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Job Description:
ORGANIZING DIRECTOR


Position/Classification: Full time, Exempt, Director
Reports to: Executive Director
Direct Reports: Food Access Organizers, Climate Justice Organizer, Young Leader Organizer

We are seeking an individual who has experience working in low-income communities of color to help ensure the growth of leadership in Got Green through supervising organizers, supporting community-led campaigns, training new leaders, and implementing the strategic plan that unite Got Green’s climate justice work.

 

Organizational background

Got Green is a people of color led organization based in South Seattle working to ensure that the benefits of the green economy – jobs, access to healthy food, energy efficient and healthy homes, and public transit – reach low-income communities and communities of color. We do this by cultivating leaders to educate, advocate, organize, and build coalitions.

Got Green’s constituents are low-income people and people of color in Seattle and King County (we recognize that many of our community have been pushed out of the city due to gentrification, so we extend our reach to surrounding South King County neighborhoods.). We have a base of 62 currently active volunteer leaders, 80% of whom are people of color.

We believe that lifting up the opinions and the voices of disproportionately impacted groups will lead to real solutions for our community. We have formed grassroots committees of low-income women, unemployed workers, and young people to shape and lead Got Green’s work. Our board of directors consists of Got Green members – a majority of people of color – who lead “hands – on” organizing and ensure our sustainability. People of color and low income people are leading at all levels in Got Green.

 

Position Details

The Organizing Director will ensure that Got Green’s campaigns (Young Leaders, Food Access, and Climate Justice) align with our strategic plan, while building up the Got Green’s capacity to communicate and organize strategically  to win campaign goals.  Possessing both the skills of a community organizer and a manager, they will maintain relationships with coalition partners and media, while cultivating more leaders to strengthen a “ground-up” people of color- led environmental justice movement. While they themselves will not be leading a campaign, a majority of their work will be related to supervision of the Program Organizers and supporting their campaigns. They will also work with the Executive director to foster strategic planning and integration of all GG’s programs/campaigns, and support other Got Green activities as needed. The work is full-time and primarily in the South Seattle area.

 

Job Duties/Major Responsibilities:

PROGRAM/CAMPAIGNS

  • Support campaign strategy development for Food Access, Climate Justice and Young Leaders campaigns
  • Support media strategy development for campaigns
  • Support relevant implementation of Got Green’s three areas of committee work
  • Facilitate organizational support of each work committee at key campaign moments
  • Build coalition and strategic partners and facilitate their support of campaigns  
  • Develop and lead Grassroots Media Committee
  • Design leadership development plan and implement leadership trainings for staff, board and committee leaders

 

OPERATIONS/ADMINISTRATION

  • Exercise leadership as a GG senior management team member to:
  • Supervise Got Green’s four organizers
  • Foster strategic planning and integration of all GG’s programs/campaigns
  • Participate in developing the annual GG overall budget, programming and workplan; facilitate master workplan use to manage work priorities, monitor implementation and meet deadlines
  • Ensure individual work plans for self and direct reports are developed and implemented in a timely manner, adjusting as appropriate
  • Assist with instituting training /team building opportunities for the entire staff as needed
  • Ensure use of all-staff meetings to promote internal communication and feedback loops about agency performance.
  • Maintain Leadership spheres/tracking and press list in Powerbase
  • Coordinate overall organizational communications calendar for e-blasts and social media
  • Develop and maintain media interview tracking system
  • Other duties as assigned

 

Qualifications:

  • Strong commitment to and demonstrated track record of working on racial/social/ environmental justice issues
  • Ability to communicate organization’s mission and vision
  • Skills to serve as a Got Green Spokesperson / Ambassador — to media and with coalitions
  • Minimum of 3 years experience working with racially/culturally diverse and low income populations
  • Minimum of 5 years of experience in community organizing including communications for grassroots campaigns
  • Minimum of 5 years of experience conducting leadership development and base building
  • Minimum of 3 years of experience with supervising and mentoring community organizers
  • Excellent interpersonal and oral/writing/listening communication skills ; Ability to present to a wide range of audiences; bilingual a plus
  • Strong working knowledge of desktop office products
  • Ability to manage time well and complete tasks and projects by targeted dates
  • Ability to work some evenings and weekends; possess valid WA State driver’s license and is/can be insured

 

Education & Experience: The organization seeks candidates with knowledge of nonprofit management, human resources, finance, communication and strategic planning. Familiarity with local politics and South Seattle Community is preferred. However, any combination of experience and training that would likely provide the required qualifications and skills set will be considered.

 

Physical Demands & Working Conditions:  Work is performed in an office environment. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to read, speak, stand, walk, sit and use a computer keyboard and monitor. Some heavy lifting and physical labor is required during special events. This position requires occasional travel to meetings and conferences. Some evening meetings and/or weekend events will be required.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of this job.

This job description generally describes the principle functions of the position. It is not intended as a complete list of specific duties and responsibilities. Individuals may perform other duties as assigned.


Application Due: April 24, 2017
Location: Seattle, WA
Start Date: June 1, 2017. Position open until closed.
Salary: $50 – 52K for 40 hours/week, depending on experience, plus benefits

Please send resume and cover letter to Jill Mangaliman (jill@gotgreen.org) by April 24th.

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