Interested in a social-impact career, but aren’t sure where to start? Consider a career as a community organizer. Working as a community organizer empowers you to use your skills and talents in marketing, public relations, event planning, and business development to create positive change.
Work with community partners to mobilize volunteers, grassroots organizations, government officials, and businesses in support of community empowerment and program development. Duties typically include education, fundraising, public relations, and conducting research on or developing plans and gathering resources for community initiatives.
Community organizers interact with clients, families, donors, sponsors, community leaders, business partners, and the media. They typically wear many hats, so you’ll find the work varies from day to day. Never a dull moment, and you’ll go home each night satisfied that you are making the world a better place.
Community organizing is a specialized field dedicated to fixing broken social systems and empowering marginalized or vulnerable populations. The following are steps you will want to take as you pursue a career as a community organizer:
Meet Martha “Iliana” Santillan-Carrillo, Community Organizer at El Pueblo
Read Illiana’s story and watch the video here.
Get started on your career as a community organizer with a master’s degree or certificate in Youth, Family, and Community Sciences from NC State.