Oregon Rural Action is seeking a Lead Organizer initially to coordinate and manage all aspects of a multi–county organizing assessment and then to function as an ongoing Lead Organizer.

Oregon Rural Action seeks an experienced community organizer who relates well with people of diverse backgrounds, is disciplined and detail-oriented, can juggle competing responsibilities, thinks strategically, has a passion for community organizing and shares the mission and values of Oregon Rural Action. Night and weekend meetings as well as overnight travel are required. The position is based in the picturesque small town of La Grande, Oregon, surrounded by the Eagle Cap and Blue Mountains. 

Responsibilities include:

  • Train, supervise and support a team of outreach coordinators for multi-county organizing assessment.
  • Gather basic social, economic and demographic assessment information.
  • Gain a working understanding of the local political landscapes, power relationships, and people of influence in the assessment communities.
  • Ensure that one-on-ones are conducted with a cross-section of people including family farmers, ranchers, Latinxs, Native Americans, opinion leaders, public officials and allies.
  • Identify organizing issues relevant to local needs that will move local residents to join Oregon Rural Action and inspire them to help organize successful grassroots campaigns.
  • Recruit members with the goal of signing up as many members as possible.
  • Compile interview and research results and write a final assessment report with recommendations for the ORA board.
  • Work with ORA board and staff to develop and carry out organizing plans based on assessment recommendations.
  • Build strategic partnerships with other organizations.


  • Community organizing experience and a commitment to the principles of community organizing.
  • Experience planning and running issue campaigns.
  • Supervisory experience.
  • Knowledge and experience building grassroots organizations.
  • Bi-lingual in Spanish a plus.
  • A working vehicle with a valid driver’s license.

Compensation: $30,000. to 40,000. per year depending on experience plus $500. per month health insurance stipend.

How to Apply: Please send a resume, cover letter and three references to:

Oregon Rural Action: Attention Personnel Committee

PO Box 1231

La Grande, OR 97850

OR by email to info@oregonrural.org

Review of applications begins June 30, 2017 and continues until position is filled.  For more information, contact Personnel Committee Chair Anna Maria Dill at info@oregonrural.org



Oregon Rural Action (ORA) is seeking six people to serve as short term, part-time outreach coordinators as part of a five county organizing assessment.  Outreach coordinators are being sought who live in the following five counties:  Union, Umatilla/Morrow, Baker and Malheur.

Successful candidates will possess the following qualities/qualifications:

  • Well organized
  • Friendly and outgoing; able to work with all kinds of people
  • Able to meet deadlines and be accountable
  • Able to make a confident membership ask
  • Upbeat, positive attitude
  • A good listener
  • Able to ask strategic questions that create motion and options
  • Resourceful and creative
  • Bilingual in Spanish a plus
  • A valid driver’s license and vehicle

Primary responsibilities

  1. Conduct 25 one-on-one meetings with a diverse cross section of county residents.
  2. Produce a written summary of each one-on-one meeting.
  3. Prior to conducting one-on-ones, attend a day-long training with other outreach coordinators on how to build public relationships, conduct meaningful one-on-ones and recruit members.
  4. Be willing to be accompanied by a senior organizer in the field as part of the training and orientation process.
  5. Report directly and be accountable to the lead organizer, and participate in check in calls as needed.
  6. After the one-on-ones are completed, attend a meeting with other outreach coordinators to debrief/evaluate the work, share lessons learned, celebrate, etc.

 Compensation and start date:

  • Outreach coordinators will receive $30 for each one-on-one completed and properly documented in writing.
  • Outreach coordinators will receive $150 to attend the training and $150 to attend a debrief/evaluation meeting.
  • The target date to begin work is August 11, 2017.

How to apply:  Please send a resume, cover letter and contact information for three references to:

Oregon Rural Action: Attention Personnel Committee

PO Box 1231

La Grande OR 97850

OR by email to info@oregonrural.org

Review of applications begins July 15 and continues until positions are filled.