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Better Future Project is an equal opportunity employer. We are an organization working to actively challenge systems of oppression. Women, people of color, indigenous people, people of all sexual orientations and gender identities, military veterans, and members of other historically disenfranchised groups are encouraged to apply.


 

Job Title: Executive Director

Position Reports to: Board (Co-Chairs: Sue Donaldson and Juliet Schor)

Start Date: Fall, 2017

Better Future Project / 350 Massachusetts seek an Executive Director to start in fall 2017. The Executive Director works to successfully implement the mission of Better Future Project/350 Mass. The ED provides vision for the organization and oversees program and campaign development and implementation. The ED manages multiple staff, including the members of the Leadership Team, and serves as a public face of the organization. The ED has final responsibility for fundraising and budgeting. The ED works closely with the Board of Directors, meeting regularly with Board Co-Chairs and Executive Committee and reports to the Board of Directors.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Hiring and managing staff (currently nine). The ED chairs the Leadership Team and is ultimately responsible for hiring and managing staff. The ED directly supervises the Director of Organizing, the Directors of Development and Operations, the Communications Coordinator, and the Campus Organizer.
  • The ED is responsible for making sure there is a robust Strategic Plan that guides the organization, and with the Directors of Organizing, Development & Operations ensures that there is a robust, inclusive, and effective Annual Planning Process.
  • Fundraising. The ED interacts with foundations and donors to ensure a robust revenue stream. Working with the Director of Development, the ED takes major responsibility for raising funds for the organization.
  • The ED works with staff and volunteers to define direction and strategy for BFP/350MA.

  • The ED engages in strategic support of campaigns and network development through participation in the 350 Mass Statewide Steering Team as well as high-level strategy sessions of all of the relevant campaigns.
  • The ED is responsible for overseeing financial management, working with the Director of Operations, including the Annual Budget.
  • The ED is a public face for the organization, and does public speaking and writing. The ED also attends conferences and movement activities to enhance the organization’s partnerships, fundraising, and overall work.
  • Working with the Communications Coordinator, the ED oversees communications and media strategy for the organization.
  • The ED is responsible for the coalitional work of the organization, and in many cases is the primary liaison to a coalition.

  • The ED reports to and works closely with the Board of Directors

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree required, post-graduate work desirable.

  • Familiarity with climate issues, climate justice, and related policies.

  • Minimum 3-5 years of organizing experience, ideally working with community groups, students, volunteers, and/or coalitions.

  • Demonstrated success in management.

Strongly preferred qualifications:

  • Experience in fundraising from foundations and individuals.  

  • Ability to engage and develop the vision of the organization, in the context of the fast-changing climate movement.  

  • Ability to guide the organization’s strategies with a “big picture” approach.

  • Willingness to welcome, support and respect the role of volunteers.

  • A commitment to a grassroots theory of change.

  • A commitment to transparent communication and fostering development of staff at all levels.  

  • Experience in legislative work and coalition building.

  • Superior analytical, written and verbal communication skills.

Salary and benefits:

This is a salaried, full-time position with salary negotiable based upon experience, and within industry averages. Benefits include 12 paid holidays, generous paid-time-off policies, vision, and dental. As a small, young organization, Better Future Project does not yet offer health insurance to its employees and hopes to do so in the coming years.

To Apply:

Candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. First round interviews will take place in April.

Applications, including a resume and cover letter describing your interest, qualifications, and how you learned about the position should be sent to jobs@betterfutureproject.org with the subject line "Executive Director." Please include your resume and cover letter as one or two attachments with your last name at the beginning of the file name(s). Finalist candidates will be required to provide references. No calls please.


