MN Climate Table Organizer

MN350

Employment: Part-time, temporary contract position from Dec. 1 through April 30, with the possibility of an extension

Hours & wages: Up to 30 hours per week at $35 an hour

Location: Can work remotely anywhere in Minnesota

Reporting: Reports to the MN Climate Table manager and the MN Climate Table board

Timeline: Applications accepted through Nov. 17 or until the position is filled

 

OVERVIEW

The Minnesota Climate Table is a coalition of nonprofit groups in Minnesota that are working to stop the climate crisis and to build an equitable clean energy economy. The Climate Table recently changed its strategic focus for the remainder of 2021 and 2022.

 

Historically the Climate Table’s strategy emphasized:

  • Centering equity in the pursuit of Climate Justice
  • Building organizational capacity to boost the effectiveness of member campaigns
  • Promoting collaboration among Climate Table members

 

In 2020, the Climate Table added to this list support for select campaigns led by members. In fall 2021, we added to our mission (c)3-compliant outreach and base-building in areas of Greater Minnesota and Twin Cities suburbs, with the goal of creating the political conditions for a climate justice majority in the Legislature in 2023.

 

Historically climate justice groups in Minnesota have been concentrated in the Twin Cities, particularly Minneapolis and St. Paul, where strong support for climate justice mirrors levels of support for other justice issues, including public safety reform and immigrant rights. To accelerate the adoption of bold climate policy in Minnesota, it’s clear the movement needs to build power by building a larger and more engaged base in Greater Minnesota and in Twin Cities suburbs.

 

Place-based climate justice groups do not exist in many communities outside of Minneapolis and St. Paul. However, most communities are home to nonprofit groups that work on other justice issues or issues of local concern. Often those issues intersect with climate change in significant ways. For instance, groups working for immigration justice likely understand that immigration is increasingly driven by the impacts of climate change, which fall hardest on populations with the fewest resources to prevent damage. The audiences those groups are working to reach and motivate are likely inclined to support the climate justice movement, as well.

ABOUT THE ROLE

The Climate Table board is hiring an Organizer to focus on these areas:

  • Identify community or justice-based groups working in particular geographies in Greater MN and the Twin Cities suburbs where we believe a message about building an equitable clean energy future has a strong potential to attract supporters.
  • Develop messaging and materials to introduce the Climate Table and its mission to those groups.
  • Pursue conversations with those groups to explore opportunities to collaborate on projects, campaigns or events that raise awareness about the importance of electing leaders who support bold climate solutions and that explain the connections between climate injustice and other forms of injustice.
  • Work in collaboration with Climate Table member groups to plan, organize and execute those projects, campaigns or events. Our initial focus will be town hall-style events featuring legislators and intended for constituents within particular areas.

POSITION RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Identify opportunities to build and strengthen relationships with environmental and justice groups in Greater Minnesota and the suburban Twin Cities
  • Communicate effectively to engage groups and individuals in c3-compliant climate and electoral work.
  • Lead and collaborate with Climate Table members in planning, promoting and executing climate justice campaigns, projects and events

SKILLS & QUALIFICATIONS

  • At least two years of experience with campaigns or organizing work in support of movements
  • At least one year of experience working or volunteering with an issue-oriented nonprofit organization
  • Experience organizing and promoting in-person and online events
  • History of building productive relationships and collaborating effectively with key stakeholders and co-workers
  • Existing relationships with nonprofit group
  • Demonstrated commitment to anti-racism and climate justice
  • Highly organized, with excellent project management skills, 
  • Excellent verbal and written communications skills, with fluency in English
  • Fluency in Spanish, Somali, Hmong or other languages a plus 
  • Campaign development expertise and excellent problem-solving skills
  • Highly organized, able to manage multiple projects at once without sacrificing quality
  • Able to work independently, take appropriate initiative and achieve goals
  • A resilient and flexible team player who is a fast learner and can enjoys a fast-paced, highly collaborative team culture
  • Experience with intersectional advocacy work on issues of race, class, and gender
  • Efficient time and workload management skills
  • Experience with public speaking helpful
  • Proficiency with standard organizing tools, including the Google Suite, Google Calendar and Zoom
  • Comfortable learning other online applications and software tools

TERM & COMPENSATION

  • This contractor position is part time and temporary. The Organizer will work up to 30 hours per week from Dec. 1 through April 30.
  • There is a possibility, but not guarantee, that the Organizer position will be extended after April 30, possibly through Oct. 31.
  • Hourly wage: $35. The Organizer is responsible for paying all required taxes.

APPLICATIONS

To apply, send a resumé, at least two references, and cover letter by Nov. 26 to Climate Table Manager Brett Benson at brett@mn350.org. Send questions about the position to Brett, as well.

Women, people of color, indigenous/Native American, and LGBTQ people are encouraged to apply.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS & WORKING ENVIRONMENT

Some evening and weekend work will be necessary. Most work can be accomplished remotely, using Zoom, email, texting and phone calls. However, depending on changes in Covid safety guidelines, in-person meetings and events may become part of the expectations for the position.

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