The Iowa Organizer will report to the Factory Farm Organizing Director and will work with other Iowa organizers, national organizing staff, regional field staff, and policy/research staff to support FWW’s work fighting false solutions and for a factory farm moratorium in Iowa.
The Organizer will have three main responsibilities: Support our longstanding campaign to build momentum for a moratorium on new and expanding factory farms in Iowa, influence the national conversation around agricultural climate change emissions by building opposition to false climate solutions and support for sound climate policy, and increase support for key federal legislation that would overhaul our food system to be more just, sustainable, and climate-friendly.
This is a grant funded position. As such, the position is contingent upon continued funding from the grantor for the term of employment. Should the grantor fail to fund this position or rescind its sponsorship during the term of employment, Food & Water Watch may eliminate the position. This is a Union bargaining unit position. The annualized salary is $40,000 – $51,200 dependent on location and experience.
Office Location: This position is approved for remote work in the Iowa City or Cedar Rapids, Iowa area.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
- Build a strong base of organizations and individuals in support of our campaigns, with a particular emphasis on fighting false solutions and building support for a factory farm ban.
- Work with a team to develop strategic campaign plans including long- and short-term goals, strategies and tactics.
- Work closely with FWW staff and partner organizations to develop and implement joint strategies.
- Participate in coalitions on campaign issues and implement grassroots organizing and public education campaigns.
- Speak at public events, forums, and other venues, and serves as a representative of Food & Water Watch/Action to the public and the media.
- Assist in building the capacity and leadership of volunteers and allied grassroots organizations by offering training and organizing support.
- Maintain familiarity with a diverse set of issues, research products, and FWW’s suite of digital organizing tools, and respond to information and support requests from activists, coalition members, and the media.
- Develop educational materials such as factsheets, action alerts, web site content and newsletter articles on campaign issues. Maintain activist database and email lists to effectively communicate to members and supporters.
- Regularly report on work to supervisors and donors.
- Participate in membership recruitment and fundraising for Food & Water Watch/Action.
- Support Our Culture of Philanthropy: Demonstrate an understanding of the essential role of our members and supporters, and consistently serve as an ambassador for FWW/FWA and our work. Participate in or attend events and other activities as appropriate that are organized for our supporters and donors. Be cognizant of fundraising opportunities and share contacts and information that will help build and sustain FWW/FWA.
- Carry out other projects as assigned.
To perform this job successfully, the person in this position is expected to have a complete understanding of FWW’s Strategic Organizing model and an ability to develop campaign strategy. The Organizer will be expected to work closely with volunteers and allied organizations to ensure campaigns are moving forward to achieve FWW’s programmatic goals.
The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
- Education/Experience: Bachelor’s Degree or combination of relevant education and experience. One year of full-time experience organizing. Clear demonstration of ability to develop effective organizing strategies.
- Computer Skills: An individual should be able to work in a computerized environment and have adequate knowledge of word processing, email, internet and spreadsheet software; in particular have coursework or certification in Microsoft Word, Excel, and Power Point and proficiency with all other Microsoft Office products.
Click here to apply. Please include your resume, cover letter and three professional references to be considered.
We will review your application and if we feel that your knowledge, skills and abilities are potentially a good match for our organization, we will be in contact with you. Please include a Cover Letter with your submission. Position open until filled. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Food & Water Watch (FWW) strives for a diverse work environment and encourages women, people of color, LGBTQ individuals, and individuals with disabilities to apply.
Food & Water Watch (FWW) is committed to the health and safety of its staff members. Moreover, FWW, as an organization, promotes science-based policy. Science clearly shows that unvaccinated populations drive the spread of the coronavirus and the emergence of new variants, and that unvaccinated people are more likely to contract COVID and experience severe symptoms. Effective immediately, prospective new staff members are required to provide proof of vaccination or request a waiver as a condition of their offer of employment.