Community Organizer 

Oregon Rural Action, a progressive grassroots organization based in La Grande, Oregon, seeks a full-time Community Organizer with a passion for social, racial, and environmental justice to work with new and existing members on a range of locally-identified issues. Current campaigns include sustainable agriculture, renewable energy, and healthcare, with an emphasis on engaging an increasingly wider and more diverse membership in Morrow, Umatilla, Malheur, Baker, and Union Counties. Primary responsibilities include recruiting and engaging members; building and supporting local chapters and issue teams; working with member-leaders to develop campaign strategies; and further developing members’ capacity to take action on issues that affect their lives. Bilingual in Spanish and English strongly preferred. Exceptionally strong candidates may request work-from-home arrangements in Malheur, Umatilla, Baker, or Morrow Counties; otherwise position will be based in ORA main office in La Grande.

Minimum qualifications:

  • Prior experience and/or training in community organizing as an approach to social change

  • Commitment to progressive values, social justice, and the mission of Oregon Rural Action, including strong commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion

  • Enjoy working with people from diverse backgrounds and perspectives and helping them work together to develop collective vision, goals, and strategies

  • Ability to plan and facilitate effective meetings for groups of varying sizes

  • Familiarity with rural communities, issues, and decision-making bodies

  • Strong communication skills

  • Working vehicle and valid drivers license

Preferred qualifications:

  • Bilingual in Spanish and English

  • Experience and/or education in sustainable agriculture, renewable energy, health care, rural community development, and/or diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Starting salary $30,000 - $35,000 depending on experience, health insurance, and other benefits.

Please email cover letter, résumé, and three references to OR mail these materials to Search Committee, Oregon Rural Action, P.O. Box 1231, La Grande, OR  97850. In your cover letter, please describe which of your past experiences, education, and/or interests connect most directly to this position, and what you believe would make you an especially strong Community Organizer for Oregon Rural Action.

Review of applications begins January 9, 2019 and continues until position is filled. 

Oregon Rural Action is an Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer. Applicants are welcome regardless of sex, race, religion, age, national origin, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity or disability.