See forwarded job offer below:
> From: "Ben MacConnell" <ben@...>
> Date: 2006/12/20 Wed PM 06:56:39 EST
> To: jacque@...
> Subject: Jacqueline - please consider or share with folks within the Code Pink network
> Dear Jacqueline,
> Hello there. I am a community organizer with a national network of grassroots
> community organizations working toward social and economic justice called the
> Direct Action & Research Training (DART) center. I got your name and email address
> from the codepink4peace.org website. I am writing to send along information on
> a paid training program for those in Miami, West Palm Beach, Ft. Lauderdale,
> St. Petersburg, Lakeland, Daytona Beach, Jacksonville, and Tallahassee, Florida
> with an interest in launching a career in community organizing around common
> issues affecting low-moderate income communities like affordable housing, quality
> public education, living wage, youth services, crime, etc. (see full description
> of paid training below).
> Our paid training program starts June 17, 2007 and runs through October 5, 2007.
> Host organizations are located in several cities throughout Florida and will
> likely include placements with successful grassroots, community organizations
> in Miami, West Palm Beach, Ft. Lauderdale, St. Petersburg, Lakeland, Daytona
> Beach, Jacksonville, and Tallahassee.
> Please let me know if you are interested and/or would be kind enough to pass
> along the brief description below to friends, colleagues, list serves, field
> organizers, or to anyone you know that might be interested in pursuing this line
> of work. Our application deadline is right around the corner on January 1, 2007,
> so I would appreciate any help you may be able to provide in spreading the word.
> I am also attaching a one-page flyer in case that's helpful in any way in spreading
> the word.
> The DART Center has been conducting a paid community organizer training program
> for the last five years, and has enabled dozens of people to launch permanent
> salaried positions in the field. It's an excellent opportunity for people interested
> in grassroots, community organizing.
> Thanks for your consideration.
> Ben MacConnell
> Recruitment Director
> Direct Action & Research Training (DART) Center
> Ph: (785) 841-2680
> Fax: (785) 841-0118
> DART is now accepting applications for the 2007 DART Organizers Institute, the
> paid, four-month field school for people interested in launching a career in
> community organizing. Participants will undergo a combined classroom and field
> training covering such topics as:
> · Entering a community
> · Identifying and training local leaders
> · Strategic planning and issue cutting
> · Relationship and community building
> · Direct Action on community issues
> · Fundraising
> · Congregation-based coalition building
> The DART Center, has built coalitions throughout the country that have won important
> victories on a broad set of justice issues including:
> · Education reform in low-performing public schools
> · Job Training
> · Drugs and Violence
> · Criminal Recidivism
> · Living Wage
> · Neighborhood Revitalization, etc.
> The DART Organizers Institute combines a 7-day classroom orientation with 15
> weeks of infield training at a DART host organization. This is a paid training
> program that includes: a $6,500 living stipend, transportation to the classroom
> orientation and host city, and mileage reimbursement during the infield training.
> Room, board, and tuition will also be paid by DART during the 7-day classroom
> training. After successful completion of the program, DART will work to place
> graduates into fulltime salaried positions.
> Graduates from the four month DART Organizers Institute have gone onto accept
> Executive Director and Associate Community Organizing positions throughout the
> country. We continue to train the best of those working to build the power of
> low-moderate income communities to win victories on important issues in their
> The program starts June 17, 2007 and runs through October 7, 2007. Host organizations
> are located in Florida, Virginia, Kentucky, Indiana, and Ohio. Applications are
> being accepted now.
> Although it may be helpful, no direct experience is necessary. Organizer Trainees
> (OTs) hired to participate in the DART Organizers Institute must demonstrate
> a desire to pursue community organizing as a long-term professional career. A
> master's degree or similar life experience is preferred though unnecessary. Candidates
> must have a college degree or be graduating prior to June 1, 2007. Also, candidates
> must display a workmanlike diligence, be driven to produce sustained results,
> have proven capacity to build relationships of trust, create and execute a plan,
> act professionally, feel comfortable working with congregations, be accountable
> and willing to hold others accountable, demonstrate disciplined thought and action,
> and work in a team setting. OTs must also have access to a car during their training
> and be flexible regarding relocation. Fluency in Spanish/English is a plus and
> people of color are encouraged to apply.
> To find out more about DART or to apply, we encourage you to send your resume
> to: Ben MacConnell, DART Network, 820 New York Street, Lawrence, KS 66044 or
> by email: institute@.... If you have any questions, please call:
> (785) 841-2680. Also, you can download applications or view profiles from previous
> OTs at the DART website: <www.thedartcenter.org>. The 2007 DART Organizers Institute
> Application Deadline is January 1, 2007.