350 Seattle works toward climate justice by organizing people to make deep system change: resisting fossil fuels; building momentum for healthy alternatives; and fostering resilient, just, and welcoming communities. While we are affiliated with the global 350.org, in fact, 350 Seattle is a financially and strategically independent 501(c)3 Nonprofit organization that focuses on local campaigns and building the climate justice movement in the Pacific Northwest. 350 Seattle is also a member of two other groups of autonomous 350 organizations, 350 WA and the 350 Network Council because we believe collaboration is essential to movement building and successful campaigns.
350 Seattle coalesced around taking direct action preventing Shell’s Arctic Drilling fleet from leaving the Port of Seattle. For a decade, we have organized to bring transformational campaigns to life including Green New Deal efforts such as the "Solar Schools", one of the first campaigns in the nation to see a large urban school district fund climate resilience features into its capital construction bond; “Healthy Through Heat and Smoke” successfully advocating for 13 Seattle community centers to be retrofitted with solar and HVAC, and creating local green jobs with community workforce agreements; ‘Jumpstart tax’, a $20 million dollar annual investment in low-income clean energy upgrades. And we are just getting started.
We come together in this work out of deep love for people and the planet. In that spirit, we approach work and each other with commitment, compassion, and humility. How we work together shapes the world we’re building: you can read our 3-Year Strategic Plan, and take a deeper dive on our website. Our organization is in a moment of growth and transition - this job reflects what we anticipate our organization’s needs will be. We will work to adapt work-plans to reflect the orgs needs and the applicant's experience. We are creating a nimble, strategic, and adaptive organization that is responsive and integral to the local movement ecosystem.
Our Campaign Directors are at the center of one of the most visible and effective efforts to bring Seattle’s Green New Deal to life. The Campaigns Director is responsible for building, managing, and sustaining powerful teams and relationships to effect change through strategically designed campaigns that advance 350 Seattle’s mission.
The Campaigns Director will be responsible for helping grassroots leaders find first-in-the-nation breakthrough wins and successful organizing models that can be replicated in other communities. Our Campaign Directors work at the intersection of Climate Justice, Racial Justice, Labor Movements, and other social justice movements in Seattle and beyond, with all of the transformational potential and challenges that this entails.
The Director works with our other Campaigns Director(s) to collectively hold the organization’s campaigns through seasons of both shared and individually-managed work. Team-building and Leadership Development work is held in concert with the Movement Building Team. The Campaigns Director is a member of the Staff Collective, which comes with additional collective responsibilities, which include contributing to a culture of care, accountability, and rest.
Note: Please apply if you feel you can proficiently carry out at least 2/3 of these job responsibilities; we will provide training & support learning on the job
Campaigns Management - 80%
The Campaigns Director works with other Campaigns Director(s) to provide leadership to 350 Seattle’s campaigns, by leading campaigns and/or supporting volunteer campaign leads, as well as supporting issue-area volunteer leaders.
- Create and manage campaigns which 1) advance climate justice goals; 2) are aligned with 350 Seattle’s Theory of Change, Strategic Plan, and Equity and Inclusion commitments; and 3) are strategically designed to recruit and onboard many new volunteers, build core organizing skills, and move a diversity of volunteer leaders into increasingly significant roles by working with other Department Directors to create clear paths of recruitment into 350 Seattle
- Creating campaigns includes: research; campaign planning; team and task design; creating internal communications structure; developing ladders of engagement; narrative strategy; partner engagement; performing community and institutional power analysis
- Managing campaigns includes: recruiting and onboarding volunteer leaders into key roles; holding bird’s-eye view on strategy, movement-building; communications; managing partner relationships and coalition-building; policy development; leadership development; coaching; strategy and tactics design; and direct action planning
- Build, manage, and sustain external relationships that support our campaigns, including partnerships with our cross-movement allies from People of the Global Majority-led organizations, the Racial Justice Movement, Labor Unions, other Climate and Environmental Movement organizations, relevant coalitions and more; as well as City, County, Port, and State electeds and staff.
- Experiment with movement-building and volunteer engagement strategies; relay successful models and learning to broader 350 Seattle leadership
Support volunteer leadership within campaigns and issue areas
- Attend and/or facilitate regular meetings with volunteer campaign leads and issue-area leads to develop strategy and volunteer engagement pathways; create work plans and provide support, resources, and accountability
- Coach volunteer leaders to develop core organizing skills, theory of change, equity lenses, and a sense of power/connection within the 350 Seattle community.
