Below is a draft of the job posting for the part-time organizer position for Pine Tree Youth Organizing (PTYO) that we’ve agreed to create to find more youth organizers in Maine.
IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN APPLYING FOR THIS JOB, SEE DETAILS BELOW. SEND AN EMAIL LETTER AND DETAILS ABOUT YOURSELF BY FEBRUARY 7. AND PTYO IS ALSO LOOKING FOR PEOPLE TO JOIN COMMITTEES ON DIRECT SUPPORT, MENTORING, COMMUNICATIONS/SOCIAL MEDIA, AND FUNDRAISING.
Also, here’s the web site, in case you want to check out PTYO a little more: http://ptyo.nationbuilder.com/
PTYO WANTS YOU!
Pine Tree Youth Organizing is a new, broad-based network of young outspoken activists and community organizers throughout Maine who have come together to support one another in becoming leaders.
PTYO accomplishes this mission in a range of ways, including:
• Coordinating a grant program that provides funding and support to youth-led activist initiatives across the state.
• Organizing trainings, workshops and other educational opportunities where young people can learn the skills they need to organize their communities for social justice and environmental sustainability.
• Connecting young people with mentors in their communities who want to support young people in becoming leaders and can offer relevant experience and wisdom.
PTYO is actively seeking out a part-time staff person to help build the organization and provide support to the wide variety of groups and individuals within the PTYO network. The ideal candidate will be passionate about supporting young people in becoming leaders and will be eager to connect them with the wide variety of activist initiatives already happening in Maine. Most importantly, they will be self-directed, driven and open to working with all kinds of people in building a broad-based sustainable network of young Maine leaders.
This person’s responsibilities will include:
• Identifying young leaders across Maine and reaching out to them to help them connect with mentors and build support for the projects they are passionate about.
• Organizing small meet-ups throughout Maine where young leaders can come together with their communities to share about the projects that they’re working on and work together to build a progressive youth movement in Maine.
• Communicating with both the general public and PTYO’s membership about the events and projects happening within the network. This can be done in a range of ways, including maintaining the PTYO website, editing a monthly email newsletter and sending out regular press releases.
The position will pay $15 an hour and will require roughly eight hours a week of work. The initial contract will be for a term of six months. They will be accountable to the PTYO Leadership Group, which meets for two hours each month either in-person or via conference call.
To apply, please email a cover letter and resume or narrative of relevant experiences to firstname.lastname@example.org by February 7, 2014. The contract will run from about early March to about the end of August.
Questionnaire for Applicants
Here are some questions to help you get started on a cover letter.
1. What kind of organizing have you done that’s in line with PTYO’s mission, and what excites you about doing this job?
2. What obstacles have you overcome to bring diverse groups of people together for a common cause? What do you enjoy about organizing people to do things collectively?
3. What are some ways that you’ve seen activist and community organizations go about engaging young people that you really like? What are some behaviors and attitudes that you’d like to avoid in future organizing efforts?
4. What experiences do you have bringing resources together to serve the interests of a particular community of people?
5. Why do you want to see more young people in Maine become community leaders? What do you think the biggest challenges are that young people face in doing so? What can we do to help young people overcome these challenges?
6. How would this position fit into your life’s journey and help you make progress toward your personal goals?