Forward Together Staff

New Mexico Field Manager

August 16, 2021

Reports to: New Mexico Field Director

Classification: Full-Time, Temporary to Hire, Non-Exempt, At Will

Location: Remote, but must be located in New Mexico

Office Hours: Monday – Friday, 40 hours a week. Start and end times are flexible, but must be able to attend predetermined team and staff meetings.

Salary Range: $67,500 – $72,000 annually

Benefits: Benefits are generous, with fully paid employee and dependent coverage for health, vision, and dental; and long-term disability insurance. Paid time off includes sick days, vacation, and holidays. In addition, we close our offices for two weeks in December.

Deadline to Apply: Open until filled. We encourage applicants to apply early. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis.

Tentative Start Date: Monday, October 4th, 2021

 

POSITION SUMMARY

New Mexico Field Manager co-leads organizing and communications strategies for engaging our individual leaders, supporters, and organizational partners. This position also focuses internally on data infrastructure to meet field organizing goals. This field work is carried out in close collaboration with the New Mexico Field Director, NM Policy Director, and NM Field Organizers.

The work requires a high-performing problem-solver, who is detail-oriented yet has an eye on the whole vision for our collective work, who works well both independently and as a team member, and communicates personably, directly, and effectively. An ability to prioritize tasks, manage time, and work well with others, while exercising respect for all the communities we work with is paramount.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  1. Organizing strategy and internal infrastructure for NM Field Organizing
    • Under the supervision of the New Mexico Field Director, and in collaboration with Forward Together’s New Mexico team, co-leads the development, implementation, and evaluation of engaging community leaders, individual supporters, and organizational partners.
    • Engages leaders, partners, and other supporters during the legislative session and year-round to meet program and campaign goals.
    • Leads projects as part of implementing the overall field strategy of the New Mexico program. This may include coordinating events, developing trainings, workshops or resources, and other activities as required.
      Supports strong working relationships with organizational partners and other leaders with the vision of building longer-term collaborations between organization and others.

    • Supports and builds upon the data infrastructure for the NM field program in close collaboration with Forward Together’s data team and NM field staff.
    • Maintains and updates the Forward Together CRMs (constituent relationship management systems and all databases) for the individuals, organizations, and work tracking related to them that this position manages.
    • Builds and maintains expert user skills in EveryAction, VAN, and other systems as required by current strategies in New Mexico.
    • Develops and shares field reports on New Mexico base engagement in a timely manner.
    • May supervise volunteers and interns as assigned.
    • Travels for events and meetings within New Mexico as needed, up to 12 times per year for up to three days at a stretch.
  1. Communications for NM Field Organizing
    • Co-leads with the NM Field Director the planning and implementation of the digital organizing strategy in New Mexico. Coordinates strategy with Forward Together’s Communications Team and NM Field Team including piloting and evaluating new strategies to build and deepen the New Mexico base of leaders and other supporters.
    • Writes emails, phone scripts, text messaging scripts, and social media posts to engage individual members in New Mexico policy and culture shift work.
    • Creates social media content, such as graphics, as needed.
    • Supports New Mexico leaders by engaging them in communications strategies to increase the visibility of NM campaigns and the visibility of their leadership within our organizational work.

 

OTHER DUTIES

  • Actively participates in appropriate staff team meetings on a weekly basis.
  • Accurately tracks and reports lobbying activities. Effectively utilizes all financial, 501c3, and 501c4 related systems by following financial systems protocols and filing documents in a timely and accurate manner, including check requests, revenue reports, monthly credit card reports, and monthly time/lobbying tracking forms.
  • Actively participates in biweekly all-staff meetings and all-staff strategy and planning sessions, including travel out of state up to 3 times per year for three days at a time.
  • Participates in 30 minute weekly sessions of Courageous Practice, a mind body practice that includes exercises like breathing, stretching and tai chi, to the extent of physical ability and with any physical adjustments necessary.
  • Participates in all-staff grassroots fundraising activities such as the end of year campaign.
  • Supports hiring committees as assigned.
  • Completes other reports and paperwork as assigned.
  • Utilizes direct communication, ongoing feedback, and pro-active problem solving to address internal organizational challenges and disagreements.
  • Works pro-actively and in good faith as a member of the staff team to support and strengthen the overall stability and effectiveness of the organization.
  • Lends a hand to other staff, on a case-by-case basis, when possible within work plan.
  • Vendor and consultant management as needed.
  • Performs other job-related duties as assigned, within the scope of this job description.

