Jobs and Fellowships

Southland Coalition Engagement Organizer

Three-month contract position to be evaluated for extension

ORGANIZATIONAL SUMMARY: Gun Violence Prevention Action Committee. Our Mission: GVPAC advocates for common sense, evidence-based gun violence prevention measures that will save lives in Illinois.

PROJECT DESCRIPTION: The Gun Violence Prevention Action Committee seeks an organizer to build the Illinois Gun Violence Prevention (ILGVP) Coalition. Due to COVID-19, this campaign is currently operating in digital spaces and the position requires strong digital abilities. This position is part time, and will consist of 15 hours a week. 

JOB RESPONSIBILITIES:

In-district Organizing

  • Organize advocates and survivors to take action and develop their leadership to speak to the media and policymakers.
  • Recruit and develop new leaders and activists through ongoing field and online outreach.
  • Perform other duties as needed to support the overall mission. 

Essential Duties:

  • Identify, recruit, and support volunteer leaders 
  • Work with the BIO Bill advisory team to develop and implement the strategic campaign plan.
  • Recruit, train and develop teams of volunteers
  • Organize Turnout for Campaign Events 
  • Identify supporters in assigned regions 
  • Use digital tools to support organizing on the ground
  • Motivate volunteers to meet voter contact goals
  • Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications:

  • Minimum 2 years organizing and/or legislative campaign experience. 
  • At least one campaign cycle of digital organizing experience 
  • Experience identifying and developing grassroots leadership in campaigns, and/or experience in running legislative campaigns. 
  • Coalition building and coordination skills 
  • Strong organizational, leadership, and problem-solving skills 
  • Excellent verbal communication and writing skills. Ability to communicate effectively with staff and community leaders.  
  • Demonstrated ability to lead direct actions and events 
  • Excellent team player, able to meet deadlines and work independently, innovative, creative, mature thinking and reasoning 
  • Excellent self-management skills, with the ability to work independently as needed. 
  • G-Suite familiarity (Google drive, Docx) 
  • Maintain a flexible working schedule, with the ability to work evenings, weekends or over holidays as needed. 
  • An energetic commitment to social justice and working within an anti-oppression framework

GVPAC is an equal-opportunity employer. People of color are strongly encouraged to apply. To apply: Email your resume and three references to john@gpacillinois.com

Gun Violence Prevention Action Committee Fellowship

The Gun Violence Prevention Action Committee is offering a fellowship for people interested in getting hands-on experience working to reduce gun violence in Illinois. Our work includes reaching out to communities to educate them about the risks associated with gun violence, and turning public opinion into public policy through advocacy for common sense gun legislation. Open positions entail 15-20 hours a week, and require a 3 month commitment (minimum).

Fellows will gain valuable experience in advocacy, community relations, organization, and outreach. Fellows will execute our legislative advocacy strategy in IL will be specifically in charge of updating and maintaining bill tracking, supporter management , corresponding with volunteers, digital engagement and will help organize upcoming special events or special projects as needed.

This position requires a college degree, or degree-seeking student, preferred. Current full and part time students are encouraged to apply. The Gun Violence Prevention Action Committee will work with your institution to secure course credit for your work if applicable. Positions require independence, motivation, organization and most importantly commitment to the cause.

Responsibilities

  • Implement a statewide legislative advocacy plan to pass SB1966 the BIO Bill to Fix the FOID

  • Monitor all forms of media, reports, and community engagement platforms

  • Develop understanding of current gun violence policy and create communications for social media.

  • Schedule and coordinate trainings, events, and power meetings

  • Write press public facing materials

  • Make phone calls to key legislative districts and constituents

  • Manage data reporting from the field

  • Search for press clippings

  • Create, manage or update campaign databases

  • Manage relationships with key validators and survivors

Requirements

  • Experience and/or strong desire to work in public affairs, public policy, legislative affairs or lobbying is strongly preferred

  • Strong verbal and written communication skills

  • Solid understanding of social media

  • Strong interest in gun violence prevention and desire to end gun violence in Illinois

  • Passion for issue advocacy

  • Proficiency in  Google Suite (Google Docs)

  • Legislative experience a plus but not necessary

To apply: Email your resume and three references to john@gpacillinois.com

Social Media Fellow

Fellowship Description

G-PAC is seeking a passionate social media fellow to assist in posting assets, building audience, and managing community across social media platforms to educate and activate social users in support of gun violence prevention and gun sense candidates. The ideal fellow will be responsible for staying up-to-date on the latest news, staying in daily contact with the client and integrated team, posting assets and articles to social media with approved messaging, and educating the public about gun safety candidates. 

Responsibilities: 

  • Manage and post content to G-PAC social media properties (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram)
  • Monitor the social media of candidates who G-PAC endorses and share events
  • Engage and grow the community of G-PAC by engaging with endorsed candidates and their supporters 
  • Create content that supports G-PAC endorsed candidates by highlighting their support for gun violence prevention
  • Logistical support for organizing virtual events and town halls 
  • Other duties as assigned. 

About G-PAC

The Gun Violence Prevention Political Action Committee (G-PAC) was founded to counter the political influence of the gun industry and their lobby in Springfield. G-PAC raises the resources necessary to protect and elect public officials with the courage to stand up to the gun lobby.

To learn more about G-PAC’s mission, please visit gpacillinois.com To apply: Email your resume and three references to john@gpacillinois.com