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US Keep it in the Ground Organizer

350.org

Anywhere in the US, preferably Washington, D.C. , USA ~ January 31, 2018

About 350.org

350.org is building a global grassroots climate movement that can hold our leaders accountable to the realities of science and the principles of justice — it’s a big job, and we’re looking for super smart, strategic, driven people to get it done.

That movement is rising from the bottom up all over the world, and is uniting to create the solutions that will ensure a better future for all. Our online campaigns, grassroots organizing, and mass public actions bring together a global network active in over 188 countries.

At 350.org, you’ll work with a team of brilliant, fierce colleagues, tackling one of the greatest issues of our time, in a flexible and collaborative environment. Learn more about who we are, what we stand for, and where we’re going here.

Context for the role:

Across the United States there is an emerging and growing network of people fighting fossil fuel projects in their communities. There are hundreds of local and regional fights to stop dirty fossil fuel projects like oil pipelines & trains, fracking, LNG terminals and more. 350.org believes that supporting this organizing is a critical part of addressing climate change. We also believe empowering grassroots leadership from communities that are the least protected from fossil fuel extraction, pollution and climate change is necessary in working toward a just and equitable transition to a clean energy economy for all.

About the role:

The Keep it in the Ground organizer will support the Keep it in the Ground team at 350.org along with the network of fossil fuel project fights across the US. This position will organize on key campaigns, leveraging the resources of 350 to support stopping new fossil fuel projects. This position will also play a key role in major mobilizations & coordinating rapid response moments with the 350.org Keep it in the Ground team.

Responsibilities:

  • Support local campaigns inside and outside of the 350 local group network who are fighting to stop fossil fuel projects across the country.
  • Represent 350.org in key regional coalitions working to stop specific fossil fuel projects.
  • Develop relationships with key stakeholders, including Indigenous people, communities of color, grassroots leaders, students, farmers and ranchers and other leaders across the network of groups fighting fossil fuel projects.
  • Assist local campaigns with strategic planning and partnerships and support with campaign activities.
  • Stay up to date on the many fossil fuel fights across the country, who is leading them, and the political developments as they unfold.
  • Leverage the resources of 350.org to support key moments and mobilizations of groups working to stop fossil fuel projects.
  • Write and send email blasts and contribute social media content to elevate fossil fuel project fights across the U.S.
  • Develop and help coordinate fossil fuel resistance network activities and resources.
  • Support and empower grassroots partners to develop local group leadership, infrastructure and capacity.
  • Understand 350.org’s history, campaigns and theory of social change, and keep current with basic climate science and policy.
  • From time to time, represent 350.org in the media, with high-profile partners and in other public venues and contribute work towards 350.org’s overall mission that is outside of standard responsibilities and instead relies solely on geographic location or work capacity.
  • Work with national and regional partners to further build out resources on www.fossilfuelresistance.org

Knowledge, skills and abilities required or preferred:

  • 2+ years of recruiting, organizing, training, and coaching volunteer leaders or working in diverse coalitions.
  • A deep commitment to developing a deeper understanding around intersectionality, climate justice and allyship organizing.
  • Experience running grassroots campaigns to influence major decision makers.
  • Campaign strategy, planning, and volunteer management experience.
  • Ability to adapt to and juggle evolving and competing priorities, and meet deadlines.
  • Proven ability to work effectively  with people from diverse racial, ethnic, class, age, gender, and sexual orientation backgrounds.
  • Familiarity or excitement to learn digital organizing skills using new strategies and platforms.
  • Direct action planning experience preferred.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Excellent time management & organizational skills and ability to keep track of multiple projects and relationships.
  • Ability to travel within the U.S. 1-2 times per month on average.
  • Comfortable working independently as part of a remote team and communicating over phone, skype, and messaging programs.

A typical week in this position could include:

  • Creating a workplan that includes your top priorities for the week
  • Several calls with internal teams on specific projects (e.g. an upcoming action), an internal campaign call, or a check in with your manager
  • writing and editing content for digital communications and coordinating a consultation process for sign off from decision makers.
  • Email correspondence & coalition calls with local, regional, and national partners about various campaigns and collaborating with external groups on upcoming events (e.g. online or offline actions, trainings, in person meetings).
  • One on one conversations with grassroots partners to build alignment for upcoming projects and plans.
  • Coordinating  a fast response to breaking news on a pipeline fight including organizing an action in coalition with grassroots partners.
  • Traveling across the country to meet with coalition partners and actively participate in several days of in person meetings to put forth 350’s vision and proposals for specific bodies of work.
  • On occasion working through the weekend to organize rapid response actions including coordinating partners, logistics, confirming speakers, drafting a budget, recruiting volunteers, and keeping the team updated about plans.

Reporting Line: US Keep it in the Ground Campaigner

Location: Anywhere in the US, preferably Washington, D.C.

Employment: Full-time salaried

Salary: $47,500 - $60,000 depending on location and qualifications
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350.org strives to be an inclusive and collaborative group of people who bring a variety of approaches to the work we do. We’re committed to the principles of justice, and we try to build a workplace where everyone is treated fairly and enjoys working together. We value new perspectives, ideas of all sorts, and different ways of working. Diverse perspectives and experiences improve the way 350.org carries out its work – including what we decide to work on and how creatively/effectively we do that. We do our best to make staff positions accessible to all potential team members, regardless of gender, ethnicity, age, disability, sexual orientation or identity. We also strive to include team members in communities most impacted by climate change or impacted by other kinds of environmental, social, and economic injustice.

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