Food & Water Watch is hiring an organizer to continue building our programs in Iowa.
The Iowa Organizer will report to the Factory Farm Organizing Director and will work with other national organizing staff, regional field staff, and policy/research staff to support FWW’s work building opposition to the proposed carbon pipelines and winning a factory farm moratorium in Iowa. The Organizer will have three main responsibilities: 1) engage in campaign work around factory farming and false solutions issues to build widespread support for and advance meaningful reforms; 2) help the organizing effort to stop the negative impacts of factory farming on the environment, family farms, and communities; and 3) organize opposition to the proposed carbon pipelines in Iowa.
Office Location: This position is approved for remote work in Iowa, preferably near Cedar Rapids, Iowa City, or Des Moines.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
- Build a strong base of organizations and individuals in support of our campaigns, with a particular emphasis on fighting the proposed carbon pipelines and building support for a factory farm moratorium.
- Work with a team to develop strategic campaign plans including long- and short-term goals, strategies and tactics.
- Work closely with team 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 Action/Watch 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, website content and newsletter articles on various campaign issues. Maintain activist database and email lists to effectively communicate to members and supporters.
- Regularly report on work to supervisors and donors.
- Participate and/or develop non-partisan electoral strategies and tactics for either/both Food and Water Watch (c3) and Food and Water Action (c4).
- Participate in membership recruitment and fundraising for Food & Water Action/Watch.
- 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 develop 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 programmatic goals.
- Experience: One year of full-time experience organizing. Clear demonstration of ability to develop effective organizing strategies. Experience working on advocacy campaigns to pressure decision-makers, organizing people to take action, working with diverse audiences and managing volunteers.
- Passion: An understanding of, and commitment to, climate and environmental justice.
- Interpersonal Skills: Maintains confidentiality; remains open to others’ ideas; exhibits willingness to try new ways of doing things. Experience working effectively with colleagues, volunteers, and organizational allies with a wide range of goals, perspectives, and backgrounds.
- Oral Communication: Speaks clearly and persuasively in positive or negative situations; listens and gets clarification.
- Written Communication: Writes clearly and informatively; edits work for spelling and has excellent grammar and proofreading skills; presents numerical data effectively and is able to read and interpret written information.
- Planning/organizing: Prioritizes and plans work activities; uses time efficiently and develops realistic action plans; meets deadlines and adheres to specific timelines; tracks multiple processes to meet goals for timeliness.
- Quality control: Demonstrates accuracy and thoroughness and looks for ways to improve and promote quality of own work; promotes and upholds office policies and procedures.
- Adaptability: Adapts to changes in the work environment; handles several projects concurrently; is able to deal with frequent change, delays or unexpected events.
- Problem-solving: Identifies and resolves problems in a timely manner; gathers and analyzes information skillfully.
- Judgment: Displays willingness to make timely decisions; exhibits high-level, sound and accurate judgment.
- Safety and security: Actively promotes and personally observes safety and security procedures; uses equipment and materials properly.
- Teamwork: Contributes to building a positive team spirit; puts success of team above own interests; supports everyone’s efforts to succeed; provides excellent internal and external customer service.
- Diversity: Shows respect and sensitivity for cultural differences; promotes a harassment-free environment. Personal commitment to advancing Food & Water Watch’s efforts to promote diversity, equity and inclusion within the organization.
- Ethics: Treats people with respect and dignity; works with integrity and ethically upholds FWW’s mission and values.
- Experience organizing in-district to influence specific elected officials.
- Experience using digital organizing and outreach tools, including but not limited to ThruText, Hubdialer, Action Network, or Mobilize.
- Experience recruiting and managing volunteers remotely.
- Experience drafting press materials, talking to reporters, and giving interviews.
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.
- While performing the duties of this job, the employee will regularly be required to talk and hear.
- The employee is frequently required to sit and use their hands.
- Some local, regional and national travel will be required, pending public health restrictions.
- An individual should be able to work in a computerized environment and have adequate knowledge of word processing, email, internet and spreadsheet software.
- The work environment is typical of an office setting.
- Applicants must be legally eligible to work in the United States.
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.