About Better Future Project
Better Future Project (BFP) works to build a diverse, powerful, and democratic grassroots movement that will drive society to address climate change and its devastating effects, advance a fair and fast transition beyond coal, oil, and gas toward an economy and society powered by renewable energy that equitably benefits all people.
BFP has two programs:
- 350 Massachusetts, a member-led network that organizes to resist fossil fuel infrastructure projects and advocates for state-wide and municipal policies that lead to an equitable transition to 100% renewable energy.
- CREW (Communities Responding to Extreme Weather), a network of local leaders building grassroots climate resilience through inclusive & hands-on education, service, and planning.
Position: Climate Justice Organizer
Program: 350 Mass
350 Mass is looking for an organized, experienced, and passionate Climate Justice Organizer to join our team. This position helps 350 Mass build and maintain active partnerships with organizations working on social justice issues including racial, economic, and Indigenous justice in communities most affected by climate change. This position will also work within our membership network, supporting campaigns and providing education and leadership development opportunities for 350 Mass members. This position will teach just organizing practices, accountable and radical strategies to win grassroots campaigns, and how to meaningfully show up in solidarity with frontline community groups and lift up frontline voices and priorities. This person will represent 350 Mass in relevant coalitions.
Reports to: 350 Mass Director of Organizing
Salary & Benefits: $45-55K (full-time exempt). Health insurance, dental, and vision included. Option to contribute to a fossil-fuel free 401k.
Start Date: ASAP
Location & Time Expectations: We are participating in a four day work week pilot where employees will work a 32 hour week for full compensation (40 hours). We require full vaccination against COVID 19 for in-person work. Staff generally work at least one day in the office located in Harvard Square, Cambridge, with frequent meetings and events taking place in different parts of the city/state (generally virtually) and sometimes during evenings/weekends. Having a driver's license is helpful for more distant meetings/events. The BFP Office is upstairs and not wheelchair accessible, although accomodations on the first floor can be arranged.
Wheelchair Accessibility: The offices are .3 mile from Harvard Square train station and buses. Our offices are up a steep flight of stairs to the second floor and are not wheelchair accessible, however the first floor of the building is partially wheelchair accessible. It will be possible to arrange working in the wheelchair accessible spaces on the first floor. There is no ADA accessible bathroom on site, however a neighboring building has offered their accessible bathroom to wheelchair users as needed.
Volunteer Engagement in Campaigning and Frontline Solidarity Work
- Contributes to 350 Mass statewide campaign strategy and organizing efforts as a core team member. Current campaigns include Fair Share for Massachusetts (Yes on 1) and People vs. Fossil Fuels
- Promotes and coordinates solidarity action opportunities within 350 Mass that support the work of frontline partner organizations, while engaging members in that work by supporting the member-led 350 Mass Solidarity Working Group
- Offers political education opportunities to help 350 Mass members learn about other movement groups, the systems of oppression that work to divide us, and the importance of building cross-movement alliances to achieve our climate justice goals
- Supports and coaches 350 Mass members seeking to build partnerships with other groups in their area and/or engage more deeply in our solidarity work
- Supports Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion initiatives within 350 Mass to broaden participation from people of color, working class people, young people, and other underrepresented identity groups
Cross-Movement Coalition-Building & Partner Relationships
- Represents 350 Mass in relevant intersectional coalitions (for example: Mass Renews Alliance, Raise Up Mass, etc.) to build partner relationships and cross-movement power, while coordinating with 350 Mass leadership on major decisions/updates and engaging 350 Mass members in coalition activities
- Maintains relationships and communication with partner organizations across different movements
- Shares and lifts up 350 Mass’ priorities when working with partners and identifies opportunities for partnership and possible joint campaigns
General Volunteer Support
- Builds relationships with volunteer leaders and supports strategic thinking on local and statewide involvement in solidarity efforts
- Is available and responsive over phone and email to answer questions from nodes and advise on relevant local projects
- Supports any 350 Mass trainings, summits, and mobilizations
You’d be great for this role if you:
- Are passionate about racial, economic, and Indigenous justice and can communicate how they are connected (and central) to climate justice and a Just Transition
- Are excited about thoughtfully building partnerships between majority white/middle class environmental groups and majority low-income/people of color community groups and labor unions
- Have 2-5 years of experience in grassroots community organizing, including developing campaigns, coordinating public actions, and leading meetings, presentations, and trainings
- Have been active in both the climate movement and other social justice movements
- Have experience working on intersectional climate justice project/campaign(s) with multiple environmental and social justice organizations
- Are comfortable using the following software/platforms: Google Drive, Slack, Zoom, Nationbuilder, Facebook, Twitter
You’d really impress us if you have:
- Experience convening and facilitating large multi-issue and/or multiracial coalitions in person and virtually
- Experience designing and leading trainings on anti-oppression, racial justice, allyship, and/or intersectionality
- Existing relationships with organizations in Massachusetts that address social issues including racial, economic, and Indigenous justice.
- A firm understanding of the Boston/MA progressive movement ecology and key players
About our culture and how we prioritize employees:
Better Future Project values a compassionate, supportive, and accountable culture. We aim to be gracious and affirmative, investing in each other's work as well as our humanity. We respect each other's time, we often ask for support from each other, and we prioritize wellness practices. We are good at celebrating each other's accomplishments, acknowledging everyone's contributions, and we share rather than take credit.
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.
How To Apply
Please send a cover letter and resume to [email protected] with “Climate Justice Organizer” in the subject line.
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