Senior Organizer - Forest Program
Rainforest Action Network challenges corporate practices that threaten our forests and our climate, protects the rights of communities that depend on these resources, and promotes forward thinking strategies to preserve of our planet. A core principle in that effort is our commitment to finding systemic solutions that do not promote or continue systems of oppression or injustice.
About the position:
Since 2007 RAN has led strategic campaigns to scandalize Conflict Palm Oil by building a solid base of activists committed to standing with RAN and our allies as we pressure the biggest palm oil traders and over 20 of the world's biggest snack food companies to cut ties with this controversial commodity.
Our campaign remains critical as the destruction of rainforests and peatlands continues unabated, and the exploitation of local workers occurs each and every day. There are thousands of unresolved conflicts between communities and the companies that forced them from their lands and every year that Indonesia's forest burns we are a step further away from tackling climate change.
Right now we’re three years into a campaign targeting Snack Food 20 laggard PepsiCo. Although over half of the Snack Food 20 companies have now responded to our campaign by adopting responsible palm oil procurement policies, there are still a few laggard companies dragging their heels. We are seeking an experienced, energized and well-connected organizer who can take our movement to the next level.
The Senior Organizer will lead our remote and grassroots organizing program and direct the palm oil campaign organizing strategy for at least the next three years. In the next year, this will involve on-the-ground outreach, actions and base-building in priority regions for our campaign on Pepsi, starting with Purchase (the location of PepsiCo's HQ), NY and the SF Bay Area.
Work with the Rainforest Agribusiness Campaign Director, Responsible Food Campaigner, National Outreach Coordinator and both the communications and digital teams to direct the strategy and vision for the Palm Oil Action Team. This position will be responsible for the following:
- Project Management: Direct the overall strategy and vision for all organizing efforts and Palm Oil Action Team activities including management of the budget, staff and project plans, and facilitate strategic planning processes to sync organizing and campaign objectives.
- Manage Distributed Organizing Pushes: Plan and oversee the design and execution of creative online and offline, hard-hitting distributed national organizing tactics every 3-4 months.
- Leadership Development: Maintain relationships with existing Palm Oil Action Team leaders as well as manage and mentor National Outreach Coordinator in identifying and engaging new activists in the field and through digital engagement.
- Build Networks: Travel as needed to identify and train activists as well as support public events.
- On-the-Ground Activity Coordination: Support the National Outreach Coordinator to recruit and train a committed group of activists in the two priority locations for the campaign on PepsiCo - SF Bay Area and Purchase, NY - to execute regular activities.
- Outreach and Base-Building: Tap into existing networks of activists in the Purchase region and the SF Bay Area including SUNY Purchase, UC Berkeley, and key regional conferences like Powershift and Real Food Challenge.
- Creative Asset Production: Coordinate the creation and distribution of organizing resources for community and student activists.
- A minimum of 5 years organizing experience
- Demonstrated experience in distributed organizing and field organizing
- Experience with NVDA, ideally including on the ground activity coordination
- A proven track record of successfully managing staff in an empowering way
- Excellent project management skills
- Experience designing creative distributed organizing tactics and on the ground activities
- Demonstrated expertise in digital organizing and campaigning including using a variety of online tools and strategies to achieve campaign objectives
- Superior written and verbal communication skills, including public speaking, writing, and networking skills
- Demonstrated expertise in grassroots organizing skills including recruitment, relationship building, organizing-skills training & facilitation
- Excellent data tracking and management skills
- A proven track record of working with diverse coalitions and coordinating with activists from various backgrounds
- Expertise or a demonstrated interest in issues such as nonviolent direct action, grassroots organizing, corporate social responsibility, climate change, sustainable agriculture, commodity supply chains, food systems, biodiversity, tropical rainforests, human rights, Indigenous rights
- Excellent prioritization and time management skills
- Must be able to work legally in the United States
RAN strives to integrate values of equity and fairness into our work, which includes bringing an intentional racial justice analysis to our programmatic work and organizational structure. We are seeking candidates who have a commitment to engage in this ongoing process and work with us to create a just and inclusive work environment and world. RAN provides all people with equal employment and volunteer opportunities. We encourage applicants of color to apply for this position.
Full-time salary position with excellent benefits. Benefits include full health coverage for the employee and their partner/family (plus an employer funded HSA), VSP & dental insurance, 4 weeks PTO (increases to 5 weeks after 2 years), and a Simple IRA retirement plan with a 3% fully vesting employer match. Additionally, after 5 years, staff are eligible for a 3 month fully paid sabbatical.
Strong preference for this position to be based in our San Francisco headquarters. Must be willing to travel.
