Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Oregon Right to Know-Label Genetically Engineered Foods Grassroots Director

Oregon Right to Know: GMO Labeling:

The Oregon Right to Know Campaign is seeking a talented and strategic Grassroots Director to direct the field campaign to qualify and win a ballot initiative that would label genetically engineered foods in Oregon.

The Grassroots Director will manage the field organizers and will be responsible for building an extensive statewide volunteer leader network that will help gather signatures for the ballot, identify and persuade voters, and mobilize to get out the vote in October.

The Grassroots Director will also work to build coalition relationships and campaign endorsements, engage in extensive outreach and public speaking to represent the campaign throughout the state, and support grassroots fundraising efforts.

The Grassroots Director will also be responsible for closely coordinating with the campaign leadership to integrate the media, fundraising, and field efforts of the campaign.

The position will be based out of Portland and will report to the Campaign Manager.

Specific Responsibilities 
  • Manage and Train the campaign field organizers to build a robust statewide network to win this ballot initiative.  
  • Create and implement the infrastructure, trainings, and engagement organizing tools necessary to build a statewide campaign volunteer leadership network that involves more than 2,000 volunteers. 
  • Create and implement the strategies for collecting signatures to qualify ballot measure, identify and persuade target voters, and mobilize a strategic get out the vote effort. 
  • Build statewide organization and business coalitions to endorse the campaign and leverage coalition resources to support the field campaign efforts. 
  • Maintain necessary technical infrastructure and tools to effectively manage volunteers, contact voters, and carry out a strategic get out the vote effort. 
  • Coordinate statewide campaign events such as, but not limited to, panel discussions, debates, volunteer trainings and rallies. 
  • Travel to target areas to motivate local organizations and individuals through public speaking, media appearances, strategic planning and training, and meetings with state and local governments.
  • Coordinate with Campaign Manager to make sure the field campaign effort is fully integrated with the media and fundraising strategies of the campaign. 
  • Other duties as assigned. Requirements 
College degree or equivalent experience required.

At least 2 years of experience in election campaign organizing (preferred) or grassroots/field organizing.

Election organizing, volunteer management, and staff management; familiarity with issues related to food systems or genetically engineered foods; familiarity with political landscape of Oregon; familiarity with campaign tools such as VAN, Nationbuilder, BlueStateDigital, or other tools; data analysis; canvass operation; working with the media.

Strong Staff and Volunteer Management skills; Training skills; Excellent written and oral communication skills; strong interpersonal and planning; excellent organizational skills.

Ability to think creatively and quickly to use limited financial resources to run an effective campaign and respond to campaign developments; demonstrated leadership capability; ability to work well with a wide variety of people and to coordinate diverse tasks; ability to present to large audiences; can-do attitude. Work well under pressure, handle multiple tasks at once, and adapt to changing situations on a daily basis. High level of independent judgment.

Strong interest in and commitment to the issue of labeling genetically engineered food. Long hours possible, extensive travel possible.

Applicant must be legally eligible to work in the United States.

Compensation Competitive pay dependent upon experience. This will be a contract position through November 2014.

How to Apply

Please send a resume, cover letter, writing sample and three references in one document to jobs@oregonrighttoknow.org noting “Right to Know Grassroots Director” in the subject line.

Position open until filled. Incomplete applications will not be considered. The campaign strives for a diverse work environment and encourages women, people of color, LGBTQ individuals, and differently-abled people to apply.

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