Mothers Out Front builds the power of mothers to push for safe, renewable energy and ensure a livable climate for all children. We are building a diverse national movement of mothers, grandmothers, and caregivers — dedicated to convincing elected officials and business leaders to work for a swift, complete, and just transition away from fossil fuels to safe, renewable energy.
We are looking for a Lawrence resident to serve as community organizer. In this role, you will reach out to mothers and caregivers to create one or more teams to advocate for climate and energy justice in the wake of the horrific gas explosions in 2018. You will recruit mothers and caregivers, listen to their concerns, and strengthen their leadership to become a strong, unified voice, centering the needs of Lawrence’s children and families in debates over the city’s energy future.
When it comes to protecting their children, mothers are an unstoppable force for change! While our work is different during the pandemic — and we are limiting face-to-face interaction — our goal remains the same: To build the relationships, structure, and support for mothers to take leadership in their communities to win local and state campaigns for change.
Mothers Out Front is a member-led, national organization that is growing quickly. Founded in 2013, we now have staff working in 48 communities and 8 states.
Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
- Meeting one-to-one with mothers and caregivers over video, phone, or in-person to hear their concerns, build relationships and identify new grassroots leaders.
- Reaching out to mothers, grandmothers, and caregivers through activities such as phone calls, texting, and local radio and cable TV programs.
- In-person meetings will be limited during the pandemic. When it is safe to resume face-to-face contact, the job will include door knocking, meetings at churches and after-school programs, and attending local events.
- Supporting community-based organizations and grassroots leaders to meet basic needs during the pandemic — primarily though building mutual support networks.
- Developing a core team of mothers and caregivers to identify areas of interest and take action together in their community.
- Providing guidance and support to the team(s), supporting their advocacy and helping to amplify the community voice; ensuring that the local campaign is in alignment with Mothers Out Front’s mission for a just transition off of fossil fuels.
- Supporting team members in developing relationships with a diverse mix of local and allied organizations and community leaders.
- Providing training and support to moms, grandmothers, and caregivers to deepen their engagement and support them to move into leadership roles.
- Ensuring that information about supporters and volunteers is tracked in our database. Recruiting and training at least one volunteer to coordinate data work.
- Working with Mothers Out Front development staff to reach goals for membership.
Desired Experience and Abilities
- At least two years of experience in a community outreach, community programs, or grassroots organizing role. (This may be met through equivalent volunteer experience.)
- Strong relational and communications skills, one-on-one and in small group settings.
- An understanding of and sensitivity to the trauma experienced by community residents as a result of the gas explosions of 2018, and their ongoing impact on the community.
- Bilingual, Spanish-English, oral and written language skills.
- Ability to work remotely and be productively self-directed and personally organized.
- A desire to invest in the leadership of others and to build effective structures for mothers and caregivers to have voice in decisions that affect their lives.
- Demonstrated ability and commitment to working with people from a variety of backgrounds, especially different ethnic, racial, and socioeconomic backgrounds.
- The ability to work evenings and weekends, as needed.
- The flexibility to attend all-staff meetings out of state for 3-5 days, two times per year, when it becomes safe to do so.
- Access to reliable transportation and the ability to travel periodically to in-person meetings elsewhere in MA.
Preferred Experience and Abilities:
- A strong network of relationships with community members and/or organizational leaders in Lawrence.
- High creativity and strategic action. An ability to thrive in a dynamic, goal-oriented, fast-paced, campaign-oriented environment.
- An understanding of municipal politics in Lawrence, including attention to power-building tactics that influence decision-makers.
Details: You will work from a home office and must live in Lawrence, MA. This is a full-time position.
Salary and benefits: The salary range is $41,200 to $56,650, depending on experience. Benefits include health and dental benefits, a 401(k) plan, flexible spending plan, paid vacation, holidays, sick days, and support for remote work set-up. We offer ongoing training opportunities, a fast-paced, dynamic, supportive, and collaborative setting and we are proudly women-led!
Interview process: Our interview process involves a phone interview, video interview, writing exercise, reference calls, and a final interview (in person or by video) for those who advance through the process. We have a commitment to building a sizable and diverse candidate pool before moving applicants to the final interview stages, which means there may be some delays. Our hope is that our process allows us to make the best possible decision and allows you to learn more about us. We appreciate your understanding if there is a delay at any point. We will do our best to keep you posted on your status throughout the process and ask that you stay in touch too.
To apply: Please click on the apply button. Include a resume and cover letter and let us know where you heard about the opportunity. The job will be posted and applications will be accepted until the position is filled.
Mothers Out Front is an equal opportunity employer. Women, people of color, members of the LGBTQ community, and members of other historically disenfranchised groups are especially welcome and encouraged to apply.