- Washington D.C.
Food & Water Watch is a leading nonprofit running strategic campaigns to move America Off Fossil Fuels, ensure safe drinking water for all, and challenge the corporate control of our food, water and democracy. We utilize online and field organizing to build the people power we need to win real victories – including banning fracking in New York and Maryland, stopping the TPP in its tracks and banning the toxin arsenic from being used in chicken production. We are proud progressives who don’t accept any corporate or government funding so we can stand up for what we believe in without any conflicts of interest.
Food & Water Watch is seeking a Maryland Organizer to take our state fight against factory farms to the next level as we battle corporate agriculture and work towards a more sustainable, safer, and equitable food system.
We are seeking a Maryland Organizer to spend most of their time supporting and helping to lead our state campaign work on sustainable agriculture, while also assisting with some of our state water and energy issues and our federal campaign priorities. In particular, the new staff person will be: 1) leading Food & Water Watch’s organizing effort to stop the negative impacts of factory farming on the environment and communities; (2) supporting our campaign to pass a 100% renewable energy bill in Maryland that does not include incentivizing manure-to-energy false solutions, and (3) elevating community efforts to stop water shutoffs to Baltimore residents, in collaboration with our other organizing and policy staff.
We seek a talented and strategic organizer to help us take our Maryland work to the next level. The new organizer will work to strengthen existing coalition relationships, including those on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, engage in extensive outreach and public speaking to help build our presence in the state, build relationships with our donors and potential donors, and work with top level volunteers to strategically move our campaigns forward.
The position will begin in the fall of 2017 and will ideally be based on the Eastern Shore of MD, but talented organizers from Washington D.C. and Baltimore are encouraged to apply.
Food & Water Watch strives for a diverse work environment and encourages women, people of color, LGBTQ individuals, and differently-abled people to apply.
- Build a strong base of organizations and individuals in support of our campaigns.
- Participate in membership recruitment and fundraising 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 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 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 agricultural 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.
- Competitive salary, depending upon experience.
- 100% employer-paid health care, dental, vision, and long-term disability insurance.
- Three weeks paid vacation to start and three personal days.
- Food & Water Watch offices are closed for all federal holidays and an extra week at the end of December.
- Paid sick days.
- Family and medical leave.
- 403(b) retirement plan with annual employer contribution after the first year on staff.
- Professional development opportunities on an ongoing basis.
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.