National Fossil Fuels Organizer

Organizational Overview:

350PDX’s mission is to build a diverse grassroots movement to address the causes of climate disruption through justice-based solutions by inspiring, training and mobilizing people to act. We are a relatively young, dynamic, volunteer-driven grassroots organization with thousands of supporters. We regularly engage hundreds of people to volunteer and/or take action. Our work is significant — the nation and world need compelling examples of communities that are addressing climate disruption head-on through bold and creative measures that bring diverse people together at a time of divisiveness and insufficient state and federal action.

350PDX is committed to building justice and equity within our organization. We strive to build a workplace that values a diversity of approaches and perspectives, where everyone is treated fairly and enjoys working together. Research shows that Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC), women, trans, and nonbinary people, and other members of communities on the front lines of the climate crisis are less likely to apply for jobs for which they don’t meet 100% of the qualifications exactly as described in the job announcement. The best person for this job may be new to our movement or our sector, or may bring key experience and skills from a different background than what we’ve suggested in the job description. We enthusiastically welcome and encourage your application, even if you’re not sure you meet each one of the qualifications we’ve described.

Position Summary:

The National Fossil Fuels Organizer is a new position that works primarily on the national People vs. Fossil Fuels coalition, a coalition of over 1,200 groups pressuring President Biden to declare a climate emergency and stop the federal approval of all new fossil fuel projects. This Organizer will work closely with nine 350 Local Groups across the country as the 350PDX local organizer and representative to the People vs Fossil Fuels campaign. 350PDX is part of an impressive national network looking to leverage our collective power to address the climate crisis – and this position is essential to that. This Organizer will also work to build the action and mobilization capacity of the organization in the long-term.

Position Details: This is a part-time (20 hours/week) temporary position for one year (September 2022 – September 2023), with a salary of $28,000 (a rate of $25/hour). Benefits include generous PTO (3+ weeks/year) as well as an organization-wide 2-week paid vacation in the summer, flexible work hours, professional development funds, and $200 towards company health insurance. Depending on funding, there is a possibility of the position becoming permanent, but not guaranteed. 

Location: This position will mostly be working remotely with organizers across the country, but will also have access to the 350PDX office in inner N. Portland, Oregon. 350PDX has a flexible hybrid model where staff can work both remotely and out of our office. Please note that COVID-19 vaccinations are required to work in our office. 

Oversight: This position reports to the 350PDX board and staff collective.

Staff Collective & Culture: 350PDX’s staffing model is a non-hierarchical Staff Collective. There are seven members, and all are accountable to each other and to the organization’s leadership. We chose this model because it aligns with our value of distributing power and sharing accountability for the whole; it also provides us with more opportunities to build a workplace that works for us. We believe that each collective member is the expert on what they need in order to do their best work, and that everyone deserves rest, fun, and a life outside of their jobs. For us, this means:

  • Our work schedules and locations are flexible; we set our own hours based on our needs and the needs of the organization, and we can work both remotely and out of our office in inner North Portland.
  • We value rest and offer 3+ weeks of paid time off each year, in addition to paid holidays and a paid summer rest period.
  • Our peer management system offers each collective member 1:1 support, guidance, and accountability without the need for a top-down structure.               

Position Responsibilities:

General Responsibilities:

  • Works alongside and uplifts volunteers in the organization; upholds a culture that celebrates and elevates volunteers.
  • Works within peer management accountability structure to cultivate and maintain a culture of feedback, continuous improvement, and performance correction, as needed. Collaborates with peers to set clear expectations and correct performance issues as needed by providing and receiving timely, clear, candid, actionable feedback in the moment and in regular peer management meetings.
  • Supports organization-wide grassroots fundraising efforts; upholds a culture that celebrates and elevates fundraising.
  • Maintains a working knowledge of climate change issues and related social, political, legislative, regulatory and economic frameworks. Stays up to date on recent developments.

Specific Responsibilities:

  • Represent the 350PDX to the national People vs. Fossil Fuels Coalition organizing group
  • Contribute to national level meetings, strategizing, planning, and organizing efforts as the 350 Network Council and with the broader People vs. Fossil Fuels (PvFF) coalition (expect to spend a minimum of 4 hours per week on national planning)
  • Lead planning for local/regional PvFF actions and activities and organize people to participate
  • Recruit volunteers and members of the 350PDX base to participate in PvFF actions; work with volunteers to plan actions 
  • Help develop messaging, action plans, toolkits, etc. related to 350PDX’s fossil fuel resistance work
  • Support communications with petitions, social media amplification, press releases, and more
  • Track engagement data such as participation in actions, media coverage, and more
  • Attend meetings and strategy sessions with the reps from all nine Network Council groups + other 350 groups as appropriate
  • Support 350PDX Staff Collective members in building a long-term Actions Team that mobilizes the 350PDX to take action on a variety of campaigns and issues

Required Qualifications:

  • Detail-oriented, with strong organization and project management skills. Ability to plan effectively, meet deadlines and coordinate others’ involvement within a dynamic and fast-paced setting. 
  • Commitment to dismantling systems of oppression that fuel the climate crisis and to understanding one’s own role as an individual in systems of privilege and power. Commitment to self and community care, including practices of stress management. 
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills. Demonstrated capability to exercise sound judgment and conduct one’s self in opposition to white supremacy culture, including when dealing with the public and with difficult situations. Demonstrated experience with equitable meeting facilitation.
  • Experience drafting and implementing proposals and plans along with stakeholders using a collaborative decision-making model. Experience or interest in using consensus-based decision-making.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Experience with coalition building
  • Experience working with volunteers
  • Demonstrates digital literacy including basic understanding of database management, maintenance, and digital filing standards. Demonstrated understanding of basic financial management including budgeting, funding sources, expenditures, and practices for maintaining financial solvency. 
  • Experience utilizing and/or managing volunteer databases (i.e., Salsa)

  • Interest in building resiliency to the climate crisis

How to Apply

Please send a resume and cover letter to by August 8, 2022. Applications will be reviewed after that date. September 12, 2022 is our ideal start date for this position. We are looking forward to hearing from you!

350PDX is a non-discriminatory organization that seeks to support and empower all those working within a diverse and inclusive climate justice movement. For that reason we adhere to both the letter and the spirit of applicable laws that prohibit discrimination based on race, color, creed, religion, age, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status, national origin, citizenship status, veteran status, disability, or any other characteristic prohibited by law. We actively strive to create a space of equity and trust for all who wish to contribute to our goals and welcome those who can teach us how to do this better. Any concerns about misconduct are received and dealt with seriously.