Have you participated in public engagement processes at the Port of Vancouver or City of Vancouver around climate change issues? Does supporting the community in efforts to transition off fossil fuels toward a clean energy economy inspire you?

Washington Environmental Council (WEC) is seeking a community organizer contractor to work within Clark County to organize and activate the community for climate and clean energy work. We are looking for the right person to facilitate and organize the greater Clark County community in advocating for policies that incentivize clean energy and energy efficiency, sustainable family-wage union jobs, and lasting prevention of fossil fuel development in Clark County in a way that strengthens community relationships. This community organizer contractor will work in close collaboration with WEC, the Alliance for Community Engagement, existing community groups, and Stand Up To Oil partner groups, as well as reach out to other local leaders in constituencies not yet reflected in the coalition, including tribal nations, community of color-led organizations, and labor groups.

This is a 6-month contract. The hourly rate is $25/hour and it is estimated that carrying out the work of this contract will require approximately 15 hours per week. The contract may not exceed $15,000 over 6 months, including reimbursement for travel and any other pre-approved expenses such as food and room reservations required for the work. This position has a flexible start date, ideally before the end of 2019.

Responsibilities

Contract Work:

  • Facilitate and organize community engagement via the Alliance for Community Engagement, primarily focused on the City and Port of Vancouver climate and clean energy efforts:
    • Convene and facilitate local coalition meetings and public engagement opportunities in a way that is connected to the Stand Up To Oil coalition;
    • Galvanize allies within the coalition to evaluate policy tools and identify policy approaches to advance with the City and Port;
    • Facilitate the development of a field plan and coordinate coalition partners to run it (for example, prompt membership organizations to conduct outreach to their base to attend a Port Open House);
    • Occasionally participate in field activities such as phonebanking individual coalition members for community engagement opportunities;
    • Facilitate the development of a communications plan and coordinate coalition partners to run it (for example, helping to identify messaging points and visuals for specific meetings, facilitating and/or conducting outreach to press, facilitating and/or supporting the development of email and phonebank scripts).
  • Facilitate and organize community evaluation, through the Alliance for Community Engagement, of other timely and consequential processes for advocating climate and clean energy policies within Clark County.
  • Facilitate and organize community, through the Alliance for Community Engagement, in the development of a plan for 2020 efforts to continue to advance climate and clean energy policy work.
  • Engage and work with coalition partners within and outside of the Alliance for Community Engagement to map out opportunities for community investments, including how it relates to the Port’s strategic plan and other efforts in the region.

Qualifications

  • At least 2 – 3 years of organizing or related experience implementing successful grassroots advocacy or electoral campaigns. Campus or community organizing of any kind can meet this requirement.
  • Commitment to environmental protection and principles of racial, social, and economic justice.
  • Demonstrated ability in outreach and communications.
  • Ability to take initiative, develop ideas, and turn those into action.
  • Ability to work effectively both independently and with a team in a dynamic environment.
  • A valid driver’s license and ability to travel to different parts of Southwest Washington, as well as to WEC’s office in Seattle as needed.
  • Knowledge and experience with Vancouver and Clark County, including political and community dynamics.

Desirable Qualifications/Experience

  • Familiarity with the campaign to stop the Tesoro-Savage oil train terminal and the community debate around the terminal proposal.
  • Familiarity with the Alliance for Community Engagement.
  • Familiarity with the Stand Up To Oil campaign.
  • Bilingual abilities.
  • Previous experience engaging people by phone in a professional setting.

To Apply

Please apply with your resume and cover letter through this link by October 28, 2019. No mailed applications will be accepted.

WEC is an equal opportunity employer, committed to a diverse work environment. WEC does not discriminate in employment on the basis of age, race, gender, religion, marital status, veteran’s status, national origin, disability, or sexual orientation. People of color, people with disabilities, and people of diverse sexual orientations are encouraged to apply.

Washington Environmental Council (WEC) is a nonprofit, statewide advocacy organization that drives positive change to solve our state’s most pressing environmental challenges. For 50 years, we have been at the forefront of environmental protection in the state, securing laws and policies that safeguard the health of our families and our environment. From bedrock laws like the State Environmental Policy Act, to free electronic waste recycling, to finding solutions that reduce our climate emissions and build our clean energy economy, WEC ensures a healthy future for our state so it remains a great place to live and work. WEC works with our partner organization, Washington Conservation Voters, which is the statewide political voice for the environment. Combined, we have a staff of 30 and work in a LEED-certified building in downtown Seattle with a view of Elliott Bay. We offer competitive salaries, good benefits, and the opportunity to make a difference. We are committed to a diverse, socially just, and welcoming work environment and youth, people of color, people with varying abilities, and people of all sexual orientations and gender identities are especially encouraged to apply. We seek to apply a social and racial justice lens to all of our work.