Food & Water Watch is working to create a healthy future for all people and generations to come—a world where everyone has food they can trust, clean drinking water and a livable climate. Making this happen requires involving people in the pressing issues of our time at the local, state, and federal level, building on one win after another, as we develop a larger movement that has the political power to make our democratic process work.
The Delaware Organizer will report to the Senior Organizer on the Factory Farm Team and will work with other national organizing staff, regional field staff, legal staff, and policy/research staff to support FWW’s work to stop factory farm biogas buildout at the local and state level in Delaware and on the eastern shore. The Delaware Organizer will be expected to manage a broad range of responsibilities requiring an equally wide range of skills. In particular, the Delaware Organizer will 1) participate in development of a campaign to stop the buildout of a proposed large biogas production facility, 2) support the organizing effort to stop the negative impacts of factory farming and biogas digesters on the environment and communities on the eastern shore and in Delaware in particular, and (3) build Food & Water Watch’s presence and membership base in the state.
This is a full-time grant-funded position for a duration of one year. The ideal candidate will be able to work from a home office in Sussex County, Delaware. Pending COVID-19 safety, this position may include some travel; reliable transportation required. This is a Bargaining Union Position.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
- Build a strong base of organizations and individuals in support of our campaigns, with a particular emphasis on our work to stop the buildout of factory farm biogas.
- Work with a team to develop strategic campaign plans including long- and short-term goals, strategies and tactics.
- Work closely with team and partner organization to develop and implement joint strategies.
- Participate in coalitions on campaign issues and implement grassroots organizing and public education campaigns.
- Speak at public events, forums, and other venues, and serves as a representative of Food & Water Action/Watch to the public and the media.
- Assist in building the capacity and leadership of volunteers and allied grassroots organizations by offering training and organizing support.
- Maintain familiarity with a diverse set of issues, research products, and FWW’s suite of digital organizing tools, and respond to information and support requests from activists, coalition members, and the 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.
- Regularly report on work to supervisors and donors.
- Participate in membership recruitment and fundraising for FWW/FWA.
- Support Our Culture of Philanthropy: Demonstrate an understanding of the essential role of our members and supporters, and consistently serve as an ambassador for FWW/FWA and our work. Participate in or attend events and other activities as appropriate that are organized for our supporters and donors. Be cognizant of fundraising opportunities and share contacts and information that will help build and sustain FWW/FWA.
- Carry out other projects as assigned.
To perform this job successfully, the person in this position is expected to have a complete understanding of FWW’s Strategic Organizing model and an ability to develop campaign strategy. The Organizer will be expected to work closely with volunteers and allied organizations to ensure campaigns are moving forward to achieve programmatic goals.
The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Education/Experience: Bachelor’s Degree or combination of relevant education and experience. One year of full-time experience organizing. Clear demonstration of ability to develop effective organizing strategies.
Computer Skills: An individual should be able to work in a computerized environment and have adequate knowledge of word processing, email, internet and spreadsheet software; in particular have coursework or certification in Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint and proficiency with all other Microsoft Office products.