Jobs at Better Future Project
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350 Mass Director of Organizing
Position Status: Full-time
Supervisor: Deputy Director
Salary Range: $55,000-$67,000
Start Date: Immediately
Location: Massachusetts preferred, Better Future Projec is currently working remotely, once it is safe to reopen we will return to our office located in Cambridge, MA.
BFP is looking to immediately hire an experienced, strategic, and collaborative Director of Organizing to lead the team of 350 Mass staff and collaborate with volunteer members and partner organizations in building the powerful, inclusive movement for climate justice we need. The 350 Mass Director of Organizing reports to the Deputy Director and is responsible for ensuring that 350 Mass members have the support they need to grow their people power and co-create and participate in local, statewide, regional, and national campaigns.
The 350 Mass Director of Organizing is also a member of the Better Future Project Leadership Team, and helps guide our organization as we make decisions about our future.
About 350 Mass and Better Future Project
350 Mass is a statewide, member-led grassroots organization working to confront the climate crisis with 17 (and growing) chapters across the state and hundreds of highly engaged members. 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 BFP.
BFP works to build a diverse, powerful, and democratic grassroots movement that will drive society to address climate change and its devastating effects, advancing a fair and fast transition beyond coal, oil, and gas toward an economy powered by renewable energy that equitably benefits all people. Our guiding vision is a world with a healthy, stable, livable climate where all people live in resilient communities powered by 100% renewable energy that is equitably distributed, decentralized, and democratically controlled and provides millions of safe, well-paying jobs. We build the climate movement by empowering members through leadership development programs and coaching, connecting members across networks of constituencies, and activating members on hard-hitting campaigns for climate action. Our programs include 350 Mass, DivestEd and CREW. We are also proud to work as part of an intersectional movement for economic, racial, social, and climate justice through Mass Renews Alliance and Renew New England as well as other coalitions. We are a federally recognized 501(c)(3) non-profit.
Duties and Responsibilities:
- Supervise all staff assigned to 350 Mass.
- Participate in regular meetings of the BFP leadership team and help to provide overall strategic direction for the organization.
- Work with staff and member leaders to design strategic campaigns for bold climate action in coordination with movement partners at the national, 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 member input and leadership development in every campaign. This includes coaching members 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 our coalition partners, and are on track.
- Work with staff and member leaders to plan and execute summits, orientation sessions, trainings, retreats, and other skill-building opportunities for members.
- Coach member leaders from local chapters (we call them nodes) and help with problem-solving related to structure, decision making, meeting facilitation, internal communications, and member recruitment and retention. Answer questions and share updates with node leaders as needed. Regularly attend node meetings.
- Participate in the meetings of the 350 Mass Statewide Steering Team and Executive Committee.
- Coordinate with other statewide organizations and coalitions to promote joint actions and campaigns in both climate and other progressive movements.
- Assist with database management.
- At least eight years of organizing or equivalent experience.
- Experience managing staff.
- Experience working with volunteers and membership based organizations preferred.
- The ability to strategically evaluate strengths and weaknesses of campaigns, including internal evaluations of campaign staff, members 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.
- A strong ability to critically evaluate opportunities and pitfalls.
- An ability to coach and bring out the best work in others.
- Strong commitment to address the climate crisis 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 within our “director level” salary band of $55,000-$67,000, negotiable based upon experience. Benefits include 14 paid holidays, generous paid time off policies, and vision, dental and health insurance.
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 [email protected] 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.
350 Mass Membership Manager
Position Status: Full-time
Supervisor: Director of Organizing
Salary Range: $47,000-$53,000
Start Date: Immediately
Location: Massachusetts preferred, office located in Cambridge, MA, frequent travel to 350 Mass local group meetings required (once it is safe to reopen).
