Student Spotlight: Siddique Akram is this year’s MSC Meyerhoff winner!

Siddique Akram

Immigrating to Milwaukee from Pakistan when he was 6-years old, Siddique Akram is a first generation college student, and he will be graduating this May with a Bachelor of Science in Biology and History. As a student at UW, he has served as the President of the Muslim Students Association (MSA), volunteered at Meriter Hospital, tutored fellow undergrads in biology, and conducted laboratory research with the UW-Madison School of Medicine’s Department of Surgery and Medicine, as well as with Northwestern University’s summer CURE program.

“Going to college and performing to the best of my ability has been a huge accomplishment. Being president of MSA and the things we were able to accomplish this year definitely contributes to that sense of satisfaction,” says Siddique.

This past fall, MSA’s new event Understanding Islamophobia in America featured panelists across different religious and academic backgrounds and had over 300 participants, making it the organization’s most well attended event. During his time as president, Siddique’s leadership helped the organization start a Freshmen/Transfer Orientation and also establishing the Muslim Alumni Association (MAA); they will be introducing their first Muslim Alumni Weekend this May.

“My goal was to serve Muslim students by creating a stronger sense of community, and for non-Muslim students and the university at large by promoting a sense of mutual understanding by making sure the organization is as welcoming as possible through educational opportunities and open discussions,” says Siddique. “One of the benefits of MSA has been the mentorship. There have been several MSA members who have been pre-med and helped guide me through the process, and I want to play a similar role [as a mentor] for freshman and sophomore students.”

Siddique has grown a lot as a leader. He started his involvement with MSA as a general body member, then later contributing to religious discussion events, becoming Event Coordinator on the executive board, and finally, elected to President.

“Becoming president has been a transformative experience for me. I was given a huge say in determining the course our organization would take this year, I was able to determine the vision for the year, gained a lot of public speaking experience, and collaborated with a lot of other groups.”

For emerging leaders, Siddique’s advice is to focus on the larger goal. “Everyone is part of the same team regardless of position, so it doesn’t matter who gets the credit, just as long as the end result is something that’s really good. Focusing on the larger picture instead of the details helps make the organization and the UW community better.”

His faith in Islam encourages him to commit himself to others, and he has done so not only through his leadership and involvement, but also through his career aspirations.  Siddique plans on becoming a doctor as a means of helping others.

“The impact you can make on someone’s life through becoming a physician is profound. I can’t think of a better way to give back to the community,” he says. “Disease affects people across socioeconomics and culture…everyone experiences health problems at some point or another.”

After graduation, he will be interning at the Cardiopulmonary Research and Science Technology Institute (CRSTI) in Dallas, Texas where he will be doing research and shadowing physicians as he applies to medical school.

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Check out MSA’s 2013 Islam Appreciation Month Events: Muslim Students Association (MSA)’s Islam Appreciation Month promotes dialogue between people of all faiths highlights the vast amount of diversity in the American Muslim experience. 

  • Fast-a-thon with Mo Sabri, Saturday, April 27, 6:45pm Ogg Hall
  • Who Speaks for Islam: What a Billion Muslims Actually Think with Dalia Mogahed, Tuesday, May 7, 6pm, Education L196

Faculty Spotlight: Q&A with Dr. Lori Kido Lopez

Lori LopezDr. Lori Kido Lopez, an Assistant Professor of Media and Cultural Studies at UW-Madison’s Communication Arts department, examines race and ethnicity in the media and how social justice movements utilize the media for change.  She is currently working on a book that looks at the different ways Asian Americans have fought to improve their representation in entertainment media.

MSC: Tell us more about your upcoming book on APIA community organizing.  

LORI: I’m working on a book that looks at all the different ways Asian Americans have fought to improve their representation in entertainment media.  Obviously it’s really important for Asian Americans to see themselves represented, to make our community visible.  I look at traditional activist groups, advertising agencies, and new media interventions as different sites for making a difference in this arena.

MSC: What was the transformative moment that made you decide to explore new media in grassroots activism and social justice?

LORI: I don’t remember a specific moment, but I definitely remember it not sitting right with me that some activist groups only looked at traditional media, like movies and tv shows.  There is so much confusion about what new media means and how it shapes communities.  But then there are so many interesting individuals and groups who spread their ideas only using Twitter, or YouTube, or even old-school internet spaces like LiveJournal.  I wanted to work on theorizing the way that connected to activism.

MSC: What would ideal collaborations and supportive partnerships between community organizations and academia look like?

