“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” – Margaret Mead
At Toxics Action Center, we start from the core belief that everyone has the right to breathe clean air, drink clean water, and live in a healthy community where government operates responsively and democratically. For the last 30 years, our mission has been to make these rights a reality by organizing side by side with residents who are facing toxic threats to build their capacity and power. 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 has helped groups win hundreds of local victories: we prevented radioactive waste dumps from being built across Massachusetts, won fights against incinerators and landfills and for zero waste across the region, won retirement of three coal-fired power plants in Massachusetts, we won an 86% reduction in pollution from the six dirtiest power plants in Connecticut, and organized with citizens in South Portland to stop Exxon Mobil’s plans to bring tar sands into Maine.
Representative responsibilities include:
- Event Planning. Take a lead role in organizing the Annual Local Environmental Action Conference and assist in the coordination of all other New England conferences, issue summits and leadership retreats. Help plan and implement staff retreat and leadership retreats for activists. Assist the Development Director in the planning and implementation of fundraising house parties.
- Maintain an Information Repository. Assure good systems for health and environmental information, contacts, organizing work and financial records.
- Publicity and Outreach. Format and share recent media clips and updates with staff. Provide updates to coalition partners on our organizing efforts for publication. Cultivate community assistance referrals from other organizations.
- Our Network. Expand our expert referral network in each state and make information available to the staff. Answer member inquiries and connect expert referrals and community groups with the appropriate staff person.
- Organizational Support. Maintain the website. Assist in developing and managing budgets, and income and expense monitoring forms. Provide support for our major donor drives, such as printing and compiling materials. Coordinate Board meetings. Maintain our contact databases and organizing tracking systems. Cultivate relationships with universities to attract interns. Update member database with new gifts and donors. Follow up on outstanding pledges. Set up conference calls, video conferencing, and rental car reservations for staff.
- Materials. Take inventory and place orders on stationary, workbooks, business cards and other office materials. Coordinate sending materials to all our regional offices.
- Finances. Manage and track income and expenses. Ensure that all income from membership, donations, major donor, and sponsorships is deposited and recorded correctly. Ensure that vendors are paid on time.
- Fundraising. Assist in researching and writing grants, identifying and cultivating donors to the organization. Depending on years of experience, staffer may also run a summer fundraising and outreach canvass office.
- Program. Field phone calls from potential community groups, and following up with issue research support.
We are looking for skilled candidates who are passionate about community organizing, movement building, and racial and environmental justice. Additionally, top candidates will:
– Have a bachelor’s degree and at least one year of relevant experience, but strong entry level candidates will be considered.
– Experience in fundraising and/or writing for a nonprofit is also preferred;
– Be flexible, embrace new challenges, and have a strong work ethic;
– Be detail oriented, deadline driven, highly-organized, and have excellent project management skills;
– Have strong computer skills.
– Like, and be excellent at, working with all types of people, but be comfortable behind the scenes; and
– Be able to work independently and creatively, as well as take direction and work as part of a team.
Pay and Benefits:
Pay for this position is commensurate with relevant professional experience. Toxics Action Center offers a competitive benefits package
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Toxics Action Center is an equal opportunity employer and is strongly committed to a diverse workplace and a diverse movement. We will not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, religion, sex, age, handicap, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, or veteran status.
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