Who are Council Organizers?
MoveOn's Council Organizers build the progressive movement by bringing together MoveOn members locally to develop leadership and organize actions. Council Organizers are the local organizers of their team—part of a national network of grassroots leaders who drive MoveOn's campaigns.
MoveOn is only as strong as our member leaders. Our success as a progressive organization is because people like you have stepped up to lead. Being a leader in the MoveOn Council network means representing and being accountable to the voices of over 7 million members.
Each Council Organizer builds a strong local Council that is actively engaged in MoveOn national campaigns. Council Organizers:
- Identify and recruit Council Core member to join the local Council. COs recruit Council Core members to build the local Council. A Regional Organizer helps COs gain the skills to do this effectively. We do this by reaching out to MoveOn members in a specific community and asking folks to work together to hold events and build a core group of leaders.
- Develop the Core team into strong, local organizers who build the Council by taking action. You will work with your Core team to create a Council building plan—to recruit new members to the Council and Council Core and train members in organizing skills. COs:
- Share campaign and tactic stories with your Core team and prepare them to share these stories with the Council.
- Support your Core team to develop new leaders in the Council.
- Check in with your Core team members regularly—to troubleshoot challenges and hold Core team members accountable to their plans.
- Make a "next steps" plan with your Core team members after each event. This plan will include recruiting attendees, making leadership asks, identifying new potential leadership, and making plans for the Council's next organizing meeting.
- Work with the Core team to be rapid-response ready. Taking political action means keeping pace with politics. This does not always make planning easy and at times we will need to take action with only 24 or 48 hours' notice. As a CO, you'll be ready at all times to engage your Council, expressing the urgency of now, to participate in national or local actions. It is a true test of our organization and leadership that we can activate our members at a moments' notice.
- Time commitment: You can expect to spend no less than 15 hours and no more than 20 hours hours a month as a MoveOn Council Organizer. You'll work closely with your Regional Organizer to plan how to do your best organizing effectively and efficiently.
- Fast communication: You will be responsible for quickly communicating upcoming actions to your Core team and making sure that they have the support they need to run successful events. It's especially important to keep up on your email, and when in doubt, pick up the phone and call your Regional Organizer or Core team.
- Regular weekly phone calls: You'll have a weekly "indy" call (also called a one-to-one) with your Regional Organizer and participate in a group call with the other Council Organizers in the region. You'll also have weekly "indy" calls with your Core team and hold group conference calls on a regular basis with this team. You are also expected to participate in the monthly National Leadership Call with Regional Organizers and Council Organizers from around the country.
Council Organizers are the backbone of the MoveOn Councils and are strong and powerful leaders in their local areas. Council Organizers have passion for organizing on progressive issues and are committed to helping Councils grow and hold important events. Our power comes from COs who believe in MoveOn campaigns, will work hard with other MoveOn members in their area, and will work closely with a MoveOn Regional Organizer.
It is recommended, although not required, that Council Organizers have experience as a Core team or Council member—to gain a powerful understanding of how MoveOn's grassroots organizing works.