LORI: When I lived in Los Angeles, I partnered with a couple different community organizations to work on media activism and LGBT activism.  It’s always hard to figure out how an academic perspective can best be utilized — especially the cultural studies perspective that I bring.  But with some careful assessment of what the organization needs and what kind of tools the academic can bring, I think there can be some really productive partnerships.  It just takes a long-term investment, some creativity and willingness to stretch on both sides, and a deep desire to make it work.

MSC: What are your media consumption habits for information and for entertainment?

LORI: In terms of entertainment, there’s a lot of TV that I watch.  I’m a huge lover of serial dramas — right now I’m most excited about Revenge, Nashville, The Walking Dead, and of course Game of Thrones.  Also a few sitcoms — Modern Family, Parks and Rec, Community — and reality shows like Jersey Shore and Dance Moms.  I always have the excuse that keeping up on TV is part of my job, but I also hold very strong beliefs about embracing whatever media you love and never being embarrassed!  In terms of information, I’m definitely on Facebook 24/7, chasing down links and following whatever news my friends lead me to.  I also love documentaries and the information that I learn from them.  And then of course, The Daily Show and plenty of Rachel Maddow.

MSC: Who or what are you inspired by?

LORI: I’m always inspired by people who devote their life to activism.  There are so many amazing people working for nonprofits, getting so little compensation but making such a big difference.  I am also inspired by the documentaries I watch, like the ones I watched most recently — Never Sorry Ai Weiwei and We Were Here.

MSC: How do you hope to use your research to shape the future?

LORI: Well, for starters, I hope to find a way for my research to actually HAVE an impact!  I think it’s actually a daunting challenge to conceptualize the real-world impact of academic research.  It’s easy to see the way that we “shape the future” as educators — my goal is for my students to emerge from my classes more media literate, and with better vocabularies for discussing power dynamics and oppression in their everyday lives.  But talking about the impact of my research is harder, because we write very specifically and for a very narrow academic audience.  It’s my hope that I can develop theories that are accessible enough to have traction with a broader audience, but the reality is that reaching a broad audience is not our directive as academics.  So I’m still working on figuring out how the work that I do within media studies and Asian American studies can ever hope to shape the future!

MSC: Outside of teaching and research, what do you love to do?  

LORI: I’d have to say that my great love is food.  I’m a food fanatic — obsessively reading about food, planning every meal, exploring food cultures.  I’ve definitely been enjoying all the brats & cheese in Madison, and can’t wait for the farmer’s market to start up again.  But I’m also on the quest to figure out where I can get the best pho, and to solve the mystery of why there is no dim sum anywhere!

We’re Hiring a Communications Specialist/Social Justice Educator!

We’re hiring a Full-time Communications Specialist/Social Justice Educator (Deadline: May 17):  The Multicultural Student Center (MSC) is seeking a communications specialist & social justice educator to manage a sophisticated education-based communications strategy that embodies the Spirit of our mission, vision and values. This position requires a holistic approach to media-based Social Justice Education. This position reports to the Director of the MSC and serves-as the Editor-in Chief of (a) Tapestry, the official Newsletter of the MSC; and (b) Threads, the MSC blogsite. Additionally, this position serves as an affiliate facilitator/trainer of the Institute for Justice Education and Transformation (IJET). Click here for the full job description. 

Degree and area of specialization: Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university plus 2 years applicable professional experience OR a Masters degree from an accredited college or university plus up to 1 year applicable professional experience.

Master’s degree preferred. Acceptable academic disciplines include: Marketing, Communications, Rhetoric, Journalism, Media Studies, Ethnic/Cultural Studies, Social Justice Education or a related academic field.

Minimum number of years and type of relevant work experience: A minimum of 2 years experience working effectively with individuals and groups from a variety of ethnicities, identities, cultures, backgrounds and ideologies as well as personal and social orientations in a compassionate, culturally competent manner. The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate their experience, skills and abilities in the following areas:

  • Ability to manage concurrent projects
  • Extensive writing and/or editing experience for a variety of audiences.
  • Ability to facilitate educational/skill building workshops
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team and meet deadlines
  • Multi-issue social justice education
  • Digital photography (preferred)
  • Desktop publishing
  • Media justice, analysis, criticism, or social documentation
  • Mac and PC operating systems
  • Web design
  • Familiarity with institutions of higher education similar to the University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Willingness to serve as a contributing, active and positive member of the MSC staff and be committed to its organizational success
  • A record of commitment to social justice principals and multicultural student support.
  • A willingness and ability to work some evening and weekend hours
  • A flexible working style and strong work ethic
  • Practice ethical boundary-setting with students as befits a student affairs professional.
  • Ability to honor and demonstrate a strong sense of accountability and advocacy to the students whom they serve.

