Florence, Aiken, Charleston
The Earth is our common home, a remarkable gift for whose care we are responsible. But climate change and environmental degradation have upset nature’s balance and are destroying the web of life and endangering all people, particularly the poor. Future prospects are grave if we do not change course.
In the face of this grave urgency, people of diverse faiths, and spiritualities are rising. United by a spirituality of gratitude, compassion, and justice, more and more religious leaders and everyday people of faith are rousing their congregations and communities to protect our precious planet. Together, they are generating reverence for Earth’s sacredness, advocating for a just transition to a sustainable, clean energy future, and ensuring that all people can enjoy clean air and water and a safe and secure climate.
GreenFaith’s organizers (Organizers) deepen, accelerate, and scale this vitally important movement. Organizers build a relational and digital foundation for GreenFaith’s work in a specific geographic area and organize GreenFaith Circles, whose members represent at least five faith communities and active individuals from a town or city, or a portion of a county or province. The Organizer brings together these people of faith from within congregations and the “spiritual but not religious,” and helps them
- Develop and deepen their religious-environmental identity; develop an understanding of key religious-environmental values and the context of the current climate and environmental crises
- Build relationships with each other, other people and institutions of faith/spirituality and environmental organizations;
- Take action for the environment in their congregations and community, with actions and efforts focused on creating strategic, meaningful change that creates tangible environmental impacts and benefits (e.g. championing municipal 100% renewable energy commitments, participating in campaigns to create green jobs or ban fracking; organizing sustainable consumption efforts that dramatically reduce energy use at faith facilities and member households, etc.)
GreenFaith Circles educate their members and communities about climate and environmental issues from a religious perspective. They advocate, organize and mobilize for environmental stewardship and justice, foster sustainable lifestyles, and promote eco-spirituality. These Circles embody a spiritual, moral, locally-organized and globally connected response to environmental concerns.
GreenFaith South Carolina Organizer Job Description
The GreenFaith South Carolina Organizer will be responsible for carrying out organizing and Circle development work across the state, with an initial focus on key target areas including Florence, Aiken, and the greater Charleston area. GreenFaith seeks a skilled, proactive and self-starting, enthusiastic person to join our diverse and active team in this capacity. The Organizer will have the following responsibilities.
1. Relational Organizing
The Organizer will:
- Participate in GreenFaith Organizing Training
- Organize in-person meetings with religious leaders and lay people throughout their organizing area, particularly among vulnerable and frontline communities
- Work with local faith and civil society leaders to identify potential new Circle members
- Organize Circle exploratory meetings and ongoing meetings so that Circles can launch and grow
- Help Circle members build relationships with local, environmental, and civic leaders
- Connect local Circles and their members with national and international organizing and mobilizing campaigns
- Secure Circle membership commitments from member groups.
2. Leadership Development
The Organizer will:
- Develop and deliver in-person and virtual trainings for local Circle members and Coordinators, in collaboration with other GreenFaith Organizers
- Train Circle members in relational organizing and public leadership in diverse cultural, ethnic, religious and socioeconomic contexts
- Identify, work closely with, and support the development of Circle Coordinators - the volunteer co-leaders of each circle.
- Provide training, mentoring in
- Religious-environmental values
- Key climate and environmental issues
- Conducting 1:1 meetings
- Mapping power in communities
- Running effective meetings
- Mentoring Circle Coordinators
- Engaging the “spiritual but not religious”
- Fostering interfaith engagement
- Traditional and social media
- Public speaking
- Advocating and campaigning
3. Communications and Organizational Alignment
The Organizer will:
- Connect Circle members with GreenFaith campaigns, programs, and resources
- With GreenFaith communications staff, develop and implement a traditional and digital/social communications plan for their territory
- Work with the Organizing team to develop strategy for and ensure the integration of GreenFaith organizing work into the organization’s overall strategy
4. Professional Development
The Organizer will:
- Participate in the GreenFaith Organizer Team
- Develop a process, with support from GreenFaith, for their own growth and development as an Organizer
The Organizer should be curious, confident, proactive, a clear communicator, open-minded, organized and imaginative, and should possess the following skills or experience:
- Understands, or able to learn quickly, political context and dynamics around local, state, national, international issues.
- Building community from diversity; possess the desire and ability to foster community and public engagement among people from various religious/spiritual traditions, cultural, racial and political backgrounds
- Highly organized; able to juggle and discern among multiple priorities, work well under pressure, and meet deadlines
- An effective teacher and educator; able to communicate about religious-environmental values and key climate and environmental issues
- Goal-Oriented; set, track progress towards and meet goals
- Committed to an intersectional, equity-oriented approach to climate and environmental issues; possess knowledge and/or experience in the areas of environmental racism and justice, green jobs, pro-worker, just-transition environmental policies, and Global South perspectives on environmental issues
- 2-year college degree or greater
- Proven capacity to work effectively in diverse teams.
- 2+ years’ experience in grassroots/community organizing.
- Experience in training others in organizing skills and leadership development.
- Access to an automobile and drivers’ license for regular travel to meetings
Medical and dental insurance
Participation in GreenFaith’s retirement plan
Section 125 Flexible Spending Account
Level of Language Proficiency
English - fluent
Spanish - conversational preferred
Minimum Education Required