Hiring Community Organizer

JOSHUA (Justice Organization Sharing Hope United for Action), with RUTH (Responding with Understanding Truth and Hope) are grassroots interfaith community organizations based in Green Bay, WI and Manitowoc County. JOSHUA is in its 16th year of advocating for justice in the areas of prison reform, affordable housing and environmental justice with RUTH as a partner for several years. Together we are seeking a community organizer.

Responsibilities include recruiting and training people and organizations to become effective advocates for systemic change, and supporting JOSHUA/RUTH committees, task forces and activities.

Visit https://www.joshua4justice.org/, https://www.facebook.com/joshua4justice/, for a complete job description.

Please send resume with work and volunteer experience, and cover letter to “Community Organizer Hiring Committee” at tiderman53@gmail.com by July 1st.

Position: JOSHUA/RUTH Community Organizer 


The individual we seek for the full-time position as Organizer for JOSHUA (Justice Organization Sharing Hope United for Action) and RUTH (Responding with Understanding Truth and Hope) will be committed to community building, passionate as well as committed to ending racial and economic inequity and reforming the criminal justice system in Brown County/Manitowoc County and Wisconsin.  This person will lead in building strong relationships with individuals, congregations, and organizations sharing this goal. This position will require flexible hours, evenings and weekends.  Must have willingness, ability, driver’s license and vehicle for frequent travel throughout the state.

Starting salary range is $35,000 to $40,000 based on experience and education. Health benefits and three weeks of vacation annually included.

JOSHUA and RUTH are affiliates of WISDOM, a statewide justice organization.

It is a growing and energetic community organization, currently including 23 faith-based and nonprofit organizational members and many committed individuals.

(Connect with us at the JOSHUA website at www.joshua4justice.org and JOSHUA Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/joshua4justice/. See the RUTH Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/ruthmanitowoc/.)

Key Responsibilities

  • Build strong relationships with the JOSHUA /RUTH leadership team/board of directors, to understand their goals and vision for JOSHUA/RUTH.
  • Recruit, train and support a diversity of people (including congregation leaders, persons with a wide range of ages, incomes, education and experience) to be effective, collaborative leaders in JOSHUA/RUTH and effective advocates for systemic change.
  • Regularly attend meetings of JOSHUA/RUTH Task Forces, Focus Groups and Committees, and communicate and coordinate their efforts with other JOSHUA/RUTH members and allies. Current task forces: prison reform, affordable housing and environmental justice.
  • Coordinate advocacy with local and State-wide task forces, teams, governmental agencies, including monitoring relevant legislative actions.
  • Work collaboratively with all affiliate organizations in the WISDOM network.
  • Coordinate and oversee fundraising efforts, including grant writing.
  • Undertake other responsibilities as assigned by the JOSHUA/RUTH Leadership Team.

Desired Skills and Abilities:

  • Self-starter, with proven ability to convert goals into strategies and an action plan.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including the ability to translate policy and legislation into summaries understandable to the non-specialist.
  • An understanding of JOSHUA’s/RUTH’s focus areas and ability to relate respectfully and empathetically especially with the most vulnerable members of our community.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and demonstrated skills in building consensus.
  • Computer skills and familiarity with social media.
  • An understanding of how public policy is made and how to impact that process.
  • Respect for and interest in persons and communities of various faiths.
  • Experience in training and community organizing.
  • Experience in fundraising and grant writing.

The immediate supervisor for this position is the Leadership Team of JOSHUA/RUTH additional support will be provided by the JOSHUA/RUTH Board of Directors.  For oversight and professional development, the JOSHUA/RUTH Organizer is expected to participate with the WISDOM Organizing Staff, and to meet regularly with the WISDOM State Director.

JOSHUA/RUTH encourages committed, passionate individuals with these skills and qualities to apply.

JOSHUA/RUTH is an equal opportunity employer.  All applicants will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran, disability status or any other classification protected under the law.

Applicants should submit to tiderman53@gmail.com a resume and cover letter

(Subject: Community Organizer Hiring Committee) by July 1, 2020.

March 2020 Prayers for Justice

Mindful of those struggling with addiction and maintaining sobriety, and the families and friends of those caught up in the struggle, we pray…

March 1  That scientific and medical studies continue to unlock the disorder of addiction; may we commit to contacting our legislators with a request for the provision of adequate funding of such research in our country.

March 8  That persons in recovery have access to the physical, social, and spiritual supports they need in their fight against the disorder of addiction; may our community collaborate in the funding of a continuum of appropriate care and treatment.

March 15   That the outdated stigmas, harmful stereotypes, and prejudices held against persons with addiction disorders will be countered with community-wide education efforts and shared respectful dialogue; may we, as individuals, commit to opening our own hearts and minds to learning more.

March 22   For the families coping with the fallout, chaos, and such side effects that accompany those family members struggling with the disease of addiction, addictions of any and all kinds.   May we provide compassion, care and non-judgmental support with these families, with our neighbors, with those living throughout our community at large.

March 29  For those service professionals and support personnel working in treatment centers and community-based programs serving those with addiction disorders; in addition to providing funds for high quality, consistent programming, may our community commit to the provision of just and fair wages, benefits, and working conditions for such service providers.

February 2020 Prayers for Justice

Mindful of the need to end racism and embrace diversity as a reflection of our Creator,
we pray………

February 2.  For the elimination of discrimination in living patterns, public education, employment, political jurisdiction, transportation, and churches in Brown County. 

February 9.  For eyes that might see more clearly and hearts that might open more deeply in our efforts to address personal and institutional racism and racial inequity in our community.

February 16.  To overcome ignorance, indifference, resentment, and bitterness with regard to race in both private and public life.

February 23.  For courage to work for and proclaim the establishment of a beloved community where all are welcomed and valued in our city, county, state and country.

Rachel’s Announcement of Transition

Good Afternoon Everyone,

It is with an excited but very heavy heart that I share this will you all. My last day with JOSHUA will be Tuesday, Feb 25th 2020. I have accepted a position with an organization that I have helped to establish in Green Bay, We All Rise: African American Resource Center.

It has been such a privilege and an honor to work with all of you. I am really thankful for a great group to learn with and from. These past 5 years we have built relationships, worked on important and critical issues in our community, and we have spoken truth to power. We have had some substantial wins and some very hard losses. I am so proud of the leaders and accomplishments of our organization.  I am so thankful for my time with JOSHUA and WISDOM and will always look back on the time with the organization as some of the most full filling and life changing work I have ever done.

Thank you so much for all you are and all you do in community. I have truly cherished our time together.

Best and Blessings,