Virginia Organizer

Job Type

Full Time




Details: Competitive salary, depending upon experience.




1616 P Street Northwest
District of Columbia
United States


Food & Water Watch is a leading national public interest organization that runs dynamic, cutting edge organizing campaigns to protect our essential resources—food, water and climate. In 2011, Food & Water Watch was the first national organization to call for a ban on fracking. We have won significant national victories including banning fracking across the country as well as fighting water privatization in dozens of communities. Our mission is to stand up to corporations that put profits before people, and advocate for a democracy that improves people’s lives and protects our environment. Our work has been featured in the media outlets.

In Virginia, we’ve advocated to help stop fracking in the George Washington Forest and opposed pipelines like the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, but also fought for communities fighting against the privatization of their water utility because it disproportionately affects lower income communities and people of color.

We are seeking a Virginia organizer to support and help lead our state campaign work while also helping with some of our federal campaigns In particular, the new staff person will be: 1) help lead a campaign to push for 100% renewable energy by 2035; 2) to stop dirty energy pipelines; 3) to hold energy companies like Dominion accountable for their pollution and exorbitant rates; and 4) to help organize an effort to stop the negative impacts of factory farming on the environment.

We seek a talented and strategic organizer to help take us our work to the next level in the state. The new organizer will work to strengthen existing coalition and volunteer relationships, engage in extensive outreach and public speaking to help build our presence in the state, and build relationships with our donors and potential donors.

This position can be based out of our DC office location or Virginia.

Specific Responsibilities:

 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 assigned region that can improve Food & Water Watch effectiveness with eye to environmental justice issues that are often underrpresented.

 Coordinate and develop coalitions on campaign issues and implement grassroots organizing and public education campaigns.

 Work with team to develop strategic campaign plans 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 areas to motivate local organizations and individuals through public speaking, media appearances, strategic planning and training, and meetings with state and local governments.

 Engage and train student leaders and supervise interns.

 Other duties as assigned.


 Education: College degree or equivalent experience required.

 Experience: At least two-years paid 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; consumer and environmental issues; working with the media. Knowledge of water issues a plus. Bilingual English/Spanish preferred.

 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.


We offer an excellent benefits package that includes 100% employer paid medical/dental/long-term disability, 403(b) retirement plan, and generous paid leave.

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

No requirement

How To Apply

Please apply with a resume, cover letter, writing sample and three references. 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.

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