Public Outreach Organizer

  • Location: Raleigh, NC
  • Close Date: March 25, 2016
  • Hiring Organization: North Carolina Conservation Network
  • Contact Name: Peter Walz
  • Contact Email: peter@ncconservationnetwork.org

Job Description

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 lead our efforts to move our online activists to offline actions across North Carolina. There will be a wide variety of environmental and public health issues to mobilize these North Carolinians around, including coal ash, climate change, clean energy, and more.

The Organizer will be Raleigh based but travel across the state regularly to meet 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, such as those who want to join city and county boards and commissions related to environmental and public health issues.

Responsibilities

  • Coordinate activists to be engaged offline: lead or help with event planning, plan volunteer phone banks, coordinate event tabling, help with media events, and boost turnout to 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. Examples of offline leadership include postcard collection in their communities, writing letters to the editor, and applying to join local boards and commissions.
  • Facilitate activist outreach to policymakers: help 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, and more.

Qualifications

Ideal 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 and creative writing skills.
  • 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 regular basis.

Preferred

  • 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 with leadership building around advocacy campaigns.

Salary / Compensation

Location: The position is located in Raleigh, North Carolina. However, regular (average of once per week) travel across North Carolina will be required for this position.

Salary, Benefits, and Start Date: Competitive salary commensurate with experience and includes a full benefits package including health, dental, and retirement plans, as well as strong vacation and sick time off. NC Conservation Network is an equal opportunity employer. Women and people of color are strongly encouraged to apply.

Applications Instructions

To apply: Deadline to apply is March 25. Attach both a resume and cover letter (email only) describing your qualifications and experience to: peter@ncconservationnetwork.org with the subject “Attn: Outreach Organizer.”