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Organizer Climate Law Institute 

About the Organization At the Center for Biological Diversity, we believe that the welfare of human beings is deeply linked to nature - to the existence in our world of a vast diversity of wild animals and plants. Because diversity has intrinsic value, and because its loss impoverishes society, we work to secure a future for all species, great and small, hovering on the brink of extinction. We do so through science, law and creative media, with a focus on protecting the lands, waters and climate that species need to survive.

We want those who come after us to inherit a world where the wild is still alive!  

The Center for Biological Diversity seeks a full-time Organizer in our Climate Law Institute to join our campaign for progressive, urgent federal action to address the climate emergency. The position will be based in our Washington, D.C., Los Angeles or Oakland, CA offices, or another location as considered on a case-by-case basis. This is a 1-year term position with the possibility for extension.

General position overview:

The Climate Law Institute wages innovative legal and grassroots campaigns to protect people, wildlife and ecosystems from climate change and the dirty and dangerous fossil fuel industry. We work to eliminate greenhouse pollution and speed the just transition to 100 percent clean, renewable energy. Our current federal campaign priorities include ensuring President Biden follows through as the climate president by ending all federal fossil fuel leases and permits, banning crude oil and gas exports, declaring a climate emergency, and paving the way for a nationwide just transition that fully phases out fossil fuel production.

The successful candidate will play a key role in our national organizing and campaigning work, and will further deepen our work across movements for climate, racial and economic justice. Organizers are part of a dynamic, collaborative team including fellow organizers as well as scientists, legal and media professionals.

Main duties:

  • Supporting organizational and coalition work to obtain specific science-based, progressive climate actions from the federal government, such as ending all federal fossil fuel leases and permits, banning crude oil and gas exports, declaring a climate emergency, and paving the way for a nationwide just transition that fully phases out fossil fuel production.
  • Building and maintaining strong relationships with coalition allies working together to achieve our goals. This includes playing a leadership role in coalitions through regular in-person, phone, and electronic communication.
  • Forming strategic relationships with new allies to increase our mutual power. We work closely with environmental justice organizations and are committed to supporting movements to dismantle anti-Black racism, white supremacy, and all forms of colonization and oppression.
  • Organizing and promoting participation in hearings, protests, and other advocacy efforts.
  • Assisting with administrative and legislative advocacy, such as supporting interaction with members of the Biden administration or members of Congress.
  • Expanding recruitment and engagement of Center supporters nationally on climate issues, and especially in regions overburdened with onshore fossil fuel production including the Gulf South, the Permian Basin, California, the upper Midwest, and Appalachia.
  • Travel required (when safe).

Salary Range: Organizer: $40,000-56,000, dependent on experience.

Benefits Package:

  • Paid generous medical, dental and vision plan.
  • Paid STD and LTD.
  • 403(b) plan with opportunity for match.
  • Informal and collegial work atmosphere.

Application process: Please apply online by submitting a cover letter, resume, short writing sample and 3-5 references with your application. The position will remain open until filled. No telephone calls, please. Only candidates selected for interviews will be contacted.

The Center for Biological Diversity deeply values, and is committed to sustaining and promoting, both biological and cultural diversity. We welcome, embrace and respect diversity of people, identities and cultures. We are committed to fostering an organizational culture of diversity and inclusion. The Center believes staff and board diversity is critical to saving life on Earth.

We are an equal opportunity employer.

Position Requirements

Essential qualifications, skills, and qualities:

  • One or more years’ experience in results-oriented coalition organizing and advocacy campaigns or equivalent experience.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively with colleagues and organizations with a wide array of goals, perspectives, and backgrounds.
  • Commitment to incorporating principles of justice, equity, and inclusion into all aspects of the work.
  • Demonstrated ability to successfully navigate challenges, including from a powerful and well-resourced opposition.
  • Strong organizational skills and an ability to succeed in a fast-paced environment with a full workload where it is necessary to balance multiple tasks and deadlines.
  • Excellent analytic, written and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to work effectively both independently and with a team.

Preferred qualifications, skills, and qualities:

  • Proficiency in Spanish and/or another language in addition to English, and translation experience to support relevant campaigns.
  • Existing relationships and experience working with grassroots organizations led by Black, Indigenous, and other people of color. We especially encourage candidates who hold first-hand experience or meaningful, trusted relationships with communities impacted by fossil fuel production and environmental racism.
  • Proficiency in creative action organizing including: strategic action design, participant training and recruitment, art and props production, marshaling a crowd, and overseeing action logistics from start to finish.
  • Proficiency in digital organizing strategy including: building digital ladders of engagement for supporters; engaging supporters using email, text, and social media; and collaborating with frontline partners on digital communications.
  • Proficiency building out and maintaining social media engagement via Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and other channels.
  • Proficiency in relationship management software such as EveryAction, ActionKit, and Action Network.
  • Proficiency in graphic design and visual strategy for key documents and campaign materials (e.g. social media graphics, web graphics, ad graphics, written reports, posters/banners, stickers, t-shirts).
  • Experience with media outreach and media interviews.
Full-Time/Part-Time Full-Time  
Location Washington DC  
Open Date 6/15/2021  
EOE Statement We are an equal employment opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.  

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