Job Annoucement: Volununteer Coordinator

The UpTake (http://theuptake.org ) is looking for an individual who is committed to helping an emerging citizen-fueled news gathering organization focus on providing coverage on the 2008 political campaign and beyond.

Fed up with “reporting by press release” by the mainstream media?  Want to be part of the solution? 

We’re looking for a passionate volunteer recruiter and manager looking to work in a low-overhead, light supervision environment.  The UpTake is a movement and we need a committed staff to grow and strengthen our organization.

POSITION DESCRIPTION:

Recruit, manage and inspire a volunteer army of citizen journalists. 

The UpTake is a collaborative organization with highly skilled core team of hard-working and fun individuals.  You will work with 4-5 members of our core team.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
-Develop and implement volunteer recruitment plan
-Assist in training volunteers
-Oversee and coordinate volunteers, build and support leaders in volunteer base
-Maintain communications between core UpTake staff and volunteer base
-Give constructive feedback to both UpTake staff and volunteers

REQUIREMENTS:
-proficient and comfortable with basic tech: email, instant messaging, video conferencing, social networking tools etc.
-we almost exclusively run Mac OS X.  If you are not familiar please be a fast learner.
-passion, belief in our movement of reclaiming the media for the health of our democracy
-some journalistic training a definite plus

QUALIFICATIONS:
-Self-starter, work independent of “top down” direction
-Detail oriented, ability to meet deadlines
-Excellent oral and written communication skills
-Self effacing sense of humor

Previous experience with grassroots organizations and online organizing desired.  Experience with, video editing software and other computer graphic tools a huge plus

Contact:
Jason Barnett – Executive Director
jason.barnett (at) theuptake.org
Phone: (651) 224-2479

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