Supervised by the regional organizing director, the Factory Farm Campaigner will work closely with the Food and Food & Water Justice teams, as well as regional organizing directors to support Food & Water Watch’s campaign against factory farms.
This person will be expected to manage a broad range of responsibilities, requiring an equally wide range of skills. Among the tasks to be performed are: (1) helping to build Food & Water Watch’s advocacy efforts to support federal action against factory farms, including those related to the Farm Bill and enforcement of environmental regulations; (2) responding to factory farm-related state legislation and regulatory efforts, including writing email alerts to our membership and coordinating with allies; (3) working collaboratively with a team to devise and lead implementation of strategic plans related to factory farm issues; (4) working closely with our legislative, research, communications, outreach and field staff to further our campaign goals.
The new position will work to drive forward national work around factory farms internally, reach out to potential and current allies working on factory farms across the country in states where organizers are not already deeply engaged, conduct extensive outreach to help build our presence on the issue, draft email alerts to support state-level and regional fights and engage in media work, meet with federal and state legislators as necessary, and engage in strategic planning and implementation meetings to strengthen our campaign.
The position is located in our Des Moines, IA or Chicago, IL office.
- Work with factory farm core team to develop and implement strategic campaign plans including long- and short-term goals, strategies and tactics.
- Develop and maintain relationships with groups and leaders working to fight factory farms across the country.
- Offer technical support such as training, FWW research materials, and media support to factory farm fights across the country, and engage these groups in the larger national movement on factory farms.
- Work with the research team to develop pieces related to factory farms.
- 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, website content and newsletter articles on the issue.
- Develop and implement key pieces of legislative, field organizing, online, and media strategies in support of this campaign.
- Travel to target areas to support local and state organizations and individuals through public speaking, media appearances, strategic planning and training, and meetings with state and local governments.
- Compile information about factory farm advocacy for development team reports.
- Present Food & Water Watch views on factory farms issues to local, state, and national elected officials in targeted states.
- Other duties as assigned.
- Education: College degree or equivalent experience required.
- Experience: At least three years of experience in advocacy on public policy issues, and/or strategic campaign planning and implementation. Rural organizing experience is strongly preferred. Prior experience organizing in POC communities a plus.
- Knowledge: Strategic campaign planning, advocacy and legislative strategy techniques; familiarity with federal and state legislatures; consumer and environmental issues; working with the media. Knowledge of water and air pollution issues a plus.
- Skills: Excellent written and oral communication skills; strong interpersonal and planning; excellent organizational skills. Knowledge of online activism and email listserves.
- 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 and travel 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
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. Click here to submit a resume, cover letter, writing sample and three references.