Food & Water Watch is working to create a healthy future for all people and generations to come—a world where everyone has food they can trust, clean drinking water and a livable climate. Making this happen requires involving people in the pressing issues of our time at the local, state, and federal level, building on one win after another, as we develop a larger movement that has the political power to make our democratic process work.
This position is a Union position covered under a contract between Food & Water Watch and the Nonprofit Professional Employees Union (NPEU).
The Northern California Organizer will report to the California Director and will work with other state and national organizing staff and policy, research, online and communications staff to support FWW’s work to build a strong base of organizations and individuals in support of our campaigns. This position will focus on supporting two main campaigns:
California’s Water Crisis: We are calling on Governor Gavin Newsom to end the expansion of and enact a moratorium on all oil and gas wells, water-intensive crops like tree-nuts and alfalfa, and stop the expansion of factory farms that abuse California’s limited water resources. Additionally, we are working to protect groundwater resources in California.
Within our statewide coalition called Last Chance Alliance, we work with allies to move Gov. Newsom and state entities to stop new fossil fuel drilling and projects in California.
The Northern California Organizer will have several main responsibilities: building out a statewide volunteer network, public and virtual outreach, and ensuring the organizing team meets fundraising goals.
- Build a strong base of organizations and individuals in support of our campaigns, with a particular emphasis on banning dangerous oil and gas drilling and advocating for food and water justice in California and nationally.
Support fundraising efforts pertaining to the Northern California program including building and maintaining relationships with foundations and major donors.
- 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 serves as a representative of Food & Water Watch/Action to the public and the media.
- 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.
- Develop educational materials such as factsheets, action alerts, web site content and newsletter articles on various campaign issues. Maintain activist database and email lists to effectively communicate to members and supporters.
- Regularly report on work to supervisors and donors.
- [If applicable] Participate and/or develop non-partisan electoral strategies and tactics for either/both Food and Water Watch (c3) and Food and Water Action (c4).
- Participate in membership recruitment and fundraising for Food & Water Action/Watch.
- Support Our Culture of Philanthropy: All staff must assist in fundraising and development for the organization. All staff must demonstrate an understanding that our members and supporters make our work (and our salaries) possible and should provide the highest level of customer and member services to people outside the organization. While your job position does not require you to raise any particular amount, you are expected to always be an “ambassador” for FWW/FWA and our work. All staff are expected to help with and participate/attend events and other activities as appropriate that are organized for our supporters and donors. All staff are expected to be cognizant of fundraising opportunities and to share contacts and information that will help build and sustain FWW/FWA.
- Carry out other projects as assigned.
QUALIFICATIONS: To perform this job successfully, the person in this position is expected to have a complete understanding of FWW’s Strategic Organizing model and an ability to develop campaign strategy. The Organizer will be expected to work closely with organizing 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. One to three years of full-time experience organizing. Demonstration of ability to develop effective organizing strategies. Familiarity with California politics and northern California communities. Familiarity and experience working on elections strategies a plus. Development experience and experience working with donors a plus.
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.
We will review your application and if we feel that your knowledge, skills and abilities are potentially a good match for our organization, we will be in contact with you. Please include a Cover Letter with your submission. Position open until filled. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Food & Water Watch (FWW) strives for a diverse work environment and encourages women, people of color, LGBTQ individuals, and individuals with disabilities to apply.
Food & Water Watch (FWW) is committed to the health and safety of its staff members. Moreover, FWW, as an organization, promotes science-based policy. Science clearly shows that unvaccinated populations drive the spread of the coronavirus and the emergence of new variants, and that unvaccinated people are more likely to contract COVID and experience severe symptoms. Effective immediately, prospective new staff members are required to provide proof of vaccination or request a waiver as a condition of their offer of employment.