Climate Justice Movement Organizer

Minnesota Interfaith Power & Light

Overview:  Minnesotans need an ambitious agenda for climate justice, one that heals our climate crisis and promotes justice for those most impacted by its devastation, from family farms to communities of color. This position stewards MNIPL’s movement organizing in ways that encompass practical action, a grounding in relationship, and long-term work towards systemic and transformational change.

About MNIPL: Minnesota Interfaith Power & Light (“MNIPL”) Minnesota interfaith Power & Light is an interfaith community co-creating a just and sustainable world. We are a 501c3 working in partnership with communities of faith, conscience, and spiritual practice to build transformative power and bring the lights of people’s unique gifts to addressing the climate crisis. MNIPL recognizes that climate justice and racial justice are intertwined. We show up in solidarity with front-line struggles for justice, and we are committed to a community-based approach grounded in long-term relationship with the earth and with one another. 

Location, Compensation and Benefits:  Annual Salary $40,000 to $60,000 commensurate with experience. Excellent benefits package including fully-paid health insurance, 20 days paid vacation plus paid holidays, retirement contribution, support for professional development, generous paid family leave, flexible work hours, a technology stipend, and more. Location in Twin Cities Metro or Greater Minnesota is possible.

Position Summary: The Movement Organizer leads MNIPL’s efforts to build a progressive, transformational climate justice agenda through legislative advocacy, community organizing, movement solidarity, policy change. The movement organizer will nurture relationships, develop and lead strategic campaigns, represent MNIPL in coalitions, manage organizational leadership development programs, lead meetings, presentations, and trainings for a variety of audiences, and grow a powerful, statewide, multifaith base of spiritual communities and congregations. Depending on the applicant’s strengths and interests, this position may also involve tracking policy developments across the legislative landscape, making recommendations for MNIPL’s overall policy agenda, and leading strategic policy campaigns aimed at achieving that agenda. We are open to developing the exact scope of the job to fit the right applicant in a a collaborative process. The movement organizer will be embedded in a set of ever-changing movement relationships, and will be asked to understand what the broader movements needs while translating those needs into policy, outreach, and movement campaigns that grow our leadership base, build our power as a climate justice movement, and create concrete and winnable goals. 

Qualifications: 

    • Excellent written and verbal advocacy skills.
    • Experience working across differences in identity, culture, tradition, experience, and geography.
    • Willingness to build substantive understanding of climate justice policy issues.
    • Commitment to racial justice, equity, and shared liberation. 
    • Experience working with Black, Native, Brown, POC, and Indigenous communities. 
    • Excels at building and sustaining relationships and community partnerships. 
    • Demonstrated enthusiasm for community-based organizing. 
    • Comfortable presenting to elected officials and policy leaders.
    • Commitment to multifaith organizing, and to organizing based in congregations and spiritual communities.  
    • Working knowledge of Minnesota’s legislative process, policy landscape, and electoral process.
    • Experience working with coalitions and complex partnerships. 
    • Experience with outreach, volunteer recruitment, leadership development.
    • Experience taking leadership in movement-based campaigns. That experience may have occurred through community organizing, policy work, electoral work, civic engagement work, or in some other form. 
    • Experience leading and organizing meetings, trainings, presentations, webinars, etc. Includes co-creating agendas, developing outreach, managing logistics, engaging participants, and following-up in effective ways. 
    • Demonstrated ability to navigate complex, emergent, and time-sensitive situations with insight, patience, and care.
    • Comfortable working with databases or willingness to learn. 
    • Strong communication skills  including email, Zoom, in-person and 1:1 interactions. Basic knowledge of social media, Google Suite, etc. e.g. email, zoom sessions, in-person meetings/presentations, etc.
    • Works well independently and with others. 

 

  • We will consider candidates with a variety of different experiences and are willing to train the right candidate for the position. 

 

Potential Responsibilities and Actions:

POLICY

  • Co-develop strategy and goals for MNIPL’s policy agenda. 
  • Track on-going climate justice policy and legislative developments on state and federal level.
  • Develop policy-based campaigns, campaign strategy, outreach, and communications. Train and recircuit volunteer leaders to take action towards policy campaigns. 

MOVEMENT BUILDING

  • Co-develop and facilitate volunteer engagement trainings and gatherings, including monthly webinars for key volunteers, annual organizing trainings, regular communications to key volunteers, etc. 
  • Manage and co-lead Movement Building program in order to grow our movement and support faith and spiritual communities taking action. This includes developing and managing outreach events and workshops, facilitating 1-1s to build relationships, etc. 
  • Implement Climate Justice Congregation certification program, providing outreach, support, communications, and coaching through the process.

ORGANIZATIONAL

  • Manage a portfolio of MNIPL volunteer teams, including Movement Builder Team and Policy Team
  • Help to coordinate, plan, and execute, MNIPL’s non-partisan Get Out The Vote efforts.
  • Manage and lead coalition efforts. 
  • Develop strong relationships with community members, organizational and community partners, volunteers, and elected officials. 
  • Align program and project implementation with organizational vision, strategies, and direction, and seek opportunities for cross-programmatic collaboration, evolution, and expansion of partnerships and project work.
  • Participate in MNIPL’s overall workj and organizational priorities. 

The position will report to either MNIPL’s Executive Director or Associate Director

Physical Requirements

MNIPL embraces a flexible working environment, with the option to work primarily remotely and determine a regular work schedule that accommodates individual needs and preferences. MNIPL has office space at 4407 E Lake Street in Minneapolis. The person in the position is expected to be physically present for certain in-person meetings or events with MNIPL providing reimbursement for required travel expenses. Occasional lifting, moving, or transporting materials or equipment weighing up to 30 pounds may be expected, and other accommodations can be made if necessary due to accessibility requirements.

Additional Information

MNIPL values and actively recruits people whose identities and life experiences give them a direct stake in the movement for climate justice. We especially encourage Black, Native, Brown, POC, Indigeous, LGBT, and Queer candidates to apply for this position. 

Review of Candidates will commence on May 20, 2022 and the position will be open until filled.  Send cover letter and resume to office@mnipl.org

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