350 Colorado works locally to help build the global grassroots movement to solve the climate crisis and transition to a sustainable future.
350 Colorado, founded in 2013, is an independent, Colorado-based nonprofit organization, affiliated with the global climate organization, 350.org. 350 Colorado currently has active local teams in Metro Denver, Boulder County, Roaring Fork, Colorado Springs and Northern Colorado (Ft. Collins). As a volunteer organization focused on building the climate movement, expanding our member/volunteer base and active volunteer participation are critical goals. 350 Colorado’s Movement Building & Volunteer Coordinator is our lead on meeting these goals. This position recruits new members; trains, schedules, motivates and coordinates volunteers and our paid coordinators for local teams (whom he/she/they manage); collaborates with, strengthens and supports creation of new 350 Colorado regional teams and working groups; enters and maintains data; and promotes 350 Colorado and our work in coalition with allies.
Location: must live in Colorado, Front Range strongly preferred. Works from home primarily Monday-Friday (with some nights and weekends when there are events), with travel for events, actions and team visits.
350 Colorado has accomplished an extraordinary amount with the commitment of volunteers. In order to maximize the impact of 350CO, the organization must continue to build upon the momentum of local leaders and members across the state. By dedicating capacity to the development of leaders, 350CO is increasing the bandwidth of the state climate action movement as a whole. 350CO volunteers organize within local action teams that host events, educate their communities, and collectively build on the strength of the 350 movement across the state. The Volunteer Coordinator aims to build capacity for the organization by increasing the number of volunteers involved, engaging them in action, providing workshops to hone the skills of our leaders and teams, and assisting with organizing high-visibility events and actions. Support for Movement Building enhances the power of 350CO as an organization and bolsters its campaigns for a sustainable future, including our work to keep fossil fuels in the ground and to promote local solutions.
Primary Goals and Areas of Responsibility:
- Goal 1: Develop and Execute Volunteer Outreach Plan for recruitment, engagement and retention of volunteers, which includes both an action plan for the Volunteer Coordinator’s role as well as Volunteer Outreach Plan to share and use for training 350 Colorado leaders on effective volunteer recruitment and management.
- Goal 2: Collaborate with and strengthen local teams and relevant working groups. Objectives:
- Work with and supervise local team coordinators and team leaders regularly to identify needs and opportunities for volunteer recruitment, engagement, and retention
- Strengthen local team structure and leadership so that they are more sustainable and effective
- Recruit and plug-in new volunteers into local teams, campaigns and other organizational work, and help them grow into leadership positions within the organization
- Assist local team coordinators and teams with strategic planning at least once annually (and check in to assess progress and need for support to achieve the plan every six months)
- Coordinate/participate in quarterly Movement Building meetings and/or training calls and board meetings/calls as needed
- Offer at least 1 climate leadership workshop per team per year to recruit new local team members and leaders and give them the skills, resources and tools they need to succeed and build stronger teams
- Occasionally attend local team meetings and leadership council calls; visiting each team in person at least once/year, e.g. to host a workshop and/or help facilitate a strategic planning session with the team (Post COVID in person)
- Assist with the creation of new local teams where there is sufficient interest and support the team in their growth
- Goal 3: Build our membership, leaders and local 350 teams and empower them with grassroots organizing skills. Objectives:
- Increase statewide members from 20,000 to 22,000
- Increase the number of active volunteers and help them step up the ladder of engagement - create/identify a system to better track volunteers and engagement levels.
- Outreach and Engagement Activities (can be delegated and overseen when possible):
- Seek opportunities to recruit volunteers in person and online, and connect them with local team leaders (where they exist or support them in creating new teams) and/or committees.
- Ensure that new volunteers are welcomed, trained and overseen, and engaged in meaningful efforts that suit their skills, interests, and availability - i.e. ensure that each team/committee has a process and people in place so new volunteers are welcomed, interviewed (in person or via questionnaire), effectively engaged, supported and checked in with
- Ensure that new members are recruited through public events - identify and coordinate participation at public events to build awareness and recruit new members - set goals and track progress
- Ensure that educational events (talks, film screenings, etc.) are hosted, in collaboration with local teams, to inspire new members to join and take leadership roles - set goals and track progress
- Ensure that members are being engaged online, in collaboration with the Development & Communications Director, through emails, social media, the website, surveys, petitions etc.
- Ensure that volunteers are recognized for their work
- Help update volunteer resources on website and write articles for blog, emails, e-newsletter
- Conduct ongoing 1-1 check-in phone calls, monthly trainings (as needed), and quarterly statewide movement building calls for team and committee leaders.
- Maintain and enter accurate volunteer records utilizing agency database and other tools as needed
- Organize 1 annual statewide Climate Leadership Workshop, attended by 30-50 current/aspiring leaders to empower them with organizing tools, e.g. recruiting/retaining volunteers, building leaders, increasing diversity, campaign strategy
- Assist staff and board in organizing annual statewide Convergence (retreat) for reflection and planning
- Other activities to help with as need arises and time allows, such as:
- Collaborate with executive director on organizational development, strategic planning and fundraising as needed
- Assist with maintaining an online presence - website, social media, etc.
- Understanding of and passion for 350 Colorado’s mission and goals
- Excellent team player, with 2+ years of experience in volunteer management or related field, strong leadership abilities and group facilitation experience
- Interpersonal skills and ability to inspire, motivate and delegate to others
- Social media proficiency
- Experience with GSuite, Slack, and WordPress, Microsoft Office, Google® Docs and Calendars
- Willingness and ability to learn CRM (database, email, fundraising system) and website maintenance
- Excellent verbal and written communication and follow-through skills
- Strong self-motivation and ability to work with little direct supervision
- Deep understanding and ability to drive 350CO’s JEDI principles (Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion work), ensuring that our volunteer and campaign work is rooted in these principles.
- Understand and have a demonstrated understanding of the role that inequity plays in our society and in movement-building, and have demonstrated an ability to effectively manage across differences.
- Understanding and implementation of strategic planning & campaign execution.
- Deep commitment and passion for climate and social justice organizing and movement building.
- Good comprehension of the geographic and cultural landscape of Colorado.
- Interpersonal skills and ability to inspire, motivate and delegate to others.
- Valid driver’s license and reliable transportation
Desired Additional Qualifications:
- Bilingual (Spanish and English) preferred
Amount of Time and Status: Full-time contract until Dec. 31, 2021; with a strong possibility of moving to employee status with benefits in January of 2022. This position will require frequent weekend and occasional evening work and a flexible schedule.
Compensation: Pay will be commensurate with experience, in a $40,000-46,000 ($20-24/hr) range.
Please apply for this position by sending a cover letter and resume by Aug. 6, 2021.
350 Colorado is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE) and values, promotes and seeks diversity in the workplace. Qualified candidates of all diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.