Upstate New York Organizer

Title: Upstate New York Organizer

Location: Upstate New York, with expectation of traveling ~30% of the time. This position is remote.

Details: This is a part-time, hourly position (approximately 10-15 hours a week) for 2020. This position can be based in Upstate New York (Rochester, Syracuse, Binghamton, Ithaca, Buffalo, etc.) with the expectation of traveling around New York to visit schools and youth leaders. The Organizer will report to the New York State Director, who is located in New York City. 

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 New York, young folks have played a critical role in holding our elected officials accountable. We have mobilized students on campuses across the state to meet with elected officials in district offices and in Albany and last year we celebrated the passage of the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act. 

We have found that New York 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 Upstate New York Organizer will liaise and coordinate with our coalition partners, including NY Renews, and mobilize and empower young leaders to build support for equitable and science-based climate policy in the state of New York.

The primary responsibility of the Upstate New York Organizer is to recruit, train, and support youth leaders from across upstate New York (priority regions include Binghamton, Ithaca, Syracuse, Rochester, North Country, Buffalo) to reach campaign deliverables that advance climate policy in the state and build youth support for bold action. These deliverables include but are not limited to grassroots organizing trainings, tabling events, phone banking, written and place media, art installations, and advocacy days. 


This position will be a remote position based in a strategic city in Upstate New York and report to our New York State Director, who is based in New York City. 

Outreach & Youth Leadership Development: (with a focus on regions north and west of Albany, New York):

  • Plan and host outreach events on high school and college campuses to identify and recruit strong youth leaders; 
  • Organize and facilitate climate policy, storytelling, and advocacy trainings for students and millennials;
  • Mobilize students to take action through outreach events (tabling on campus, petition-gathering, etc.);
  • Support youth leaders in our Fellowship and Field Representative programs to achieve their outlined goals and deliverables during each cohort;
  • Prepare students to meet with state lawmakers to discuss solutions that hold polluters accountable, incentivize emissions reductions across the economy, and invest in a just transition to clean energy.

Policy Advocacy & Events: 

  • Help to plan and execute Youth Advocacy Days in Albany and in-district.  Responsibilities may include:
    • Coordinating day of logistics;
    • Helping youth leaders  schedule meetings with their elected officials;
    • Preparing youth leaders to educate their elected officials about the benefits of certain climate policies;
    • Supporting youth leaders the day of the event. 

Partnership Building & Storytelling

  • Work with partner organizations on actions to push forward key climate legislation forward in New York;
  • Meet with key stakeholders to help build support for climate policies that hold polluters accountable, incentivize emissions reductions across the economy, and invest in a just transition to clean energy;
  • Build relationships with editors of regional and local newspapers and assist youth leaders in sharing their climate stories via social and earned media.


  • Join and participate in weekly staff meetings, and other administrative tasks including, but not limited to, updating student & organizational contacts in NationBuilder;
  • Occasionally assist with internal and external written communications, including monthly newsletters, program evaluations, annual reports, and website content.

Minimum Qualifications:

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;
  • Ability to drive and a valid driver’s license.

Preferred Qualifications:

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, and Slack; 
  • Experience using social media tools like Facebook, Twitter, Canva, Instagram, and Hootsuite.

The Upstate New York Organizer position is by no means limited to these responsibilities. As part of a small and ambitious team, the Upstate New York 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 part-time hourly position. The salary range for this role is $18-$20/hour. Benefits include paid time off, cell phone reimbursements, and subsidized public transit. Our Climate provides a 3% match for a Simple IRA, which part-time employees are eligible for after earning more than $5,000 in wages over a period of at least six months. 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 Nicole Crescimanno at, with subject line “Upstate New York Organizer.” Our team will follow up with an optional demographics survey.  Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis beginning January 15th, 2020. Intended start date is February 15th, 2020.

Learn more: A webinar sharing goals, expectations, and to answer candidate questions about the position will be held on January 22 and 28 at 5pm Eastern Standard Time. It is not required to attend this webinar to be considered for the position. Please email with the subject line “RSVP for Upstate New York Organizer Webinar” to RSVP for the webinar.

Read our full hiring policy here.

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.


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