Community Organizer
SPARC - San Francisco, CA

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The SPARC team is now hiring!

Service is our nature.
SPARC is a nonprofit collective dedicated to providing lab-tested, affordable, high quality cannabis and subsidized health services to our members.

We aim to educate our members about cannabis treatments and other alternative healing modalities to achieve and maintain health and wellness.

Last year SPARC celebrated its three year anniversary of serving members in the San Francisco community. We seek to be a voice for the implementation of best practices in providing medical cannabis to qualified members. We are fully licensed by the City and County of San Francisco and compliant with all local and state regulations.

Check out this video to learn more about SPARC and the services we offer:

We’re hiring!
We need team-oriented professionals to help us support members and be the example for the medical cannabis community. We support our staff by offering full health benefits including medical, dental, vision, long-term disability, flex-spending, life, and paid sick leave, along with paid vacation and paid holidays. Be part of a team who supports you, take part in shaping the movement and have fun doing it!

New to the medical cannabis community? Looking for a professional organization who prides itself in helping the community and building and working with a great team? Apply for an open position and learn how we do things differently!

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To apply, please follow instructions below. Submissions that do not follow directions and submissions that contain significant typographical or grammatical errors will be disqualified. Thank you for understanding that while we strive to reply to all applicants, we may only be in touch with you if we’d like to invite you for an interview.

Application instructions:
- Carefully read the job description below.
- Respond to this posting with an up-to-date resume and a cover letter, in Word or PDF format, that specifically addresses SPARC and the needs of this role within SPARC no later than 3pm on April 25th, 2014.
- We will schedule preliminary phone interviews with qualified candidates by 6pm on April 28th, 2014.

JOB TITLE: Community Organizer

STATUS: Exempt (Full-time)

COMPENSATION: Annual salary ranging from $42,000-$60,000 based on previous experience; after 90 days full-time, includes full medical benefits (90% employer paid), dental, vision, life insurance and long-term disability coverage (100% employer paid), along with paid vacation, holidays and sick time accrual.

SUPERVISION RECEIVED: Reports to Executive Director & consultant, 50+1 Strategies Associate

SUPERVISION EXERCISED: Supervises small groups/teams and volunteers

GENERAL SUMMARY OF DUTIES: The Community Organizer supports SPARC’s development on many levels. S/he will be a pivotal leader as SPARC works to realize its vision of opening additional facilities in San Francisco, serving as the point of contact for groups and organizations outside of company. The Community Organizer will support the Executive Director and leadership team to advance campaigns, organize events, and support the community, press and government engagement in the greater Bay Area and beyond. S/he will bring a community-focused approach to building relationships with our neighbors, as well as fostering productive relationships and building support amongst the community and government officials and staff. This position is responsible for growing and utilizing the organization’s contact database and outreach progress. This position will also manage updates to the website and social media, and communicate with press and others to support timely, consistent and strategic communications with members, allies, the media and decision makers.

The Community Organizer will work to develop and implement strategy and tactical planning with consultant, 50+1 Strategies and SPARC leadership.

The Community Organizer needs to be a capable leader who clearly communicates with all constituents and external partners, is creative in finding solutions to long-term and day-to-day issues and can demonstrate and convey SPARC’s guiding principles as s/he works with the local and greater community and contacts. All of this is in service of SPARC’s mission, ensuring that SPARC is able to reach and serve more members than ever before.

The Community Organizer must understand and embrace SPARC’s mission and our role in the community.

