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Apr 23 / BARD CEP

New York Organizer-Brooklyn, NY

Organization: Food & Water Watch

Position Title: New York Organizer

Location: Brooklyn, NY

Hours and Compensation: Competitive salary, depending upon experience.

Application Deadline: Not listed.

 

Job Description:

Food & Water Watch is a leading national advocacy organization that runs dynamic, cutting-edge campaigns challenging the corporate control and abuse of our food and water. As an organization that takes no corporate or government funding, Food & Water Watch prides itself on having the independence necessary to take strong stands, like consistent call for a complete ban on fracking – both in New York and across the country.

Our New York City organizing team focuses on building the movement to ban fracking in New York, label GMO food, and other key issues affecting our food and water. More broadly, we see our organizing work as building the larger progressive movement. We seek a talented, creative, and strategic organizer who will be able to build on what we have developed and move our campaigns to the next level.

The Organizer works to develop and implement legislative, field organizing, and media strategies and campaigns in support of Food & Water Watch policy goals. The organizer represents F&WW and works as a leader in local coalitions to broaden support for F&WW’s policy goals. The position will be based in our Brooklyn, NY office.

Specific Responsibilities

  • Build a strong base of organizations and individuals in support of our campaigns.
  • Participate in membership recruitment and fund raising for Food & Water Watch.
  • Advise management of issues particular to assigned region that can improve Food & Water Watch effectiveness.
  • Coordinate and develop coalitions on campaign issues and implement grassroots organizing and public education campaigns.
  • Work with team to develop strategic campaign plans including long- and short-term goals, strategies and tactics.
  • Maintain familiarity with a diverse set of issues and research products, and respond to information requests from activists, coalition members, and media.
  • Develop educational materials such as factsheets, action alerts, web site content and newsletter articles on various campaign issues. Maintain activist database and email lists to effectively communicate to members and supporters.
  • Develop and implement legislative, field organizing, online, and media strategies in support of these campaigns
  • Coordinate events such as, but not limited to, panel discussions and film screenings
  • Travel to target states to motivate local organizations and individuals through public speaking, media appearances, strategic planning and training, and meetings with state and local governments.
  • Engage and train student leaders and supervise interns.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Requirements

  • Education: College degree or equivalent experience required.
  • Experience: At least one year experience in advocacy on public policy issues, and/or grassroots/field organizing.
  • Knowledge: Organizing, advocacy and legislative strategy techniques; familiarity with federal and state legislatures; consumer and environmental issues; working with the media. Knowledge of water issues a plus. Bilingual English/Spanish preferred.
  • Skills: Excellent written and oral communication skills; strong interpersonal and planning; excellent organizational skills. Knowledge of online activism and email listservs.
  • Capabilities: Ability to think creatively and quickly to respond to legislative developments and to take advantage of breaking news; demonstrated leadership capability; ability to work well with a wide variety of people and to coordinate diverse tasks; ability to present technical concepts to a mass audience; can-do attitude and commitment to public interest work. Work well under pressure, handle multiple tasks at once, and adapt to changing situations on a daily basis. High level of independent judgment.
  • Conditions: Strong interest in and commitment to promoting the goals of Food & Water Watch. Long hours possible, extensive travel possible.
  • Applicant must be legally eligible to work in the United States.

Compensation

Competitive salary, depending upon experience. We offer an excellent benefits package that includes 100% employer paid medical/dental/long-term disability, 403(b) retirement plan, and generous paid leave.

How to apply

Please send a resume, cover letter, writing sample, and three references to resumes@fwwatch.org, noting “New York Organizer” in the subject line. Position open until filled. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Food & Water Watch strives for a diverse work environment and encourages women, people of color, LGBTQ individuals, and differently-abled people to apply.

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