Georgia Organizer

Michelle Powell | November 13, 2021 | Jobs and Internships

The Southern Alliance for Clean Energy (SACE) and SACE Action Fund (SACE’s political arm) are seeking a full-time Georgia Organizer to grow and develop volunteer participation and leadership in advocacy for clean energy and climate action, while also strengthening civic participation in the state.

About SACE

The Southern Alliance for Clean Energy (SACE), a Southeastern, regional, not-for-profit environmental advocacy organization promotes responsible and equitable energy choices to ensure clean, safe and healthy communities throughout the Southeast. After more than 30 years, SACE remains the only regional organization solely focused on transforming the way energy is produced and consumed in the Southeast.

Job Responsibilities

The Georgia Organizer is responsible for cultivating relationships with SACE’s existing Georgia members, growing our member base through public outreach and recruitment initiatives, and growing the participation and leadership of our members in advocacy actions around clean energy, climate action, and civic engagement.

In particular, the Georgia Organizer will be responsible for the following (all in-person activities mentioned below should be in accordance with CDC COVID-19 guidelines for safe in-person gatherings):

  • 1-on-1 relationship building: consistent one-on-one phone calls and meetings with SACE supporters to get to know them and their priorities and learn about the best ways we can include them in our work and support them in work they are already doing, plus regular follow up meetings to keep members engaged (up to several hours per day of one-on-one phone calls and meetings).
  • New member recruitment: bring new people into SACE’s network of supporters of climate action through phone calls/virtual meetings, online and in-person activities.
  • Cultivating volunteer engagement in activities such as petitions, social media advocacy, participating in public comment periods, contacting elected officials, attending events, and voting.
  • Volunteer leadership development: identifying and working with volunteers to grow into volunteer leaders who mobilize their networks and communities for climate action and civic engagement opportunities and build volunteer-led teams.
  • Training volunteers: as volunteers take more responsibility for organizing advocacy, you will need to provide support and training to develop the skills of your emerging leaders, such as helping develop their ability to speak publicly and advocate, including through written public comments, testimony at public meetings, and earned media and press events, as well as hosting their own events
  • Organizing advocacy and civic engagement actions: organizing regular visits with key decision-makers, letter writing events, attendance at public meetings, voter registration, and other advocacy actions.
  • Developing organizing materials: working closely with the SACE Advocacy Team to develop materials to support your organizing work, like house party guides, trainings on recruitment, informational presentations, flyers, etc.
  • Serving as SACE spokesperson: representing SACE at events, in coordination with partner organizations, and in local media.
  • Reporting: regular reporting on activity to help inform our strategy and guide the work.
  • Regular learning/teaching to strengthen advocacy work: we expect regular reflection and debriefs to explore what worked well and what didn’t so we can replicate best practices and make changes where necessary to become more effective.

While this position will be largely based on organizing work that can be done remotely, some travel and in-person work will be required for this position, primarily within Georgia, for example to important events, hearings, and actions.

The majority of the Georgia Organizer’s work will be nonpartisan but some activities conducted through SACE’s political arm (SACE Action Fund) may include express advocacy for some candidates for elected office that have a proven track record in addressing climate change and promoting clean energy.

Given SACE’s regional scope, some of the Georgia Organizer’s focus may be required in other states at certain times with a similar scope of work, primarily through remote participation.

The Georgia Organizer will work under the supervision of and with the help of SACE’s Climate Advocacy Director.

Characteristics for Success

  • Solutions-focused and adaptable: When faced with challenges, the team member works to find potential solutions and how to adapt.
  • Collaborative and independent: The team member takes initiative, operates well independently, and as part of a team.
  • Goal-oriented: The team member operates with both long- and short-term goals in mind and is motivated to help meet them.
  • Committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion: Our constituency is politically, racially, generationally, and economically diverse. The team member is committed to advancing diversity, and racial and social equity, and inclusion through their work with SACE.
  • Credible: The team member is committed to accuracy and relationship follow-through.

Qualifications

  • Experience in community organizing, campaigns, volunteer recruitment, or strong evidence of the ability to develop talent and leadership in other people.
  • Comfortable working virtually.
  • Comfortable making lots of phone calls and having conversations with people you don’t know.
  • Enjoy getting to know new people!
  • Ability to work quickly under pressure and juggle several projects at one time.
  • Demonstrated ability to learn quickly.
  • Commitment to advancing clean energy policy and civic engagement.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Experience with EveryAction and/or VAN or similar CRM like Action Network, Mobilize, Nation Builder, etc. is preferred but not required.
  • Familiarity with environmental issues, clean energy, or policy advocacy is preferred but not required.
  • Availability in Georgia.

SACE is an equal opportunity employer and considers candidates for employment without regard to race, color, creed, national origin, religion, age, gender, marital status, or sexual orientation. SACE is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion and we strongly encourage applications from women and persons of diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds. Compensation offers are commensurate with nonprofit compensation in the Southeast.

How to Apply

Applicants should email resume and cover letter to [email protected] with the subject line “GA Organizer” and note any restrictions regarding work location, salary, and dates of availability. References will be required of candidates during the interview process, and a background check may be performed. Due to the high volume of inquiries we receive, we are unable to personally contact all applicants. Please be assured that every application is reviewed and considered by a senior member of our staff.

Michelle Powell
Michelle joined the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy in 2015 and currently serves as the Director of Personnel. Most of her professional career has been in the nonprofit sector. Her…
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