How to Apply:
Please send resume and letter of interest to email@example.com with job title and your name in the subject line. If possible please include online portfolio, personal website, LinkedIn page or any other online resume you update. No phone calls, please.
For more information on our work please visit: www.ran.org
For 30 years, Rainforest Action Network (RAN) has campaigned for the forests, their inhabitants and the natural systems that sustain life. Called one of the “most savvy environmental agitators in the business” by The Wall Street Journal, RAN runs creative campaigns to protect forests, stem climate change and uphold human rights by pressuring and inspiring corporations doing the most environmental harm.
RAN has experienced significant growth over the past few years, and is looking for an extraordinary person to work in partnership with the Executive Director, Lindsey Allen, to take the organization to a new level of influence and effectiveness. We are a seven million dollar organization with a team of 45 people. Our home office is in San Francisco and we have staff members in Indonesia, Japan, the United Kingdom and other parts of the U.S. This position will report to the Executive Director and will be based in San Francisco. The position is designed to eventually take the lead in managing day-‐to-‐day operations of RAN while the Executive Director increasingly focuses externally with a significant amount of time spent out of the office. We have a flexible and collaborative work culture, a comparative salary and excellent benefits.
Unlike any other organization, RAN works at the intersection of deforestation, climate change and upholding human rights through the lens of corporate accountability. We believe that lasting solutions require us to challenge what is currently considered politically feasible and instead aspire to do what is necessary for people and planet. Our three programmatic areas are: Forest, Climate and Energy and Community Action Grants.
Our Forest Program seeks to keep threatened forests intact; stop the irresponsible conversion of natural forests and peat lands for corporate profits; secure rights for forest communities; and hold industrial agribusiness and financiers accountable for negative impacts on forests, human rights, and local sustainable food systems. One of our most recent campaigns has targeted the devastating impact of the palm oil market on forests. As part of that campaign, RAN has targeted The Snack Food 20 — some of the biggest and most well-‐known snack food companies and brands on the planet, including Kellogg Company; Mars Inc.; Mondelez International, Inc.; The Hershey Company; General Mills, Inc.; ConAgra Foods, Inc.; The J.M. Smucker Company; Krispy Kreme Doughnut Corporation; and Dunkin’ Brands Group, Inc. Since the launch of our campaign, all of those companies have released strengthened palm oil commitments. We continue to pressure laggards, such as PepsiCo, in order to convince producers connected to deforestation, climate change, and human rights abuses that there is no market for Conflict Palm Oil. We have also convinced Disney and other top children’s book publishers to eliminate their use of paper products connected to deforestation and land grabbing.
Our Climate and Energy Program targets extreme energy production and holds the fossil fuel industry accountable for negative impacts on communities, local environments and the climate. We have been pressuring the finance industry to shift from fossil fuels to renewable energy production as well as fighting to prevent the extraction of fossil fuel on public lands. In the past few years we’ve had significant success in convincing Bank of America, JP Morgan Chase, Wells Fargo, Morgan Stanley, and Citigroup to phase out their financing of the coal mining sector. Our annual report card that ranks financial institutions on a variety of criteria has proven a powerful leveraging tool (download report) — and we are expanding this work in 2016 to target broader fossil fuel financing. We have also launched a national campaign, Keep It In the Ground, to stop all fossil fuel extraction on federal lands.
Our Community Action Grants program provides direct and rapid funding for people fighting in their own communities across the globe. These small grants are designed to help frontline communities protect millions of acres of forest, to keep millions of tons of carbon in the ground, and to defend customary rights.
RAN has a commitment to upholding Indigenous rights and addressing structural racism in our programmatic work and operational practice. Our theory of change recognizes that our strength is operating as a network and being accountable to partners. Ours is a culture of learning, feedback, and continual self and organizational improvement.
The Deputy Director is a new position responsible for overall day-‐to-‐day management of the organization and supervision of directors in key departments in the organization. This person will work closely with the Executive Director as senior leadership on all aspects of organizational development and strategy, operations, management and drive best practices across the organization. The ideal candidate has organizational development and management experience, is fluent in fundraising and is eager to be a confident and persuasive representative for RAN’s mission, values and programs. The ideal candidate will also have fluency in issues related to racial equity and a commitment to supporting a racial equity analysis in RAN’s operations and programs. Direct experience supporting organizations transitioning to a more intentional and operational approach to racial justice and racial equity — including experience in recruitment and hiring; staff orientation and retention; or management and leadership training — is greatly desired.
The Deputy Director will be appointed by and report to the Executive Director. The Deputy Director will be a key member of RAN’s Leadership Team.
The Deputy Director will oversee:
- A Human Resources, Finance and Operations Department with three full-‐time employees.
