WCV: FIELD ORGANIZER
Are you inspired to activate Washingtonians for climate justice? Does the thought of engaging voters to elect environmental champions at the state and local level get you excited? Our Field Organizers share work between Washington Environmental Council (WEC) and Washington Conservation Voters (WCV). This person is responsible for supporting WEC’s grassroots advocacy and coalition-building efforts and WCV’s c4 political organizing and accountability efforts. Our Field Organizers work on individual projects and as part of a close-knit field team. They support the WEC and WCV program staff and often work in partnership with other organizations. This position is full-time, based in Seattle, WA and involves some travel to different parts of Washington State. The Field Organizer reports to the Field Director.
Washington Environmental Council (WEC) is a nonprofit, statewide advocacy organization that drives positive change to solve our state’s most pressing environmental challenges. For 50 years, we have been at the forefront of environmental protection in the state, securing laws and policies that safeguard the health of our families and our environment. From bedrock laws like the State Environmental Policy Act, to free electronic waste recycling, to finding solutions that reduce our climate emissions and build our clean energy economy, WEC ensures a healthy future for our state so it remains a great place to live and work.
Washington Conservation Voters (WCV) is the statewide political voice for the environment. We work to elect environmentally responsible candidates to state and local offices. Working with allies in the community, we advocate for strong environmental policies and hold our elected officials accountable during the legislative session. Through our political work, we are strengthening laws that safeguard the health of our communities, the beauty of our state and our economic future.
By effectively combining the policy know-how of WEC with the political know-how of WCV, we have reshaped how environmental protection is achieved in Washington state. While both organizations are independent, we work very closely together. Combined, we have a staff of 30 and work in a LEED-certified building in downtown Seattle with a view of Elliott Bay. We offer competitive salaries, good benefits, and the opportunity to make a difference. We are committed to a diverse, socially just, and welcoming work environment and people of color, people with varying abilities, and people of all sexual orientations and gender identities are especially encouraged to apply. We seek to apply a social and racial justice lens to all of our work.
Compensation and Benefits
This is a full time, exempt position with a salary range of $40,000 to $45,000 depending on experience.
We also offer a generous benefits package including employer paid medical, dental and vision insurance, 401k plan and organizational match of up to 3% of your annual salary, a flexible spending account, paid vacation and sick leave, ten paid holidays per year, an unlimited ORCA transit pass, and if you work for seven consecutive years you are eligible for a two-month paid sabbatical.
We welcome new and diverse people to a great team who together shape environmental protection in Washington.
The Field Organizer works on the Field Team to develop and implement strategies that involve members, activists, and voters in WEC’s policy efforts, grassroots organizing, and issue campaigns. In addition, our Field Organizers play a key role in advancing WCV’s c4 electoral efforts by supporting endorsed candidate campaigns, recruiting volunteers to get out the vote, and instilling people-power in their districts. They bring inspiration, organizing capacity and expertise to our work, our coalition work and endorsed candidate campaigns.
Specific Duties Include:
- Strengthens and expands WEC and WCV’s member and activist base, grows our volunteer network, and prioritizes organizing practices built on relationships and trust.
- Engages members, activists, and interested citizens to participate in grassroots actions in support of WEC and WCV’s work; can include recruitment and management of phone-banks, doorbell days, town halls, signature gathering events etc.
- Ensures principles of racial and social equity are infused in our fieldwork.
- Supports fieldwork with diverse coalition partners including labor and community of color led organizations; strengthening relationships while working on multi-year coalitions like the Alliance for Jobs and Clean Energy and Stand Up To Oil.
- Supports WCV’s electoral campaigns and endorsed candidates’ campaigns for office by recruiting a grassroots base to help with voter contact in their districts.
- Engages people in online activism by regularly drafting e-mail alerts to members, crafting online trainings, and engaging with the broad movement of activism occurring through social media.
- Supports the internship program goals and manages at least one intern per quarter.
- Serves on a Racial Equity work group and helps advance our Racial Equity Action Plan.
- Ensures that activist data is comprehensively and accurately captured in appropriate databases.
- Assists with organizing volunteers for WEC and WCV’s fundraising events.
- At least two years of organizing implementing successful grassroots advocacy or electoral campaigns. Campus or community organizing of any kind can meet this requirement.
- Commitment to environmental protection and principles of racial, social, and economic justice.
- Demonstrated ability in education or outreach and communications.
- Ability to maintain a flexible schedule that will include some evening and weekend work.
- Ability to take initiative, develop ideas, and turn them into action.
- Ability to work effectively both independently and with a team in a dynamic environment.
- A valid driver’s license, or the ability to obtain one, and ability to travel to different parts of Washington State as needed.
- Knowledge of the Voter Activation Network (VAN) or Votebuilder, Salesforce, or similar database platforms and field tools.
- Understanding of social networking tools like Facebook and Twitter.
- Experience working with other constituencies like labor, business, faith, communities of color, or others.
HOW TO APPLY
Please submit a cover letter addressed to the Hiring Committee and a resume online here. No phone calls or mailed applications please. We will begin reviewing applications on April 24, 2018.
Washington Environmental Council and Washington Conservation Voters are equal opportunity employers committed to dismantling structural racism and creating a welcoming work environment. WEC and WCV do not discriminate on the basis of age, race, creed, gender, religion, marital status, veteran’s status, national origin, disability, or sexual orientation. People of color, people with disabilities, and people of all gender identities are encouraged to apply.