Solidarity Research Center is seeking a Network Weaver to facilitate our Municipalism Network in 2024. This is a part-time, remote position with an hourly rate starting at $50 for three hours per month. The Network Weaver will be an independent contractor with the possibility of expanded hours and future full-time employment pending funding.

The Municipalism Network is a community of practice for alumni of the Municipalism Cohort Fellowship program and invited guests. The goal of the Network is to provide a space for participants to share their municipalist organizing practice and for continued collective learning.

The Network will launch in January 2024 and meet monthly for one hour for the duration of 2024. We hope to gather the Network in-person, pending availability of funds.

Core Responsibilities

  • Facilitate and set the agenda for monthly calls for the Municipalism Network
  • Invite guest speakers to present on topics of interest to the Municipalism Network
  • Share network weaving tools and methods with the Municipalism Network, such as wise council, the circle way, or liberating structures
  • Develop a plan to align and weave the various parts of the Municipalism Network – fellows, mentors, partners, projects, and actions — routinely connecting parts and people across groups and projects
  • Catalyze and coordinate Municipalism Network-wide activities in alignment with other offerings by the Municipalism Learning Series, including public panels and longform articles
  • Support all staff, consultants, and network participants to have a basic understanding of network approaches, network values, and basic network weaving skills
  • Catalyze and support self-organizing among Municipalism Network participants
  • Use network maps in North America to identify opportunities for connections among individuals and projects to better connect the Municipalism Network

Desired Qualifications

  • Experience in building and nurturing networks, coalitions, or communities of practice that encompass a range of perspectives, cultures, and backgrounds, including experience growing online/offline community through art, mobilization, and/or organizing
  • Prior or present involvement in community organizing and/or social movement building
  • Interest in municipalism
  • Open to experimentation, learning, and adjustments along the way; ability to push through ambiguity to deliver results
  • Deep passion for building and supporting relationships; skilled in lifting up the work of others, often in a behind-the-scenes way
  • Strong project-management skills including great attention to detail, organizational skills, and the ability to manage projects with many moving parts
  • Superb written and verbal communication skills
  • Comfortable flying in the cloud (Google Drive, Notion, and Zoom), and proficiency with or willingness to learn Kumu or other network-mapping tools
  • Ability to work independently and think creatively about how to leverage the resources at your disposal
  • Strong interpersonal skills, including ability to communicate openly and directly with colleagues and community members
  • Demonstrated commitment to racial, social, and economic justice

Municipalism Learning Series is a project of Solidarity Research Center, a worker self-directed nonprofit that builds solidarity economy ecosystems using data science, story-based strategy, and action research. We work at the intersection of racial justice and solidarity economies.

To apply for the Network Weaver position, please submit a cover letter, resume, and a synopsis of your previous network weaving (maximum 800 words) through Idealist by January 19, 2024. No phone calls, please.

Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC), immigrants, women, LGBTQ and gender nonconforming, and justice-impacted individuals are strongly encouraged to apply.

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