Job Type

Full Time




United States


GAIA is looking for a passionate and hardworking Network Development Coordinator who wants to strengthen the global movement for environmental justice and zero waste. You will catalyze cross-border communication between GAIA staff and members and facilitate coordination at the global level that multiplies the impact of grassroots organizing around the world.

About you

You believe in the power of grassroots organizing and envision yourself in a role that strengthens the work of community activists from around the world and connects them to a broader network.

You are adept at identifying challenges and opportunities and finding creative solutions, in collaboration with people from different countries and cultures. You know how to identify stakeholders and build a trustful relationship with them.

You excel at personal relations and enjoy teamwork; you are capable of running different tasks simultaneously and managing complex projects, and you like working in an international environment.

About GAIA

GAIA is a worldwide alliance of more than 800 organization and individuals in over 90 countries working for justice and a world without waste.

At GAIA, we see waste, plastics, and their resulting pollution as a symptoms of a larger, profit-driven extractive economy, and we promote zero waste as a holistic solution and an economic shift toward justice and sustainability.

GAIA’s greatest strength lies in our membership, which includes some of the world’s leading organizations working at the intersection of environmental protection, sustainable development, and human rights. GAIA members strategize together about shared goals and targets, share information online and in regional meetings, campaign toward common goals, lead trainings and skillshares, and provide a community of support for one another.

About the position

To maintain this vibrant network of organizers around the world, GAIA has a coordination team with staff in each region. In the coming years our staff is dedicated to strengthening the growing GAIA network so that there is increased member leadership and connectivity across borders that allows us to take on the global challenges we face.

As Network Development Coordinator, you will join this team and provide key support for our network strengthening work, working closely with the International Coordinator and other leading regional coordination staff Specifically, you will help to catalyze and facilitate cross-border communication and information sharing between organizations around the world, engage member and staff leadership globally for strategic coordination, identify and share stories of grassroots organizing with the network and broader public, coordinate projects to strengthen our network and build capacity of on-the-ground organizers, and accompany the International Coordinator with special projects and ongoing network needs.

GAIA’s added value is our ability to connect organizers around the world and maintain a network whose power is greater than the sum of its parts and whose influence can shift the playing field globally. This work is not possible without dedicated staff like you ensuring participatory and productive spaces for cross-border conversation and diligently maintaining and improving the health of our network.



  • Connect organizers from around the world to strengthen local campaigns and build a strong, well connected network.
  • Oversee and proactively improve our members-only forum (Loomio) to be a healthy and productive space for activists from different regions to discuss strategies and share information.
  • Help organizers find partners and support in their country or area of work by maintaining an online map of waste activists from around the world.
  • Work with members to identify new tools that would help the network (including maps, databases, shared calendars, etc.), and coordinate the creation of new tools when appropriate and agreed upon by staff.
  • Proactively identify challenges to cross-border communication within our network and lead conversations with key staff and members to address these challenges.
  • Facilitate spaces for strategic coordination between staff and member leaders on key campaigns and Network Development projects, in collaboration with the International Coordinator.
  • Coordinate regular conversations between member leaders from each region.
  • Help to identify key decisions, collaborations, and other spaces for member involvement
  • Coordinate, help to facilitate, and manage follow-up of regular global staff calls.
  • Help provide support for regions where GAIA has less staffing infrastructure, including Africa and Latin America.
  • Help to organize periodic global in-person meetings for our network.
  • Ensure that stories of grassroots organizing are shared within the network and with the broader public, in collaboration with the global communications team.
  • Actively identify and seek out stories of struggles and victories in our network that should be shared on our blog, website, social media, and other platforms.
  • Publish a regular newsletter with these updates from the global network
  • Promote story-sharing within the network so that members can learn from each other’s work.
  • Maintain our website infrastructure to ensure that it is serving the network and general public.  
  • Build the capacity of GAIA members to do effective on-the-ground organizing.
  • Coordinate in-person and online trainings for members on topics from writing a press release to designing a zero waste city, in collaboration with topic experts.
  • Help to design a leadership development program for organizers of national alliances that are working on high-impact campaigns in their countries.
  • Support exchanges between people from different regions to learn from each other’s models and successes.
  • Proactively seek out other opportunities to build member capacity, and coordinate implementation of these programs when appropriate.
  • Work closely with the International Coordinator on global coordination and other special projects as needed.
  • Keep a birds eye view of the ongoing global coordination tasks and help to track, prioritize, and delegate.
  • Ensure that key global coordination tasks have the support they need.
  • Work with the International Coordinator to track and move forward critical projects.
  • Assist with ongoing coordination needs, especially when the International Coordinator is traveling.


GAIA’s work is highly collaborative, and we are committed to making decisions that involve the input of all impacted people and that are consulted at multiple levels. The Network Development Coordinator will be responsible for working with the International Coordinator to organize complex projects involving participation of staff and members from multiple regions, and should be comfortable working in a team that values inclusive decision-making processes, including collective goal-setting and careful attention to getting input from multiple stakeholders.

At the same time, the Member Engagement Coordinator will need to feel comfortable working independently to execute a project once sufficient consultation has been done, including creative problem solving to overcome obstacles and ability to hit deadlines.

Required qualifications include

  • At least two years organizing or nonprofit experience (this can include internships and nonpaid or part-time work)
  • Commitment to grassroots-led global social and environmental justice, and interest in a behind-the-scenes role that strengthens the leadership of organizers on-the-ground.
  • Demonstrated success coordinating complex projects that may require multiple layers of consultation and tracking, including long-term projects and projects that involve coordination across multiple time zones.
  • Proven ability to work independently and use creative problem-solving skills in order to overcome obstacles and achieve goals, including work in a fast paced environment where projects may have quick turnaround times.
  • Experience working with teams from diverse cultural backgrounds in a way that is sensitive to different communication styles and values community wisdom. 
  • Comfort with online platforms and ability to quickly learn new digital tools.
  • Personable and enjoys interacting with people from around the world.
  • Willingness to work at odd hours in order to coordinate across international time zones, including regular early morning and late nights calls.
  • Ability to travel for global and regional meetings, including international travel.
  • Experience working with networks and international teams is strongly preferred.
  • Second language skills strongly preferred, especially Spanish.

The following skills are not required, but a plus:

  • Skills in visual presentations
  • Strong writing skills strongly preferred
  • Experience with blogging and social media
  • Experience with WordPress
  • Supervisory experience, including supervision of interns

Position Details

This is a full-time position based in Berkeley, California.

Salary and benefits are competitive for a mid-sized social justice group based in the San Francisco Bay Area, including generous sick leave and vacation time.

GAIA is an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourages people of color and LGBTQ persons to apply. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion or belief, disability, gender, nationality, ethnicity, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, or any other status protected by law.


Salary and benefits are competitive for a mid-sized social justice group based in the San Francisco Bay Area, including generous sick leave and vacation time.

Level of Language Proficiency

This work is with an international team. Any languages spoken beyond English will be a plus, but are not required.

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

No requirement

How To Apply

Please send a brief cover letter, resume, and three to five references to with the subject line “Network Development Application.” Applications will be considered as received and the position will remain open until filled.