Temporary Project Manager, Project Citadel, Momentum Program
About Western States Center
Based in the Pacific Northwest and Mountain States, Western States Center works nationwide to strengthen inclusive democracy. For 30 years, our work has advanced social, racial, and economic justice by convening, developing, organizing, and supporting the communities most affected by inequities. We’ve played a catalytic role, working with community partners to build people-centered movements, develop new leaders, and shift culture - with our eyes on the prize of an inclusive democracy where people can live, love, and work free from bigotry and fear.
In 2018, in response to the current climate of heightened threats to inclusive democracy and reproductive justice, we refocused our work into four pillars: Movement Building, Leadership Development, Shifting Culture, and Defending Democracy. Our programmatic focus in 2019 is to advance our work in each of these areas.
About Momentum & Project Citadel
Western States Center’s Momentum Program works to counter white nationalism and to assist communities and civil society to uphold democratic institutions by effectively responding to social movements that exploit bigotry and intolerance. Project Citadel is the Oregon-based work of this national program.
An emerging white nationalist movement and its “alt-right” coalition has shown its ability to shape public narrative on national policies, endanger community cohesion and limit the ability of people of color, immigrants and refugees, and other marginalized communities to fully participate in civic life without the threat of criminalization, harassment or violence. What was once a contained fringe social movement, coupled with divergent political aims, is morphing into a mass movement supported by large portions of the American public.
Now, critical work involves managing this threat in a way that enables forward movement, protects vulnerable communities at the local level, and begins to reopen political, social and cultural space for those seeking long-term systemic change based on inclusion and rights.
We are seeking a short-term project manager to oversee delivery of a pilot project in Oregon communities. The is a contractor role for an initial term of six months, with an opportunity to extend. We anticipate the scope of work will require 15 to 20 hours per week. The project manager will work under the Program Director’s supervision. Responsibilities include:
▪ Organize to support local community groups in countering white nationalism;
▪ Work with local governments threatened by white nationalist and alt-right activity;
▪ Support planning and delivery of in-person and web-based trainings for community partners on research, messaging and tools to effectively counter white nationalism;
▪ Participate in one-on-one meetingswith community and organizational leaders;
▪ Other duties as assigned.
Desired qualifications include:
▪ Four years of community organizing experience;
▪ Detail oriented project management with an aptitude for building and supporting networks;
▪ Familiarity with Oregon politics and strong relationships with justice groups across the state;
▪ Compelling training style;
▪ A strong racial justice analysis;
▪ Political and organizational savvy and ease interfacing with elected officials, law enforcement, local government and community leaders;
▪ Ability to learn quickly and think creatively;
▪ Ability to work independently and to coordinate multiple projects at once;
▪ Strong writing skills.
Extra points for the following qualifications:
▪ Experience organizing against anti-immigrant, anti-Muslim, or white nationalist groups;
▪ Fluency in Spanish.
Location and Travel
The position will be based in Oregon. Willingness to travel to meetings in Portland and Eugene, and possibly elsewhere in the state, is required.
This is a limited term independent contractor position with a generous consulting rate, depending on experience.
To apply, please submit the following to firstname.lastname@example.org the subject line “Oregon Citadel Project Manager”:
▪ Cover letter clearly outlining the specific skills and knowledge you bring to the role and how they are a good fit with the responsibilities of this position;
▪ Resume detailing relevant experience, work history, education and accomplishments;
▪ Two to three page writing sample.
Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled.
Western States Center is an EEO employer and encourages applications from people of color, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people, and women. Only complete applications will be considered. Due to the high volume of applications, only those selected for further consideration will be contacted. No phone calls, please.