Coastal Campaign Organizer

Position Opening: Coastal Campaign Organizer

Status: Full-time Exempt                                           Reports to: Campaign Director

Location:  Florida Panhandle

Salary: low to mid $40,000’s (depending on experience) plus generous benefits, including health insurance (after 30 day waiting period), dental insurance, short term disability insurance, 2 weeks paid sick leave and 3 weeks paid vacation. 

OVERVIEW:  Gulf Restoration Network is increasing our work to address pollution hotspots in coastal Florida and eastern coastal Alabama.  The waters off of the Gulf coast of eastern Alabama and Florida support numerous species of fish, marine mammals and wildlife, and afford essential habitat for migratory waterfowl.  They also improve the quality of life of the Gulf residents and support a vibrant tourism industry.

Tragically, these irreplaceable resources are in peril from a myriad of pollution issues. Not least among these is the growing threat to our coastal waters associated with discharges from faulty sewage treatment and stormwater collection systems. Yet, the Alabama Department of Marine Resources, Florida’s Department of Environmental Protection and federal agencies are doing little to address the sources of contamination or engage communities in efforts to make the infrastructure investments needed to stop the flow of pollution.

GRN’s Science and Policy staff have years of experience analyzing and advocating on sewage and stormwater issues in Louisiana and Mississippi.  We want to use their expertise to assist coastal communities in Florida and eastern coastal Alabama.  GRN is currently compiling data on Gulf pollution sources and impacts to produce a “Gulf Coast Pollution Atlas” that outlines our findings and identifies coastal communities that are “hotspots” for pollution. We seek an experienced and passionate individual to work with the coastal communities in Florida and eastern Alabama identified in the Atlas to develop strategies for addressing the sources of pollution.  The organizer will also work with communities to resist efforts to increase the risk of pollution of the coast by lifting the moratorium on oil and gas development in the Eastern Gulf of Mexico.

GRN is committed to developing diverse leadership and strongly encourages people of color, women, working-class, LGBTQ, gender non-conforming and differently-abled people to apply. We prohibit discrimination and harassment and provide equal employment opportunity without regard to, and not limited to, ethnicity, religion, race, national origin, abilities, gender identity, sexual orientation, age or genetic information. We are committed to recruiting, hiring, supporting and promoting those from traditionally marginalized groups.

Description:   

The Coastal Campaign Organizer will be responsible for

  • assisting the Science and Policy team in collecting data and information regarding Gulf pollution
  • working with “hotspot” communities identified in GRN’s pollution atlas to
    • deepen the understanding of affected community members and leaders of  existing pollution issues;
    • identify strategies for addressing the source of pollution;
    • mobilize and build the capacity of the communities to advocate for action to address the pollution.
  • increasing the constituency in the Eastern Alabama and the Panhandle of Florida resisting the  mounting pressure to open the Eastern Gulf of Mexico to the oil and gas development;
  • working with GRN’s staff and Board to build partnerships with local NGOs,expand our member and donor base, support our Aveda Earth Month partnership and otherwise identify funding to sustain the Florida office;
  • building grassroots support among key constituencies (such as fishing, ecotourism, and faith communities);
  • developing and implementing media strategies;
  • preparing fact sheets, issue updates, action alerts, blogs and media materials necessary to successfully implement campaigns; and
  • handling the administrative responsibilities of maintaining a home office in the Florida Panhandle.

Qualifications:

  • At least three years’ experience in nonprofit advocacy, issue campaigns, planning, organizing, or other related fields. 
  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills. 
  • Ability to work with little direct supervision, and appropriately interface with staff in the central New Orleans office
  • Strong organizational skills and ability to manage multiple deadlines and prioritize.
  • Ability to function as part of a team and work collaboratively 
  • Bachelor’s degree, degree from an accredited community college or equivalent work experience.
  • Ties to or experience working in coastal Alabama, Florida or other areas of the Gulf south preferred.

Interested applicants should submit a cover letter, resume, a writing sample and 3 references to jobs@healthygulf.org

Deadline for Applications:  June 12, 2017. 

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