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Posted: September 04, 2009

United States Social Forum 2010: Communications Coordinator & Logistics Coordinator

Communications Coordinator
United States Social Forum 2010

The US Social Forum is a movement-building process to build a powerful multi-racial, multi-sectoral, inter-generational, diverse, inclusive, internationalist movement that transforms this country and changes history. It will be happening June 22-26, 2010 in Detroit, Michigan. The USSF is a large, mostly volunteer effort with stakeholders all across the country and several moving parts. Planning for the USSF is being done by the National Planning Committee (NPC) and an Organizing Committee made up of the co-chairs of the different committees. The National Coordinator will report to the Coordination Team, made up of representatives from the National Planning Committee, in addition to participating on the Organizing Committee of the NPC.

The Communications Working Group (CWG) is charged with the development and implementation of the media outreach for the US Social Forum. The CWG is comprised of individual and organizational members, and is accountable to the National Planning Committee of the USSF. The CWG coordinator will lead the work of the CWG, which is responsible for the critical role of developing specific communications, and leading communications outreach efforts for the USSF to the broad media, as well as local, national and international individuals and organizations interested in media outreach to build the USSF, and events leading up to the USSF.

Job Responsibilities include:-Promote the USSF to broad likely “audiences” to dramatically increase the numbers of people aware of Social Forum process and movement
-Implement visible, innovative and synergized online/social networking/content strategy and presence
-Establish good working relationships with reporters, writers and editors to facilitate the outreach and coverage of USSF events
-Position USSF spokespeople as experts on social movements inside the US
-Assure that all materials used in outreach activities are translated into many languages, and assist in efforts to conduct the USSF 2010 in many languages
-Implement a visible and accessible low-technology communications strategy
-With the assistance, collaboration and guidance of the CWG, the Communications Coordinator will be responsible for developing a simple yet sophisticated media plan, easily replicated from a regional to national strategy.
-Develop strategy (with CWG and lead organizers) to sustain effective communication with speakers, facilitators and participants using various forms of media
-Research, develop and implement a USSF brand and communications strategy
-Development of key messages for all audiences to communicate the objective and values of USSF
-Involve Anchor and D-LOC team members, where appropriate, in executing communication activities and public relations (marketing materials, advertising, organizational communications, direct mail, marketing campaigns, press releases, content for forum publications, etc.)
-Coordinate the writing of press releases, copy for marketing materials, reports, advertisements, programs and other related material.
-Work closely with the Web Manager/ITC WG to ensure content is consistent with overall marketing and communication objectives
-Build and maintain strong relationships with internal and external key stakeholders, especially other Working Groups to ensure proper messaging of forum beliefs and event offerings
-Provide monthly reporting to the Coordination Team
-Develop and manage the communications budget
-Perform related work as required
-Work with lead staff organizers to develop the USSF program or events
-Assist with fundraising

Qualifications:
-A minimum of five years of professional services in marketing and communications leadership
-Proven experience in the creation of a variety of media information and news releases, and the development and management of media events, including press conferences
-Familiarity and working knowledge of branding principles and tactics through multimedia including the Web and a variety of social media
-Proven ability to design, develop and implement both strategic programs and supporting tactics
-Superior written and verbal communications skills, coupled with highly developed interpersonal skills
-Years of experience in the creation and distribution of news releases and the creation of media events such as media conferences
-Strong project management skills with demonstrated ability to multi-task and set priorities within tight timelines and high client expectations.
-Ability to quickly grasp complex technical and business concepts and express them in clear language
-Flexible and open to changing priorities and managing multiple tasks simultaneously within compressed timeframes
-High familiarity with the history of mass and organizational struggle in Detroit and the Midwest region
-Diverse ties with communities and social movement organizations, and working knowledge of the current crisis’ facing Detroit and the Midwest region
-Willingness to live and work in Detroit from the point of hire through the USSF 2010
-Experience with collective team-building work
-Grassroots fundraising experience
-Established commitment to building a progressive movement for social justice
-Proven ability to communicate well with diverse groups of people (i.e. racial, ethnic, economic, gender, etc.)

This is a full-time position. This is NOT an entry-level position. The National Coordinator will work from October 1, 2009 through the US Social Forum in June 2010 and several months beyond the Forum. Compensation is approximately $3,500 a month.
Please apply no later than Friday, September 11, 2009. Email a cover letter, resume, and 3 references to Communications Co-Chairs williamabryce@att.net and camila@umich.edu
People of color and community members are strongly encouraged to apply.

Logistics Coordinator
United States Social Forum 2010

The US Social Forum is a movement-building process to build a powerful multi-racial, multi-sectoral, inter-generational, diverse, inclusive, internationalist movement that transforms this country and changes history. It will be happening June 22-26, 2010 in Detroit, Michigan. The USSF is a large, mostly volunteer effort with stakeholders all across the country and several moving parts. Planning for the USSF is being done by the National Planning Committee (NPC) and an Organizing Committee made up of the co-chairs of the different committees. The National Coordinator will report to the Coordination Team, made up of representatives from the National Planning Committee, in addition to participating on the Organizing Committee of the NPC.

The logistics coordinator will be housed at the USSF offices and will work with the local and national USSF logistics Planning Committees. This position is responsible for the critical role of securing space and documents needed for the USSF and orchestrating the events and organizations that will create a meaningful process and national social movement.

Job Responsibilities include:
-Plan and coordinate conference space and additional training/ workshop space
-Plan, coordinate and secure housing, food and food vendors locally
-Plan and coordinate transportation locally (buses, shuttles)
-Plan and coordinate the opening march (permits, routing and spot location for over 10,000 people in the streets of Detroit)
-Coordinate and facilitate proper documentation and documentation process for national and international participants
-Develop strategy (with lead organizers) to sustain effective communication with speakers, facilitators and participants
-Plan and coordinate for solidarity fund for free and low cost places to stay and eat
-Prepare logistics packet including maps of layout of Detroit, USSF and where they can find key elements such as housing and places to eat
-Work with lead staff organizers to develop the USSF program or events
-Assist with fundraising

Qualifications:
-Events coordination and logistics experience
-Community organizing and organizational leadership experience
-Experience planning large local, regional or national events
-Diverse ties with communities and organizations around the Great Lakes
-Willingness to live in Detroit
-Experience with collective team-building work
-Grassroots fundraising experience
-Commitment to building a progressive movement for social justice

This is a full-time position. This is NOT an entry-level position. The National Coordinator will work from October 1, 2009 through the US Social Forum in June 2010 and several months beyond the Forum. Compensation is approximately $3,500 a month.
Please apply no later than Friday, September 11, 2009. Email a cover letter, resume, and 3 references to Logistics Co-Chairs Shirleytbs@hotmail.com and leburnett@gmail.com
People of color and community members are strongly encouraged to apply.

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