05APR - Community Organizer, Polaris - Deadline: N/A

Organization Description

The Strategic Initiative to End Trafficking in Illicit Massage Businesses (IMBs) is one of Polaris’ disruption campaigns designed to dismantle the systems in place that enable human trafficking. The program works in dozens of jurisdictions across the country, consulting with service providers, law enforcement, policy makers, and the media on systemic shifts that would hold traffickers accountable while empowering survivors of illicit massage businesses. The initiative's work with stakeholder partners across disciplines and jurisdictions is to sustainably and systemically end trafficking in Illicit Massage Businesses.

Location – Washington DC

Job Description

Polaris is seeking a Community Organizer for its Strategic Initiative to End Trafficking in Illicit Massage businesses. As the Initiative begins to shift the national narrative around this issue more community groups are reaching out for information, resources, and training; more networks need to be mobilized and equipped to contribute to ending trafficking through their professional capacities. This position will be responsible for meeting these needs and anticipating how the Initiative can continue to mobilize, educate, and improve a general understanding around this type of trafficking and the survivor experience. 

Working to disrupt an embedded system that profits on illicit activity means that the team needs to constantly adapt to the changing needs of this environment. This position will be ideal for someone who enjoys proposing and implementing creative approaches to complex problems.

Job Responsibilities

  • Liaise with community and leaders and mobilize networks and grassroots constituents (e.g. certified interpreters, community groups, case workers, judges, etc.);
  • Train stakeholders and community members in IMB best practices;
  • Mobilize stakeholders and communities around the Initiative’s strategic actions, including traditional grassroots organizing and use of online platforms (e.g. Change.org);
  • Create and update webinar and live training  proactively to strategic audiences, and reactively to interested community groups as needed; and
  • Other duties as assigned.

Job Requirements

Required Qualifications

  • Minimum four years of experience in community engagement/education, adult training/education; outreach or advocacy;
  • Cultural competency and sensitivity to diverse cultures, backgrounds, and communication styles;
  • Strong presentation and public speaking skills;
  • Comfortable educating or shifting views of stakeholders with existing biases, especially those with high levels of authority (e.g. federal agents, state politicians);
  • Keen ability to work independently, show initiative, and take ownership; and
  • Ability to travel up to 25% of time domestically.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Familiarity with website programming language (e.g. HTML, CSS, JavaScript); and
  • Ability to quickly adapt to new technologies or software platforms.


  • Survivors of human trafficking encouraged to apply;
  • Subject to a criminal background check;
  • Subject to a probationary term contingent on training performance; and
  • Request for three professional and/or personal references.

How to Apply

Apply at https://polarisproject.org/community-organizer

Deadline – N/A