Better Future Project is looking to immediately hire for an experienced organizer with a passion for grassroots movement-building and a commitment to climate justice to support the 350 Mass membership base--in local nodes and working groups--to carry out the best practices of organizing including--recruitment, retention, leadership development, and inclusive meeting practices while supporting engagement in local actions and coordination with statewide campaigns and the intersectional movement-building efforts.
- Support 350 Mass nodes in organizing practices including inclusive meeting facilitation, recruitment, structure, leadership development, and building solidarity with organizations working on justice issues.
- Visit 350 Mass node meetings both online and in person (Travel reimbursement and access to car rental service provided).
- Coordinate information sharing between local nodes, statewide working groups, coalitions, staff, and internal leadership bodies.
- Serve as the point person with 350 Mass volunteer member leaders for one-on-one and small group consulting.
- Focus on local organizing campaigns and grassroots engagement while maintaining coordination and strategic alignment with statewide campaigns and coalition efforts.
- Support the continued development and implementation of structures and norms to uphold the democratic leadership of 350 Mass.
- Support internal communication, data collection and sharing via the 350 Mass database and updating the 350 Mass website’s node pages.
- Lead trainings for 350 Mass members on organizing practices, campaign planning, anti-oppression, our theory of change, and other relevant skills and topics.
- Support the development of the 350 Mass membership program and member engagement in grassroots fundraising.
- Help establish new nodes of grassroots activists in strategic areas.
- Other duties as required
As a staff member for the 350 Mass program, the Membership Manager will also be part of Better Future Project and participate in internal meetings and projects such as strategic planning and addressing staff needs.
- Work experience: At least 4 years’ work or equivalent experience in grassroots organizing or related field.
- Education: Equivalent work experience or Bachelor’s degree in relevant field.
Requirements and preferences:
- Excellent interpersonal skills
- Strong verbal and written communication skills
- Ability to manage numerous relationships and projects simultaneously and offer a clear overview and translate into prioritized tasks.
- Project management--ability to collaboratively set goals and the plans to achieve them.
- Group / volunteer management--grasp of best practices in supporting volunteers and cultivating and upholding democratic and inclusive norms.
- Commitment to challenging systemic oppression both within and outside of our organization.
- Passion for grassroots organizing, movement-building, and climate justice.
- Experience and competence working in an intergenerational setting.
- Facility with digital tools for communications and experience with grassroots fundraising preferred.
Salary and Benefits:
This is a salaried full-time position within our “manager level” salary band of $47,000-53,000 per year negotiable based upon experience. Benefits include 14 paid holidays, generous paid time off policies, and vision, dental and health insurance.
How to Apply:
Applicants should submit a cover letter and resume to [email protected] with the subject line “Membership Manager” Please include your last name in your resume and cover letter files. Applications are accepted until the position is filled. No calls please.
Semester & Summer Organizing Internships
Better Future Project usually offers two paid internship positions each semester for a current or recently graduated student! This internship is in partnership with the Mass Clean Energy Center's Clean Energy Internship Program. NOTE: You must either have attended college in Massachusetts or graduated in the last year and are now a resident in Massachusetts.
We are specifically looking for young people with a demonstrated interest in issue-based community organizing. Past experience with social media, campus or community organizing, and advocacy are desired, but not required.
Compensation: $16 per hour
FALL/SPRING: Part-time, between 10-20 hours per week
SUMMER: Part-time (25-39 hours per week) or Full-time (30-40 hours per week)
SPRING: January or February
FALL: September or October
SUMMER: May or June
End: Approx. 12-15 weeks after your starting week
Location: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all programs of Better Future Project are operating remotely through summer 2021.
We are currently not accepting applications.
We also may have other volunteer opportunities in the office. If interested, please e-mail [email protected] with your resume and cover letter, including details on your past experience and the type of work you are interested in doing.
Better Future Project is an equal opportunity employer. We are an organization working to actively challenge systems of oppression. Women, trans/ non-binary/GNC, people of color, indigenous people, LGBTQ, military veterans, people with disabilities, and members of other historically disenfranchised groups are encouraged to apply.