The DART Organizers Institute is a paid, field school for those wishing to pursue a career in community organizing. The Organizers Institute includes a seven-day classroom workshop with veteran organizers from the field, and up to 15-weeks of in-field training with a local organization. Graduates from the DART Organizers Institute will join dozens of other successful organizers as fulltime, salaried staff members working to build the power of low-income communities throughout the country in their struggles for justice and equality.
Essentially, the formula is simple: learn to organize from the best in the business then go onto a fulltime career building power for justice.
Using strategies and techniques taught by the DART Center, organizations throughout the United States have held government and economic systems accountable and won important victories on a broad set of race and poverty issues including:
* Education reform in low-performing public schools,
* Affordable housing
* Police Misconduct
* Youth services
* Environmental protection
* Job training
* Fair immigration policies, and
* Dozens of other issues important to low-income communities.
Our classroom and field training covers such topics as:
* Identifying and training local leaders
* Strategic planning and issue cutting
* Researching and targeting decision makers
* One-on-One relationship building
* Developing and training leaders to take successful Direct Action on issues
* Fund Raising for the long-haul
* Congregation-based coalition building
Locations, Dates, & Benefits:
The DART Organizers Institute includes an initial 7-day classroom training and 15 weeks of infield training at one of the DART affiliates. The 7-day classroom training will take place in Ohio in mid-July, 2009. Following the classroom training, OTs will be placed on staff with local DART affiliates for fifteen weeks of training. OTs could potentially be placed with any of the local DART affiliates including organizations in Florida, Michigan, Ohio, Virginia, Indiana, and Kentucky. We will take into account the Organizer Trainees’ preferred location, but placements will be determined in order to provide the best training experience possible. Organizer Trainees will learn of their infield training location six weeks before the start of training. We will be sending up to two OTs to DART’s Richmond, Virginia organization known as Richmonders Involved in Strengthening our Communities (RISC) organization.
DART will pay for hotel and gas expenses in route to their placement, as well as, provide a living stipend over the course of the 4-month training to cover living expenses. DART will also reimburse any work related travel costs incurred during training. After completion of the 4 month in-field training, DART will work to place successful graduates into fulltime, salaried positions with a DART affiliate. Initial salaries start at $30 – 35,000/year, plus benefits including health and paid vacation. They will also be placed onto a two-year advanced training track to ensure ongoing support and professional development.
OTs will be provided with an intensive classroom orientation, but most of the training will take place while working to build the power of one of the local DART affiliates. OTs will be expected to create a work plan based on the goals set by the local leadership, execute the techniques and strategies they learn during the classroom training, be accountable to DART and local organizing staff through written weekly reports and check-ins, and should continuously evaluate their own progress toward becoming a skilled professional community organizer.
Potential Organizer Trainees must have:
* passion for justice and equality
* ambition for a career organizing with DART (minimal commitment of three years following training)
* strong work ethic and discipline
* drive toward excellence
* capacity to build and strengthen relationships of trust
* professional, team player attitude
* conviction to overcome economic and racial barriers
* comfort working with religious congregations
* willingness to be mentored and trained
* ability to create and execute a plan
* sense of humor
* college degree or equivalent professional experience
* a reliable car
* flexibility regarding relocation
* proof of US citizenship or permanent residency
* fluency in Spanish/English
* master’s degree
* professional organizing experience
How to Apply:
To apply, please send your resume and completed application via email to Ben MacConnell before midnight, January 1, 2009: firstname.lastname@example.org.
To download our application and find out more about DART or the Organizers Institute, go to the “Become an Organizer” section of our website: http://www.thedartcenter.org/welcome_organizer.html. You may also call or email our Recruitment Director, Ben MacConnell, with questions at: 785-841-2680.