EXAMPLE OF DUTIES: (This list may not include all of the duties assigned.)
1. Raise awareness of SPARC and its plans for expansion, appropriate to the project, neighborhood and regulatory climate.
2. Execute location-specific campaign field plans.
3. Build strong and positive ongoing relationships with persons outside of the organization.
4. Assist in overall campaign strategy, planning, implementation, assessment and adjustment.
5. Represent SPARC as an organization through active participation in existing relevant neighborhood and community meetings related to community, business, medical cannabis or other campaigns as needed.
6. Engage, organize and train community members through outreach, education and coalition-building. Develop core group of strong community supporters.
7. When trained, serve as contact person for persons outside of the organization, including press. Gather and follow up with information and resources.
8. Monitor, record and archive SPARC press and other public information for historical data, future reference and promotions.
9. Coordinate and organize community mobilizations – build a support base of community members available to deploy to public and stakeholder meetings related to permitting, regulation, etc.
10. Conduct relationship building and conflict mediation between neighbors and the organization, identifying issues or barriers and developing and implementing solution while maintaining close communication and verifying resolution of ongoing issues.
11. Educate and work with public and elected officials, and give public testimony as needed.
12. Turn out supporters to speak at public events and hearings.
13. Recruit, train, manage and support volunteers.
14. Plan and execute community-building meetings, events and tours that serve the community while raising awareness. Plan and execute meetings, events and tours for exclusive groups and individuals as appropriate to educate and familiarize with the organization, coordinating schedules with other SPARC leadership and outside persons as appropriate.
15. Manage, update daily, expand, assess and utilize the contact database as strategically as possible to support outreach, communications and event planning efforts and to track engagement history and communication.
16. Build partnerships amongst the community across racial, ethnic, cultural and socio-economic lines.
17. Manage press inquiries, responses and strategy. Write press releases, vet press inquiries, develop talking points, schedule representative (self or other) to engage with press. Implement proactive PR strategy with contractors and marketing department.
18. Maintain close contact and ready accessibility with neighbors, government representatives and staff, stakeholders and allies across multiple locations.
19. Liaise with location and PR-specialty contractors to implement PR strategy.
20. Liaise with all internal departments to ensure all staff are trained in outside communication policies.
21. Liaise with Marketing Department to ensure alignment of messaging across all outward-facing outlets, including website and social media sites.
22. Report to leadership team and all staff regularly on PR status, progress and planning.
23. Represent SPARC professionally and respectfully to all persons inside and outside of the organization at all times.
24. Maintain clear and direct communication with direct supervisors via appropriate communication channels and weekly report updating relevant parties with efforts, accomplishments, outstanding tasks and questions or needs to complete those tasks.
25. Other duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
1. Charismatic in-person presence and public speaking ability.
2. Proactive and resourceful, with clear communication skills; able to proactively seek out answers in a professional, respectful manner. In our fast-paced environment, it is critical to keep others informed and engaged.
3. Team player – build and maintain positive relationships with the team.
4. Accuracy and attention to detail.
5. Creative problem solver able to think outside of the box.
6. Strong work ethic – dedicated to working hard and going the extra mile. Demonstrable strong commitment to the project and have internal motivation, initiative, intensity and energy.
7. Excellent interpersonal skills, community building skills and conflict mediation skills.
8. Responsible and detail oriented, with a proven track record of effectively managing complex projects and meeting deadlines in a fast-paced environment.
9. Strategic thinker, problem solver and planner, capable of working independently and proactively with initiative and confidence.
10. Politically savvy and very diplomatic with a clear understanding of the importance of messaging and message delivery.
11. Confidence and advanced ability with computers and modern business technology tools, including ability to use current versions of Word and Excel expertly, able to manage and manipulate PDFs, able to manage important data, excellent internet research ability. Possess an eye for aesthetic document layout.
12. Ability to work under limited supervision as part of a larger team and with direction from multiple sources.
13. Maintain a current medical cannabis physician’s recommendation at all times.
14. Ability to work nights, weekends, holidays and events, as needed.

EDUCATION/EXPERIENCE: Four year college degree from an accredited university. Minimum two years experience with similar or otherwise relevant work or school programs. Must be 18 and pass a criminal background check.

CERTIFICATES/LICENSES: Valid driver’s license.

TYPICAL PHYSICAL DEMANDS: Work may require prolonged sitting/standing, some bending, stooping and stretching. Requires eye-hand coordination and manual dexterity sufficient to operate farm equipment, a computer, photocopier, telephone, calculator and other office equipment. Requires normal range of hearing. Requires close vision with the ability to see color and adjust focus.

TYPICAL WORKING CONDITIONS: Much of the time this person will be out of the office at neighboring businesses, government offices, meeting spaces of all kinds, etc. Work will sometimes be performed in a busy medical cannabis dispensary. The dispensary area is very loud due to fans and filtration systems, fluctuating between extreme cold and hot temperatures. Involves frequent contact with staff and the public. Work may be stressful at times and may include dealing with law enforcement and/or difficult community members. Must be available to work varied hours/days, including nights, weekends, holidays and/or events.