job: organizer

colist-admin at colist-admin at
Tue Apr 10 08:44:29 CDT 2001

[ed:  this job post includes salary info.]

From: "John Gaudette" <jgaudette at>

  Job Announcement

The Northwest Neighborhood Federation has one opening for a 
neighborhood-based community organizer to begin by mid-May, 2001.  Starting 
salary ranges from $23,000 for new organizers to $35,000 for experienced 
organizers.  The neighborhood is the fastest growing area in the city of 
Chicago with a large Spanish speaking and Polish speaking population.   The 
community organizer must be bilingual in Spanish or Polish.


The Northwest Neighborhood Federation (501c-3 nonprofit) is a multi-issue, 
neighborhood-based community organization.  Founded in 1979, the Federation 
is made up of seven affiliate neighborhood organizations, nine schools, and 
one seniors community organization.  The 18,000 families represented by the 
Federation live in an 800-block area in Northwest Chicago from Narragansett 
to Kimball and from Armitage to Irving Park.   Our mission is to build 
powerful neighborhood organizations involving large numbers of neighbors in 
the identification, research and resolution of issues defined by the 


A NNF Community Organizer has responsibility for the development and 
maintenance of an existing member organization in a one hundred block area 
in our service area.  A community organizer has the responsibility of 
developing leadership, expanding the power base of the organization, and 
training the leadership to address multiple issues facing their 
community.  Through daily door-knocking and one-to-one visits, the 
community organizer will identify potential leaders, surface neighborhood 
concerns, and engage community members around building a multi-issue 
organization.  Other responsibilities include:

Develop an understanding of our direct action model of community organizing.

Continually develop new leaders to run the local community organization.

Address multiple neighborhood concerns through the development of leadership.

Participate in local fundraising activities, including bingo and a yearly 
local fundraising event.

Report to the Executive Director through weekly staff meetings and one on 
one meetings.

Develop and train a core group of leaders to conduct one to one visits / 
door-knocking, run and evaluate community meetings, prioritize issues, 
conduct effective research, and take action on issues.

Participate in professional development workshops / classes as needed.

Insure that local organization complete multiple local and federated issue 
campaigns federated per year.


The candidate should have an associates degree, baccalaureate degree prior, 
or relevant work experience.  Other desirable qualifications include:

Strong writing, public speaking and analytical skills.
Work experience that demonstrates the ability to accept more and greater 
Willingness to work early evenings (up to three nights per week) and 
occasional weekends.
Demonstrate the ability to think and plan strategically and to be self 
Bilingual Spanish or Polish.

  Further Information

Contact  John Gaudette at the NNF office at 773.545.9300.  Please send 
resumes to 3443 N. Central Ave, Chicago, IL  60634.

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