Hiring Program Manager
About Georgia WAND: A statewide, women-led, grassroots organization, Georgia WAND educates the public and decision makers about the need to reduce militarism and violence, and redirect excessive military spending toward unmet human and environmental needs. We work toward systemic change focusing on the leadership and participation of people who have been historically oppressed by what is becoming a militarized and corporatized democracy.
Currently, Georgia WAND’s focus is the following:
- To complete a three-year environmental monitoring and outreach program in Burke County, GA;
- To increase the civic engagement of women, people of color, and youth in locations affected by the nuclear industry and in locations where Pentagon spending far outweighs resources for public services, such as education and housing; and
- To build an educated constituency that connects the dots between extreme levels of military funding and the federal budget.
We support our constituents addressing their concerns by providing issue education, leadership training, and engagement opportunities with different agencies and public officials on budget and policy intervention points; conducting grassroots organizing and civic engagement efforts; and participating in coalition work.
Key issues--Georgia WAND organizes around include the following:
- Environmental contamination from the nuclear industry, such as: waste from legacy warhead production and current stockpile maintenance; the modernization of the U.S. nuclear weapons program; and the expansion of nuclear energy;
- High levels of Pentagon budget allocations versus low allocations for human and environmental needs;
- The lack of political representation, voting/voices, and public involvement of women, people of color, young people, and new immigrants;
- The South’s burden of an unsafe, hazardous, and dirty nuclear energy future versus investment in clean energy technologies
- Systemic violence domestically and internationally, especially against people of color, immigrants, and women; and
- The establishment of unity, reconciliation, and alternatives to violent conflict.
Georgia WAND co-designs strategies with people in communities who are directly affected by our focus issues; and we follow their leadership. Our constituency spans age, race, geography, and other markers of difference; and we are working to be inclusive of all women of color, transgender women, women throughout the state, working women, and young women. As an organization of action, we raise our voices to speak out against injustice; and we take our passion, knowledge, and experiences to the streets, the classrooms, the boardroom, the capitol steps, the state legislative body, the halls of Congress, and beyond.
Program Manager – Job Description
The Program Manager is primarily responsible for designing and implementing long- and short- term programmatic strategies to meet organizational goals and objectives as set forth in the strategic plan. The Program Manager is a full time exempt position and reports to the Executive Director.
Responsibilities for the Program Manager include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Manage the environmental, policy, coalition, grassroots organizing, and project management work related to the nuclear weapons and nuclear energy industries that affect Georgians
- Oversee voter registration, voter education, and Get Out The Vote (GOTV) work as part of our We Count! program
- Create meaningful, community-informed education and engagement opportunities around the federal budget, the militarized and corporatized democracy, and how this affects the well being of Georgians
- Recruit, engage, retain, and develop volunteer activists and dues paying members of Georgia WAND;
- Identify member leaders, and create and implement a stair-step activist engagement system
- Plan, organize, and evaluate special events: educational, advocacy, training, coalition, etc.
- Develop and oversee an internship program and recruit interns from colleges in targeted areas
- Represent Georgia WAND in coalitions; maintain ongoing relationships with partner organizations; and develop new partnerships
- Work with the Executive Director to design, plan, and implement grassroots membership campaigns
- Support Georgia WAND fundraising and communication efforts, including developing grant proposals
- Develop curriculum and educational and training modules where appropriate
- Support the Georgia WAND Field Consultant, who is based in Burke County, GA, and engage in and oversee implementation of statewide field work strategies across issue areas
- Facilitate community organizing meetings in targeted areas, such as Burke County
- Help build processes and systems for managing programming across multi-geographic offices
- Build statewide activist, civic engagement, and Rapid Response teams
- Participate in staff meetings, email and social media communications plans, conferences, and other staff-wide needs
Qualifications Successful candidates display the following professional qualifications and personal attributes:
- Five to seven years experience working in the nonprofit community
- A two to three year commitment to working at Georgia WAND
- Ability to demonstrate successful project management
- A demonstrated commitment to racial justice
- Experience in program development and implementation
- Commitment to using civic engagement/GOTV as a means to building community power
- The ability to meet people where they are
- The ability to work with people who are different than you, as in race, age, income, education, culture, and geography
- Demonstrated success mobilizing people: through grassroots organizing, voter engagement, volunteer management, basebuilding, membership development, and/or community building
- Knowledge of the political process and constituent lobbying
- Strong interpersonal and communication skills, with an emphasis on public speaking and writing
- Experience leading, conducting, and facilitating meetings and trainings
- Capable of crafting communications, such as policy and position statements and press releases
- Knolwedge of curriculum development
- Knowledge of personnel management
- Familiarity with database work, accounting software, such as QuickBooks, and Microsoft Office suite. Desktop publishing abilities a plus!
- Interest in and ability in communicating Georgia WAND’s work via social media
- Diplomatic, professional, and peace-based approach to problem solving
- Ability to manage several tasks/projects concurrently and to prioritize work effectively
- Ability to set goals, meet deadlines, and operate independetly with personal accountability
- Must be able to take initiative and be proactive
- Willing to work evenings and weekends (when necessary)
Location: The primary location of the Program Manager position will be Atlanta, GA, at the Georgia WAND office at 250 Georgia Ave, Suite 202, Atlanta, GA 30312. Must be willing to travel.
Compensation: Compensation is competitive and negotiable depending on background and experience; basic benefits available.
To Apply: Send a resume, cover letter, writing sample, names and contact information of three professional references, and salary requirements to Becky Rafter, Executive Director, at email@example.com. Applications will be accepted until Friday, August 19, 5pm EST.
Women-identified people of color are encouraged to apply. Equal employment opportunity and having a staff reflective of the communities we serve are fundamental principles at Georgia WAND, where employment and promotional opportunities are based upon individual capabilities and qualifications without regard to race, ethnicity, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, sexual orientation, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, veteran status, or any other protected characteristic as established under law.