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Senior Organizer – Climate

THE ORGANIZATION: TakeAction Minnesota is a multiracial people’s network that brings democracy alive in communities across our state. We connect individuals and organizations to each other, creating a powerful force that makes change happen where it wasn’t possible before. Since its founding 14 years ago, TakeAction Minnesota has grown its breadth and depth. Our membership has grown 10-fold and touches every legislative district in the state. Our social media presence is robust. Our grassroots leadership is well-trained and shapes and implements the strategy of our various campaigns. As a result, TakeAction Minnesota has a track record of shifting the political landscape, advancing democracy and justice through bold policy campaigns, grassroots organizing, leadership development, movement politics, and strategic communications.

POSITION SUMMARY

This organizer will be responsible for building power with people impacted by climate change across the state, developing and leading powerful climate campaigns, and partnering with other organizations to build a powerful vision and collective base for Green New Deal-like wins in Minnesota. They will build power through leadership development, base-building, political education, organizing training, campaigns, and narrative development. Ultimately, their climate organizing will contribute to overall governing power for our movement in Minnesota, ensuring that we can deliver climate solutions that meet the moment we are in over the long-haul.

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITES — Essential duties and responsibilities may include, but are not limited to the following:

Build, develop, and mobilize a high capacity, scaled base across the state. Organize a base and supervise and support a team of climate organizers in building a statewide base of climate leaders and activists. Lead climate campaigns that deliver wins towards a Green New Deal, that build our base, and that move us towards our vision of governing power. Use the following strategies and tactics:

  • Anchor political education and skills trainings for their base and connect these trainings to overall training needs.
  • Use organizing tools (canvassing, textbanking, phonebanking, one-to-one’s, powerful asks, etc.) to engage Minnesotans in our work, develop deep relationships with them, and support their leadership development.
  • Identify, recruit, train, and move activists into regular action and positions of leadership throughout our issue and electoral campaigns, supporting their leadership to guide how they engage with campaigns and how we center racial and gender justice in our campaigns.
  • Invest in and develop leaders through intentional leadership development. Support leaders in building their own bases with organizing tools (propositions, trainings, accountability, agitations, etc.), facilitate political education to deepen a shared analysis of the structural barriers facing our communities, engage them in leading campaigns, and continuing to build a greater vision for our organizing.
  • Plan and lead effective organizing meetings and trainings to build community, develop leadership, and move work forward.
  • Develop and lead all strategy, infrastructure, and materials for statewide and local issue campaigns, including outreach and base-building.
  • Lead TakeAction in our statewide climate campaign organizing in close coordination with our Public Affairs and Communications team.
  • Ensure that our base is centered in campaign decision-making and is leading – building and executing – our statewide climate campaigns.

Lead TakeAction Minnesota involvement in climate partnerships and coalitions. Invest in relationships with local, state, and federal partners and funders on climate initiatives. Build and win statewide and local issue campaigns, in alignment with our partners, including leveraging organizational capacity as needed. And do the work with a focus on building a powerful, cross-organizational base that can be a force on climate because it is aligned under a bold, visionary narrative umbrella. Use the following strategies and tactics:

  • Facilitate internal decision-making about engaging in relevant, timely climate campaign opportunities.
  • Build and manage external partner and coalition relationships related to these campaigns and invest in partner organizations via these initiatives.
  • Organize and convene a Green New Deal Minnesota base-building table to align and support partner base-building efforts.
  • Build relationships with climate funders and play a leadership role on tracking and delivering on our work as it relates to our funding streams.
  • Keep an eye on local, state, and federal landscape on climate to ensure we are informed and strategic in our decisions and mobilizations.

Be a leader on the organizing team. Serve as an excellent supervisor for organizers. Ensure that organizers show up with our values and enact our operating principles: being people-centered, acting with integrity, and working with determination and hustle. Ensure that organizers deliver on their goals and outcomes and get investment and development as they organize.

  • Supervise and/or coach organizers as needed, including supervising climate organizers.
  • Develop and meet goals for each of these responsibilities, manage and meet a variety of goals throughout the seasons of the work, and update organizational database systems with member and event information as a way to ensure and track successful completion of goals.
  • Work with other staff to plan and execute cross-organizational events, grassroots fundraising and new member cultivation, communications plans, digital outreach plans, trainings, and other issue campaign actions.
  • Other duties or tasks may be assigned on an as-needed basis.

EXPERIENCE AND QUALIFICATIONS

  • A concrete experience of having built and maintained a robust base, developed their leadership, and mobilized them in a campaign that had an impact, whether through community organizing, electoral politics, issue advocacy, or by being active in your community, and a proven track record of delivery and ability to work in a fast-paced environment.
  • At least one year of previous experience supervising organizers.
  • A natural sense of curiosity about people and the ability to relate to them. Experience initiating conversations with community members about their stories, hopes, fears, and challenges, and a willingness to be bold in conversations with strangers and volunteers.
  • Excellent facilitator of meetings and trainings, including agenda-setting, landing lessons and objectives, and moving participants into deeper engagement.
  • High-capacity, high-impact team leader who can manage multiple projects simultaneously, sees and seizes strategic opportunities and intersections, and brings their team along with them.
  • Ability to pay attention to the details, be vigilant about tracking goal progress, and meet deadlines. Computer literacy and experience with MS Office Suite.
  • Willingness to speak up, suggest new ideas, receive feedback, adjust plans to ensure successful completion of goals, and be part of the solution.
  • Excellent communications skills through a variety of channels, including written and oral.
  • A relational leader and good team player, able to work with a broad team of staff and grassroots leaders, work well with others in a coalition setting, and motivate diverse groups of people. Ability to practice showing up for co-workers with consistent follow-through and good communication.
  • A demonstrated commitment to economic, racial, and gender justice and commitment to progressive political change.
  • Enthusiastically promote TakeAction Minnesota’s goals and priorities in compliance with all policies and procedures, and have a deep investment in our shared agenda for change.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS AND WORKING ENVIRONMENT

Work will be temporarily performed from home, due to the current COVID crisis. A job in this category may require walking or standing to a significant degree or may involve sitting most of the time with long periods of computer work and heavy phone usage. Flexibility to work outside normal business hours that include evenings and weekends, and work extended hours to accomplish requirements of the position.

SALARY/BENEFITS/OTHER INFORMATION

  • Salary starting at $70,000 a year, Category: Director 2.
  • Full medical insurance, dental insurance, retirement packages.
  • Full-time employees regularly work at least thirty-two (32) hours or more per week.
  • Ongoing leadership development of staff, including access to relevant trainings and conferences.

REPORTS TO & LOCATION

This position reports directly to the Deputy Director. Position is located in our St. Paul office, but may include some travel at times. In response to COVID-19, all employees are encouraged and resourced to work from home.

HOW TO APPLY

Send electronic cover letter, resume and three references (at least one of whom is a current or former supervisee) attention Amanda Otero, Deputy Director, care of workwithus@takeactionminnesota.org with the subject line SENIOR ORGANIZER. This position is open until filled.

NO PHONE CALLS or EMAILS WILL BE ACCEPTED.

TakeAction Minnesota is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from people of color, persons with disabilities, LGBT individuals, and women.