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.
Position Summary: The Policy Manager serves as a key member of our campaign team, and broader staff collective, and is responsible for guiding our organization and volunteer teams to plan and implement climate justice policies that further our mission. We anticipate this position will include both local and statewide policy organizing, with a special focus on the upcoming changes to Portland’s city charter and government.
Oversight: This position is part of a peer-managed collective. This means we have no executive director or hierarchy within staff, and all staff members contribute to maintaining the ongoing functions of the organization. Each member of the collective manages, and is managed by, one other collective member.
Location: Living in or relocating to the Portland area is a requirement for this position. 350PDX has an office in N. Portland and staff have the choice whether to work from home or the office, with most staff doing a mix of the two. We are very flexible with work location but expect that staff will attend at least some meetings and events in person.
Compensation: This is a full-time position (350PDX considers full-time as 30 hours/week) starting April 2023, with an annual salary of $54,178. Benefits include generous PTO (3+ weeks/year) as well as an organization-wide 2-week vacation in the summer, flexible work hours, professional development funds, and $300 towards company health insurance.
General Responsibilities (15% of your time)
- Work within peer management accountability structure to cultivate and maintain a culture of feedback, continuous improvement, and performance correction, as needed. Collaborate with peer manager, and managee, 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.
- Support the recruitment and selection of staff and volunteers. Maintain familiarity with equitable hiring practices and targeted recruitment.
- Support the implementation of an organization-wide strategic plan based in justice, equity, diversity and inclusion (JEDI).
- Support organization-wide grassroots fundraising efforts including project-specific grants; uphold a culture that celebrates and elevates fundraising.
- Maintain a working knowledge of climate change issues and related social, political, legislative, regulatory and economic frameworks. Stay up to date on recent developments.
- General organizational upkeep, including: respond to organizational opportunities and threats, network with community leaders and organizations, facilitate internal and external communications, have fun with other collective members, etc.
Specific Responsibilities (85% of your time)
- Policy Advocacy and Coalition Building (50%)
- Track, analyze, and advocate for strategic climate justice policy and initiatives at the city, county, and state-level. Educate and involve 350PDX staff and volunteers as appropriate
- Catalyze coalition to promote a climate justice agenda for Portland’s ongoing city charter reform and upcoming 2024 city council election
- Support 350PDX’s just transition work and collaborate with other movements and organizations addressing the root causes of the climate crisis
- Engage with both 350PDX’s emergent Strategic Plan and this fascinating political moment to help determine where best to deploy 350PDX’s organizational energy and resources
- Meet weekly with 350PDX’s campaign staff to integrate, strategize, and plan
- Volunteer Organizing (35%)
- Based on the outcome of the planning and engagement tasks above, support existing 350PDX volunteer team(s), or create new teams for climate advocacy
- Engage team members in appropriate levels of policy development and advocacy
- Train and educate volunteers, assist with volunteer coordination and outreach events when needed
- Experience with justice and equity planning, policies, and practices. 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.
- Self-driven, able to work autonomously and move forward projects independently
- 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.
- Demonstrated ability to be culturally responsive in coalition spaces.
- Ability to conduct research, analysis, and advocacy around public policies and programs.
- 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 digital literacy including basic understanding of database management, maintenance, and digital filing standards. Experience utilizing and/or managing volunteer databases
- 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.
- Commitment to centering, uplifting, and holding oneself accountable to the leadership of frontline communities, understanding that those most impacted by climate crisis and environmental injustice must lead the transition away.
- Experience with strategic movement building, legislation and/or election organizing
- Experience grassroots organizing in climate justice and/or social justice movements in the greater Portland area.
- Experience with nonprofit management
- Understanding of basic financial management including budgeting, funding sources, expenditures, and practices for maintaining financial solvency
- Experience working in a worker collective or other non-hierarchical structure
- Speaks language(s) other than English
350PDX is committed to being an inclusive and collaborative group that values bringing a diversity of approaches and perspectives to the work we do. We try to build a workplace where everyone is treated fairly, respected, and enjoys working together. Women, BIPOC, LGBTQ+ people, and members of communities on the frontlines of climate change are especially welcome and encouraged to apply.
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Please send a resume and cover letter to email@example.com with the subject line “Policy Manager application” to apply for the position. Priority deadline is March 1, 2023.
More about the Staff Collective
350PDX’s staffing model is a non-hierarchical Staff Collective. Members of the collective are accountable to each other and to the organization’s leadership — there is no boss. Each member of the collective fills specific roles and serves on different management teams that are responsible for different departments within the organization. We chose a collective model because we wanted to staff the organization in a way that models our value of distributing power and having shared accountability for the whole. As a collective, we are all responsible for the health and wellbeing of the organization. We all have some shared responsibilities — to help raise money, to respond to opportunities and threats, and to work on organizational development projects. Because the collective structure is unique, we are building it as we go. We are looking for someone who is not intimidated by an evolving organizational structure and who is excited to help shape it. When issues arise, we all take responsibility for addressing them.
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.