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Secular Student Alliance Hiring Regional Campus Organizer


SSA logoThe Secular Student Alliance is hiring a Regional Campus Organizer to start in June 2012.  This full-time position is a pilot program to begin providing more direct campus organizing assistance to SSA affiliate groups by focusing on a specific geographical area.  The Regional Campus Organizer will primarily serve affiliates in his/her specific regional network, while overseeing volunteer coordinators for other networks and determining best practices for continuing this model in the future.

This position will involve a significant amount of travel, including frequent visits to affiliated campus groups as well as semiannual extended stays at our headquarters in Columbus, OH for training and our annual conference.  Travel will often be done via rental cars, and expenses will be compensated.  An ideal candidate will be self-motivated, able to work efficiently from the road and in a busy, rapidly-changing office environment, and have excellent communication skills.

As is the case with many small non-profits, this position will also assist with other areas of campus organizing and operations.  Your flexibility and ability to quickly learn new skills will be incredibly valuable.

This is a full-time position (40 hours/week) with some of those hours on nights and weekends.  This position will be based remotely and reports directly to the Director of Campus Organizing.  This position will begin on or around June 1, 2012, with in-person training at our Columbus, OH office.

To apply for this position, please send the following materials to hr.co@secularstudents.org.  Applications are due no later than March 20, 2012.  Incomplete applications will not be considered.

  1. Your resume
  2. Answers to the screening questions below
  3. A writing sample following one of the two prompts below

Position Description

Regional Campus Organizer Primary Duties
- Primary campus organizer for one regional network:
    - Provide hands-on support, group-starting assistance, troubleshooting, etc. for groups within region
    - Coordinate service delivery for campus-organizer based services within region
    - Assist Campus Organizing team with Affiliation Renewal process within region
    - Communicating SSA national programs and services to groups in region
    - Attend some affiliate events in person and/or assist with planning in person
    - Facilitate cooperation between groups within region and region-specific cooperative events
    - Specific region to be determined based on candidate’s experience, location and preference
- Primary contact and staff resource for volunteer coordinators in other regional networks
- Take a primary role in developing a Regional Network-based campus organizing model
    - Collect data and best practices for regional networks
    - Develop tools, resources and services for regional networks
    - Reporting on regional-specific data and program progress
- Assisting with other areas of campus organizing as necessary

Position Requirements
- Bachelor’s degree or equivalent
- Experience with a campus group (a secular student group is ideal, but experience with other campus groups is also acceptable)
- Must be willing to travel extensively within region and make extended trips to Columbus, OH, particularly in June 2012.
- Microsoft Office skills (Word and Excel)
- Self-motivated & independent - able to work efficiently remotely and while traveling
- Organized and able to follow directions
- Flexible and adaptive
- Excellent at collaboration
- Able to maintain focus and be productive while managing simultaneous tasks
- Excellent phone, chat, and email communication skills
- Drivers License and relatively clean driving record

Position Pluses
- Knowledge of secular/atheist/humanist/freethought movement and/or involvement in a secular grassroots group
- Google Docs experience
- Experience with Facebook, Twitter and other social media
- Basic HTML skills
- Writing and/or technical writing skills
- Graphic design skills and/or experience with Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop and InDesign)
- Training and/or experience in statistics
- Public speaking experience
- Experience with a regional network of student groups

- Start at $28,000/year plus health and dental insurance
- Two weeks' paid vacation per year (available after October 2012)
- One week paid sick leave per year
- Comp time for weekends/holidays worked not as part of normal work schedule

Writing Sample Prompts
Please include as part of your application a writing sample (300-800 words) based on one of the two situations below.
    a.  A campus group in your region has emailed you complaining of low turnout at meetings and apathy among its membership.  Compose a reply providing them with guidance regarding their situation.
    b.  A student group in your region is interested in hosting a speaker but is unsure of how to do so.  Compose a message to them explaining how a speaker event usually works and how they can get started on their own.

Screening Questions

  1. Why are you interested in this position?
  2. How did you learn about this position?
  3. When would you be able to start?
  4. What are your long-term career goals? How does this job fit into your long-term plans?
  5. Can you prove that you are either a citizen of the United States, or a legal worker and permanent resident?
  6. What was your college GPA?  Is there anything you’d like to say about it?
  7. Have you been involved in some form of student activism? If so, briefly describe.
  8. Are you willing to be publicly known as a supporter of the freethought movement? (The two most controversial elements of that movement being: 1. promoting respect and equal rights for atheists, agnostics, humanists and others who do not believe in a god AND 2. profound skepticism of supernatural claims.)
  9. Do you have any reservations about collaborating with people who are much older or younger than you, or are of a different ethnic group, sexual orientation, or philosophical or political belief?
  10. What experience(s) from your activist/volunteer work do you expect to help you most for this job? Why?
  11. What experience(s) from your paid work experience do you expect to help you most for this job? Why?
  12. From what you know about the SSA, what do you like best?
  13. From what you know about the SSA, what would you most like to see improve?
  14. Have you been involved in a regional network of Secular Student Alliance affiliate groups?  If so, which one(s) and to what extent?  If not, which network would you most like to become involved with, and why?
  15. Please give the names, emails, and phone numbers of two references. They should be work, activist or academic references. We do not need personal references.
  16. Is there anything else you would like to make us aware of as we consider your application?

The Secular Student Alliance supports a rapidly growing network of over 300 atheist, agnostic, and humanist groups on high school and college campuses.  Our mission is to organize, unite, educate, and serve students and student communities that promote the ideals of scientific and critical inquiry, democracy, secularism, and human-based ethics. The Secular Student Alliance is a 501(c)(3) educational, non-profit, public charity. We were founded in 2000 by students and recent students. We are headquartered in Columbus, OH.

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