Community Organizer Position

Toxics Action Center, a New England-wide non-profit public health and environmental organization, seeks dynamic, passionate, and hard-working community organizers who know that it takes an engaged and active citizenry to make democracy work, hold polluters accountable, and win real results for public health and the environment.

Community organizers for Toxics Action Center organize side by side communities to tackle environmental threats and bring residents together to achieve proactive, positive change while developing long-term leaders to broaden the environmental movement. Community Organizers can be based in Boston, MA or Montpelier, VT and will report directly to the Executive Director.

Background:

For decades, communities have suffered at the hands of polluting industries. Stories of black soot covering the walls of homes near a belching smokestack, the stench from a burning trash incinerator permeating evening meals, or hazardous waste leaking into the well-water of nearby neighborhoods are all too common.

At Toxics Action Center, we start from the core belief that everyone has a right to breathe clean air, drink clean water, and live in a healthy community where government operates responsively and democratically. Our mission is to make these rights a reality by organizing side by side with residents who are facing toxic threats.  We train residents in the skills and know-how they need to run effective local campaigns, while also developing long-term leaders to fuel New England’s progressive movements. Our work in New England over the last 27 years has led to countless victories including:

·         Preventing radioactive waste dumps from being built across Massachusetts

·         Uniting more than 150 citizen-based organizations to clean up the “Sooty Six,” the dirtiest and oldest power plants across Connecticut. As a result sulfur dioxide pollution from power plants in Connecticut was reduced by 86%

·         Convincing the three largest blueberry growers in Maine to abandon aerial spraying of pesticides

·         Preventing a massive landfill on the banks of the Merrimack River in Canterbury, New Hampshire and a new incinerator ash landfill on the banks of the Shetucket River in Franklin, Connecticut

·         Helping local residents and lobstermen join together to prevent Conoco-Phillips and Trans-Canadia from building a massive new liquified natural gas facility in Harpswell

·         Halting a proposal to build a massive coal-burning power plant on the banks of a river and lobstering hub in Wiscasset, and convincing Somerset Station, the oldest coal-burning power plant in Massachusetts, to close its doors in 2010.

Job Description

That’s where you come in. We are seeking an organizer who is ready to go where the fight is. You know that corporate polluters will go to great lengths to avoid responsibility for their messes, and that government bureaucracies are slow to act. You also believe in the power of building groups and strengthening communities and have seen that when community members join together to organize they can win against powerful special interests.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Campaign development: You’ll identify the biggest local environmental threats, enter the threatened communities, and build relationships with key local leaders. You’ll work with local leaders to identify solutions to local environmental problems and develop creative strategies to win.
  • Community organizing training and leadership development: You will conduct group training consultations on campaign skills as well as running one-on-one coaching and leadership development sessions with community leaders.
  • Coordinate coalitions: You will work with the traditional environmental community, volunteer activists, and unlikely allies to build public support to influence decision-makers.
  • Communications: You will work to increase the organization’s media presence and name recognition through events, news releases, campaign materials, and online organizing.
  • Fundraising: You will identify and cultivate donors, assist with grant-writing, and participate in other grassroots fundraising tactics including door-to-door canvassing and planning other fundraising events.

Qualifications:

The ideal candidate is passionate about community organizing and movement building. Candidates must be ambitious, have leadership experience, strong written and verbal communication skills, and have a track record of accomplishment. We value previous organizing experience, including organizing on campus.

Salary and Benefits:

Salary for this position is commensurate with the relevant professional experience and/or advanced degrees that a candidate possesses. We offer a competitive benefits package including health care, 401(k), education loan assistance, and paid vacation and sick days. Opportunities for advancement, travel and additional training are available.

Location

We are hiring Community Organizers in Boston, MA and Montpelier, VT. 

To Apply:

Apply online at http://toxicsaction.org/page/tac/apply.  Direct your application to Sylvia Broude, Executive Director.  We’ll review you application and if we are if we are interested in discussing your candidacy further, we will be in touch with you shortly.

 

Toxics Action Center is an equal opportunity employer and will not discriminate against any employee or applicant on the base of race, color, national or ethnic origin, religion, age, sex, handicap, pregnancy, sexual orientation, or veteran status.