Kansas City Organizer

Kansas City Organizer


The Organization

Missouri Jobs with Justice (MO JwJ) is a coalition of labor, faith, student and community activists and organizations committed to protecting the basic human rights of all people.  MO JwJ is working for an economic system that benefits the entire community.  We believe that the fate of all working people and the communities in which they live are tightly bound together. We strive to build a multi-racial movement and are dedicated to leadership development and base building. We work in partnership with central labor councils, local unions, civil rights organizations, students, community, and faith-based organizations in mobilizing direct actions for social and economic justice, including the right to organize a union, rebuilding the social safety net, living wages, health care, and equal treatment for all.   MO JwJ is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer.  We seek a diverse pool of volunteers and applicants for all opportunities and responsibilities within the organization – in particular with respect to traditionally marginalized populations including Black people, women, other people of color, the LGBTQIA community, immigrants, and people of all ages.  

The Position: Kansas City MO JwJ Organizer

Salary: Base salary at MO JwJ is $44,000 and this position is commensurate with experience with a salary range between $44,000-$52,000. 

Benefits: Full health coverage for individual and family, paid vacation and sick days, 5% retirement match, employer funded FSA, phone reimbursement, and union representation.

The Kansas City Organizer, under the supervision of the Deputy Director, will work closely with the Leadership Team, Organizing Committee, and with member organizations, funders, and national affiliations to provide organizing and administrative support to the local development and implementation of MO JwJ campaigns and programs This position is based in Kansas City and will include some travel around the state as part of campaign mobilizations and meetings with the broader MO JwJ leadership and staff.


Base-Building: The MO JwJ coalition is in a phase of deepening investment. The Organizer will work closely with local leadership to implement MO JwJ’s outreach to new member organizations and build the base of individual activists to move our work forward.

Campaigns: MO JwJ is action-oriented. We don’t just talk about the work, we do the work through grassroots campaigns for social and economic justice. The Organizer will coordinate campaign development, mobilization, and evaluation with leaders and members. Campaigns will include legislative campaigns, municipal campaigns, and campaigns to support workplace-based organizing and the right to collective bargaining.

Committee Support and Development: MO JwJ operates through leadership-driven committees such as  local Leadership Teams, Organizing Committees, Mobilization Committees, and other campaign and project specific committees. The Organizer will support these committees by providing logistical coordination, co-creating agenda and materials with leaders,, assisting committee communication, accountability and more.

Fundraising, Communications and Data Management:  The Organizer will help implement an annual fundraising plan, including organizational contributions, individual contributions, merchandise sales, grants, grassroots activities, as well as develop new sources of funding for the organization. The Organizer will also be responsible for maintaining internal data and driving online communications  in support of local campaigns.

Leadership Development:  The Organizer will encourage, foster, and develop the abilities of MO JwJ members, particularly rank and file members, to take on leadership to develop and build the organization. This will include participation in three-day Building JwJ Leadership Development trainings throughout the year. 

Administration:  The Organizer will be responsible for the administrative functions of the work, specifically database management, grant administration, correspondence and record-keeping.

Must Have Qualifications

  • Solid commitment to the principles of social and economic justice
  • Commitment to dismantling white supremacy and patriarchy
  • Minimum of two years grassroots organizing experience
  • Excellent communication skills, both oral and written
  • Ability to be a self-starter, and to work independently toward agreed upon goals 
  • A strong ability to motivate people, coordinate volunteer activity and delegate responsibility
  • Ability to develop and maintain relationships with a wide range of organizations and people
  • An understanding of the labor movement, religious organizations, and other social movements
  • Demonstrated ability to raise funds
  • Willingness to work long hours, including nights and weekends; while also being able to prioritize work and seek input and feedback from the team about how to maintain a healthy work life balance
  • Proficient computer skills, including database management and google docs
  • Vehicle and insurance available for work (mileage outside of office commute is reimbursed)

Ideal applicants would also have knowledge of and/or experience with Jobs with Justice in Missouri, ballot initiatives, and voter engagement. 

Please send a resume, cover letter and at least three references to [email protected]. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis with the hope of filling the position by the end of March 2023. Send materials to [email protected], with “Kansas City Organizer ” in the subject line.  Please send documents as PDF or MS Word email attachments. 

**Any candidate who makes it past the 1st interview will be asked to put together some proposals and do on the ground organizing work with MO JWJ. They will be compensated for their time at the hourly rate of a base salary. We believe the process of applying, interviewing and organizing work will take between 4-6 weeks.

For more information on Missouri Jobs with Justice please visit www.mojwj.org or call the office at 877-644-0466.