Lead Organizer

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Durham for All is seeking a Lead Organizer to lead the piloting and development of an innovative organizing model that integrates base-building, leadership development, and campaigns that win elections and engage impacted people in governing alongside elected officials.

To apply, click here to upload your cover letter, resume, and three professional references using our application form. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

About Us

Durham for All is a people of color-led, 501(c)4 independent political organization. Our mission is to build a multi-racial, cross-class political majority capable of transforming Durham’s local government into a vehicle for racial, economic and political democratization. Through base-building, elections, and direct action/issue campaigns we work to advance five major principles: homes for all, education for all, economy for all, sanctuary for all, and democracy for all.

Over the last three years, our work has played a leading role in electing a wave of progressive and left leaders of color into local office, including city council, district attorney, and sheriff. Over the next three years, we plan to build a base of 10,000 people in Durham to win progressive power at the local and state levels. Because there is no set model for how to build independent political organization, Durham for All is actively engaged in bold exploration of organizing models that apply the best insights of community, electoral, direct action, and union organizing to conditions in Durham.

The Position

The Lead Organizer reports to the Executive Director and is responsible for the following:

  • Growing our people of color and working class voting base, membership, and leaders
  • Leading and supervising the design, implementation and learning of all campaigns, including leading campaign teams composed of other staff and member leaders
  • Implementing and continuing to refine our innovative base-building in people of color and working class majority communities
  • Supervising our Campaign Organizer, providing clear direction and support that enables success and builds commitment. In the future we hope to grow our organizing staff, so this responsibility will likely grow over time


We’re seeking candidates who excel in relationship-building, are results-oriented, and take initiative. The ideal candidate will have an organizing track record in the following areas:

  • Recruiting and developing people of color and/or working class leaders and members
  • Training organizers and/or member leaders in organizing skills to build relationships, confront fear, and mobilize powerful commitments
  • Designing electoral, community, or workplace campaigns
  • Providing supervision and/or intensive support for other organizers

Beyond specific organizing experience the following skills and qualities are essential to succeeding at Durham for All:

  • A commitment to social justice and the dignity and leadership of people of color.
  • A proven ability to motivate others into action and exceptional listening skills.
  • A demonstrated commitment to meeting a high bar and a history of getting things done even in the face of obstacles.
  • A track record of taking the initiative and adjusting to changing conditions under high pressure.

Fluency in Spanish and/or experience with bilingual organizing is a plus. We highly encourage people of color to apply for this position.

Benefits & Compensation

This is a full-time, salaried position at $37,000 – $45,000 a year, based on equity, experience and qualifications. We are currently offering a healthcare stipend and are exploring other options for group coverage. The position also includes a small professional development allowance.

How to Apply

Click here to upload your cover letter, resume, and three professional references using our application form. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

We welcome questions as well, which can be addressed to [email protected]