Rainforest Action Network is part of the Building Equity & Alignment for Impact initiative (BEA) that seeks to breakdown historic inequities and barriers between large green groups, grassroots groups and those in philanthropy. As a participating organization, we are posting this position which is not a position at RAN. If you are interested please reach out directly to the BEA.
Social & Environmental Entrepreneurs, fiscal sponsor for BEA for Impact, seeks innovative general coordinator to provide internal support to the Initiative working closely with the Weaver Group (Steering Committee), Thematic Work Group Co-Chairs, contractors, and the full body. This request for proposals applies both to individual consultants and organizations. The overall purpose is to align implementation and internal communication with the larger strategic plan and the leadership bodies. This person/organization will: a) coordinate internal communication and coordination between Weavers, WG Co-chairs, and WG Contractors, adding capacity to implement the agreed upon objectives, tasks, and activities to allow us move work quickly and thoroughly in line with goals and the BEAI mission, b) maintain the initiative’s knowledge base, internal communication, collective agreements, and integrity of the Initiative with the guidance of the Weavers, during the transition of work group chairs, fiscal sponsors, new strategy plans, c) work with the fiscal sponsor, Funder Engagement Work Group and contractors to track GOE, income, and budget. For the right person or organization, working with BEA for Impact could be a great opportunity to plug into a real movement-building effort during this historic time of utmost urgency; the first “de-siloed” effort of its kind to effectively address disparities of resources and access among the philanthropic, “big green” and grassroots sectors.
BEA for Impact Background:
Building Equity and Alignment for Impact (BEA for Impact) is a grassroots-led entity launched in July 2013, converging around a shared future vision for a more inclusive, connective, winning environmental movement. This vision is one in which organizations and networks authentically collaborate in an ever-growing web of equitable relationships, one in which the movement has broadened to include social justice, economic justice and other progressive values, where silos no longer exist, and a win for one is a win for all. BEA depends upon the active and equitable participation of large and mid-size "green groups," funders, and the grassroots organizing sector. The "impact" BEA seeks comes from more equitably resourcing the grassroots and from supporting better partnerships among the sectors. BEA’s current focus, dictated by the full participant group’s strategic plan and work plan, includes robust research and data collection, tri-sector alignment meetings, funder organizing and communications work to elevate the grassroots voice. As of this writing, the “full participant group” includes over 60 individuals connected to hundreds of groups and networks spanning the environment, climate justice and progressive movement.
Three main goals of BEA for Impact, as written by the grassroots-led, tri-sector participant group, are as follows:
• To expand the pool of resources available to environmental and overlapping progressive issues and shift that growing pool of resources to more equitably service the grassroots organizing sector;
• To break down historic barriers among big green, grassroots and funding sectors, building authentic relationships toward greater alignment and solidarity;
• To support philanthropic efforts toward a base-building, bottom-up, collaborative approach, and away from a funder-driven, top-down approach.
These goals are intended to reverse problems that have increasingly hobbled the progress of the environmental movement, such as: an inability to connect people power with financial power across the movement, a distracting competition among groups who could make much greater impact if working in collaboration, and a lack of readiness to jointly identify key legislative opportunities, stand in solidarity, and effectively leverage them as a united group.
Strategy Development, Implementation and Evaluation
- Provide leadership in strategic planning and evaluation processes, which – for the BEA – means deep engagement with Weavers and participant body members
- Facilitate alignment of work group objectives and activities with the strategic plan
- Support work group co-chairs in implementation of work group objectives and monitor/track their efforts to attaining these objectives
- Quarterly review and evaluation of the strategy plan with Weavers
Representation and Relationship Building
- Monitor and track Weaver decision-making
- Maintain regular communication with the full body via the google group and provide changes to the list-serve as participants transition in and out
- Represent the BEA, with Weavers, in spaces (convenings, conferences, etc.) that advance the vision and goals of the initiative
Fiscal Sponsor and Financial Management
- Work with Budget Subcommittee and Funder Engagement Work Group to develop, track, and integrate BEAI work group budgets, and monitor the overall BEAI budget
- Overall BEAI budget and contract development and tracking in coordination with Fiscal Sponsor and the Weavers Budget Subcommittee
- Liaise with the fiscal agent, following protocols, fulfilling requests and developing contracts
- Help facilitate Weaver intra-group communication and work group co-chair transitions
- Maintain a calendar of Movement Moments, and Alignment Opportunities and coordinate BEAI’s presence in these events.
- Work with Co-Chairs to set schedules and develop timelines for reviewing and updating BEAI protocols to link principles and practice
- Oversee logistics for BEAI full body meeting, events, and conferences
- Coordination with Weavers and Work Groups of the Weaver monthly calls and full body quarterly calls
Information, Communication, Learning
- Ensure that BEA is maintaining a coordinated and agreed upon information exchange, internally and externally
- Ensure that key documents (internal documents, notes and information developed by work groups and Weavers) are organized, integrated and shared in a timely manner with appropriate audiences
- Ensure that communications infrastructure – created by the Communications Work Group – is consistently carried out
- 5+ years experience with non-profits or grassroots community based organizations
- A strong commitment and collective process required
- Exceptional oral and written communication skills
- Advanced experience with computer programs and social media technology
- Working knowledge of GAAP principles
- Attention to detail and strong organizational skills required
Rate and Benefits
- While the specific contract will be determined at the time of hire, BEA is able to offer a range, $62,000-$72,000 including benefits, in addition to travel as deemed necessary.
- Tuition, travel and accommodation support to attend Rockwood leadership training (up to $10,000)
Key Dates: Start ASAP, or February 1st, 2017
Submission Guidelines: Please send resume, statement of purpose and examples of past work by January 20th, 2017 to email@example.com, BEA Internal Support
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