Principal duties:

  • Provide quality programs and services designed to increase cross-cultural competencies, elevate awareness of power and privilege , foster social justice, and improve campus climate for all students.
  • Enhance the involvement and academic/personal success of students of color and their allies.
  • Create programs which appropriately apply cultural, student, and identity development theories.
  • Lead the Institute for Justice Education and Transformation (IJET) team in the area of educational/training opportunities for students on the use of social justice media strategies (messaging, analysis, social documentation, cultural production, etc.).
  • Collaborate with other staff members in implementing key outreach activities and coordinate communications/outreach with campus- and community-based organizations;
  • Forge working relationships with other campus units that have Multicultural or Social Justice programming/support services,
  • Represent the MSC on relevant campus communications committees

Passive Programming

  • Utilize knowledge of the Department’s organizational philosophy, operational model, and educational/advocacy/support activities to create and implement effective communications strategies designed to support both the MSC’s strategic priorities and mission
  • Develop strategic communications plans, objectives, and guidelines for the MSC and advise the Director/Asst. Dean and center staff on all communications issues;
  • Serve as the primary editor for all Departmental publications and other forms of messaging, including the e-newsletter, annual report, brochures, and web content;
  • Serve as a liaison between the MSC and University Communications

The Social Justice Educator/Communications Specialist will:

  • Perform other duties as assigned/requested by the Director/Asst. Dean or the Central Leadership Team of the Division of Student life.
  • Advance the mission, vision and strategic priorities of the Division through day-to-day responsibilities and special projects.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to fostering an inclusive living-learning-working community Represent Multicultural Student Center on divisional committees
  • Represent the Division via campus committees, initiatives and events as requested

Additional Information:  IJET is a curriculum-based initiative housed within the UW-Madison Multicultural Student Center. The IJET provides and supports campus-wide opportunities for deep reflection and action around issues of Social Justice for multicultural students and their allies. This initiative includes several entry level (101) and intermediate (201) social justice workshops offered throughout the academic year, a Social Justice Speakers and Trainers Series, and ongoing support for students involved in various campus and community social justice efforts. Our goals are:

  • To develop multi-issue (intersectional) social justice literacy
  • To celebrate and reclaim the profound legacy of student movements
  • To enhance students’ capacities to build effective and sustainable coalitions, organizations, and/or movements in their contemporary context
  • To foster and support transformative leaders working towards an increasingly equitable and just society.

As a communications specialist and social justice educator on the staff of the MSC, the duties of the position revolve around being a member of the IJET Social Justice Resource Center Staff.

HOW TO APPLY:

ELECTRONIC SUBMISSIONS ARE STRONGLY ENCOURAGED. Submit applications by application deadline date to ensure consideration. Applications submitted after the posted deadline may be considered.

Please submit a cover and resume/c/v . Your cover letter must explicitly detail:

  • how you meet the minimum number of years/experience for this specific
  • your competence in the basic skills required for this position
  • which preferred skills/experience you would bring to this position

Submissions should be sent to:

Diane Steele, 500 Lincoln Dr, 75 Bascom Hall, Madison, WI 53706-1314
Email: dsteele@studentlife.wisc.edu
Phone: 608-263-5700
Fax: 608-265-5646

Weekend Guide: Yoni Ki Baat, Dodgeball, Ebony Ball, and more

YKB Poster 2013

South Asian Sisters present UW-Madison’s fifth production of Yoni Ki Baat this Friday and Saturday at 7pm at the Overture Center: YONI KI BAAT, also known as the womyn of color Vagina Monologues, consists of the narratives and stories of womyn in the diaspora, some of which have been written by the performers themselves. The yoni (Sanskrit word for “vagina”) has long been held sacred in Hindu mythology, but through years of patriarchy and colonialism, it has rarely been allowed to speak its mind.

In 2003, South Asian Sisters, a collective of progressive desi womyn, decided that the yoni needed a chance to get on stage and tell its side of the story. Thus, “Yoni ki Baat” (YKB) was born. “Yoni Ki Baat,” loosely translated as “Talk of the Vagina,” is a nationwide theatre ensemble dedicated to creating a space in which womyn of color can express their own views on sexuality and their bodies – topics which are traditionally kept “hush-hush” in many of our cultures and communities. The most unique aspect of YKB is that it is the only project on campus that promotes the voices and experiences of the womyn performing on stage. YKB also aims to end the silencing of violence against womyn, especially in diasporic cultures around the world.

