Title: Oregon Field Organizer
Location: Oregon, with expectation of traveling. This position is remote from the main office, which is located in Seattle, WA.
Details: This is a full time exempt position. This position can be based anywhere in Oregon, with the expectation of traveling to Portland and Salem at least twice a month. They will report to the Our Climate Deputy Director, who is located in Seattle.
Background: Our Climate began in Oregon as a statewide movement to enact strong climate policy and has grown into a national organization dedicated to passing climate policies that hold polluters accountable, incentivize emissions reductions across the economy, and invest in a just transition to clean energy. Over the past three years, Our Climate has worked closely with state coalitions in Washington, Oregon, New York, and Massachusetts to build political will for comprehensive climate policy solutions.
With ongoing support from our field organizers, young leaders work in teams and contribute to coalition goals through legislative advocacy, media engagement, and creative organizing. In Oregon, youth have played a critical role in holding our elected officials accountable. We have mobilized college campuses to take trips to Salem to lobby and protest when needed.
We have found that Oregon students are eager to step into leadership roles and take advantage of opportunities to meaningfully advance climate policy efforts, in partnership with local and state organizations. Our Climate is committed to deepening relationships with aligned organizations in the region to advance shared goals .
Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: Our Climate is a historically white-led organization working to mobilize young people around an issue that disproportionately effects non-white communities. We understand that racism is a part of the very institutions we’re a part of and that bias and unintentional harm will be perpetuated if we do not make an explicit effort to incorporate DEI into our organization and throughout our programs. We’re dedicated to climate justice and are committed to prioritizing equity, diversity, and inclusion.
We encourage all applicants to review our DEI Action Plan to better understand our commitment. Additionally, we encourage applicants to review our Organizational Culture Memorandum to better understand how we hold our team members accountable to being the best team we can be.
Overview of position: The Oregon Field Organizer will liaise and coordinate with other members of statewide campaign, and mobilize and empower young leaders to build support for equitable and science-based climate policy in the state of Oregon.
The primary responsibility of the Oregon Field Organizer is to recruit, train, and support youth leaders from across the state to reach campaign deliverables that advance climate policy in Oregon and build youth support for bold action. These deliverables include but are not limited to grassroots organizing trainings, voter education events, phone banking, art installations, written and placed media, tabling events and more.
- Recruit, train, and coordinate student leaders to build local and statewide support for climate action and become powerful advocates;
- Supervise ~ 5 stipended student fellows, who work 5-10 hours a week to build support for climate action;
- Organize meetings to educate local, state, and/or federal elected officials about climate policy solutions;
- Conduct outreach to university and college campuses in target districts across the state, building relationships via phone, email, and on-site visits;
- Educate the public about climate change, energy economics, and carbon pricing through attending and hosting community events and sharing our work via social media;
- Meet monthly benchmarks including volunteer recruitment and leadership activation;
- Liaise and coordinate strategies and actions with other members of statewide coalitions.
The ideal candidate will be the ultimate team player, resulted and impact oriented, and dedicated to our mission. They will resonate with our organizational culture values and be dedicated to advancing equity. In addition to these “must haves”, candidates should demonstrate the following:
- Belief in the power of grassroots organizing and empowering young people to become compelling advocates;
- An organized, collaborative, and proactive work style;
- Commitment to meeting a high bar and a history of getting things done, even in the face of obstacles;
- Ability to work in remote and flexible working environments;
- Demonstrated commitment to climate, environmental, racial, and social justice;
- Strong communication skills and ability to take initiative.
Candidates who meet the minimum qualifications will be considered even stronger if they demonstrate the following:
- Experience organizing their community;
- Experience with policy analysis and advocacy;
- Experience working within a coalition;
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills;
- Experience using online platforms including Google Suite, NationBuilder, Slack, and Salesforce;
- Experience using social media tools like Facebook, Twitter, and Canva.
The Oregon Field Organizer position is by no means limited to these responsibilities. As part of a small and ambitious team, the Oregon Field Organizer will be expected to participate, within reason, in strategy, development, and planning discussions, among other organizational and campaign tasks.
Compensation & Benefits: This is a full time exempt position. The salary range for this role is $38,000 - $42,000. Benefits include 20 days of paid time off, cell phone reimbursements, and subsidized public transit. Our Climate provides a 3% match for a Simple IRA, which employees are eligible for after 6 months of employment. While Our Climate does not yet offer healthcare, we are currently exploring options for 2020 and are committed to working with applicants to make sure their healthcare needs are met.
To Apply: Please email a cover letter speaking to your ability to meet our “must haves”, as well as highlighting any experience related to the Preferred Qualifications and a resume to Cassidy Jones at email@example.com, with subject line “Oregon Field Organizer.” Our team will follow up with an optional demographics survey. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis beginning November 21, 2019. Intended start date is January 20th, 2019.
Learn more: A webinar sharing goals, expectations, and to answer candidate questions about the position will be held on December 4th and 13th at 7pm Pacific Time. It is not required to attend this webinar to be considered for the position. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “RSVP for Oregon Field Organizer Webinar” to RSVP for the webinar.
We welcome applications from all, and strongly encourage black, indigenous, and people of color, women, people with disabilities, immigrants, and members of the LGBTQ community to apply for this role.