- A Digital Department with six employees who manage the organization’s web presence, email action lists, online fundraising and social network campaigns.
- A Development and Fundraising Department with six full-‐time employees.
- The organization’s racial justice and racial equity working groups charged with coordinating and supporting the implementation of RAN’s evolving racial justice analysis
Organizational Development and Planning
- Work closely with the Executive Director and Board to develop, articulate and implement overall organizational strategy. This position is responsible for integrating and aligning the program, department and overall organizational strategies. The Deputy Director will also identify key staff engagement opportunities for strategy development and planning.
- Lead the annual planning process (in coordination with the E.D. and the Board) and track plan progress throughout the year.
- Manage the implementation, review and modification of the organization’s strategic plan.
- Lead the annual goal setting inside the organization by supporting the development of annual department plans.
- Support the vision and strategy of the organization and help to lead RAN in the achievement of its mission and goals. This includes communicating a clear and compelling strategy to funders, staff, partner organizations, the media and the public.
- Support the preparation of the annual budget and ensure that the organization operates within budget guidelines. Responsible for overseeing the development and maintenance of sound financial practices.
- Work with staff and Board of Directors to raise funds necessary to carry out the mission and to strengthen the organization. Support the development and implementation of the annual fundraising plan and engage directly in donor cultivation and solicitation.
Supervise Management and Organizational Leadership
- Manage and empower staff.
- Participate on RAN’s Leadership Team.
- Through own modeling and development of shared team practices, help create a culture of constructive accountability within the Leadership Team.
- Implement systems that facilitate timely decision making between departments and areas of work. Define what issues the Executive Director needs to address and help prepare for quarterly Board meetings.
- Ensure implementation of strategic decisions made by the senior management teams in a timely manner.
- Lead comprehensive planning and assessment of overall program work across the organization, needs, and priorities both internally and externally.
- Ensure that the overall conduct and work of the organization is of high quality.
Staff and Culture Management
- Support an organizational culture that attracts, sustains and motivates a diverse staff of top quality people devoted to the mission.
- Oversee planning and execution of staff-‐wide initiatives, meetings and staff development. Oversee and manage day-‐to-‐day operational functions of program and staff operations of the organization
- Lead cross functional teams to plan, coordinate and deliver program staff development and planning efforts, coordination of bi-‐ weekly staff meetings and staff retreats, leadership team retreats, including leading on design of meeting and agenda with input from senior leadership team and sign off from ED.
- Partner with senior leadership across the organization to embed the organizational values into work and contribute to the evolution of cultural changes across the organization.
- Develop and implement comprehensive employee communication strategy to grow and sustain a values-‐driven culture, engage and inform employees a communicators and accelerate change adoption across the organization.
- Help to build a relational, transparent culture of excellence, including creating learning opportunities for all staff and timely, regular internal communications.
- Coordinate internal manager training two times a year.
Collaboration with the Board of Directors
- Work jointly with the Board and ED to develop programmatic and organizational strategy, manage implementation of Board-‐ identified deliverables, staff and serve on critical Board committees, and organize presentations at Board Meetings.
- Coordinate and facilitate committee meetings that feed Board Meetings.
- Manage Board evaluation process, support governance process, budget process and tighten internal controls and systems in relations to overall Board Management.
Developing Organizational and External Relations
- Manage a mutually agreed upon set of external allied relationships and donor relationships, and represent the organization with a variety of audiences.
- Bring in new organizational relationships and deepening existing ones.
- Establish, coordinate, and track programmatic base relationships with key stakeholders in coordination with program teams.
- Represent organization to external parties.
- Strengthen collaborative opportunities with a range of organizations.
This position is an influential and high profile position in the national and international environmental community. RAN’s new Deputy Director will have:
- At least ten years of demonstrated success in managing complex organizations as a CEO or senior leader in a national nonprofit or directly analogous experience.
- An inspiring and collaborative leadership style that engages the support and talents of the staff, leads by example, and encourages creativity and productive, high-‐quality work.
- A commitment to racial diversity and an ability and interest in working with people from different and diverse backgrounds inside and outside the organization.
- Proven experience in preparing budgets and in financial and operations management.
- A clear public commitment and track record that demonstrates understanding and alignment with the issues, goals and style of RAN’s campaigns.
- The charisma and energy to engage with and create enduring partnerships with individuals and institutions that can support and further RAN’s agenda.
- Outstanding communications skills and a deep understanding of media and public relations.
- A superb ability to create a vision and to chart strategic directions that result in clear operational goals.
- Experience with and success in developing and implementing strategic public campaigns on social and/or environmental issues.
- Demonstrated understanding of the principles of environmental justice.