ProphetMuEvent Revised

“Prophet Muhammad: The Man You Thought You Knew” is the second event of the MSA’s annual Islam Appreciation Month. Join MSA today, April 12th at 6pm in the Great Hall room at Memorial Union.  Featuring Daniel Tutt, an expert on Islamophobia, and Tahera Ahmad, the Muslim Chaplain at Northwestern University, this event is designed to educate attendees about who Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) really was and how that differs from the perception of the Prophet in the West.

Topics that will be explored include: Anecdotes from the Prophet’s life that are indicative of his most closely held beliefs and values, and questions such as: How was the Prophet in his dealings with non-Muslims? How did the Prophet interact with people who had differing viewpoints from his own? This discussion will also look at popular depictions and stereotypes of the Prophet Muhammad in America throughout history up to the present. This genealogy will seek to show that the way we depict the Prophet Muhammad, and Islam more generally is not only a reflection of our way of understanding Islam and Muslims, but it is a way to define cultural self-definition and nation-building in America. Daniel Tutt will also show a brief clip of their film on Muhammad, and show their new website : muhammadfilm.tv Everyone is encouraged to come and learn about one of the most influential men in the world.

APIA Dodgeball Tournament this Saturday from 1-3:30 at the SERF’s Gym 3, Court 2 Room 103. In preparation and celebration for Asian American Heritage Week, AASU will be holding a Dodgeball Tournament for those who are up for the squishy painful challenge. Please register through this link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1HckDLcBojmUU4uadlxQnlRI0MWUEsU__8OJTgBQLcvo/viewform

Teams must have 5-8 people and must be registered. If you do not have a team, you don’t need one! We can facilitate forming pick-up teams the day of! $2 per person.

wunksheek

Wunk Sheek’s Spring Pow Wow is this Saturday, April 13 in Dejope Hall (630 Elm Drive)

  • Grand Entries at 1:00pm and 7:00pm
  • Feast at 5:00pm
  • Host Drum: Midnite Express
  • Contests in all categories
  • Free and open to the public

ebonyball

Ebony Ball: In celebration of the achievements and successes of our community and peers, the Wisconsin Black Student Union cordially invites you to Ebony Ball 2013: The Essence of Black Opulence, in the Great Hall of Memorial Union, Sunday April 14th from 6-8pm. There will be food, live performances, and more entertainment throughout the night!

The guest speaker for Ebony Ball this year is Jasmine Mans! Jasmine is a First Wave Scholar here at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and last year’s Glamour Top 10 Influential College Women. She will share some inspirational words and perform a few of her original works. This is a free, formal event so pull out your old prom wear and shine your dress shoes because there will also be a Best Dressed Competition!

bollywoodvsbhangra

Bollywood VS Bhangra celebrates the beautiful and vibrant spirt of Bhangra, a traditional Punjabi folk music & dance….paired up against Bollywood, a unique blend of India pop music and classical/modern sounds, often found in Indian films. All of this at the Majestic, hosted by Bhangra/Bollywood masters, DJs Brook and Sammy D.  Presented by the the India Students Association.

Weekend Job Board: April 12

Minnesota Pre-Law Scholars Program (MPLS): The University of Minnesota Law School will again be offering the Minnesota Pre-Law Scholars (MPLS) Program this summer.  MPLS is a free, intensive LSAT and admissions summer preparation program taught by a Kaplan instructor and University of Minnesota Law School staff.  College students considering law school, especially rising-seniors and those from groups historically underrepresented in law school are encouraged to apply.  The program is open to undergraduate students (and recent alums) from any undergraduate institution. Interested students can visit the MPLS webpage http://www.law.umn.edu/prospective/mpls-program.html.  The deadline to apply is May 2, 2013. Any questions can be directed to Kate Snowdon, Associate Director of Admissions at ksnowdon@umn.edu

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Ask Big Questions Fellowship: Ask Big Questions, or ABQ, encourages students from different backgrounds and perspectives to come together, engage in dialogue and critically think about issues going on in the world, the US and in the campus community. ABQ has allocated UW 5 Fellows for the 2013-2014 school year. These fellows will be UW students from different backgrounds, not just Jewish students, who are involved on campus and are passionate about cross-cultural collaboration and communication.  This is a paid fellowship and will include a paid for, 3 day training in late July/early August at Washington University in St. Louis at the 2013 Hillel Institute. The application can be found at www.uwhillel.org/leadership

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The Native American Center for Health Professions (NACHP), within CCHE, has an exciting career opportunity for a Community and Academic Support Coordinator.  The Coordinator will provide student support/career development services for Native American pre-health professional students, as well as grow and develop our successful campus and community partnerships to assist in the successful recruitment and development of NA/AN students at the UW.  A full position description is attached and can also be viewed onlineApplication deadline is April 22, 2013.

