Location: Oregon or Washington State. This position is mostly virtual. However, this position will require some travel to Salem, OR and Olympia, WA for advocacy days.
Reports to: Executive Director
Salary: $42,000-$47,000 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 responsibility of the Pacific Northwest Field Organizer is to oversee and implement Our Climate’s Washington and Oregon Youth Leader Programs through coalition building, youth leadership development, fundraising, and government relations.
The Pacific Northwest Field Organizer’s primary responsibilities are strategic planning to pass state-level climate policies, recruiting and empowering youth from across the region to become effective climate justice advocates, and building/maintaining relationships within coalition spaces to build the broad movement needed to ensure a livable, equitable, and just future.
Coalition and Relationship Building:
- Represent Our Climate at Steering Committee and Movement Building tables
- Build meaningful relationships within each coalition space by finding opportunities to partner on events, find shared policy priorities, and uplift the work partner organizations are doing through speaking invitations and social media
- Build relationships with other youth organizations across the region and create spaces to coordinate when needed for events, legislative sessions, and trainings
- Build relationships with impacted communities across the Pacific Northwest
Youth Leadership Development:
- Oversee and implement Our Climate’s Washington and Oregon Youth Leader Programs;
- Conduct intentional outreach to high schools, community colleges, and university campuses across the region to build Youth Leader Programs that reflect those who are on the frontlines of the climate crisis
- Recruit, train, and coordinate student leaders to build local support and become powerful advocates for equitable, science-based, state level climate policy
- Create spaces to provide guidance for youth leaders across movements to strategize advocacy efforts
- Support youth in organizing creative events, writing and producing earned media, and utilizing social media platforms to spread awareness
Policy and Government Relations:
- Build relationships with key legislators through regular meetings and actions
- Organize Youth Lobby Days and cohost Lobby Days with partner organizations and coalitions
- Work with youth leaders and partner organizations to analyze and improve policy and to determine priority legislation
- Identify and pursue policy and campaign opportunities
- 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.
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, NationBuilder, and Salesforce;
- Experience using social media tools like Facebook, Twitter, Handshake, Slack and Canva.
Compensation & Benefits: This is a full time exempt role compensated at $42,000-$47,000 annually commensurate with 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 firstname.lastname@example.org, with subject line “Pacific Northwest 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.