OPAL Env. Justice Alliance Youth Organizer (Closes Aug 3)




OPAL Environmental Justice Oregon seeks a dedicated and passionate individual to join our powerful team of grassroots organizers and community advocates. OPAL’s mission is to build power for Environmental Justice and Civil Rights in our communities. We organize low income people and people of color to achieve a safe and healthy environment in the places we live, work, learn, pray, and play. We strive to create meaningful opportunities for our communities to impact decision-making. The Youth Organizer position is a member of the organizing team, reporting to the Executive Director, working towards OPAL’s mission by overseeing OPAL’s youth engagement initiatives, including the Youth Environmental Justice Alliance and Serve the People.

Duties & Responsibilities:

I. BASE BUILDING: Recruitment & leadership development (40%) - Develop base building goals and recruitment plan - Conduct outreach, check-in’s, and meetings at target schools -Cultivate relationships with high schools, teachers, administrators, and parents - Document and track participation of members; conduct necessary reporting - Train members on needed skills (i.e. public speaking, grassroots fundraising, facilitation, campaign strategy, phonebank, action planning) - Supervise members during YEJA meetings/events; coordinate logistics for various member activities -Work with members to deepen political consciousness ( critical thinking & analysis, understanding of systems of oppression) through political education curriculum, community solidarity events and workshops

II. CAMPAIGN DEVELOPMENT & ALLIANCE BUILDING (35 %) - Plan and implement campaign goals & activities - Support members to lead campaign strategy & implementation - Help conduct research to develop and advance strategic campaigns - Craft youth campaigns, including developing political strategy and building strategic alliances 2407 SE 49 th Avenue, Portland, OR 97206 T: 503-342-8910 // W: www.opalpdx.org 2 - Work with members to identify demands that challenge power - Build relationships, alliances and coalitions to move campaigns - Support member’s participation in strategic OPAL/YEJA alliances (Youth Equity Collaborative, Oregon Just Transition, etc.)

III. ORGANIZATIONAL SUPPORT (15%) - Engage in overall organizational integration and planning processes, including yearly goals & strategic planning - Develop work plans that align with organization-wide mission and activities - Support and implement organizational decision-making processes, especially in regards to member participation -Contribute to developing organizing systems and methods, as well as maintenance of administrative systems - Support online communications and use of social media tools to publicize and promote the work (campaign updates, email, blog posts, instagram, twitter)

IV. GRASSROOTS FUNDRAISING & GRANT MANAGEMENT (10%) -Identify and apply for small grants to support youth organizing work & projects -Manage grant deliverables and supervise grant projects; incorporate grant goals into YEJA work plan -Participate in and support OPAL grassroots fundraising efforts

OPAL Environmental Justice is an equal opportunity employer. People of color, women, people with disabilities and LGBT people are encouraged to apply. This position is open until filled. To apply to an open position, send a cover letter and resume to jobs@opalpdx.org – please reference in the subject line the position for which you are applying. Please no calls. The position closes Aug 3, 2017. Projected start date August 15th-21st (flexible)