Who we are:
Food & Water Watch is a leading nonprofit running strategic campaigns to move America Off Fossil Fuels, ensure safe drinking water for all, and challenge the corporate control of our food, water and democracy. We utilize online and field organizing to build the people power we need to win real victories – including banning fracking in New York and Maryland. We are proud progressives who don’t accept any corporate or government funding so we can stand up for what we believe in without any conflicts of interest.
More on the Municipal Organizing Project:
Recent environmental victories at the Pennsylvania Supreme Court have created an opportunity for local communities to protect themselves from fracking. The Supreme Court’s rulings have made clear that Pennsylvania’s municipalities have a constitutional right to define the character of their community using municipal zoning authority. Unfortunately, many local elected officials do not fully understand the impacts of these court decisions. Additionally municipal solicitors- the lawyers for these local governments- too often see their job as keeping the municipality out of legal trouble, rather than providing legal assistance to their municipality. Municipalities in Allegheny County are particularly unprepared to protect their residents from fracking. By educating our allies in local governments, and working with community members to build community support for action, we can win real victories against the fracking industry.
For the past year and a half, we have successfully employed this locally-oriented strategy to create substantive change in Allegheny County communities, passing restrictive anti-fracking ordinances as well as ordinances protecting communities from seismic testing. Elsewhere in Pennsylvania, we have worked with communities to enforce anti-pipeline ordinances.
The Municipal Ordinance Project Organizer will be a full-time position working at the local level to fight fracking. This position will focus on working with community members and local elected officials in municipalities in Allegheny County to pass and enforce oil and gas zoning ordinances that will protect these communities from fracking. Specific projects will include organizing actions, tracking data, outreach, building relationships, and volunteer leadership development.
This is a full-time grant funded position starting as soon as possible, running for one year with possible extension dependent on renewed funding.
This organizer will report to the Municipal Ordinance Project Organizer, and will be supported by other regional staff, including the Southwest Pennsylvania Outreach Liaison and Pennsylvania Director.
1. Advance Municipal Outreach Project strategy
a. Help development campaign strategy for these communities
b. Develop and carry out tactics that will move forward this strategy, and bottomline the rollout of these tactics
2. Build grassroots volunteer infrastructure
a. Recruit and support volunteers in effective actions
b. Maintain campaign data
c. Develop volunteer roles that will advance our campaign strategy, and build volunteers’ investment in our campaign by plugging them into these roles
3. Represent Food & Water Watch
a. Represent Food & Water Watch at public events and with local media
b. Participate in membership recruitment and fundraising for Food & Water Watch
4. Build coalition: Maintain close relationships with and engage local coalition allies
5. Other duties as required
We offer an excellent benefits package that includes 100% employer paid medical/dental/long-term disability, 403(b) retirement plan, and generous paid leave.
Level of Language Proficiency
Qualifications and experience
● 1 year experience in grassroots/field organizing.
● Grassroots organizing skills, including: volunteer recruitment and leadership development; Excellent written and oral communication skills; strong interpersonal and planning; excellent organizational skills; ability to work independently or in teams as required
● Capabilities: Proven ability to develop campaign timelines and implement them as planned; 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 justice-oriented work; work well under pressure, handle multiple tasks at once, and adapt to changing situations on a daily basis; high level of independent judgment.
● Understanding of fracking in Pennsylvania
Desired (but not required) skills and experiences
● Experience using web-based organizing tools such as peer-to-peer texting tools, automated dialers, MiniVAN, mass emailing tools, and SalesForce (or similar database tools)
● Experience organizing in Southwest Pennsylvania
● Knowledge of the political landscape in Allegheny County
● Experience working at the municipal level
● Experience working with local zoning ordinances
Conditions: Strong interest in and commitment to promoting the goals of Food & Water Watch. Applicant must be legally eligible to work in the United States.
Minimum Education Required
How To Apply
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Please include your resume, cover letter and three professional references to be considered.
We will review your application and if we feel that your knowledge, skills and abilities are potentially a good match for our organization, we will be in contact with you. 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.