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Climate Justice Organizer 1

The Climate Justice Organizer engages and mobilizes the public and coalition partners on climate justice and other priority environmental issues, coordinates volunteer events, builds community conversation and oversees outreach efforts.

About the Position

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Position Title:                     Climate Justice Organizer 1

Location:                              Rapid City, SD or Regional Area Preferred

Reports To:                          Climate Justice Campaign Director

The Organization:           

NDN Collective is a national 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that builds the power of Indigenous Peoples, Communities, and Nations to exercise our inherent right to self-determination, while fostering a world that is built on a foundation of justice. 

Job Summary:                    

The Climate Justice Organizer engages and mobilizes the public and coalition partners on climate justice and other priority environmental issues, coordinates volunteer events, builds community conversation and oversees outreach efforts.

WHO WE ARE

NDN Collective is an ambitious, systemic effort to empower Indigenous communities. We are creating a paradigm change in how society invests in Indigenous Peoples by scaling up investment and shifting decision-making power to Indigenous Peoples. We are doing four key things to create a new ecosystem that supports Indigenous self-determination:

  1. We are increasing philanthropic investment into Indigenous-led organizations, with the goal of giving out $50M per year in grants.
  2. We are creating an Indigenous-led Community Development Financial Institution to move $100M of for-profit investment into projects led by and serving Indigenous communities.
  3. We are building capacity in Indigenous communities to be able to absorb this new influx of capital.
  4. We are advocating for Indigenous rights and policy changes that will enable our peoples and communities to thrive.

What Sets Us Apart

  • We represent the people we serve—we are Indigenous-led and support Indigenous people and organizations
  • We think in systems and recognize the interconnectedness of all living things
  • We are changemakers that have and model a mindset of abundance
  • We believe in the power of Indigenous self-determination to create a just, equitable world for all people and the planet
  • We integrate culture and ceremony into our work
  • We acknowledge and pay respects to our elders and past while taking ownership and control of our future

THE POSITION

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

  • Strengthens and expands NDN Collective’s member and activist base, grows our volunteer network, develops strategic partnerships, and prioritizes organizing practices built on relationships and trust.
  • Mobilizes activists and interested community members to participate in grassroots actions that support NDN Collective’s advocacy programs though informational presentations, social media, and email.
  • Builds relationships with important community stakeholders including non-traditional partners,  through targeted outreach efforts. 
  • Represents NDN Collective in coalition groups through active participation in conference calls, information sharing, and developing strategies with our partner organizations to support NDN Collective’s advocacy programs.
  • Leads the development and execution of several public forums designed to educate and engage community members in the environmental and public health issues facing Indigenous Peoples and communities by generating forum topics, recruiting speakers, reserving meeting space, and performing event outreach to ensure audience participation that is reflective of NDN Collective’s mission and values.
  • Acts as the primary writer of fact sheets, public comment letter templates, FAQs, talking points, etc. for various environmental issues and public processes, and distributes these materials to the public.
  • Organizes, promotes, and facilitates community volunteer events.
  • Collects participation data from all outreach events and accurately summarizes the data in appropriate databases.
  • Assists in grant research, application submissions, and deliverable reporting.
  • Represents NDN Collective at key stakeholder meetings and public process events such as public hearings and meetings.
  • Ensures the principles of racial and social equity are infused in our work by bringing underrepresented Indigenous voices into the conversation to more effectively address the complex issues that threaten Indigenous Peoples and communities.
  • Recruits, hires, and supervises the work of interns as necessary to support NDN Collective’s community outreach and organizing work.
  • Promotes and assists NDN Collective’s fundraising efforts.
  • Undertakes special studies, tasks, and projects as requested by the President & CEO.

WHO YOU ARE

Education, Experience, Skills

  • At least 1 year of professional experience in community relations, community advocacy, public policy, political campaigns and/or environmental science.
  • At least 1 year of experience in effectively and professionally communicating and forming relationships with other environmental and social justice communities and organizations; constituents, staff, and elected officials of Tribal nations; academic organizations; regulatory agency staff, and; elected officials from City, County, State, and Federal governments.
  • Proven record of inclusive engagement; demonstrated competency working with diverse cultures; ability to build trust and create authentic relationships with a diverse range of people; ability to deal respectfully and constructively with people of divergent opinions.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in clear, effective written and verbal communication.
  • Demonstrated ability to create informative, persuasive messaging pieces like brochures, talking points, email and social media campaigns, or comment letters.
  • At least 1 year of experience developing, executing, measuring and reporting success of advocacy campaigns.
  • Demonstrated ability to understand and relay information from technical documents like environmental impact statements, land use plans, or water quality permits, for example, to diverse audiences.
  • Proven ability to manage multiple projects and meet deadlines, such as managing multiple campaigns while meeting deadlines for reporting on other projects.
  • Desire to collaborate with a multi-disciplinary and diverse team; a highly organized, curious, and laid-back demeanor works well in our virtual office.
  • Desire and ability to learn quickly, be creative and flexible in day-to-day work, take initiative and exercise sound judgement in making decisions and completing projects.


Proficiency in the use of computer programs for:

  • Word processing
  • Databases
  • Spreadsheets
  • E-mail
  • Internet

Personal Characteristics

  • ACTIVATOR: You are a self-reliant person and are strong at making things happen by turning thoughts into action. 
  • LEARNER: You have strong learning agility and are able to rapidly understand and analyze new situations. 
  • COMMUNICATOR: You are a strong communicator who can create high-quality materials and deliver compelling messages and presentations. 
  • ENTREPRENEURIAL SPIRIT: You are ambitious and creative and enjoy the process of building something from the ground up. 
  • SOCIALLY & EMOTIONALLY INTELLIGENT: You are able to work efficiently and respectfully with others. You understand how individuals, groups, and societies work and you build rapport through being trustworthy and empathetic. 
  • DETAIL ORIENTED: You strive for perfection and are able to move from the high level of a project to its smallest details. 
  • FLEXIBLE: You thrive in a fast-paced environment and are flexible when it is necessary. You are willing to travel when needed and excel in a remote worksite.

This position is salaried, commensurate with experience.  Benefits include medical, dental and vision insurance as well as 401(k) retirement plan, a wellness program, sick leave, personal leave and professional development.

HOW TO APPLY

Send an email to jobs@ndncollective.org with the subject line “Climate Justice Organizer 1 – [YOUR NAME].” In the email, please include:

  • As a single PDF attachment, include:
    • Your resume
    • 1-page cover letter explaining your interest in the organization and position
    • Short answers to the following three questions:
      • What is your philosophy about climate justice organizing?
      • What do decolonization and building Indigenous power mean to you?
      • What would you be most nervous about going into this role if you were offered and accepted the position?
      • NDN Collective conducts background checks, is there anything you want to share with us about your background?
      • What is the best advice you’ve ever received?
  • In the body of the email, please copy and paste the content of your short answers and include your name, phone number, and email address.

As attention to detail is critical for success in this role, only applicants who follow these specific application guidelines will be considered.

NDN Collective is committed to equal opportunity for all persons without regard to sex, age, race, color, religion, creed, national origin, marital status, disability, or sexual orientation, and any other class of individuals protected from discrimination.  It is NDN Collective’s policy to comply with all federal, state, tribal and local laws and regulations regarding equal opportunity. In keeping with that policy, NDN Collective is committed to maintaining a work environment that is free of unlawful discrimination and harassment and will not tolerate unlawful discrimination against or harassment of any of our employees or others present at our facilities by anyone, including any NDN Collective supervisor, co-worker, vendor or client. 

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