforce
  • Performs other duties as required to support Indigenous communities

Desired Qualifications:

  • Minimum 3+ years of experience in youth organizing and leading civic engagement campaigns, with expertise in training, leading, representing and motivating Native youth and youth of color
  • Proven track record of a commitment to social justice, civic justice, and gender justice, and serving the interests of Indigenous communities and communities of color overall
  • Demonstrated knowledge in base building, volunteer recruitment, leadership, and organizing strategies
  • Thrives on forming and maintaining strong community relationships
  • Ability to analyze, synthesize, and communicate different kinds of information so that it is useful to people with various learning styles, backgrounds, and life experiences
  • Communicates effectively both orally and in writing
  • Self-directed, organized and ability to carry-out goals and meet deadlines
  • Experience or interest in arts, culture or storytelling

Reports to: Program Manager and Founder, Protect the Sacred

Schedule: Full time
Location: Remote (anywhere in the U.S.), some travel required
Salary: $60,000
Benefits: You will be eligible for fully-paid medical, vision, and dental after 60 days as well as 401k benefits after 90 days.
Start Date: April

To apply

Please send a resume and a brief cover letter explaining your interest in the position and your qualifications to talent@iwillharness.com with the subject line “Community Organizer Application” by March 18th. We will be reviewing and interviewing candidates on a rolling basis, so please apply early.

Protect the Sacred is a project of Harness, an Equal Opportunity Employer. People of color, women, people with disabilities, immigrants, and LGBTQIA+ identified folks are strongly encouraged to apply.