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, advancing a fair and fast transition beyond coal, oil, and gas toward an economy powered by renewable energy that equitably benefits all people.
BFP has two programs:
- 350 Massachusetts, a volunteer-run network that challenges 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: Legislative Coordinator
Program: 350 Mass
350 Mass is looking for an organized and experienced Legislative Coordinator to join a dynamic team and coordinate 350 Mass’ legislative and campaign work. The Legislative Coordinator is responsible for facilitating productive relationships between 350 Mass volunteers and legislative targets relevant to 350 Mass’ respective campaigns. This person will serve as the primary point of contact with legislative targets and allies. 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 Coordinator 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. 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: BFP Political Director
Salary & Benefits: $ 50,000-$60,000 (full-time exempt). Health insurance, dental and vision included. Option to contribute to a fossil-fuel free 401k.
We are also considering applicants to fulfill this position part-time, at a proportionate pay.
Start Date: Applications are being accepted on a rolling basis
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 office is about a quarter mile from Harvard Square train station and buses. It is up a steep flight of stairs to the second floor and 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 in ours as needed.
Relationships with Volunteers and Legislators
- Support creating white papers on BFP legislation.
- Educate legislators on 350 Mass legislation.
- 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 press strategy concerning legislative aspects 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.
- Support 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.
- Research best practices and develop strategies to implement legislation.
- Be available and responsive over phone and email to answer questions from legislators and press.
- Support any 350 Mass trainings, summits, and mobilizations.
- Support 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.
You would be great for this role if you have:
- A bachelor’s degree in a relevant field.
- 2+ years of relevant organizing / legislative experience.
- Strong understanding of the legislative process, experience in the state legislature (preferred).
- 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.
- Strong graphic design and marketing skills.
- Familiarity with Canva, Photoshop, as well as posting on all social media platforms.
- Ability to manage a heavy workload, prioritize competing demands.
- 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.
- Experience in research and legal analysis.
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 “Legislative Coordinator” in the subject line
Better Future Project is an equal opportunity employer. While we still have much work to do, we are an organization working to actively challenge systems of oppression. People of color, women, indigenous people, people of all sexual orientations and gender identities, military veterans, and members of other historically disenfranchised groups are encouraged to apply.
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