Southwest Divestment Field Organizer
Through relentless campaigning and organizing over the past four years, 350.org has helped build a global grassroots movement to fight climate change. Working with diverse allies and volunteers, our spunky, fun team of organizers has energized millions of people around the globe, demonstrated sustainable solutions, organized with frontline communities and influenced the debate on climate in the media and among politicians. Fall of 2013 will provide a ripe opportunity to scale up the movement in the United States, bring in massive numbers of new people, hold politicians accountable and fight back against corporate fossil fuel interests.
The Fossil Free Campaign helps connect student activists and organizers around the country (and globe) to a common narrative about climate change, and provide a campaign framework that takes on the Fossil Fuel industry’s reputation and finances. The campaign works with concerned citizens -- especially students -- to take on the industry in their backyards and on their campuses through institutional divestment from fossil fuel corporations and escalated direct and political action.
The Fossil Free Field Organizer will be responsible for working with our staff and network of thousands of passionate and engaged grassroots leaders across the Southwestern US to launch fossil fuel divestment campaigns on campuses and at other institutions.
Our team is an inclusive and collaborative group that is committed to the principles of justice. We welcome new perspectives, innovative ideas and different ways of working. The successful candidate will be a self-starter, a creative thinker, an effective team player, tech-savvy and an articulate writer and speaker. 350.org is a dynamic, young, hardworking organization, and this position lets you in at the ground level of an exciting new campaign.
# Work with national staff and students at Universities and Colleges in the area to kick off and support fossil fuel divestment campaigns throughout the region.
# Develop and train teams of on and off-campus climate activists and organizers throughout the region, and encourage responsible escalation.
# Guide and mentor campus and community leaders through campus divestment campaigns, and provide opportunities for them to develop their organizing skill set.
# Research, develop, and implement a plan to grow the climate movement in your region, and increase its visibility.
# Plan at least 5 divestment workshops with 15-30 volunteer leaders.
# Recruit within your region for the 2013 Powershift conference.
# Work closely with allies and partners in the region to ensure buy-in and coordination for visibility events.
# Liaise and support other progressive grassroots movements, and represent 350.org in partner and coalition work with them.
# Maintain a working knowledge of climate change and energy finance, and of the social, political, legislative, regulatory and economic framework relevant to the campaign.
# Craft timely online and offline communications to 350.org's volunteers and leaders, building towards escalated action, and keeping up campaign momentum on campus and off.
# Communicate regularly with 350.org central staff, drafting brief weekly reports outlining that week’s activities.
# Understand 350.org’s history, campaigns and theory of social change, and keep current with basic climate science and policy. From time to time, use this knowledge to represent 350.org’s perspective in varied public venues based on geographic location and areas of expertise.
# From time to time, contribute work towards 350.org’s overall mission that is outside of standard responsibilities and instead relies solely on geographic location or work capacity.
We’re looking for an individual who is creative, hardworking, organized, dedicated, self-motivated and a fast learner. You don't have to consider yourself an "environmentalist" to be the best candidate for this position.
# 2-5 years of experience in student organizing, grassroots organizing or political campaigns, paid or unpaid.
# Experience coaching, training and strategizing with student and community leaders.
# Commitment to and passion for the 350.org mission of building a movement to stop the climate crisis.
# Ability to navigate diverse cultures and political contexts.
# Passionate about holding our elected leaders and corporations accountable.
# Interested in pursuing creative new ways to build a movement and scale up volunteer led activism.
# Self-starter with the passion, creativity, and drive to make things happen.
# Strong verbal and written communications skills.
# Proven ability to work both independently and in close coordination with a team.
# Commitment to empowering others and building grassroots power as a means to affect change.
# Demonstrated experience in cross-class/race/generational organizing.
# Experience in coalition-building and an ability to recognize and develop the diverse strengths of different kinds of organizations and organizers for one cause.
# Willingness to travel for site visits, training, and events and ability to work well from remote locations.
# Experience as an activist and organizer in the climate movement is a plus.
# Spanish language fluency a plus.
# Social media and web systems experience a plus.
To apply: Send a brief cover letter in the body of your email, resume, and 1-3 writing samples (call scripts, action emails, blogs, event guides, or organizing-related writing preferred) to email@example.com with SOUTHWEST FOSSIL FREE FIELD ORGANIZER in the subject line. Position open until filled.
POSITION TYPE: Full Time, Based in various locations around the Southwest
APPLICATION DEADLINE: Rolling Until Hired
COMPENSATION RANGE: Dependent on Experience
HOURS PER WEEK: Full-Time
REPORTS TO: US Field Manager
Diverse perspectives and experience enhance the way 350.org selects and approaches issues, as well as the creativity and effectiveness of our campaigns. 350.org strongly encourages applications from women, people of color, indigenous people and other under-represented communities.