Field Organizer (NC)
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Winston-Salem, Greensboro, or Charlotte

Greenpeace is the leading independent environmental organization that utilizes bold action, cutting-edge research and creative communications to protect the Earth. We expose global environmental problems and promote the solutions that are essential to a green and peaceful future. We investigate, document and expose environmental destruction in a peaceful manner and promote open, informed debate about society's environmental choices. To ensure our independence we do not accept donations from corporations or governments. To learn more about us, please visit our website at www.greenpeace.org

Field Organizer – Greensboro, Winston-Salem, or Charlotte, NC

Greenpeace is the world’s leading corporate campaigning organization. Spanning close to 50 countries, we’ve brought down, overhauled, and reformed countless corporate targets. When it comes to the energy and climate crisis, coal is public enemy #1 in the US. We’re building out our campaign in North Carolina now to take on Duke Energy, the biggest coal-burning utility in the nation, on their hometurf. We are making it clear to Duke Energy that continuing to put profits over people will come at a huge cost – to their bottom-line and their prized political reputation.

Are you a tenacious strategist, primed to organize against the biggest corporate polluters and dirtiest coal plants in the country? Are you prepared to jump in and support Greenpeace campaigns to save our oceans and forests and protect communities from toxic pollution and the risks of nuclear energy? Do you want to build power working alongside communities in the increasingly pivotal American South? Are you ready to start NOW?

Purpose of the Position:
To prevent Duke from fully recovering the cost of their dirty energy investment and to reduce Duke's credibility and influence. Currently, we are working to accomplish this by gearing up to oppose upcoming rate hikes.

Blocking Duke’s rate hikes on the 99%
The market impact in the energy industry of a company as large as Duke making a real transition from coal to renewables is difficult to overstate. Across our campaign, we’re creating and exploiting several of the utility’s vulnerabilities to force this transition. In North Carolina, Duke’s coal operation relies heavily on their ability to raise rates on residential customers – working families in North Carolina’s shrinking middle class. We’re organizing Duke customers to say ‘NO’ to rate hikes for dirty energy and exposing Duke’s greenwash.

Job Scope and Responsibilities:
A Greenpeace Field Organizer is passionate, driven, strategic, and thrives in a fast-paced environment. Organizers use a wide variety of strategies and tactics on campaigns to protect people and the planet from corporate greed. They might wear a suit to a morning hearing at the NC Utilities Commission with key allies, only to get paint on an old pair of jeans that evening while painting a banner with local volunteers. Specific responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

Building and cultivating relationships with organizations and grasstops leaders to create leverage for the campaign.

Maintaining and mobilizing a base of volunteers in the Greensboro and Winston-Salem

Coaching activists to lead interdependent teams of volunteers in communities

Quickly developing knowledge of Greenpeace issues, planning and executing successful campaign events, and generating media coverage on our campaigns.

Coordinating closely with other Greenpeace staff on the Duke campaign, including field organizers in Charlotte and Raleigh, North Carolina.

Producing ongoing reports, data tracking, and critical analysis of work.

Other responsibilities as required by the Field Organizing Director.

Skills, Experience:
1-2 years of grassroots organizing experience.

Proven ability to coordinate with a collaborative organizing team and work independently to deliver results.

Critical thinking, strategic insight, and time-management skills.

Demonstrated talent building relationships and cultivating commitments with a range of activists, volunteers, and partners.

Strong communication skills - written and oral – with attention to detail.

Commitment to grassroots organizing and non-violent direct action as a means of affecting change.

Preferred Background:
While prior experience in environmental advocacy is not required, an ideal candidate has a track record of using innovative social justice strategies to win against a corporate target.

Strong consideration will be given to candidates who have local relationships and experience in North Carolina progressive politics.

Bilingual (English/Spanish) is preferred.

Organizational Context:
Location: Greensboro, Winston-Salem, or Charlotte, North Carolina.

Target start date is February 2013.

This is a one year contract.

Benefits:
Greenpeace USA values a healthy work-life balance and has flexible, family-friendly employment policies. Our competitive benefits package for full-time employees includes medical, dental, and vision coverage with low contributions from staff. We have options for pre-tax flexible spending accounts for medical and dependent care costs. Greenpeace employees enjoy generous 401K matching and time off for vacation, sick, personal, and parental leave. After five years, staff are eligible for a paid sabbatical. To encourage public transportation use and biking, we offer subsidies for staff who choose to bike or ride mass transit to work. Greenpeace is committed to the growth and development of staff and fostering a creative workplace culture. For more information, check out our benefits plan .

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