Now Hiring: North East Regional Organizer

Are you committed to challenging US and corporate intervention in Latin America? Do you have experience with grassroots organizing, training volunteers and/or organizational capacity-building? Consider applying to be the new Regional Organizer for CISPES, the Committee in Solidarity with the People of El Salvador.

CISPES is a national organization that has been supporting the Salvadoran people’s struggle for social and economic justice since 1980. Through speaking tours, campaigns, creative actions, and delegations, our local chapters organize to oppose unjust US policies and corporate exploitation in Central America. We also accompany the Salvadoran popular movement in its visionary work to build a better world.

We’re hiring new Regional Organizer to expand our organizing capacity at the grassroots level. This is an exciting opportunity play an integral role in our five-year strategic growth plan by helping to strengthen existing chapters and build new chapters in order to pose an effective challenge to intensified US intervention and militarization in the Americas.

Start date: Spring 2017
Location: Washington, DC with frequent travel throughout the Northeast

This position has two primary work areas:

1. Organizational Development

• Provide hands-on organizing support to CISPES chapters in the Northeast/Mid-Atlantic region, including support and training for volunteers working on CISPES’ campaigns, member recruitment and leadership development, and grassroots fundraising. Requires ability to spend up to one week per month working with our chapters in Boston, New York or other nearby cities.

• Help with on-the-ground organizing to develop new chapters in key cities, communities and campuses that CISPES has identified as priorities

• Establish and maintain communication with organizations throughout the region who express interest in joining CISPES as affiliates

2. Program Development

• As part of CISPES’ National Program team, help develop our national strategies and campaigns to challenge US intervention in El Salvador and Central America. This may include: Congressional research and lobbying, developing campaign materials, representing CISPES in coalitions, maintaining communication with journalists and media outlets, online communication with CISPES’ national base of supporters and allies

Additionally, as part of a small and collectively-minded office, the Regional Organizer will help coordinate local educational and fundraising events.

Though this position requires a high degree of self-motivation and independence, the Regional Organizer will receive support and supervision from both the Program Director and the Organizational Director and work collaboratively as part of a close-knit team.


The following qualifications are required:

• At least 3 years involvement in grassroots organizing
• Experience supporting leadership and skills development for activists
• Ability to travel (up to one week per month)
• Highly organized and self-motivated
• Ability to manage in a high-pressure, fast-paced environment
• Working knowledge of the impact of US policies internationally, particularly in El Salvador or Latin America, including understanding neoliberalism and familiarity with movements resisting and building alternatives to those policies
• Commitment to dismantling systems of oppression
• One year commitment, minimum

The following qualifications are strongly desired but not required:

•Bilingual in Spanish and English
• Experience in CISPES
• Familiarity with progressive US social movements
• Experience with collective group functioning
• Grassroots fundraising experience, or desire and ability to learn
• Desk-top publishing experience (newsletters, brochures, flyers, etc.)
• Experience with online communications, including SALSA

Send a resume and cover letter (see below) by email to [email protected]. With questions, please call Alexis Stoumbelis, Organizational Director at (202) 521-2510 ext. 205

Your 1-2 page cover letter should include

• Your understanding of solidarity and why you would like to work with CISPES
• What strengths and experience in organizational development, capacity-building and supporting volunteer leaders you would bring to the position
• What strengths and experiences in grassroots organizing you would bring to the position
• What goals you have or skills you would like to improve when working in the position
• Any other relevant information you think is important for us to know about you

Salary: This is a full-time position with a starting salary of $30,840 (with an annual cost-of-living adjustment) and competitive employee benefits (including no employee contribution to health care premiums, generous paid vacation, stipends for childcare, other dependent care and transgender health care-related costs)

CISPES is an equal-opportunity/affirmative action employer. People of color, women, queer folks, lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender and gender non-conforming people, and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

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