birth justice organizer

Reports to: Co-Director 

Salary: $66,000 full time exempt

Location: Seattle, Washington - This is a hybrid (in-person and work from home) position. Candidates must reside in the greater Seattle metropolitan area. 

Expected Start Date: January 3rd, 2023

Hiring Timeline

Applications are due at midnight on October 16th, please send a resume and cover letter to info@surgereprojustice.org. Subject line: Birth Justice Organizer. 

 

Interviews will take place the week of October 31st, with an anticipated start date of January 3rd.

We will read your cover letter first; it’s important to understand whether this position is the right fit for you. In your cover letter, please be sure to tell us why you are interested in this particular role, what makes you a strong candidate, and how you align with our values as a reproductive justice organization.

 

If for some reason submitting a cover letter is a barrier to applying, please email us at info@surgereprojustice.org before the application due date, and we can work with you to find an alternative (ex: video submission).

Benefits

23 days paid time off, 11 paid holidays, flexible, family-friendly schedule, medical (zero-deductible HMO and PPO options), dental, short- and long-term disability, life, and AD&D insurance, with RVC covering over 90% of the costs of the insurance package. 401(k) and Roth IRA Retirement accounts and a Transit Orca card are available. 


About Surge Reproductive Justice 
Surge is a community directed policy organization rooted in the Reproductive Justice (RJ) framework and anti-racist organizing principles. Reproductive justice is defined by Sistersong as, “the human right to maintain personal bodily autonomy, have children, not have children, and parent the children we have in safe and sustainable communities.”


Our mission is to mobilize communities to build a world where all people can make powerful, self-determined choices for their bodies and the future of their families and communities. Our work centers Black women, Black femmes, and Black queer and trans people for a movement that rises from the bottom up. Currently we are engaged in campaigns for Black perinatal health, Medicaid access for doulas, and decriminalizing sex work in the state of Washington. 


About The Position 

 

At SRJ, we see our role in the community as facilitators who support the leadership and expertise of our community to develop solutions rooted in a reproductive justice framework. We are searching for someone to join our team who will be committed to our goals of SRJ being a tool for the communities who are most impacted to create their own solutions. SRJ seeks someone who will work alongside community members to create solutions that have an intersectional analysis of race and gender. The Birth Justice Organizer is deeply connected to the community they belong to, believes in a people-based power theory of change, and has a deep understanding of the reproductive justice framework and intersectional Black Queer feminist thought. 

As the Birth Justice Organizer at Surge, they will support our community directed policy initiatives that we are running this year,with the primary responsibility of co-facilitating the Doulas For All coalition. It is our highest intention to have someone in this position for at least three years.

Organizer Development and Evaluation Period

If offered this position, upon review at the one year mark of their position, we will make the decision to offer the job as a permanent position at Surge. The organizer will be provided with the expectations that SRJ uses for the organizer's skills and qualities as well as all of the required trainings’ for an organizer within the first three months of their start time. Evaluations will be made at the three month mark and six month mark. 

Responsibilities Will Include: 

 

Doulas 4 All Coalition (70% of time)

  • Facilitate monthly and weekly meetings 

  • Coordinate outreach and attendance of meetings 

  • Coordinate scheduling and calendar of events and meetings 

  • Relationship building with coalition members 

  • Support with tracking coalition member attendance for stipend program 

 

Legislative Session (seasonal)

  • Co-facilitate lawmaker meetings, government briefings with Policy Director

  • Coordinate testimony, update testimony toolkit with Policy Director

  • Update lawmaker meeting appointments on calendar; and coordinate outreach to coalition members 

  • Attend lawmaker meetings 

 

Rulemaking Process (project based)

  • Attend strategy meetings with Department of Health, Health Care Authority, and Governor’s Office and national partners

  • Co-facilitate legislative/implementation briefings with the Policy Director

  • Coordinate testimony, update testimony toolkit with the Policy Director

  • Events: 4-5 Community Cafes’ to strengthen Rule Making, Rehearsals

 

Communications (5% of time)

  • Coordinate with communications point person on press releases, flyers

  • Serve as secondary contact for press, availability for presentations as needed

  • Support with updates to social media

 

All Staff & Supervision (20% of time)

  • Attend work planning meetings with Policy Director

  • Attend staff meetings and staff hangouts (as needed) 

  • Attend organizer meetings 

  • Attend team building activities, e.g. Work Planning, Healing and Restorative processes and Retreats when requested

  • All Hands on Deck: All other campaign strategies, community events, and hiring processes

 

Leadership Development Trainings (5% of time)

  • Facilitate, co-facilitate and/or attend trimesterly Leadership Ladder Trainings

  • Participate in creation of new trainings

  • Actively recruit Doulas For All members and partners into trainings 

Ideal Qualifications

  • 2 plus years of community organizing experience

  • Experience as a birth worker is highly desirable

  • Analysis and commitment to Anti-Racism analysis and Undoing Racism principles

  • Background in reproductive justice / RJ aligned work 

  • Relationships in the QTBIPOC community in Seattle and/or King County

  • A well-developed interpersonal skill set — especially active listening, empathy, patience, personal accountability and relationship building. 

  • Track record as a highly organized, collaborative teammate who can also thrive in independent projects. 

 
Background Check
A criminal background will not automatically eliminate you from consideration. A criminal history background check will be conducted on the final candidate prior to beginning employment.


Surge Reproductive Justice is an equal opportunity employer. LGBTQ+ folks, people of color, especially those from Southeast Seattle, are strongly encouraged to apply.