Questions regarding the position may be directed to Kris Marlow at 608-262-7968 or kmarlow@wisc.edu.

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PAVE is hiring for the the 13-14 academic year! We have many job opportunities.To apply, please submit a resume and cover letter to chair.pave@gmail.com by Monday April 15th. You can find the position descriptions here: http://pave-uw.tumblr.com/post/47486839251/pave-is-now-hiring-for-2013-14 or at http://jobcenter.wisc.edu/ .

Scrapbook: La Mujer Latina Over the Years

La Mujer Latina (LML) started with a group of women talking over lunch in 1993. They realized there was a need for a professional conference that focused on health, so they created the Annual La Mujer Latina Conference. During these past two years, LML has had a low number of members, but they’ve been extremely dedicated to expanding their organization through new programs and partnerships. They developed the Grupo de Mujeres series to discuss topics such as media, relationships, career paths, and more. They’ve also continued to evolve their annual conference to cover a wider range of issues affecting the Latin@ community. 

La Mujer Latina strives to collaborate with other Latin@ based organizations, fraternities, and sororities on campus.

La Mujer Latina strives to collaborate with other Latin@ based organizations, fraternities, and sororities on campus.

2000: La Mujer Latina committee at the conference registration table

The 2000 La Mujer Latina committee at the conference registration table

2000: The La Mujer Latina conference committee, group photo

The 2000 La Mujer Latina conference committee.

LML’s annual conference always features Noche de Culture that includes performances from different regions of Latin America.

1999: Noche de Cultura

1999: Noche de Cultura

2011: Noche de Cultura

2011: Noche de Cultura

Over the years, their conference advertisements also change depending on the annual theme.

Ad2008 Ad2010 Ad2012 Ad2013 Ad2009 Ad2007

In 2011, La Mujer Latina’s conference was awarded Outstanding Established Program at the Multicultural Leadership Awards. The conference has now been at UW-Madison for 15 years!

2011MLA 2011Award

La Mujer Latina’s 2013 conference is this Saturday, April 13 from 9-5pm in the Pyle Center (702 Langdon Street). The theme is “Creating a Healthy Latin@ Environment: Physically, Mentally, Spirtually” (Creando un Ambiente Latino Saludable: Fisicamente, Mentalmente, y Espiritualmente)

The conference opens at 9:00 am with a keynote speaker and workshops, followed by a luncheon with a featured speaker, and afternoon workshops that end at 5:00pm.

Noche de Cultura is 7-9pm featuring special dance performances by Hermanos Avila and Capoeira and First Wave. Prior to Noche de Cultura, there will be a enchilada dinner.

Keynote speakers are first Latina Wisconsin Legislature speaker JoCasta Zamarripa and Wisconsin State Representative Marianna Pacheco. Workshops will cover a variety of topics including politics, self-defense, leadership, higher education, the media, maternal support, and health.

Please contact Africa Lozano (lozano@cdo.wisc.edu) or Maria Espino (mespino@wisc.edu) for further information.

Written by Cesilia Gonzalez, Treasurer, La Mujer Latina

Weekend Job Board: April 5

The Wisconsin Union Directorate Society and Politics Director position is still open. This person develops and implements informative programs that address significant issues and stimulate the political and social conscience of the University Community. This may be achieved through a variety of formats including lectures, debates, forums, and discussion groups. Committee information is available at:
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Strategic Research Internship at The Center for Popular Democracy: CPD seeks individuals committed to social justice for the Strategic Research Internship Program. Participants in the internship program will provide research support on ongoing immigrants’ rights and economic justice policy campaigns, including a number of innovative community/union collaborations that CPD is spearheading. Strategic Research Interns will also provide research support on organizing campaigns and assist in coordinating campaign activities.  Finally, internship participants will spend some time helping to develop research tools and information management infrastructure that will help CPD and partner organizations scale up in their organizing work. Through strategic research, interns will assist in the development and execution of policy campaigns as well as campaigns to organize low-wage workers taking place across the country.  Interns will be supervised directly by CPD staff, and hours are flexible.
This is an unpaid internship. Those interested should submit a resume and cover letter to Chris Huang (chuang[at]populardemocracy.org).
Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

