The North Carolina Conservation Network is seeking candidates for the position of Public Outreach Organizer. The NC Conservation Network is a statewide network of approximately 100 environmental, health, and environmental justice organizations. The NC Conservation Network directly advocates for equitable and sustainable solutions for our environment and public health.
The Public Outreach Organizer will play a critical role in NC Conservation Network’s work. The ideal candidate will coordinate our efforts to move our online activists to take more offline actions across North Carolina. There will be a wide variety of environmental and public health issues to mobilize these North Carolinians around, but the Organizer will have a particular focus on our federal clean energy and climate change campaign. The Organizer will be Raleigh based but travel across the state to motivate and engage our activists to be leaders on environmental and public health issues. Typical tactics utilized would be coordinating letters to the editor, emails/phone calls to decision makers, meetings with elected officials, and hosting events.
Applicants should be excited about building an effective and long lasting citizen movement for healthy communities, clean air, clean water, and sustainable living in North Carolina. Ideal candidates will be excited about public speaking and able to connect and communicate with passionate environmental activists, as well as business and health professionals, under-represented communities, and elected officials.
While our primary mode of communication with activists and the public is through email and social media, the Public Outreach Organizer will be more focused on building strong relationships through phone calls, face-to-face meetings, and events. The Organizer will recruit, engage, and train a strong set of “offline” citizen activists and leaders, especially to develop local leaders.
The Organizer will also work with our staff to increase the number of activists subscribing to our online action alerts through a variety of tactics including tabling and attendance at events across the state, networking, social media, online petition campaigns, and locally sponsored events.
- Federal energy campaign: engage and mobilize our activists (currently over 46,000 receiving our email action alerts) to support federal action on climate change and clean energy. This campaign will be a significant part of the Organizer’s responsibility and will include tactics such as event planning, generating letters to the editor, calls to decision makers, and business outreach.
- Coordinate activists to attend offline events: lead event planning and recruitment for volunteer phone banks, event tabling, lobby days, media events, town hall forums, and public comment hearings.
- Strengthen leadership in our movement: recruit and train activists to become local leaders. Use a variety of online and offline tactics to recruit new activists, build excellent relationships with them, and turn them into strong leaders in their communities. Develop strong relationships with our top activists and move them to take high level actions.
- Facilitate organizing activist outreach to policymakers: work to generate emails, calls, and other communications with legislators and decision makers on a wide variety of top North Carolina environmental and public health issues, such as fracking, renewable energy programs, clean water protections, toxic chemical rules, coal ash clean up, landfill standards, and more.
Critical Skills and Experience
- BA/BS, preferably in political science, public policy, communications or environmental studies/science.
- Understanding of the key components of citizen advocacy, state level nonprofits, politics, policy-makers, and media – especially in North Carolina.
- Very strong communication, networking, and public speaking skills.
- Strong writing skills and a creative thinker.
- Experience managing, engaging, and motivating volunteers and activists.
- An ability to work with a diverse cross-section of people across North Carolina.
- Comfort with technology and database management.
- Comfort working non-traditional hours, including occasional weekends and evenings.
- Willingness to travel across North Carolina on a somewhat regular basis.
- 2-5 years of issue advocacy and organizing experience, preferably in North Carolina.
- Good knowledge of North Carolina politics and non-partisan issue advocacy.
- Experience and comfort with training and mobilizing diverse groups and individuals to advocate for good public policy.
The position is located in Raleigh, North Carolina. However, regular travel across North Carolina will be required for this position.
NC Conservation Network