- Provide organizational expertise to leads, including onboarding into broader organization; history of partner relationships and campaigns; broader organizational strategy; making connections between other teams/workgroups to facilitate the work
- Oversee leads’ progress and ensuring that work moves forward; filling critical gaps as needed
- Advise on research and at times provide research for teams
- Conduct 1-1s to recruit and onboard volunteers into leadership roles
- Approve funding requests under $100 and help leads put in requests for more funding as needed
- Create & skill up volunteer leaders to create online forms, e-blasts and other organizing tools using 350 Seattle’s CRM
Other/related, campaigns management
- Work with Movement Building Team during campaign design to strategize recruitment; leadership development, and absorption planning
- Support and potentially lead emergent campaigns and rapid response efforts, as needed
Broader Staff responsibilities - 20%
- Support Equity & Inclusion Team workshop trainings work (2.5%)
- Advance 350 Seattle's efforts to become an actively anti-racist organization, both within the job scope, and organization-wide efforts.
- Support fundraising efforts through major donor outreach, asks, providing intel for grants and grant reports, and other ways as mutually agreed upon (2.5%)
- Attend weekly Staff Collective meetings; weekly Campaigns Meeting; monthly Leadership Team & caucus meetings as applicable
- Engage in peer support
- Organizational development projects as needed
- Staff organizational governance committee(s)
- Respond to communications across channels and keep Staff Collective members and volunteer leaders you work with informed
- Represent 350 Seattle in the community
- Other projects that do not fall in above scope of work
- At least three years experience in leadership roles in a campaign (volunteer or paid). Can be a grassroots campaign, political campaign, union organizing campaign, or issue campaigns such as collective bargaining agreements, budget items or ballot initiatives; anything that you believe demonstrates you can design and effectively run a campaign for social change, working with partners and in coalition across issues and constituencies.
- At least two years experience investing in the leadership development of grassroots leaders in the context of public campaigns.
- Demonstrated experience coaching and supporting people with very different experience levels, learning styles, and communication styles to engage with the movement and develop community organizing skills.
- Demonstrated project management experience, with multiple teams across an organization and/or community.
- Experience organizing data and developing internal and external communications
- Willingness to support and bring creativity to burgeoning and new areas of work, as well as projects that support the overall mission of the organization.
- Experience working with people from diverse backgrounds, the ability to flex communication styles to adapt to different cultural environments.
- History of effectively implementing anti-racist and anti-oppression concepts and practices in a campaign context.
- Proven people management and ability to work through conflict, build consensus and enact change
- Willingness to learn new technology.
- Team player - cooperative, communicative, and willing to support fellow team members
- Demonstrated ability to effectively manage own workload
In addition, we ask that all Staff Collective members:
- Be based in the Seattle area
- Be experienced in transformative social change work and deeply committed to climate justice, social justice, and anti-racism principles.
- Have a strong commitment to integrity, transparency and democratic process
- Be committed to a high level of accountability to the collective - including 350 Seattle Board, Volunteers, Community Partners, and Base - as well as personal growth and development
- Be able to take initiative and self-manage and also work well with team dynamics
- Have familiarity/experience with and be comfortable working in a collective structure (a plus)
Physical Demands & Working Conditions
350 Seattle has a transit accessible and physically accessible office/community space; employees can choose to work from home or at the office. We do strive to host our staff meetings in-person at our office, but there are mitigating circumstances we honor and respect. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to read, speak, and use a computer keyboard and monitor. This position requires occasional travel to meetings and conferences. Some evening meetings and/or weekend events will be required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of this job.
Compensation and Benefits
The Campaigns Director’s annual salary is set at $80,000. All full-time exempt staff are offered Medical, Dental, Vision, and Life insurance, unlimited paid time off with a min 30 days off per year, and retirement benefits with a 2% employer contribution.
Send a 1-2 page resume, and a 1 page cover letter that tells us a bit about yourself and why you're interested in this position to jobs@350Seattle.org
350 Seattle is committed to being a collaborative group that values a diversity of approaches and perspectives to the work we do because we know this allows the movement to be as strong as it can be. People of color, and of all genders, sexualities, ethnicities, and abilities, and particularly members of communities on the frontlines of climate change, are welcome and encouraged to apply.