Job Posting 71997

Digital Organizer
ACORN Canada
Ottawa area, Hull area
closes in 42 days (Sat, 31 Jul)
canada summer jobs / summer students  •  $15/hour

Job Summary:
ACORN Canada is hiring a Digital Organizer that will assist our field staff in developing strategic campaigns and digital outreach methods to broaden the reach of our working class organization in Ottawa and across Canada. 
ACORN is a membership organization of working class families whose purpose is to fight for and champion the causes of low-to-moderate income people. Working with ACORN Canada combines mass outreach techniques, direct action, strategic campaigning to fight for systematic changes in Canada.   
Applicants must have some experience in digital campaigns, outreach work, have intermediate French writing skills, are eager to fight for economic and social justice in Canada, and be willing to work and learn from others.  
Applicants must apply with their resume and a few examples of digital campaigns they’ve developed (Ex. social media shareables, presentations, form email campaigns etc). 
What is ACORN?
We are a tenants’ union. We are a disability action union.  We are a worker’s union. We are a consumer's union. We are whatever our members are.  Our members pay dues so that the organization can be sustainable and not dependent on outside funding from labour, government, or foundations.  Each dues member has a vote, and only members speak for the organization.  Our members get elected board of directors and have the authority to set the policy and determine the tactics of the union.
ACORN is a multi-issue, mass based union of low-to-moderate income people.  The purpose of the union is to give low-to-moderate income people power so that they have the ability to have their voices effectively heard at the highest levels in the country. With chapters across the region, province, and across the country, ACORN is able to be both a local-based union winning local campaigns, as well as a large organization combining forces to fight national corporations and governments that are at the root of most of our problems.s 
Job description:
We are hiring a Digital Organizer that will lead up our online organizing and campaign work, and work with our field organizers and low-to-moderate income leadership to further develop our campaigns.  The successful applicant will join our talented team in Ottawa
The Digital Organizer will maintain and develop our social media pages, effectively displaying the outputs of ACORN’s high-impact organizing work. They will also integrate our mass communication and online action tools with the website, merging our existing campaign work with new digital communications.
The Digital Organizer's job is to support the existing ACORN organizers, whose job it is to build formal groups of working class people so they can disrupt and change the systems that negatively impact their community.  
The successful applicant will be quickly brought up to speed on ACORN’s campaigns and power plan, as well as fundamentals on how to be a community organizer at ACORN. That includes, effective outreach, strategic research,  campaign planning, communications, organizing events and actions, getting press to cover our actions and campaigns, and fundraising. 
The current priorities laid out by ACORN’s leadership are:

- Locally: 

  • Anti Displacement Policy to protect tenants facing renoviction & demoviction 
  • Affordable and livable housing 
  • Newly launched citywide #Internet4All campaign calling for a municipal broadband program 

- Nationally: 

  • $10 month internet for ALL low and moderate income households 
  • Fair Banking - going after the big banks and predatory lenders 
  • Rein in the REITs (Real Estate Investment Trusts) that destroy affordable housing while paying no taxes  

Responsibilities and Duties

  • Work with the local and national offices to develop and implement digital outreach and campaign strategies using our digital platforms.
  • 30 hours per week at $15 per hour for 8 weeks - working in afternoons and evenings (some flexibility on days of week worked). Potential for extension is possible based on performance and office budget.
  • Fundraising and asking for money is a fundamental part of an organizer’s job. We are structured like a union: ACORN members pay membership dues.
  • Dealing with multiple tasks in the same day - flexibility and resilience are keys to success. 

Qualifications and Skills

  • Fluency in English and French
  • Have strong social and digital skills. 
  • Have some design skills
  • Be willing to work in a team setting that you are sometimes leading, and sometimes following.
  • Ability to listen in order to identify issues that are affecting our constituency. 

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