What’s the deal? Benefits of our Field Corps positions

Posted by Zach Maurin on June 10, 2010

We’re in the final stretch of recruiting applicants for our  community organizing program, Field Corps (online app closes on Tuesday, June 15 at 11:59 EST).

We’ve spent time promoting the position details, but I wanted to share a bit more about the benefits.  Doing something important for the community and personal benefit are certainly not mutually exclusive (in fact it’s better for the community when they aren’t!).

Here’s the quick recap of the position:

Organizers will help create and lead grassroots networks in their communities to build support for the service movement among key leaders (politicians, business folks, media, etc.) and raise the visibility so more people do service.

The position requires about 10 hours/week between late August and January, and designed to accommodate the schedule of other full-time commitments (jobs, kids, etc.).  It is open to anyone across the country and we’re looking for people passionate about service who share the belief that collective grassroots action can help advance social change.

Okay, so here’s a rundown of some benefits:

Training Retreat

The 10 folks selected to be Field Corps organizers are going to be all over the country and the Program Director managing them will be in DC.  So to start things off, we want everyone to get to know each other and doing some really great training.  ServeNext will cover the expenses to bring everyone together in DC from August 20-22.

We’ll hear from experts in areas like strategic planning, grassroots organizing, social media, working with the media, and more.  During the retreat everyone will work on his/her local strategic plan that will be put to work through January.  It will be  an exciting few days of learning, making new friends, and a great time in Washington, DC.

Ongoing Support

If you like the skills development during the retreat in DC, then you’ll also like this: throughout the six month program ServeNext will provide ongoing support and training. It will be both group and individual based on the needs of each organizer.  New to social media?  We’ll work with you on that.  Never met with the staff from a political office?  We got you.  Need help learning how to engage the local media?  We’ll help.

In other words, we’ll be supporting our organizers throughout the program to advance their own skills both for the Field Corps position and beyond.

Incredible Networking

How does that saying go?  “Who you know is more important than what you know.”  Okay, so maybe that’s not always true, but relationships really matter.  And whether you’re looking for connections for jobs, know more leaders in the community, or just make new friends, Field Corps is an amazing opportunity.  After all, a huge component to the position is building a network comprised of community leaders and active members.  And then you lead the network to engage even more leaders across various sectors and other organizations.  These relationships will be a huge boost to Organizers for the future.

Excellent hands-on leadership experience

Whether you’re looking to put a variety of skills to work, boost your resume, or meet new people Field Corps positions offer authentic and substantive leadership experience.  It will be a great way to really walk away confident about a variety of skills and how to actually implement them.  Or, if you’re already a seasoned leader, this is an opportunity to hone your leadership by applying them in a new context.  Nothing is more educational than leadership.

Tom Cruise in the movie Jerry Mcguire, shouting his famous line.

Show me the money!

“Show me the stipend” doesn’t have the same ring, but you get the idea.  Field Corps positions come with a $1,500 stipend for the six months.  And frankly, we expect this to be the smallest of benefits, but we know it helps.  We’ll also provide each Field Corps organizer with $250 or so for local expenses — food for an event, gas for a longer drive, etc.

What do you think?

If you want more details, check out the full description and apply here.  Or  know someone who is great?  Nominate him/her/them here (some small prizes if your nominee applies and a bigger prize if accepted).  Finally, feel free to send us an email at info if you can’t find the answer to your question.  We’re here to help.

Look forward to reading great applications and working to build a robust grassroots voice to advance the service and social innovation fields!

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