Opportunity in Social Justice / Community Organizing

Representatives from the DART Center will be on the University of Miami campus on Tuesday, February 10 @ 6 PM in the Toppel Career Center Library to discuss careers in the field of community organizing. Anyone interested in pursuing a career working towards social and economic justice in low-moderate income communities is encouraged to attend.

Please RSVP if you are interested by contacting Key at key@thedartcenter.org or calling 785.841.2680 with your name, phone # and email address.

DART is now accepting applications for the 2009 DART Organizers Institute – the paid, four-month field school for people interested in launching a career in community organizing. Participants will undergo a combined classroom and field training covering such topics as:· Entering a community· Identifying and training local leaders· Strategic planning and issue cutting· Relationship and community building· Direct Action on community issues·

Fundraising The DART Center, has built coalitions throughout the country that have won important victories on a broad set of justice issues including:· Education reform in low-performing public schools· Job Training· Drugs and Violence· Criminal Recidivism· Living Wage· Neighborhood Revitalization, etc. The DART Organizers Institute combines a 7-day classroom orientation with 15 weeks of infield training at a DART host organization. This is a paid training program that includes: a $7,000 living stipend, transportation to the classroom orientation and host city, and mileage reimbursement during the infield training. Room, board, and tuition will also be paid by DART during the 7-day classroom training. After successful completion of the program, DART will work to place graduates into permanent full time salaried positions. Graduates from the four month DART Organizers Institute have gone onto Associate Community Organizing and Executive Director positions throughout the country. The 7-day classroom orientation and 15 week infield training starts mid summer 2009 and runs through early Fall 2009. Training locations will include placements in several states around the country. Although it may be helpful, no direct experience is necessary. Organizer Trainees (OTs) hired to participate in the DART Organizers Institute must demonstrate a desire to pursue community organizing as a long-term professional career. A master’s degree or similar life experience is preferred though unnecessary. Candidates must have a college degree or be graduating prior to June 1, 2009. Also, candidates must display a workmanlike diligence, be driven to produce sustained results, have proven capacity to build relationships of trust, create and execute a plan, act professionally, feel comfortable working with religious institutions, be accountable and willing to hold others accountable, demonstrate disciplined thought and action, and work in a team setting. OTs must also have access to a car during their training and be flexible regarding relocation. Fluency in Spanish/English is a plus and people of color are encouraged to apply.

To find out more about DART or to apply, we encourage you to email your resume to Key at key@thedartcenter.org. If you have any questions, please call: (785) 841-2680. Also, you can download applications or view profiles from previous OTs at the DART website: www.thedartcenter.org.