Food & Water Watch is a leading national public interest organization that runs dynamic, cutting edge organizing campaigns to protect our essential food and water resources. Since 2005, Food & Water Watch has won significant national victories including banning fracking across the country as well as preventing water privatization in dozens of communities across the country, and convincing the FDA to set arsenic levels for fruit juices among many others. In Maryland, we helped lead the successful effort to ban arsenic in chicken feed and passed a full ban on fracking in the state. Our work has been featured in the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Baltimore Sun and numerous other major media outlets.
We are seeking a Maryland organizer to support and help lead our state campaign work on sustainable agriculture, water, and energy issues while also helping with some of our federal campaign priorities. In particular, the new staff person will be: 1) help lead a campaign to push for 100% renewable energy by 2035; 2) help the organizing effort to stop the negative impacts of factory farming on the environment and communities; (3) work with community members to stop water shutoffs and to improve water affordability for Baltimore residents.
We seek a talented and strategic organizer to help take us our work to the next level in the state. The new organizer will work to strengthen existing coalition relationships, 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 be based Baltimore or Washington D.C.
- 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 water 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. We offer an excellent benefits package that includes 100% employer paid medical/dental/long-term disability, 403(b) retirement plan, and generous paid leave.