The Public Interest Network hiring Administrator/Activist
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Public Interest Network Administrative Team

The Public Interest Network is a network that includes some of the top public interest organizations in the country, U.S. PIRG , Environment America , Environmental Action , Toxics Action Center , Pesticide Watch , Green Century Funds , Green Corps , National Environmental Law Center , Frontier Group , Community Voters Project , and Accelerate Change .

Together, the groups of The Public Interest Network employ a full arsenal of time-tested strategies for change, including organizing, advocacy, research and policy analysis, litigation and socially responsible investing.

Each group pursues its own strategy and agenda, with its own base of support. Yet all members of the network share a firm commitment to a model for success — one that emphasizes building stable, powerful organizations, embracing a tough-minded culture of accountability, and organizing to win measurable results. These results include hundreds of laws, policies and other changes that have protected consumers, preserved the environment, and otherwise made corporations and government more responsive to the public interest.

Over the years, our network has also recruited and trained thousands of people. Many have moved up to become leaders of our own network. Others have moved on to replenish and renew the ranks of the rest of the public interest community. In either case, these activists, organizers, advocates and leaders — what some have called our "activist pipeline" – and the work ethic, strategic approach and commitment to change they embody, are ultimately our most enduring and influential legacy.

The advocates, organizers, and leaders of the organization are supported by a team of top notch administrators who assist with long-term planning and manage daily operations of the organization. We are seeking smart, committed, and detail-oriented candidates for our administrative team. The ideal administrative candidates are excited about working in a campaign atmosphere, are flexible, and ready to learn new skills and take on new challenges.

Job Description:

The Administrative team works with The Public Interest Network staff and Staff Directors to provide support to the Network nationwide Specific responsibilities include:

Network Operations: Manage the organization's physical infrastructure, information technology, and system maintenance.

Staff Support: Provide support by ensuring the Public Interest Network staff have the resources they need to complete their goals; coordinate the printing, distribution, design of reports, fact sheets and other materials; coordinate projects & schedules; create and maintain systems for tracking goals and maintaining files and records.

Communications: Coordinate internal communication between staff directors and departments and external communications such as campaign materials, newsletters, memos, and press releases.

Event Logistics: The Public Interest Network hosts a range of events during the year including staff retreats, campaign activities, trainings, and Board meetings – the Administrative Team is at the forefront of organizing these events and providing logistical support as necessary during the events.

Other organizational building activities: Help build the Public Interest Network by doing recruitment of staff by doing interviews, help with logistics of urgent campaigns, back up fundraising operations and other organization priorities.

Special Projects: the administrator also works with senior staff on a variety of special projects for recruitment, ranging from in-depth analysis on who our best interviewers are to compilation of various evaluative criteria used to identify talent to create a more scientific approach to hiring.


Qualified applicants need to be goal-driven and sharp, with good problem-solving skills. Applicants must be detail-oriented and highly organized, with a friendly and professional demeanor and the maturity to manage confidential and/or sensitive information. The successful applicant will be driven by the idea of building a non-profit organization and have an outstanding work ethic. Finally, the successful applicant must be able to deliver high-quality results, on time.

Ideally, candidates for this position should have at least one year (and up to three years) of relevant administrative experience, preferably in an activist, nonprofit or political organization. Ideal candidates will be comfortable working with Windows, Outlook and Excel, and have a high comfort level working with Access and database design. Quickbase A minimum two-year commitment is required.


The Public Interest Network is hiring Administrative Team members in our hub locations of Boston, MA, Washington, DC, Chicago IL, Denver, CO and Los Angeles, CA.

Salary and Benefits:

Salary for this position is commensurate with the amount of relevant professional experience that a candidate possesses. Salary could range from $24,000 to $27,000 for someone with one to three years of experience. A competitive benefits package includes educational loan assistance, a 401k retirement plan, paid vacation and sick days, as well as the opportunity to participate in our group health plan. Opportunities for advancement, travel, and additional training are available.

The Public Interest Network is an equal opportunity employer and will not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, religion, sex, age, handicap, pregnancy, sexual orientation, or veteran status.

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