Jobs at Better Future Project
Come join our team! If the posting is up, that means we are still accepting applications.
Please note that our office is on the second floor of a building without an elevator and unfortunately not wheelchair-accessible.
350 Mass is looking for an organized and experienced Legislative Organizer to join a dynamic team and coordinate 350 Mass’ legislative work. The Legislative Organizer is a key part of the 350 Mass field team and works to support the volunteer leaders of 350 Mass, including facilitating productive relationships between 350 Mass volunteers and legislators relevant to 350 Mass’s respective campaigns. This person will serve as a primary point of contact with key legislative allies and support the 350 Mass volunteer State Legislative Team (SLT). This person will also provide general staff support to assigned 350 Mass nodes, as well as provide legislative trainings when required or requested across the network. The Legislative Organizer will be responsible for advising on legislative strategy within campaigns and coordinating with 350 Mass department staff, volunteers, and partner organizations. This person will also represent 350 Mass in relevant coalitions, most notably Mass Power Forward and the Campaign for a Clean Energy Future. Finally, this person will be responsible for producing relevant communications regarding legislative actions and will provide updates and reports to the 350 Mass State Steering Team and the Better Future Project board.
Reports to: 350 Mass Director of Organizing
Start Date: As soon as possible
Salary and Benefits: $35,000-$43,000, commensurate with experience. 80% employer-provided Health insurance; 100% employer provided vision and dental insurance. Employees have the option to contribute to a fossil fuel free 401k. Generous paid time off policies.
Location & Time Expectations: Mon-Fri 10am-6pm at office in Harvard Square, Cambridge, with frequent meetings and events taking place in different parts of the city/state (and virtually) and sometimes during evenings/weekends; having a driver's license is helpful for more distant meetings. Office is upstairs and not wheelchair accessible, although accommodations on the first floor could be arranged.
Relationships with Volunteers and Legislators
- Recruit and train volunteers to build relationships with legislators.
- Develop and support a structure of volunteer leadership on legislative engagement (SLT)
- Further develop existing legislative training opportunities and create new ones to absorb new volunteer leaders.
- Co-develop and maintain a “Legislative Tracker” database.
- Work with nodes to identify and recruit constituents in targeted legislative districts.
- Attend meetings with legislators or staff in order to inform volunteer led strategy.
350 Mass Campaigns
- Coordinate volunteer strategy concerning legislative aspect of 350 Mass campaigns, including communications and mobilization.
- Track hearings and other legislative events relevant to 350 Mass campaigns and report back to 350 Mass department.
- Develop and manage action plans for volunteer legislative engagement including lobby days, in-district meetings, phone calls, letter writing, delivering public testimony, and other creative and innovative tactics.
General Volunteer Support
- Support 5 350 Mass nodes by attending each node’s meeting at least once per quarter.
- Meet with volunteer coordinators in person or over the phone at least once per quarter to establish metrics-based leadership development and campaign goals.
- Be available and responsive over phone and email to answer questions from nodes and advise on agendas.
- Support any 350 Mass trainings, summits, and mobilizations.
- Recruit and develop new volunteer leaders, delegate responsibilities and manage progress.
Partnerships and Coalitions
- Represent 350 Mass for a Better Future in relevant coalitions.
- Be responsible for making everyday decisions as part of coalitions and coordinating with 350 Mass / BFP leadership team on major decisions and updates.
350 Mass Action (501(c)(4) sister organization)
- Develop strategy and support execution of 350 Mass Action tactics around elections and political candidates.
You’d be great for this role if you have
- Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field
- 3+ years of relevant organizing / legislative experience
- Strong understanding of legislative process, experience in the state legislature ideal
- Experience with legislative engagement and interest in investigating how to move decision makers.
- Ability to build and maintain working relationships with volunteers and legislators.
- Ability to manage and support volunteers with emphasis on leadership development.
- Strong written and oral communication skills.
- Experience working in and coordinating teams of staff, volunteers, and coalition partners.
- Ability to self manage: setting deadlines and delivering projects on time.
- Familiarity with Microsoft Office and document-sharing services like Dropbox and Google Docs
- Ability to manage a heavy workload, prioritize competing demands (including queries from volunteers and other constituents), and manage a variety of projects with energy and facility
- Demonstrated interest in climate and/or social justice and strong commitment to organizing and movement-building as strategies for creating change
- Interest in interacting with volunteers and engaging with diverse constituencies
- Demonstrated professionalism and ability to handle sensitive information with discretion
You’d really impress us if you have
- Experience working with the Massachusetts legislature
Semester & Summer Organizing Internships
Better Future Project 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. See here for more information on the internship with the 350 Mass 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: $15 per hour
FALL/SPRING: Part-time, between 15-20 hours per week
SUMMER: Part-time (25-39 hours per week) or Full-time
SPRING: January or February
FALL: September or October
SUMMER: May or June
End: Approx. 12-15 weeks after your starting week
Location: Our office in Harvard Square, Cambridge, MA (Please note that our office is NOT wheelchair-accessible.)
We are now accepting applications for the Fall 2019 internship! Click here for more information and to apply
We also may have other volunteer opportunities in the office. If interested, please e-mail Jobs[at]betterfutureproject.org 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, 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.