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Lead Organizer, Green Workers Alliance

The Green Workers Alliance is a project of the Partnership for Working Families that will organize current and potential workers in green jobs. Together, we win a green stimulus big enough to take on the twin crises of environmental injustice and economic inequality that have been particularly devastating in Black and brown communities.  We are a strong worker-led voice supporting the Green New Deal, a Just Transition and the fight against structural racism in the workforce.  We will be organizing initially online and on the ground in Virginia in the near future.

We are seeking a Lead Organizer to engage in experimental organizing during this time and eventually build out our field staff.

In this moment of history we see our work as being vital to organize not just those currently employed in the green sector but also some of the millions of newly jobless and underemployed workers to demand a massive green stimulus. This must include access to green jobs and paid training for everyone, with an emphasis on reducing the huge income disparities between white workers and workers of color, especially African American workers.

Responsibilities

The Lead Organizer will head up our organizing efforts to build a membership base, develop leadership, and ensure that member voices are leading on our decision making and campaign work.  The Lead Organizer is the one who ensures that we are building a mass-based organization.  The ideal Lead Organizer will have a mix of both worker organizing and digital experience.  The Lead Organizer is responsible for engaging in outreach experiments to green workers and those who aspire to work in the field.  Responsibilities include:

  • Solicit membership through a combination of on-line and eventually workplace and home visits.
  • Develop organizing skills of members.
  • Identify, recruit, train and develop leaders.
  • Develop various communication systems to effectively reach members and providers.
  • Work to build coalitions with environmental, labor and community organizations.
  • Mobilize, turn out and engage membership
  • Train and supervise new organizers
  • Help co-create the internal participatory membership engagement processes
  • Co-create and scale up the digital organizing strategy.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • At least five years of experience in organizing and management
  • Spanish fluency strongly preferred
  • Campaign planning experience, both labor and community side
  • Ability to lead a diverse team
  • Experience working through a racial equity lens
  • Ability to both think creatively and implement effectively.
  • Work effectively in team settings, as well as independently.
  • Effectively prioritize and multi-task assignments and responsibilities.
  • Willingness to work long and irregular hours, often including nights and weekends.
  • Willingness to travel, as soon as it is safe to do so.
  • Must possess a valid driver’s license, auto insurance that covers business driving, and an automobile for business use.

Compensation and Location

This is a full-time position. We offer a competitive starting salary at $55,000 to $72,000 (depending on experience) and generous benefits, including covering full health benefit premiums (health, dental and vision) and a 401k plan with an employer contribution

The position will ideally be located in Northern Virginia, but we will consider exceptional candidates who are located elsewhere.

To Apply

Please send a letter of interest, resume, and a list of 3-4 professional references including at least one supervisor. Send all application materials to  and include “Lead Organizer Position” in the subject line. No phone calls, please. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

The Partnership for Working Families is an equal opportunity employer and committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce. We strongly encourage and seek applications from women and gender non-binary people, people of color including bilingual and bicultural individuals, as well as members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities. We do not discriminate in hiring or employment on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, gender/gender identity, marital status, sexual orientation, age, disability, or veteran status.

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