Food & Water Watch is a leading national advocacy organization that runs dynamic, cutting edge campaigns to protect our food and water. Since 2005 we have won significant victories that have been featured in the New York Times, the Washington Post and other major media outlets.
Based out of our New Brunswick office, this position works with Food & Water Watch staff, volunteers and allies to implement strategic campaigns that will protect New Jersey’s water and food, stop dangerous oil drilling techniques, oppose unnecessary fossil fuel infrastructure projects, promote the protection of our public water resources, and transitioning to 100% renewable energy.
As part of the New Jersey program, the Organizer works to develop and implement legislative, field organizing, media strategies and campaigns in support of Food & Water Watch’s local, state, and national policy goals.
- Build a strong base of organizations and individuals in support of our campaigns.
- Participate in membership recruitment and fund raising for Food & Water Watch.
- 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 areas 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.
- Education: College degree or equivalent experience required.
- Experience: At least two years experience in advocacy on public policy issues, and/or grassroots/field organizing. Prior experience organizing in POC communities a plus.
- Knowledge: Organizing, advocacy and legislative strategy techniques; familiarity with federal and state legislatures; consumer and environmental issues; working with the media. Bilingual English/Spanish preferred.
- Skills: Excellent written and oral communication skills; strong interpersonal and planning; excellent organizational skills. Knowledge of online activism and email list serves.
- Capabilities: Ability to think creatively and quickly to respond to campaign 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.
- Applicant must be legally eligible to work in the United States.
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 in one document to [email protected], noting “Central New Jersey 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.