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CITIZEN ORGANIZER -- OAKS PROJECT

POSITION DESCRIPTION:
FTCR's Oaks Project devotes itself to public participation and democracy. Public advocacy groups, however skilled, cannot prevail merely by virtue of the merit of their positions. Democracy ultimately depends on active public participation. Unfortunately, many citizens are alienated from the public policy process today. To give citizens a chance to learn how to make their democracy work for them, the Oaks Project enlists volunteers - "citizens as sturdy as oaks" - in a long-term educational and participatory effort. The Oaks Project sponsors public forums that recruit, train and empower citizen volunteers to become community leaders who will, in turn, recruit others into the democratic process. Their skills are honed by working with experienced FTCR advocates. More more information on the Oaks Project, visit its home page.

Organizers will cover regions throughout the state, working on both the initiative campaign and long-term community organizing to build a grassroots structure to support future citizen measures.

RESPONSIBILITIES:
Oaks Project organizers are responsible for training and coordinating the participation of Oaks Project volunteers in their communities. Organizers are assigned volunteers to guide; organizer assists volunteers in recruiting, initiative and legislative campaigns, including petitioning, fundraising, holding news conferences and working with local news media.

Organizers work closely with FTCR policy staff.

This is a full-time position.

QUALIFICATIONS:
Desire three to five years experience in public interest or political campaign work involving hands-on community organizing. Skills must include: signature gathering, grassroots fundraising, familiarity with media relations, ability to train others.

Also required for Senior level: solid administrative and computer skills.

POSITION: Citizen Organizer

STARTING: Immediately

LOCATION: San Francisco Bay Area or Los Angeles

SALARY: Commensurate with experience

CONTACT: E-mail resume with cover letter and 1-2 page writing sample to Jamie Court at jamie@consumerwatchdog.org, or fax 310-392-8874.


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