Public Affairs Organizer
Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin, Inc.
 Madison, WI

At Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin, Inc. (PPWI), we work to provide quality, affordable health care services, comprehensive education, and strong advocacy.  We serve over 60,000 patients annually in 24 health centers statewide, making us the largest and most trusted reproductive health care provider in Wisconsin.  Our goal is to help keep Wisconsin safe, healthy and strong!   

This is an excellent opportunity for a Public Affairs Organizer (40 hrs/wk) at our Madison Administration Office.   

This person will work to create a climate where reproductive and sexual health is protected and promoted and advocacy and visibility are increased on the local, state and federal levels.  This position is responsible for developing, coordinating and implementing the Public Affairs organizing and outreach plan in Dane County and other areas of the state as assigned.

This individual must be committed to comprehensive, voluntary family planning programs and a woman's right to make personal decisions regarding health care, including abortion. S/he must possess the highest professional standards and initiative and have proven grassroots organizing skills.

This individual must possess the following skills and abilities: Flexible, enthusiastic and effective communication—orally and in writing, commitment to diversity, ability to work cooperatively and effectively with community partners, staff, grasstop supporters, and volunteers to accomplish program goals.  Must have strong computer skills, including Microsoft Office programs. S/he must have the ability to think creatively and strategically, and work both independently and collaboratively in a deadline driven environment.

Must have knowledge of women’s/reproductive health issues and some familiarity with the local, state and federal legislative processes in Wisconsin; have an understanding of best practice organizing tactics; follow through on assigned projects; and be able to work as a member of a team. The position requires flexibility, and strong presentation and interpersonal skills.  It frequently requires decision-making, independent judgment and/or action, creativity, problem analysis, and use of discretion.

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.  The position is predominantly sedentary requiring the ability to sit, bend, stand and walk.  May require occasional stooping, reaching, stair-climbing.  Requires repetitive motions of the hands and wrist related to writing and typing at an electronic keyboard.  Rarely requires kneeling, pushing/pulling and repetitive motions of the feet.

Physical demands of the position necessitate hearing, talking, handling and grasping regularly.  May require lifting up to 30 pounds. Specific vision conditions include close vision reading.  Requires the ability to operate a computer, telephone, fax, copy machine and adding machine or calculator.

The position is generally performed in an office environment but involves frequent interruptions.  The work environment characteristics are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this position.  Reasonable accommodations, however, may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform said essential functions.  Long hours, evening and/or weekend hours may be necessary. This position requires traveling statewide, therefore a valid driver’s license and auto insurance in accordance with agency liability standards is required.  Must have reliable transportation.

A High School Diploma or GED is required. Two years of related experience such as in community, grassroots, or issue campaign organizing; Bachelor’s degree in related field preferred.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Organizing and Volunteer Management
  • Implement organizing plan to increase number and diversity of activists in targeted communities across Wisconsin.
  • Utilize both best practices and new organizing tactics to engage supporters around policy and advocacy efforts.
  • Manage volunteer and intern programs to assist with advocacy efforts.
  • Manage volunteer phone banks, canvasses, outreach tables, rallies, visibility, etc.
  • Manage community and campus activist groups in targeted locations.
  • Develop and maintain relationships with grasstop supporters, community organizations, and local influential leaders to garner support for PPWI's legislative agenda and services.
  • Facilitate grassroots communications to area elected officials.
  • Organize awareness events in assigned areas.
  • Outreach
  • Implement community outreach plan to ensure PPWI’s advocacy work is represented at public venues such as concerts, farmer’s markets, and fairs.
  • Make presentations on PPWI’s public policy issues and advocacy efforts to supporters and organizations.
  • Represent PPWI’s advocacy interests on local coalitions or committees as assigned.
  • Represent PPWI regionally and within Planned Parenthood Federation of America as assigned.
  • Assist with earned media including garnering letters to the editor and cultivating supporters as local spokespeople.
  • Department Planning and Compliance
  • Maintain reporting and tracking mechanisms to articulate the qualitative and quantitative results of work.
  • Maintain database of grassroots, grasstops, organizational, and business contacts.
  • Ensure compliance with conditions of 501(c)(3) guidelines for approved activities.
  • Protect the confidentiality of PPWI staff, patients, donors, board, volunteers, and all areas of operation.
  • Participate in annual planning process and implements work plans.
  • Learn and employ PPWI’s methods of electronic and data systems, including Van and Convio.
  • Other duties as assigned.