- A nuanced understanding and experience with the dynamics of working with local and regional groups, and developing campaigns that create alliances with a variety of stakeholders.
- The ability to lead in a fast-‐paced environment where flexibility and team effort are essential.
RAN works to advance racial justice, educates staff on issues including privilege and oppression, and integrates these values into all of our work. We are seeking candidates who have a commitment to engage in this process and work with us to create a just, inclusive, and sustainable work environment and world. RAN provides all people with equal employment and volunteer opportunities.
Salary is competitive for the non-‐profit Bay Area market and benefits include full health insurance coverage (including a employer funded Health Savings Account), vision insurance, and dental insurance. We offer four weeks of Paid Time Off (PTO), which increases to five weeks of annual PTO after an employee has been on staff for two years. We have a Simple IRA retirement plan with an annual 3% fully vesting employer match. After five years of employment all staff are eligible for a three-‐month fully paid sabbatical. At RAN we encourage team members to maintain a positive work/life balance and offer flexibility where needed to make this possible.
Please send resumes and letters of interest to firstname.lastname@example.org. No phone calls please. Status: Exempt, Full Time
Location: San Francisco, CA preferred
Application Deadline: While this position will be posted until hired, and applications are accepted on a rolling basis.
Climate Digital Campaign Strategist (contractor)
For 30 years, Rainforest Action Network (RAN) has campaigned for the forests, their inhabitants and the natural systems that sustain life. In coalition with Indigenous communities and allies from around the world, RAN uses non-violent direct action, grassroots organizing, education, and strategic communications to challenge corporations to stop destructive operations, respect human rights, and adopt comprehensive policies that reduce their contributions to global warming.
RAN has an opening for a independent contractor position on our Digital Engagement Team for a Digital Campaign Strategist for the Climate and Energy Program. This part-time (20-30 hours/week) position is open for application immediately. The Digital Campaign Strategist will work closely with RAN’s Climate Program to provide the technical backbone necessary for effective online campaigning. The successful candidate will be meticulous in construction of online resources and have thoughtful ideas on how to create actions and user experiences which support the campaigns and are engaging to the supporters who will participate in them. They will be experienced and strategic in leveraging both in-house resources such as our email list and digital platform, NationBuilder, as well as social media to leverage supporter muscle and provide concrete results for the campaign. The Digital Campaign Strategist will be responsible for evaluating data, testing, and reporting back on insights and knowledge gained from each online action completed. In addition to the utilization of online assets in strong and effective campaigning, the Digital Campaign Strategist will be responsible for assisting with growth of RAN presence across social media channels, including but not limited to Facebook and Twitter. The ideal candidate will have strong writing skills—for example, they will be able to craft an excellent advocacy email, and create effective social media copy.
Location: Flexible, San Francisco preferred. A successful applicant outside of San Francisco must be comfortable and effective working in a distributed team from a home office.
- Working with campaigners, the Digital Campaign Strategist will plan and execute all aspects of robust campaigns in the digital space to move corporate targets.
- With assistance from the communications team, the Digital Campaign Strategist will write email blasts, social media content, and other written materials for online production.
- Build, test, and deploy online action pages.
- Create blogs or other news releases.
- Create and test emails and other online communications.
- Use online tools such as Share Progress, Brigade, Causes, and MoveOn Petitions to increase reach and growth for RAN’s campaigns.
- Create forms and surveys using NationBuilder.
- Use Google Analytics, Facebook Insights, and other data reporting tools to track all communications and their impacts.
- Provide analysis of online performance and recommendations for changes when needed.
- Manage followers on social media and implement strategies to grow reach.
- Create content highlighting regions impacted by fossil fuel extraction and/or climate change.
- 6 months - 1 year of experience using online advocacy tools such as Nation Builder, Blue State Digital, Action Kit, Salsa, Convio, etc.
- 6 months - 1 year of experience writing advocacy content for online use.
- Preferred: experience as an organizer or campaigner with an advocacy non-profit
- Basic understanding of HTML
- Experience using social media for campaigning such as Twitter and Facebook
- Experience using basic reporting tools to analyze and track data
- Ability to work independently from a remote location, to follow instructions, and complete tasks across time zones with a minimal amount of supervision if necessary
- Preferred: Experience using A/B testing in an advocacy or marketing capacity
- Strong commitment to and belief in the power of using online resources to help empower communities and activists to right wrongs and make change in the world.
RAN values diversity, educates staff on issues including privilege and oppression, and integrates these values into all of our work. We are seeking candidates who have a commitment to engage in this process and work with us to create a just, inclusive, and sustainable work environment and world. RAN provides all people with equal employment and volunteer opportunities.
To apply, please submit a cover letter, writing sample, and résumé to email@example.com.