Oregon Fair Trade Campaign Job Announcement:
Headquartered in Portland, OR
The Oregon Fair Trade Campaign (ORFTC) is seeking an experienced organizer to be trained as an Executive Director for a state-wide campaign against the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and other trade policy work. More information about ORFTC is available online at www.oregonfairtrade.org.
The Executive Director’s primary responsibility is the successful execution of ORFTC’s legislative campaign plan which relies heavily upon volunteer recruitment, action/event organizing, community education, as well as coalition development and fundraising. The Executive Director will work with labor, environmental, family farms, consumer and other social justice organizations to educate and mobilize community leaders and constituents to meaningfully participate in debate and secure elected officials support of fair trade policy which creates a fair shot for Oregon’s working families to get ahead.
- Meet with the leadership of various organizations to build stakeholder involvement
- Act as media and public spokesperson for ORFTC. Represent ORFTC at conferences and other public speaking venues
- Coordinate lobbying efforts via face-to-face meetings and/or conference calls
- Recruit, train and support interns and volunteers
- Creating monthly e-newsletter
- Maintain and expand our online presence: website, Facebook page, twitter and more
- Organize protests, phonebanks, press events and community forums
- Recruit constituents to bird-dog at Congress members’ Town Halls and fundraisers
- Manage basic finances and administrative work
- Maintain and expand sustainable funding, including ORFTC’s individual giving program and member organizations
- Implement presentations focused on legislative updates and submit fundraising requests to union and affiliated organizations
- Develop new systems for personalized communication with member organizations and allied groups
- Coordinating regularly with national organization, Citizens Trade Campaign
Qualified candidates must demonstrate strong community organizing experience as well as a proven track record of successful, non-profit development.
A successful candidate will:
- Demonstrate a passion for trade justice and be able to clearly articulate interest in this field
- Provide leadership, development and implementation of strategic campaign plans. Work effectively and timely under pressure, and adapt to changing situations on a daily bases
- Work independently, unafraid of tasks large and small, and successfully meet deadlines
- Have at least 3 years organizing experience.
- Prove an ability to recruit and coordinate volunteers
- Bring strong communication skills and comfort with public speaking and writing
- Demonstrate and enthusiasm for working with labor unions, environmental groups and family farm organizations including people of diverse socioeconomic, political, racial, and ethnic backgrounds
- Work effectively in politically sensitive environments
- Be able to travel when needed to accomplish statewide strategy
Preferred qualifications include:
- Bachelor’s degree in Labor Studies, Political Science or International Relations
- Fluency in languages beyond English
- Experience with legislative campaigns promoting economic, racial, LGBTQ, and environmental justice.
Compensation is $35,000 per year. Benefits include a generous health insurance stipend, paid vacation, and sick leave. ORFTC is an Equal Opportunity Employer and strives for a diverse work environment. Women, people of color, LGBTQ individuals, and differently-abled people are strongly encouraged to apply.
Please send a resume and cover letter to jobs[at]oregonfairtrade.org as soon as possible. We will consider resumes until the position is filled. No calls please.
The Oregon Fair Trade Campaign offers a variety of internships. All candidates must be self-motivated, work well independently and have a strong interest in trade policy and/or social justice organizing. Our internships are unpaid, but we work with each of our interns to create a personalized program that helps you practice the skill sets you’re most interested in developing.
We accept applications on a rolling basis. If you are interested in being considered for an internship, please email a resume and cover letter to Elizabeth Swager at info[at]oregonfairtrade.org.