 

Job Title: Director of Organizing, 350 Massachusetts for a Better Future (350 Mass)

Supervisor: Executive Director

Start Date: May, 2017

Better Future Project (BFP) is looking for an experienced, strategic, and collaborative Director of Organizing to join a dynamic team and work with organizers, volunteers, and climate justice advocates in building the climate movement in Massachusetts. The 350 Mass Director of Organizing is responsible for ensuring that 350 Mass members receive the support needed to build people power, increase their skills, and design and win strategic campaigns. The 350 Mass Director of Organizing position is also a member of the Better Future Project leadership team, and helps guide our organization as we make decisions about our future.  

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Supervise all organizers assigned to 350 Mass.

  • Participate in regular meetings of the leadership team and help to provide overall strategic direction for the organization.

  • Work with staff and volunteer leaders to design strategic campaigns for bold climate action at the state and local level. Work with staff and 350 Mass leaders to develop and execute creative and effective tactics to advance our campaigns, from massive rallies and marches to distributed days of action to social media campaigns.

  • Ensure volunteer input and leadership development in every campaign. This includes coaching volunteers 3-4 hours each week in leadership development and strategic thinking.

  • Work with staff and 350 Mass leaders to ensure that the multiple campaigns of 350 Mass are coordinated with each other and are on track.

  • Work with staff and volunteer leaders to plan and execute quarterly summits, orientation sessions, trainings, retreats, and other skill-building opportunities for volunteers.

  • Coach volunteer leaders from 4-5 local chapters (we call them nodes) and help with problem-solving related to meeting facilitation, internal communications, and volunteer recruitment and retention. Answer questions and share updates with node leaders as needed. Attend 3-4 Node meetings each month.

  • Participate in the meetings of the 350 Mass statewide steering team.

  • Coordinate with other statewide organizations and coalitions to promote joint actions and campaigns in both climate and other progressive movements.

  • Assist with database management.

Qualifications:

  • Four-year degree in a related field preferred (or equivalent experience).

  • At least three years organizing experience.

  • Experience managing staff.

  • Experience working with volunteer leaders.

  • Ability to strategically evaluate strengths and weaknesses of campaigns, including internal evaluations of campaign staff, volunteers and structure, as well as critically evaluating the strengths of allies and opponents.   

  • Experience organizing with diverse constituencies preferred.

  • Strong interpersonal skills and capacity to foster teamwork.

  • Ability to critically evaluate opportunities and pitfalls.

  • Ability to coach and bring out the best work in others.

  • Strong commitment to address climate change and/or issues of economic, racial, and social justice.  

  • Ability to work a flexible schedule as needed.

Salary and Benefits:
This is a salaried, full-time position with salary negotiable based upon experience, and within industry averages. Benefits include 12 paid holidays, generous paid-time-off policies, vision, and dental. As a small, young organization, Better Future Project does not yet offer health insurance to its employees and hopes to do so in the coming years.

To Apply:

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.

Applications including a resume and cover letter describing your interest, qualifications, and how you learned of the position should be sent to jobs@betterfutureproject.org with the subject line "350 Mass Director of Organizing Position." Please include your resume and cover letter as one or two attachments with your last name at the beginning of the file name(s). Finalist candidates will be required to provide references. No calls please.

About 350 Massachusetts for a Better Future and Better Future Project
350 Mass for a Better Future (350 Mass) is a statewide, volunteer-led climate action network with 13 (and growing) chapters all over the state and hundreds of highly engaged volunteers. Although closely aligned with the mission and vision of the global nonprofit 350.org, 350 Mass is independent of 350.org. 350 Mass was created by and receives organizing, communications, and operational support from Better Future Project (BFP).  

BFP is a fast-paced start-up organization, building a grassroots movement to shift society beyond coal, oil, and gas in Massachusetts. We build the climate movement by empowering volunteers through leadership development programs and coaching, connecting volunteers across networks of constituencies, and activating volunteers on hard-hitting campaigns for climate action. Our programs include 350 Mass and our Climate Organizing Fellowship and Climate Organizing Summer Program for college students. We are also proud to work as part of an intersectional movement for economic, racial, social, and climate justice. We are a federally recognized 501(c)(3) non-profit. Please see www.betterfutureproject.org to learn more.