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Saturday, February 4, 2012
Organizer based in Los Angeles, California
Organizer based in Los Angeles, California
Food & Water Watch is a leading national consumer advocacy organization that runs dynamic, cutting edge organizing campaigns challenging the corporate control and abuse of our food and water resources. Since 2005, we have won significant victories to protect our food and water. Our work has been featured in the New York Times, the Washington Post and other major media outlets.
We have had an office in Los Angeles since 2008 as part of a California program that consists of offices in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and the Central Valley. In the last few years, we have developed strong relationships with allies in Southern California and a significant organizing base. We see a talented, creative, and strategic organizer who will be able to build on what we have developed and move our campaigns to the next level.
The Los Angeles organizer will work across all of Food & Water Watch’s issues; however our current focus is on improving our food system through a fair farm bill, preventing privatization of water, and protecting our water from the dangers of hydro fracking.
The Organizer works to develop and implement legislative, field organizing, and media strategies and campaigns in support of Food & Water Watch policy goals. The Organizer represents FWW and works as a leader in local coalitions to broaden support for FWW’s policy goals. The position will be based in our Los Angeles, CA office.
While this position will work on all Food & Water Watch issues in Los Angeles, the Organizer will also be responsible for covering other areas in Southern California, including San Diego, Santa Barbara, and the Central Coast.
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 the 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 organizing campaigns 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 regions to motivate local organizations and individuals through public speaking, media appearances, strategic planning and training, and meetings with state and local government officials.
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 and legislative process; consumer and environmental issues; working with the media. Knowledge of water issues a plus.
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/vision/long-term disability, 403(b) retirement plan, and generous paid leave.
How to Apply
Please send a resume, cover letter, writing sample and three references in one document to firstname.lastname@example.org, noting, “Organizer based in Los Angeles” in the subject line. Position open until filled. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Food & Water Watch strives for a diverse work environment and encourages women, people of color, LGBTQ individuals, and differently-abled people to apply.