Online-to-Field Organizer: Small Businesses

Remote - National Position, IL

The Athena coalition and the Institute for Local Self-Reliance (ILSR) are looking for a contract organizer for 6 months to support and develop the leadership of small businesses and consumers to win policy changes that check Amazon’s outsized power and address rising corporate concentration across the economy.

Athena is growing a high-impact field support team, recruiting both Lead Organizers and Online-to-Field Organizers to support the coalition’s mission and its members.

This position is housed at an Athena member, the Institute for Local Self Reliance. The position reports day-to-day to Athena’s campaign director and is focussed on developing the small business organizer program at ILSR, with support and guidance from ILSR staff. 

This position is national, remote and available immediately. 

About Athena — Athena works on delivering democracy by taking on a primary impediment to a democracy that represents us all and an economy that works for everyone: We are a growing coalition of local, state-wide, and national organizations tackling the corporation’s nefarious size, power, scope and operations, in particular: antimonopoly remedies; local and regional governance; data abuse, especially the racism of surveillance technologies; environmental and climate (in)justices; and working conditions. More about our coalition is at  

About the Institute for Local Self-Reliance (ILSR) — ILSR is a national research and advocacy organization working to reverse corporate concentration and advance policies to rebuild the economic power and capacity of local communities. Our work illuminates the public policy decisions that have fueled concentration at the expense of local businesses, working people, and communities. It also shows how we can change the rules to create a more equitable, sustainable, and democratic future. We partner closely with a broad range of allies to move these ideas and policies. More at

Job Responsibilities: We are seeking an online-to-field organizer focussed on small businesses to:

  • Build a broad base and strong leadership of small business owners affected by Amazon and other monopolistic company business practices to advance policy and industry change campaigns through ILSR and Athena. 

  • Execute an online-to-field organizing model that includes online social media communities, peer to peer texting, and field outreach. 

  • Work with ILSR staff and Athena staff to  organize actions and support small business engagement with policymakers and press.

  • Develop the leadership of people to share their stories with each other and publicly, with the media and online.

  • Participate in strategy development and planning to grow the organizing program and advance campaigns.

  • Build meaningful partnerships with community and policy allies to support campaigns, our members, and core organizing work.


  • Minimum 2 years organizing campaign experience, ideally with in person organizing and using digital strategies.

  • Strong listening, persuasion and facilitation skills.  

  • Ability to relate to and work with diverse groups of people as well as an understanding of the daily challenges faced by low-income communities of color.

  • Ability to work independently, navigate obstacles, discern priorities, meet competing deadlines and handle multiple projects. 

  • Strong database management skills that inform analysis of the base and strategy.

  • Familiarity with digital strategies and online to offline organizing is a plus.

  • Familiarity with social media engagement and organizing strategies is a plus. 

  • Ability to work varied hours including nights, weekends and holidays.  

  • Spanish fluency is a plus.

Contract Range: $4500 - $6500 per month depending on experience and location.

ILSR and Athena are deeply committed to equity and inclusion. We’re an equal opportunity employer, and we strongly encourage people of color, people with disabilities, women, non-binary candidates, and LGBTQIA+ candidates to apply.