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Sunday, December 8, 2013

Community Coordinator, Women, Action & the Media

Community Coordinator

Posted on: November 21, 2013
Posted by: Women, Action & the Media


Women, Action & the Media (WAM!), a North American nonprofit working toward gender equity in media, seeks a talented, energetic organizer to support and grow our active (and activist!) communities. Strong candidates will have a proven track record of activism, community-building and/or community organizing, be highly organized, possess excellent oral and written communication skills, an ability to work flexibly and creatively, and have a passion for gender justice and media.


The Community Coordinator will, under the supervision of our Executive Director, be the lead staff person for two of our signature programs: WAM!CAN, and WAM! Chapters.

The WAM! Community Action Network (WAM!CAN) is a grassroots direct-action network dedicated to creating gender justice in media at all levels, including ownership, employment, representation and access. It’s a network of people who share a concern about the state of our media, coming together to take action to create the media ecosystem we deserve. Once a month, we put out the WAM! signal and we all take one single, targeted action together. The rest of the time, WAM!CAN helps everyone talk issues and strategy with others who share their concerns, and promote actions of their own and others that promote gender justice in media.

Our volunteer-run local chapters run year-round activities to connect WAM!mers with other local media-makers and activists concerned with gender justice in media.  Chapters help WAM!ers network, organize, build coalitions and share skills. Most events are free or low-cost to attend – and include happy hours, public mentoring talks, strategy and skill-building workshops, film festivals, conferences, organizing meetings, direct actions, book clubs, parties, and more.

The Community Coordinator should have strong community organizing expertise, be excited at the prospect of growing with our organization, and welcome the opportunity to be a thought partner and team member in a small but exceptional organization. This position requires an individual who likes leading and working in a team, can maintain multiple responsibilities and can stay on top of information and tasks in a fast-paced organization.


WAM! Community Action Network:
• In collaboration with the Executive Director and the Action Advisory Board, oversees and facilitates the development and implementation of action campaigns including: developing and executing effective campaign plans, coordination of campaign activities and actions, and recruiting coalition allies.
• Takes the lead in all aspects of campaign management, including writing e-blasts, managing social media, developing creative ideas to promote community involvement and action, consulting and coordinating with partners and experts, evolving campaign strategy as needed, and more.
• Identifies ongoing action and advocacy opportunities in alignment with the vision, mission, and core values of WAM!; remains current in trends, policies, and best practices related to media, activism and feminism.
• Solicits and utilizes community input about WAM!CAN actions, including ideas for future action as well as feedback about current and past actions.
• Mobilizes the WAM! community and people who are not yet WAM!mers to participate in WAM!CAN actions.
• Identifies and builds coalitions with key community partners.

Support and Supervise WAM! Chapter Leads:
• Spearheads the training and development of WAM! Chapter Leads
• Assists Chapter Leads in developing and executing local WAM! programming
• Assists Chapter Leads in developing a leadership pipeline and active membership for their chapter.
• Uses a strengths-based or coaching approach to support Chapter Leads
• Holds accountable and supports Chapter Leads in program planning, project and time management, marketing and communications, and sustainable work practice.
• Fosters communication and team-building among Chapters Leads in different cities.


• Excellent community organizing skills- demonstrated success in organizing, strategizing, implementing, and identifying victories on organizing campaigns.
• Passion for and understanding of WAM!’s mission and vision.
• Excellent individual and group rapport-building and communication skills (written and verbal) in a range of relationships and environments, including with co-workers, board and advisory board members, chapter leads, collaborators and fellow activists.
• Skills, tools and a creative approach to community-building and change-making activism
• Excellent time management, project management, and delegation skills.


• The Community Coordinator should see themselves as an organizer in a movement for gender justice in media
• BA or higher in communications, sociology, political science, gender and/or women’s studies, media education, ethnic studies, cultural studies or related fields favored but not required.
• At least 3-5 years of significant, related activism, community-building and/or community organizing experience, with a track record of measurable impact.
• Supervisory experience required, especially experience supervising volunteers.
• Willing to work flexible hours, evenings and some weekends.
• Ability to work with diverse people, communities, and cultures, with understanding of culturally competent practices.
• Computer skills (Microsoft Office programs including Word and Excel), proficiency in utilizing the internet, including multiple social media platforms, Skype, and Google Drive.


• Compensation is commensurate with experience including full health care benefits and paid vacation.
• Position is exempt, full-time and reports to the Executive Director.
• Our ideal candidate will be prepared to make a 2 year commitment to WAM!.
• WAM! operates a virtual office: candidate must have reliable high-speed internet access, and be available online and by Skype and phone during work hours in a continental U.S. timezone


Email cover letter and resume to No phone calls, please.

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