Provincial Organizer (Okanagan)
Date posted: March 18th, 2014
Closing date: April 9th, 2014
Salary: $20/hr, plus benefits
Job type: Part-time, 20 hrs/per week, 6 month contract
Start Date: TBD
Location: Okanagan Region, British Columbia
Wherever you go in the world, private interests are taking over public resources, such as air, land and water. In British Columbia, Dogwood Initiative is pioneering a model to put control back in the hands of the public by bringing together citizens of all backgrounds to reclaim decision-making power over their natural resources.
Dogwood’s model combines large-scale citizen engagement and recognition of aboriginal land rights with a non-partisan political approach, both of which are underscored by a commitment to continual improvement through sophisticated testing and analytics.
We’re currently looking for a Provincial Organizer to play a lead role in laying the groundwork and building the capacity for launching a No Tankers Citizen’s Initiative. Dogwood’s long-standing No Tankers campaign seeks to protect B.C.’s salmon rivers and coast from the threat of expanded oil pipelines, tanker traffic and spills. From an initial living room presentation to fifteen people, the No Tankers campaign has expanded to include over 150,000 supporters across Canada. The campaign’s formal goal is to halt the expansion of crude oil tanker traffic on B.C.’s coast. With our supporters, partners and allies we've secured a series of victories towards that goal and are looking for a passionate, skilled and dedicated individual to play a key role in the next important phase of the campaign.
Reporting to the Director of Organizing and working closely with staff and supporters, the Provincial Organizer will lead the recruitment and training of regional and riding level organizers.
- Identify and recruit key team members for regional and riding level core leadership teams.
- Develop and maintaining leadership within your network of Regional Organizers (via training and mentorship).
- In coordination with Regional Organizers, analyze ridings for unique characteristics that will inform Riding Organizer’s turf cutting.
- Organize regular meet ups (house parties and/or conference calls) with your Regional Organizers.
- Participate in regular face to face check-ins or conference calls with the Provincial Core Leadership team, plan similar check ins with your Regional Core Leadership Teams.
- Coordinate with Regional Organizers to build leadership within their teams by planning and implementing leadership and skills trainings.
- Monitor and respond to digital needs/challenges of campaign and organizers.
- A minimum of 1-2 years related experience.
- A demonstrated passion for citizen engagement and holding governments accountable.
- Strong interpersonal skills and ability to manage a small team.
- Willingness to test ideas and step outside your comfort zone.
- Experience in a campaign setting (political or non-profit).
- Excellent verbal and written communications skills.
- Interest in training others and in leadership development.
- Ability to manage complex projects.
- Genuine curiosity and enjoyment of people
- Strong technological aptitudes and proficiencies are preferred. Previous experience using Customer Relationship Management (“CRM”) software, such as Salesforce or NationBuilder, posting to websites and social media and using mass mailer software are considerable assets but not essential.
Training and Support:
- You will be trained in the Marshall Ganz model of community organizing and will be applying, testing and have ownership of its evolution as it’s applied in Canada for the first time at scale.
- Through the experience you will receive an introduction to tactics for data driven campaigning.
- Your work will be supported and created in collaboration with mentors, aspiring leaders, and inspired community members.
- You will receive mentoring in everything from group facilitation to implementing telephone town halls.
Salary: $20/hr, plus benefits (Part-time, 20 hrs/per week, 6 month contract)
Dogwood Initiative offers a flexible and rewarding work environment.
If you’re interested in this position and meet the requirements please e-mail a résumé and a one-page cover letter detailing why you’d like to work for Dogwood Initiative and why you’re the right person for the job by April 9th to:
Matt Takach, Operations Director
Interviews may happen on a rolling basis, so please get your application in as soon as possible. When submitting your application please name and save your attachments with your first and last name in the title, such as: "Ann_Smith_Cover_Letter.pdf" and "Ann_Smith_Resume.pdf."
Only short-listed candidates will be contacted for interviews. No phone calls please.