Location: This is a hybrid virtual/in-person position based in Washington D.C. Our office is located at 1 Thomas Circle NW.
Reports to: Executive Director
Salary: $48,000-$53,000 commensurate with experience
Background: Our Climate empowers young people to advocate for the science-based, equitable and intersectional climate justice policies that build a thriving world. We engage and empower young leaders to eliminate greenhouse gas pollution and achieve a transition away from an extractive, profit-based economy towards one that is equitable and regenerative to build a thriving world. Since our founding in 2014, Our Climate has mobilized thousands of young people to advance state and federal level climate justice policy.
Commitment to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Justice (DEIJ): While Our Climate is now a Black-led organization working on a complex, multifaceted issue that disproportionately impacts frontline communities, we do acknowledge our history as a white-led organization. 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 DEIJ into our organization. We’re dedicated to intersectional climate justice and are committed to prioritizing justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion in our programs, hiring process and organizational culture.
We encourage all applicants to visit our DEIJ website page to learn more about our recent DEIJ achievements and our journey to cultivate a culture of diversity, equity, inclusion and justice for all in Our Climate’s internal and external work.
Overview of Position: The primary role of the Federal Field Organizer is to help build and carry out Our Climate’s federal policy agenda on renewable energy targets, corporate polluter fees, and environmental justice legislation.
Additionally, the Federal Field Organizer will conduct outreach to hire a group of DC-based youth leaders that they will mentor and manage in advocating for climate policy from September-May. The Federal Field Organizer will also help build the national curriculum all youth leaders go through in the fall.
POLICY ANALYSIS & ADVANCEMENT: Advance Our Climate’s policy principles on the federal level (25% of time)
- Research new climate policies as they are introduced on the federal level; identify policies that are aligned with our 3 principles;
- Provide strategic policy guidance and oversee the development of educational materials for our youth leadership programs; this may include writing, editing, and reviewing of articles, blogs, and social media content.
- Collect feedback from key stakeholders, including youth leaders and partners, on our policy campaigns.
RELATIONSHIP BUILDING: Build and strengthen relationships with key government and nonprofit partners (25% of time)
- Develop and strengthen relationships with administration officials and their staff at key agencies, including the White House, EPA, and DOE;
- Manage internal and external communications, in coordination with the Communications Associate, related to national advocacy priorities, which may include op-eds, letters to the editor, emails, social media points, talking points, briefing documents, comment letters, and amicus briefs.
- Support Our Climate’s state field organizers to develop strategies to engage their communities on national advocacy priorities; coordinate with field staff to share opportunities about participating in campaign actions with our student leaders.
- Represent Our Climate at partner and coalition events and meetings, including USCAN, InterAction, PowerShift Network, and the Alliance for Climate Education;
- Work with the Executive Director and Board of Directors to identify new opportunities for innovative national advocacy.
- Work with the Executive Director to identify new potential funding sources or grants to support this advocacy work.
PROGRAM MANAGEMENT: Manage Our Climate’s field program staff and national programs. (45% of time)
- Manage Our Climate’s national programming curriculum and update as needed based on feedback from youth leaders and field staff;
- Manage a group of 2 Fellows and 5-10 Field Representatives
- Organize and facilitate climate policy and advocacy trainings and outreach events for students and young people throughout the United States in coordination with local, state, and national partners;
- Create youth leadership program recruitment and graduation materials;
ADMIN: Perform administrative duties as needed. (5% of time)
- Participate in weekly staff meetings.
- Submit timesheets, expense reports, and other materials in a timely manner.
- Review grant applications and reports.
The Federal Field Organizer position is by no means limited to these responsibilities. As the organization continues to grow, the Federal Field Organizer will be expected to contribute to strategy discussions, long-term planning, policy analysis, and partnership development while assisting with other duties as appropriate.
We’re seeking candidates who are collaborative, results-oriented, forward thinking, dedicated to our mission, and view the world through a creative political lens. 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:
- Demonstrated experience explaining complex policy in easily understandable formats;
- Demonstrated experience in writing clear and concise reports and policy briefs;
- Demonstrated experience facilitating complex dynamics and coalitions;
- 3 years experience supervising and mentoring youth leadership programs or environmental/social justice campaign field teams;
- 2-3 years of experience facilitating trainings, meetings, and events;
- Demonstrated ability to lead multiple projects and tasks including policy analysis, advocacy, organizing, public speaking, and program implementation.
- Candidates who meet the minimum qualifications will be considered even stronger if they demonstrate the following:
- Experience meeting with federal elected officials or their staff;
- Experience advocating or writing climate policy;
- Experience working with and managing remote teams;
- Experience developing and implementing strategic plans;
Compensation & Benefits: This is a full time exempt role compensated at $48,000-$53,000 annually, depending on experience. Our Climate also has a generous benefits package. Benefits include earned 20 days paid time off, 12 days of accrued sick time annually, 12 paid holidays, cell phone reimbursements, health care reimbursement, up to 3% matching for a Vanguard Simple IRA, headspace subscription and subsidized public transit. Our Climate also provides a $1,000 stipend to purchase the necessary technology and materials to do this role. Any tech purchased belongs to Our Climate.
To Apply: Please email a cover letter and resume speaking to your ability to meet our “must haves”, as well as highlighting any experience related to the Preferred Qualifications and a resume to email@example.com with subject line “Federal Field Organizer Application” Our team will follow up with an optional demographics survey. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis, priority given to applications submitted by July 20.. Intended start date is August 15, 2022.
EEO Statement: We welcome applications from all communities, 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. Our Climate is an equal opportunity employer and will not tolerate discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, sex stereotyping, gender identity, gender expression or transgender status), national origin, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, age, protected genetic information, status as a parent, marital status, political affiliation, or retaliation based on prior protected EEO activity. In addition, Our Climate will not permit discrimination or harassment – sexual or nonsexual – of any employee or applicant for employment.