YDS is Hiring!

Be part of growing the rising socialist youth movement! Apply to be the Young Democratic Socialist Assistant Youth Organizer opening.
 
YDS is hiring a temporary part-time Assistant Youth Organizer. The position is based out of Washington, DC. 

Title: Assistant Youth Organizer
Location: Washington, DC

Democratic Socialists of America (DSA), the largest and fastest growing socialist organization in the United States, is seeking temporary part time organizing support for our student section, the Young Democratic Socialists (YDS). YDS is a political activist organization of dozens of high school and college campus-based chapters of younger (under 30) socialists who build democratic socialist politics, vision and culture in the United States. DSA is a member-funded organization with chapters who carry out educational and activist campaigns to build grassroots poor and working class power in their communities.

This part-time position is based in Washington, D.C. and includes basic clerical activities as well as significant time spent on phone calls organizing student activists across the country. Some travel will be required. The position may include projects for both DSA, a 501(c)(4) and for our affiliated 501(c)(3), the Democratic Socialists of America Fund. The position is temporary, for three months, and is supervised by the Deputy Director.

The Assistant Youth organizer is tasked with aiding the maintenance and growth of YDS. Duties include recruiting new members, identifying new leaders, helping new chapters grow, and working with elected and volunteer leadership to foster the talents, skills, and activism of existing members and chapters. The YDS organizer will work with DSA staff and YDS leadership on a February youth conference and maintaining YDS membership data.

Ideal candidates should have extensive student organizing experience. A good understanding of intersectional democratic socialism and the politics and organization of DSA, excellent social skills, and talent for explaining YDS politics and projects to a broad audience are essential. Ability to multitask but accomplish tasks on time by staying organized, to work independently and as part of a team, and to work with people of diverse backgrounds are required.

Does this sound like a good fit for you or someone you know? Please review the job announcement below, DSA’s website dsausa.org and YDS's website ydsusa.org, and consider applying!

Responsibilities
· On-board new members and assist in the formation of new chapters of YDS

· Facilitate the ongoing organizing work of the members and chapters of YDS through one on one and group coaching over the phone or video-conference

· Provide staff support, especially leadership development, for YDS

· Work with the elected YDS leadership to mobilize membership around democratic decided national priorities and other political decisions

· Co-organize a national conference for current members and chapters, in collaboration with the elected and volunteer leadership of Young Democratic socialists (YDS), in February in NYC

· Serve as a liaison between YDS and DSA’s locals and commissions

· Report to and assist DSA’s National and Deputy Directors as needed

Requirements
· Strong experience organizing campus activist campaigns

· Identify as a socialist and be grounded in democratic socialist politics; general agreement with the positions and perspectives of YDS and DSA

· Excellent verbal and written communication skills

· Strong time management skills and ability to use limited resources effectively

· Thorough understanding of academic settings, politics, and calendars at secondary and post-secondary levels

· Ability to work effectively with young people from diverse backgrounds

· Commitment to feminist, anti-racist, and anti-heterosexist principles and action

· Microsoft Office and Google Suite experience and skills

· Available to start work in December 2016 or January 2, 2017

Desirable Qualifications
· Student organizing experience around racial justice campaigns

· Familiarity with CMS/CRM platforms

· Creativity

· Sense of humor

· Fund-raising experience

Work Schedule: Nineteen hours per week, some flexibility in scheduling. This position is a temporary, 3 month position.

Salary/Wage: $20 per hour

Application Deadline: Apply as soon as possible, as interviews begin December 12, 2016. Start date is in December or beginning of January. DSA is an equal opportunity employer.

To Apply: Email the following documents to jobwithdsa@gmail.com WITH THE SUBJECT LINE: YDS ASSISTANT ORGANIZER POSITION.
· resume

· cover letter with statement of your qualifications and/or organizing experience

· 3 references with direct supervisory knowledge of relevant work


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