The PICO National Network is the largest grassroots, faith-based
organizing network in the United States. Our mission is to lift up a
new vision of America that unites people across race, class and
religion. PICO works with 1,200 religious congregations in more than 200
cities and towns through a network of 54 member federations and 10
state networks to empower people, increase opportunities, and reduce
disparities in urban and rural communities. Since 1972, PICO has
successfully engaged ordinary people in public policy change, built a
strong legacy of leadership to increase access to health care, improved
public schools, built affordable housing, and revitalized democracy.
PICO is establishing a Center for Healthy Families in St Paul,
Minnesota, in partnership with ISAIAH, a faith based organization with
100 member congregations. Support comes from the Robert Wood Johnson
Foundation to shape state and national policies to reduce childhood
PICO is seeking a strong Lead Organizer with significant community
organizing experience who can focus on building sustainable programs
designed to improve health outcomes for low-income children by:
increasing the number of children who are covered with high quality health coverage
changing the negative social conditions that contribute to poor health and
pursuing state and national policies to reduce childhood obesity and diabetes.
Work with the Director to support grassroots organizing
initiatives in multiple states with the goal of improving health
outcomes for children.
Work with grassroots community leaders, clergy and staff from
PICO federations to design and execute successful organizing campaigns
and legislative agendas at the national and state levels.
Monitor Federal and state health policy and help mobilize faith leaders’ response as needed.
Help to develop PICO National Network’s strategic partnerships
with labor, health care advocacy and other community-based
Train and provide ongoing guidance to community and religious
leaders as they organize to implement the Affordable Care Act provisions
that impact children, expand their state Medicaid programs and pursue
policies that attack the social conditions driving childhood poverty.
Work to obtain grant funding for campaigns that will establish
permanent systems to support healthy development of children including
but not limited to preparing grant proposals and reports.
Assist in maintaining strong working relationships with
foundation staff funding this work including the Robert Wood Johnson
Four-year degree. Relevant life experience or strong policy or organizing work may be substituted
At least 4 years of organizing experience in social justice, political, community development or related work
Strong presentation, teaching and interpersonal skills
Keen political analysis and research skills
Knowledge of health care and childhood poverty issues is a big plus
A desire to learn
Ability to work with diverse faith communities and racial/ethnic groups
Strong multi-tasking and organizing abilities
Strong writing skills
Salary is commensurate with experience. PICO offers a flexible
schedule, full health and dental benefits, and generous vacation time.