National Organizing Director

NACA is creating a new position to oversee our organizing efforts both in support of our mortgage programs as well as our new multi-state ballot initiative campaign.  NACA’s mission is to make affordable homeownership a right for everyone and to fight for economic justice.  The Organizing Director will work directly with NACA’s CEO to build and manage a nationwide department responsible for outreach in support of NACA’s mortgage programs and the organizing and participation in our precedent setting multi-state ballot initiative campaign.

Outreach: The Organizing Director will oversee community organizers in NACA’s 40+ local offices.  Organizers engage NACA’s members to increase the participation in NACA’s purchase and HomeSave programs. They also work with community organizations, politicians, and government people to obtain referrals to NACA and access to government assistance to support NACA’s programs. We are expanding the participation component for NACA members to include neighborhood community organizing to establish neighborhood associations and work with existing and future community partners and organizations.

Campaigns: NACA’s campaigns and advocacy include extensive research, targeted litigation, regulatory advocacy, legislative and ballot initiatives, demonstrations, and actions. Demonstrations and actions may be targeted against individuals, corporations and government entities that are on the wrong side of fair lending and economic justice issues.  These sometimes require non-violent civil disobedience with the Organizing Director and staff being in the forefront of these actions.  NACA’s advocacy approach is based on confrontational, aggressive direct action.  Our actions and campaigns often confront the CEOs and decision makers where they live and where they socialize.  The Director of Organizing will be responsible for involving Members and supporters in these actions.

The Organizers engage, coordinate and lead over one million NACA Members, supporters and others in these activities. The Organizing Department will establish a structure to organize and involve Members and others through NACA Neighborhood Stabilization Communities (NSCs) which are committees of the NACA Homeowners and Members in a community.  The NSCs are the foundation for NACA’s community advocacy on both the local and national level. 

A major, new NACA initiative is the Ballot Initiative Campaign.  The Organizing Director will create and implement a process to organize NACA Members and others to collect signatures for ballot initiatives in up to twenty states.  After the certification of the ballot initiatives, the Organizing Director will involve NACA Members and others in the campaign to win the elections.  This is a long-term capacity building campaign beginning with the 2016 cycle and building for future ballot and advocacy campaigns. 

POSITION REQUIREMENTS

Build an engaged, effective, and active community of members, volunteers, and coalition partners to act in support of NACA’s campaign and organizing efforts and increase participation in NACA programs

Recruit and manage a highly talented and deeply committed team of organizers and field staff in offices and regions across the country who will mobilize NACA Members and community residents, collaborate with churches, community leaders, and other organizations, and establish Neighborhood Stabilization Committees of Members to serve as the foundation for empowering communities. Work in partnership with cross-sector leaders and grassroots organizers from a broad ideological spectrum to increase participation in NACA’s programs and to participate in campaigns and ballot initiatives.

Work closely with the CEO to develop and implement an overarching campaign and policy strategy to combat economic injustice

Support the CEO in defining success for NACA’s advocacy efforts and align resources and staff to meet ambitious benchmarks towards those goals. Collaborate closely with NACA’s communications, research, and leadership teams to develop effective and successful multi-state, multi-issue ballot initiative campaigns furthering NACA’s vision. Assess support for and resistance to initiatives and develop effective persuasion strategies at the local and state levels. Work alongside the Communications Director to effectively communicate NACA’s positions and create content for broader education and outreach.

Organize direct actions and demonstrations nationwide including outreach, participation, messaging, transportation, and logistics

Design activities and work with Members to fulfill participation requirements in NACA’s programs. Monitor and ensure engagement of Members in NACA’s programs, actions, and campaigns, as well as create and provide tools to empower Members and inspire them to pursue economic justice through direct and meaningful action.

MAIN RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Manage NACA Community-based outbound contact efforts
  • Organizers call large numbers of Members and community residents.
  • Work with community leaders and other organizations.
  • Manage NACA volunteer support program
  • Increase participation in NACA programs
  • Design activities and work with Members to fulfill their participation requirements.
  • Ensure and monitor the participation of Members.
  • Build the NACA community field network.  Establish and organize Neighborhood Stabilization Committees.
  • Hire and supervise field staff located in national and local NACA offices.
  • Build a coalition of sector leaders and grass-roots organizations from a broad ideological spectrum to participate in campaigns and ballot initiatives
  • Organize direct actions and demonstrations nationwide including outreach, participation, messaging, transportation and logistics
  • Assist the CEO to develop and implement policy and campaign strategies.
  • Work with policy, communications, and research teams to develop effective and successful ballot initiatives.  Coordinate multi-state, multi-issue ballot initiative campaigns by overseeing state campaign managers and working in tandem with leadership team
  • Assess support for and resistance to initiatives and develop effective persuasion strategies
  • Develop content and work with the Communications Director to effectively communicate NACA’s positions