 

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Minimum of 5 years experience in a range of community organizing strategies
    Commitment to Forward Together’s mission and social justice
  • Experience working on behalf of diverse and underserved populations preferred
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Flexible and comfortable in a dynamic and active environment with shifting priorities
  • Strong ability to use systems, manage calendars, and organize information
  • Careful attention to detail, including grammar and visual presentation of the written word
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office, web browsers, Gmail, Google Calendar and the basics of database and conferencing software
  • Ability to control and handle confidential and time-sensitive information, possess good judgment, and keen awareness of other people’s needs
  • Strong orientation toward growth and improvement, creative thinking, and problem solving
  • Ability to work well in teams and use direct communication to express needs and priorities
  • Ability to effectively communicate with people at all levels and from various backgrounds
  • Good people skills and a positive attitude when communicating about Forward Together’s work
  • A willingness to learn through trial and error
  • Must be able to speak, read, write, and understand the primary language(s) used in the workplace
  • Punctual, reliable, accountable
  • Ready to troubleshoot and problem solve
  • A friendly and helpful attitude with a willingness to take on small or large tasks
  • Ability to travel required: 1–3 day trips, 3 times per year out of state, and up to 12 times within New Mexico
  • Ability to drive; valid New Mexico driver’s license and, if driving own car, proof of insurance coverage meeting
  • Forward Together’s organizational insurance levels

 

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • Experience working with a nonprofit
  • Bilingual in English and Spanish a plus
  • Strong Internet research skills and experience preferred
  • Experience with EveryAction and/or VAN preferred
  • Basic graphic design skills a plus
  • Experience with volunteers preferred
  • Proficiency with a range of social media tools including Facebook and Twitter preferred

 

AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES SPECIFICATIONS

Physical Demands
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Using a computer 40% of the time, although this may fluctuate up to 90% while COVID restrictions are still in place, and talking on the phone 30% of the time.
  • Must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.
  • Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision, color vision, and the ability to adjust focus.
  • Participates in 30 minute weekly sessions of Courageous Practice, a mind body practice that includes exercises like breathing, stretching and tai chi, to the extent of physical ability and with any physical adjustments necessary.
  • Work Environment
    Work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

    • Position works from New Mexico. Forward Together allows all employees to work remotely from home.
    • While performing the duties of this job, travels up to 3 days at a time to Oakland, California, Portland, Oregon, or other states 3 times a year and within New Mexico, up to 12 times per year.
    • While performing the duties of this position, the employee travels regularly by automobile and is exposed to changing weather conditions. When working inside an office, this position is not exposed to weather conditions.
    • The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

     

    TO APPLY
    People of color, people with disabilities, Indigenous, queer, transgender, non-binary and gender nonconforming people strongly encouraged to apply.

    Applicants should submit a cover letter describing:

    • Why you are interested in this role with the listed responsibilities;
    • Why you are interested in working for a multi-racial, multi-issue organization made up of people of color, immigrants, indigenous people, queer and transgender and gender-nonconforming people who work to secure rights, recognition and resources for families so that family members have self-determination over their bodies, their sexuality, and their family formation.

    You must submit a resume and a cover letter that thoroughly answers the prompts or else your application will be deemed incomplete. Click here to access the application portal.

    We are an Equal Opportunity Employer.