BlueGreen Alliance | Job Opening: Northeast Regional Organizer

Job Opening: Northeast Regional Organizer

The BlueGreen Alliance (BGA) seeks qualified candidates for the position of Northeast Regional Organizer (NRO). The successful candidate should reside in New York or another state in the Northeast or the Mid-Atlantic United States.

BGA was formed in 2006 by the United Steelworkers and the Sierra Club in recognition that the future of working people and the health of the environment are inextricably linked. With 13 of the nation’s largest labor unions and most influential environmental organizations, BGA is fighting to protect the planet and advance racial and economic justice. The labor unions and environmental organizations of the BlueGreen Alliance reject the false choice that we must choose between good jobs and a clean environment. BGA builds a shared agenda between the labor and environmental movements on bold measures critical to advancing a future American economy that addresses climate change, protects public health, advances racial and economic justice, and creates good-paying union jobs in safe and healthy workplaces in communities across America. BGA develops policy, produces research, builds coalitions, provides education, advocates these policies at the local, state, and federal level, and mobilizes working people to take action.

Job Summary: The NRO will track and review all actions related to offshore wind energy development in New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, and Maine. The person in this role will build, maintain, and mobilize labor and environmental coalitions across the region to support BGA’s initiatives on a high-road offshore wind industry, transmission, and clean energy manufacturing. The NRO will work closely with the National Offshore Wind Program Manager and state, policy, research, and communications staff to design and implement an organizing and policy plan in specified states to advance key priorities. The NRO will work remotely from the Northeast Region and report to the Offshore Wind Program Manager who is based in Rhode Island. 

Essential Functions:

  • Track proceedings, state legislation, and actions related to offshore wind energy and evaluate alignment with BGA’s platform to design campaigns that advance key priorities;
  • Build engagement and collaboration with BGA’s partner organizations and allies in the region to grow support for key priorities; 
  • Develop and implement an organizing plan in the region to advance priorities, including through direct advocacy, communications, content creation, public events, and other activities. 
  • Develop relationships with and engage labor, environmental, environmental justice, and racial equity leaders across the Northeast to develop policy proposals, engage policymakers and regulators, and facilitate coordination between states to share experience, learnings, and innovative policy approaches that enhance jobs and equity in renewables deployment.
  • Convene partners and stakeholders on core policy priorities regarding OSW and job quality standards for clean energy. Develop and deliver training and webinars that reach and influence a broad range of stakeholders including labor leaders, rank and file members, and clean energy advocates.
  • Accurately deliver strategic messaging and communications to a wide range of audiences including the media, policymakers, etc.

Requirements:

  • Three or more years of experience in community, political, policy organizing, or related field; or a combination of education and experience;
  • At least one year of experience working collaboratively on issues related to climate change, renewable energy, clean transportation, trade, and/or labor issues;
  • Fluency in technology platforms and Microsoft Office Suite;
  • Ability to travel regularly across the NE United States, with occasional out-of-area travel.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Understanding of and experience in the political landscape in the Northeast region;
  • Experience with labor unions, organizing, and/or the environmental movement;
  • Experience creating and implementing organizing plans. 

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities:

  • Strong analytic and strategic-thinking skills; ability to create and implement organizing plans;
  • Strong skills in developing mutually respectful, trusting, and effective internal and external relationships; exhibit a positive and respectful manner with colleagues, partners, and allies;
  • Self‐starter, highly motivated, detail-oriented; ability to manage multiple tasks simultaneously and take an innovative approach to organizing;
  • Ability to adapt to an evolving work environment;
  • Ability to meet deadlines, plan efficiently, and manage competing priorities;
  • High ethical standards, sound judgment, and ability to maintain confidentiality;
  • Ability to collaborate and communicate effectively with a variety of stakeholders within and outside of the organization, to include exceptional writing, interpersonal, and verbal communication skills; 
  • Strong commitment to economic, racial, and environmental justice; a deep commitment to the mission of the BlueGreen Alliance.

Benefits:

  • Fully paid company medical, dental, and vision for employee and family
  • Fully paid Life, Short Term, and Long Term Insurance for employee
  • 4% 401K company contribution
  • 3 weeks PTO, 2 weeks sick, and 18 paid holidays per year to start

Job Information: Salary range $60,000-$75,000, DOQ. This is a two-year position, with the possibility of extension. This position is represented by United Steelworkers (USW) Local 2002. This remote position will be based in the Northeast Region of the United States, with regional travel expectations and occasional travel outside of the area (5-10% travel). 

How to Apply: Email cover letter and resume, with “Northeast Regional Organizer” in the subject line, to Julie Strahan (jstrahan@bluegreenalliance.org). Position open until filled. 

Women and people of color are encouraged to apply.

BlueGreen Alliance is an Equal Opportunity Employer that welcomes applications from suitably qualified candidates regardless of race, culture, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, sexual or affectional preference, marital status, gender identity, or veteran status.