Full-Time Regional Organizer – Petrochemicals and Pollution Appalachia
General Overview: The Climate Reality Project, a nonprofit organization founded by former Vice President Al Gore, is offering a full-time, salary non-exempt position to work with the Engagement Department. The Regional Organizer for Petrochemicals and Pollution will play an integral role in supporting Climate Reality’s ongoing campaign against the petrochemical buildout in the Ohio River Valley (PA/OH/WV). The role will require the applicant to be self-motivated, team-oriented, and an efficient communicator.
Position Overview: The Regional Organizer is responsible for supporting the Climate Reality’s petrochemical opposition campaign in the Ohio River Valley (PA/OH/WV) as well as participating in ReImagine work that focuses on sustainable, fossil-free economic development opportunities in the region. Climate Reality’s existing campaign covers the entire system of petrochemicals from fracking to plastics as well as the resulting toxic pollution, specifically in communities of color, on the state and local level as well as federally. This role will work closely with a second dedicated regional organizer in the Ohio River Valley, as well as an organizer in the Gulf South. This position will engage local coalition partners, grassroots organizations, community leaders, national coalitions, and Climate Reality chapters that are running or are interested in running this campaign. Support includes, but is not limited to, facilitating coalition meetings, creating content and resources for chapters and coalition partners, providing training and education for organizers and chapter members, speaking at public events about petrochemicals and sustainable economic development work, and generally acting as a personal point of contact for partner organization and our most engaged volunteers. Additionally, this position will be responsible for tracking campaigns efforts, planning and executing local events, and serving as organization’s on-the-ground contact for coalition and community efforts. The Climate Reality Project is headquartered in Washington, D.C. This will be a non exempt remote position, with the organizer residing in the Ohio River Valley region of PA, OH, or WV. Organizer must have the ability to travel once Covid-19 restrictions allow. Successful applicants must be at least 18 years of age and will be asked to show proof that they can legally work in the United States.
Duties and Responsibilities:
Our job descriptions are general overviews, not a mandatory comprehensive list. If you feel passionate about our efforts and believe that you have the skills to contribute to the growth of our organization, we want to hear from you! Specific duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to the following:
• Creating and maintaining relationships with grassroots organizations, communities, and individuals in the region as well as national coalition members to support diverse and meaningful campaigns and opportunities
• Participating in the coordination team for the People Over Petro Coalition (POPCO) by facilitating coalition meetings, helping to define coalition objectives, creating coalition content, and maintaining the coalition’s membership
• Coordinating sustainable economic development work by planning regular events, partaking in community campaigns and visioning sessions, and steering the ReImagine Jobs initiative
• Supporting chapters and trained leaders running this campaign, as well as larger coalition movements through:
o Conducting regular one-on-one calls and in-person meetings; o Facilitating campaign working group calls;
o Drafting resources, scripts, and campaign materials; o Creating and implementing campaign plans;
• Facilitating in-person and/or virtual events, trainings, and actions
• Tracking progress of campaign efforts and chapter development in coordination with the engagement team to report out on goals reached
• Training Climate Reality Leaders on campaigns and organizing skills and acting as a skills trainer for in-person and virtual training events
•Integrating multi-teared tactics stemming from the hyper local level to state actions and opportunities to uplift and support the needs of larger movement
• Other duties as assigned.
• Relevant college degree or 1-3 years+ of relevant experience in grassroots organizing (a focus on pollution and environmental justice issues highly encouraged)
• Experience in working with communities and volunteers to cultivate topical knowledge and mobilizing around issues •
Strong community connections and a knowledge of the culture, values, and lifestyles of the living in the region
• Experience with federal, state, and/or local legislative advocacy helpful.
• Attention to detail and adherence to deadlines
• Capable of balancing multiple priorities effectively
• Demonstrable strategic thinker and problem-solving acumen
• Enthusiastic, self-motivated and committed to excellence •
Capable of working well with a variety of personalities and leadership styles •
Personal commitment to Climate Reality’s mission and demonstrated knowledge of climate and environmental issues
• Strong organizational, written and verbal communications skills
• Experience and awareness of cultural diversity, ability to work effectively with a diverse group of organizations and volunteers
• A dedication to solving the climate crisis
• Access to a car with a valid and active driver’s license and insurance, as the job requires regional travel
• Ability to work from home with a remote manager and team
• Regular and reliable internet access • Proficiency with Microsoft Office to include Word, Excel and PowerPoint.
• Proficiency with a data management software preferred
The Climate Reality Project is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, veteran status, marital status, sexual orientation, disability, or any other category prohibited by local, state or federal law. This policy applies to all aspects of employment, including recruitment, placement, promotion, transfer, demotion, compensation, benefits, social and recreational activities, and termination.