The Center for Popular Democracy (CPD) is a national organization based in New York City that promotes equity, opportunity and a dynamic democracy by partnering with grassroots and membership-based organizations around the country to build power and transform the state and local policy landscape. Working with base-building groups in North Carolina, New York, Maryland, Colorado and elsewhere, CPD provides legal and strategic support on state and local legislative campaigns that advance a pro-worker, pro-immigrant, racial justice agenda. CPD also collaborates with emerging grassroots groups as they develop and refine their community organizing methodology and internal management, fundraising and communications infrastructure. Through this combination of policy work and organizing, CPD seeks to generate the upward pressure and momentum necessary to refocus national policy on furthering the values of equity, opportunity and democracy for all. 

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Video and Promo Producer: Wisconsin Public Television is searching for a talented individual to be responsible for producing short-form, high impact videos for WPT clients and projects. Additional duties will include production of on-air promos and station break material.   Requires Education/training normally acquired by attending a university, technical or vocational college; 3 or more years of professional video production experience; Hands-on video editing experience and more… Please see our complete posting at www.wpt.org/employment.cfm.  Betsy Nelson, 821 University Avenue, Madison, WI  53706. 608-262-5221, betsy.nelson@wpr.org. EOE.

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LGBT Health Graduate Certificate program at George Washington University. It is the first of its kind in applied health for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender community. The program trains current and future healthcare leaders to develop strategies that address health issues and reduce health disparities for the LGBT population. Administered by the Professional Psychology Program at George Washington University, the one-year, 12-credit program provides students with a general knowledge of the psychological, medical, and policy-based issues faced by LGBT individuals.

Students in the program are professionals and future professionals in the field—physicians, nurses, psychologists, school counselors, administrators, policy analysts, educators, or social workers—provide care, manage care, and shape health care policy for LGBT people. Students meet and study with leaders in applied physical and mental health care and health policy from the government, academia, non-profits, and the for-profit private sector

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The New Organizing Institute Education Fund (NOIEF) seeks a kick ass online organizer to join our team as Digital Manager. They’re looking for someone with big picture vision combined with nit-picky attention to detail and a willingness to get your hands dirty in the small tasks and daily grind. Someone to build and manage strategic relationships, envision bold new ways for us to engage and grow our community, and keep the trains running on time. You’ll work alongside our communications, training, and campaigns team members to develop, test, and implement winning online programs and an overall communications plan that builds our audience, engages our members, and reaches people in a meaningful way.

We want someone want not afraid to try something new, able to test what’s working, and willing to get rid of things that don’t work — no matter how cherished. We’re looking for the right person, not necessarily the right resume. But there are some things any winning candidate will be expected to do, and some skills you’ll need.

Minimum responsibilities:

  • Manage and grow our email list while engaging our community in meaningful ways
  • Manage the Tip of the Day program to ensure high-quality, daily content
  • Manage our social media and expand to new platforms where appropriate
  • Build strategic partnerships with our community
  • Assist the Digital Training Manager with curriculum design and by presenting and coaching at our digital trainings

Must haves:

  •  Superb writing and editing, with an obsessive attention to grammar and spelling
  • Experience managing an email advocacy program
  • Commitment to social change through engagement organizing

You’re ahead of the curve if:

  • You’ve worked in both electoral and issue (or nonprofit) campaigns
  • You have experience in field or political data management
  • You have web design or programming skillz
  • You have experience with ActionKit or SQL
  • You know what an Oxford Comma is
  • You love training and coaching others

To apply:  Qualified applicants should submit a resume and cover letter, two sample emails you’ve written, and a creative or expository writing sample NOT related to your work in politics. Applicants are encouraged to apply through our job site, WorkForward, or you may submit your materials via email to Evan Sutton (evan@neworganizing.com). If submitting via email, please submit these materials as PDF files with the subject line “I’m the right person.”

Compensation: This is a full time, salaried position, which includes health care, a generous vacation policy, 401k, Smart Benefits, and family leave. Salary is commensurate with experience.

About NOI: NOI is a progressive organization that builds capacity and sophistication in the progressive movement in the areas of technology and new media, especially as they relate to organizing.  NOI offers numerous trainings for progressive practitioners, engages in data research, and coordinates with a wide range of progressive partners to leverage common interests in the improvement of technology options in the field.