If you’re fired up about injustice in the world and believe in people-powered movements, consider joining our team as a Senior Organizer for climate justice. Mothers Out Front seeks an experienced community organizer to lead organizational growth and support of volunteer leadership teams across Massachusetts.
As senior organizer, you will help build and strengthen a diverse and powerful movement of mothers, grandmothers and caregivers stepping up in big ways to take action on climate change. You should be familiar with grassroots organizing that reflects a distributive leadership model, rich with volunteer training and development; experienced in local and statewide issue campaigns; and grounded in values of racial justice, equity and inclusion.
As a result of the COVID-19 outbreak, all of our organizing has moved to a virtual approach until it is safe for us to do in-person meetings and travel again.
About Mothers Out Front:
Mothers Out Front builds our power as mothers to 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 clean and renewable energy. We know that mothers have an important role to play in the climate change movement, and, when it comes to protecting their children, mothers are an unstoppable force for change! Our goal is simple: to enable mothers to take active leadership in climate change work by providing the structure, training, and tools for them to work together on campaigns in their communities and statewide.
The Massachusetts Senior Organizer will strengthen and develop systems of support for our growing number of community teams. We have 22 passionate, volunteer-led teams across Massachusetts, which are organizing local campaigns to move decision makers to take bold action on climate. We are committed to deepening and expanding this critical movement of mothers through leadership development, training, peer coaching, and collective action. The senior organizer is an experienced organizer and “systems thinker,” with a capacity to help build a sustainable movement by improving the resources, systems, and network of support available to volunteer-led teams.
Duties and Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
Coaching and Leadership Development
- Work with a small team of volunteers to further develop our innovative (but nascent) coaching program, which pairs experienced volunteer leaders with newer team leaders to better equip them to engage mothers and win local campaigns. Recruit and orient new coaches. Develop an expanded set of expectations for coaches and put new systems of training and support in place.
- Partner with training staff and leaders to coordinate and/or carry out trainings to ensure that coaches have the support they need to be successful.
- Plan and coordinate monthly learning calls for coaches and team leaders.
- Ensure that all community teams in your portfolio set annual goals for impact and capacity, that their plans align with Mothers Out Front’s mission, and that teams are supported by staff or coaches to develop campaign plans to meet goals.
Campaign Resource Development
- Develop toolkits and resources to support local organizing;
- Work with communications and operations staff to ensure access to resources
- Train volunteers on how to use our platforms to best access shared resources and manage data.
- Work with key leaders to coordinate Mothers Out Front’s participation in occasional statewide mobilizations, such as the student-led climate strike and annual Mother’s Day initiative.
- Stay abreast of Mothers Out Front statewide and national campaigns in order to strengthen local participation in coordinated work.
- Working with volunteer team, improve existing systems to enable new mothers to learn about and engage in Mothers Out Front and to start teams in their communities.
Experience, Knowledge and Abilities
- At least 5 years of experience in grassroots, labor or campaign organizing, including a background in leadership cultivation and development;
- Strong background in working with member-led teams to coordinate projects and achieve results.
- An understanding of strategic issue campaign development, ideally at the statewide and municipal level, including attention to power-building, tactics that influence decision-makers, building effective democratic local organizations, and the use of public narrative and story-telling in campaign organizing.
- Demonstrated ability for “systems thinking,” or an ability to move new ideas and practices through an evolving network.
- High creativity and strategic action. An ability to thrive in a dynamic, goal-oriented, fast-paced, campaign-oriented environment.
- Ability to work remotely and be productively self-directed and personally organized.
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
- Demonstrated ability and commitment to working with people from a variety of backgrounds, especially different ethnic, racial, and socioeconomic backgrounds. It’s also helpful if you have experience working with people from different religious, educational, generational, and gender identity backgrounds as well as those with physical disabilities and from the LGBTQ community.
- The ability to work evenings and weekends, as needed;
- Access to reliable transportation and the ability to travel across the state regularly and to out-of-state meetings for 3-5 days duration two times per year.
Details: We are a virtual organization and candidates can be based anywhere in Massachusetts. You will work from a home office and will need access to reliable transportation for meetings across the state. During the pandemic and while the stay-at-home requirements are in place, our staff will not be doing any in-person meetings or travel. This a full-time job and reports to the MA Organizing Manager.
Salary and benefits: The salary range is $56,650 to $66,950, 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 an in-person interview 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 for 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.