Title: NY Field Organizer
Location: New York State. This position is remote and all work will be virtual for the foreseeable future, due to COVID-19. When it is safe to host in-person events, this position will require some travel around New York.
Details: This is a part-time, hourly position (approximately 15-20 hours a week), with funding for one year, with the possibility of extension. The NY Field Organizer will report directly to the National Policy & Programs Manager.
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 four 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.
In New York, young people 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 in 2019, we celebrated the passage of the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act.
We have found that New York Generation Z and millennials 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 DEIJ into our organization and throughout our programs. We’re dedicated to climate justice and are committed to prioritizing justice, 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 NY Field Organizer will mobilize and empower young leaders to build support for equitable and science-based climate policy in the state of New York. The NY Field Organizer will help manage the NY Field Representative and Fellowship programs and will liaise and coordinate with our coalition partners, including NY Renews.
The primary responsibility of the New York Field Organizer is to recruit, train, and support youth leaders from across New York (priority regions include Binghamton, Ithaca, Syracuse, Rochester, North Country, Buffalo, Long Island) 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 placed media, art installations, and advocacy days.
Outreach & Youth Leadership Development:
- Support, train, and coordinate student leaders to build local support for climate action and become powerful advocates via online advocacy tools, petitions, virtual events, etc.;
- Conduct outreach to university and college campuses in target districts across the state, building relationships via phone, email, virtual meetings, and (when safe) on-site visits;
- Organize and facilitate climate policy, storytelling, and advocacy trainings for youth
- 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 equitable, science-based climate policies
Partnership Building & Storytelling:
- Work with partner organizations on actions to push key climate legislation forward in New York;
- Represent Our Climate on NY Renews working committee meetings and contribute to planning discussions and coalitions actions;
- Assist youth leaders in sharing their climate stories via social and earned media;
- Build relationships with youth organizations across New York and create spaces to coordinate on events, trainings and legislative sessions
- Join and participate in weekly staff meetings, and other administrative tasks as they arise
- Occasionally assist with internal and external written communications, including program evaluations, annual reports, and website content.
The ideal candidate will be the ultimate team player, results 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;
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, Action Network and Slack;
- Experience using social media tools like Facebook, Twitter, Canva, Instagram, Tik tok and Sendible;
- Ability to drive and a valid driver’s license.
The NY Field Organizer position is by no means limited to these responsibilities. As part of a small and ambitious team, the NY Field 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 and a monthly cell phone reimbursement. Our Climate provides a 3% match for retirement benefits, which part-time employees are eligible for after earning more than $5,000 in wages over a period of at least six months.
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 Jenille Scott at firstname.lastname@example.org with subject line “NY Field Organizer Applicant”. Our team will follow up with an optional demographics survey. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis beginning July 9, 2021 with the intended start date August 16, 2021.
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.