The Temporary Iowa Organizer Associate will report to the Factory Farm Organizing Director and will work with other national organizing staff, regional field staff, and policy/research staff to support FWW’s work fighting the proposed carbon pipelines in Iowa. The Organizer will have three main responsibilities: using our suite of digital tools, mobilize FWW members and supporters to support legislation to protect Iowans from the impacts of carbon pipelines, engage people in key legislative districts to pressure their elected officials to support our legislative priorities, and reach out to allies, key community leaders and local elected officials to strengthen our legislative campaign.
This is a full-time temporary grant-funded position from January 2022 to May 5, 2022.
About Food & Water Watch
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
- Help to build a strong base of organizations and individuals in support of our campaigns, with a particular emphasis on fighting the proposed carbon pipelines.
- Work with a team to develop strategic campaign plans including long- and short-term goals, strategies and tactics.
- Work closely with team and partner organizations to develop and implement joint strategies.
- Participate in coalitions on campaign issues and implement grassroots organizing and public education campaigns.
- Speak at public events, forums, and other venues, and serve as a representative of Food & Water Action/Watch to the public.
- Assist in building the capacity and leadership of volunteers and allied grassroots organizations by offering training and organizing support.
- Maintain familiarity with a diverse set of issues, research products, and FWW’s suite of digital organizing tools, and respond to information and support requests from activists, coalition members, and the media.
- Help to develop educational materials such as factsheets, action alerts, web site content and newsletter articles on various campaign issues.
- Regularly report on work to supervisors.
- Participate in membership recruitment and fundraising for Food & Water Action/Watch.
- Carry out other projects as assigned.
QUALIFICATIONS: To perform this job successfully, the person in this position is expected to develop an understanding of FWW’s Strategic Organizing model and have the ability to develop campaign strategy. The Organizer will be expected to work closely with other staff, volunteers and allied organizations to ensure campaigns are moving forward to achieve programmatic goals. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Education/Experience: Bachelor's Degree or combination of relevant education and experience. Organizing experience preferred. Clear demonstration of ability to support in the development of effective organizing strategies.
Computer Skills: An individual should be able to work in a computerized environment and have adequate knowledge of word processing, email, internet and spreadsheet software; in particular have coursework or certification in Microsoft Word, Excel, and Power Point and proficiency with all other Microsoft Office products.
COMPETENCIES: To perform the job successfully, an individual should demonstrate the following competencies:
Interpersonal Skills: Maintains confidentiality; remains open to others’ ideas; exhibits willingness to try new ways of doing things.
Oral Communication: Speaks clearly and persuasively in positive or negative situations; listens and gets clarification.
Written Communication: Writes clearly and informatively; edits work for spelling and has excellent grammar and proofreading skills; presents numerical data effectively and is able to read and interpret written information.
Planning/organizing: Prioritizes and plans work activities; uses time efficiently and develops realistic action plans; meets deadlines and adheres to specific timelines; tracks multiple processes to meet goals for timeliness.
Quality control: Demonstrates accuracy and thoroughness and looks for ways to improve and promote quality of own work; promotes and upholds office policies and procedures.
Adaptability: Adapts to changes in the work environment; handles several projects concurrently; is able to deal with frequent change, delays or unexpected events.
Problem-solving: Identifies and resolves problems in a timely manner; gathers and analyzes information skillfully.
Judgment: Displays willingness to make timely decisions; exhibits high-level, sound and accurate judgment.
Safety and security: Actively promotes and personally observes safety and security procedures; uses equipment and materials properly.
Teamwork: Contributes to building a positive team spirit; puts success of team above own interests; supports everyone's efforts to succeed; provides excellent internal and external customer service.
Diversity: Shows respect and sensitivity for cultural differences; promotes a harassment-free environment. Ethics: Treats people with respect and dignity; works with integrity and ethically upholds FWW’s mission and values.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS: The physical demands described below are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee will regularly be required to talk and hear. The employee is frequently required to sit and use his/her hands. Some local, regional and national travel will be required.
WORK ENVIRONMENT: The work environment described below is representative of what an employee may encounter while performing the duties of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The work environment is that which is typical of an office setting.