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Field Organizer

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Washington Environmental Council Seattle
United States

Position summary: The Field Organizer is a shared position between Washington Environmental Council and Washington Conservation Voters. This person is responsible for supporting Washington Environmental Council’s organizing and coalition-building efforts and the c4 grassroots organizing and accountability efforts of Washington Conservation Voters. The Field Organizer works as part of a team with WEC and WCV campaign staff and in partnership with other organizations. It is a full time position based in Seattle, WA and reports to the Voter Education & Outreach Director.

Who we are: The Washington Environmental Council (WEC) drives positive change to solve our state's most pressing environmental challenges. For more than 45 years, we have been at the forefront of environmental protection in the state, securing laws and policies that safeguard the health of our families and our environment. From bedrock laws like the State Environmental Policy Act, to free electronic waste recycling, to finding solutions that reduce our climate pollution and build our clean energy economy, WEC ensures a healthy future for our state so it remains a great place to live and work.

Washington Conservation Voters (WCV) is the statewide political voice for the environment. We work to elect environmentally responsible candidates to state and local offices. Working with allies in the community, we advocate for strong environmental policies and hold our elected officials accountable during the legislative session. Through our political work, we are strengthening laws that safeguard the health of our communities, the beauty of our state and our economic future.

By effectively combining the policy know-how of WEC with the political know-how of WCV we have reshaped how environmental protection is achieved in Washington State. While both organizations are independent, we work closely together and share a CEO. Combined, we have a staff of 25 and work in a LEED-certified building in downtown Seattle with a view of Elliott Bay. We offer competitive salaries, a collaborative work environment, good benefits and the opportunity to make a difference.

The Field Organizer works with the WEC and WCV organizing team to develop and implement strategies that involve members, activists, and voters in WEC’s policy efforts, grassroots organizing, and issue campaigns. In addition, the Field Organizer plays a key role in advancing WCV’s c4 electoral efforts by supporting endorsed candidates’ campaigns to office by recruiting volunteers and engaging grassroots in their districts.

• Works to advance multi-year environmental agendas (ex. West Coast Climate Campaign) through grassroots organizing and coalition building.
• Works with Environmental Priorities Coalition staff to amplify the coalition’s work.
• Depending on what Environmental Priorities are chosen each year, will assist or lead the field efforts for one or more Priority campaigns.
• Supports WCV’s electoral campaigns and WCV’s endorsed candidates’ campaigns for office by recruiting a grassroots base to help with voter contact in their districts.
• Strengthens and expands WEC and WCV’s member and activist base, with a particular focus on engaging younger people.
• Integrates national best practices and expertise into outreach efforts.

Specific Duties Include:
• Organizes members, activists and interested citizens to participate in grassroots actions in support of WEC and WCV’s work; can include recruitment and management of phone-banks, doorbell days, constituent meetings, etc.
• Strengthens and expands relationships with coalition partners while working on multi-year campaigns (like the Power Past Coal Campaign or the West Coast Climate Campaign).
• Engages people in online activism by regularly sending out e-mail alerts to members, crafting social media posts, updating the website and utilizing other online tools.
• Works with organizing team to integrate voter education tools and expertise into advocacy campaigns to help meet policy agenda and outreach goals for WEC, WCV, and the environmental community at large.
• Works with organizing, policy and lobbying teams to effectively utilize the WCV scorecard and accountability program.
• Ensures that activist data and engagement history is comprehensively and accurately captured in Salesforce database in order to enhance our campaign, outreach, and development efforts.
• Grows WEC and WCV’s volunteer network.
• Assists with organizing volunteers for WEC and WCV’s large fundraising events.
• Assists with WCV county-based chapter network.

Skills Required
• At least two years of experience in community organizing, or related experience implementing successful grassroots advocacy or electoral campaigns.
• Strong writing, verbal, and analytic skills, with demonstrated ability in outreach and communications.
• Ability to maintain a flexible schedule that will include some evening and weekend work.
• Ability to take initiative, develop ideas and turn them into action.
• Ability to work effectively both independently and with a team in a fast‐paced, dynamic environment.
• Commitment to environmental protection.

Desirable Skills
• Knowledge of the Voter Activation Network (VAN), Salesforce (or another similar database platform) and other field tools.
• Solid understanding of social networking tools.
• Experience working with other important constituencies (labor, business, communities of color, or others).

Salary range is dependent on experience. We also provide health and dental insurance, a 401K plan and potential match, employer provided transit pass and ample vacation time as part of a comprehensive benefits package.

WEC and WCV are committed to equal opportunity in employment and promotion for all qualified persons without regard to race, color, age, religion, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship, military or veteran status, the presence of any sensory, mental or physical disability, pregnancy and childbirth, family responsibilities, or any other basis protected by applicable laws, regulations, or guidelines relating to discrimination in employment.

To Apply
Please send a resume, cover letter and list of references to [email protected] by September 9th, 2014.


Washington Environmental Council Seattle
United States