Location: New York State. This position is mostly virtual. However, when it is safe to host in-person events, this position will require some travel around New York for rallies, advocacy days, outreach and training events.
Reports to: The NY Field Organizer will report directly to the Director of Strategic Relationships & Programs.
Compensation: This is a part-time, hourly position (approximately 15-20 hours a week) at $19-$21/hour commensurate with experience. This position has funding for one year, with the possibility of an extension.
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 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, NYC, and Albany) 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 in Albany.
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.
Minimum Qualifications: 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:
- 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, TikTok 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 $19-$21/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 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 “New York 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.
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.