Regional organizer: Gulf South For Green New Deal
Position Located: Gulf South (Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Florida, Puerto Rico), with a preference for TX and FL
Preferred Start Date: Immediately
The Gulf Coast Center for Law & Policy (GCCLP) is a non-profit, public-interest law firm and justice center promoting structural shifts toward climate justice and ecological equity in communities of color on the frontline of climate change. GCCLP serves and builds power with communities on the frontline of climate change in the Gulf South and nationally.
Gulf South for Green New Deal
(GS4GND) is a multi-year, multi-state initiative anchored by GCCLP, which is facilitating the formation for three years with the goal of self-governance. This regional formation of organizations, networks, small businesses, and engaged residents of the Gulf South (TX, LA, MS, AL, FL, and Puerto Rico) addresses the climate crisis and its impacts on the region through the advancement of equity and justice along with the creation of millions of living wage, ecologically sustainable jobs. GS4GND connects long-existing work in the Gulf South towards climate, racial, and economic justice. GS4GND develops policy, advances civic engagement through regional campaigns, and organizes communities in the creation of a uniquely Gulf South version of a Green New Deal, centering the realities, power, and relevance of the region. GS4GND builds regional power to advance a uniquely southern, collective, frontline vision for a sustainable future that centers laborers, farmers, fisherfolk, tribal nations, and frontline communities in a just transition away from extractive economies that accelerate the global climate crisis.
The Gulf South for a Green New Deal is a regional movement infrastructure built through regional convergences, strategic convenings, and innovative spaces for collective healing and reconciliation. GS4GND is advancing aacross the Gulf South rooted in community leadership and vision and built over a six-month participatory process from the ground up.
About the Position - GS4GND Regional Organizer
GCCLP is seeking applicants for a Regional Organizer position to help support the strategic vision and implementation ofacross the five Gulf South states and Puerto Rico. Candidates who are committed to climate justice, frontline leadership, and building a movement for a more just and sustainable economy are encouraged to apply. The Regional Organizer will help move this platform forward into implementation while supporting the long-term vision of a self-sustained movement infrastructure that is governed by and accountable to community leadership. The role of Regional Organizer is not a decision-making leadership role for Gulf South for Green New Deal, but rather a facilitative leadership role supportive of collective decisions.
Key Duties & Responsibilities:
- Coordinate information, communication, relationships, and processes to advance Gulf South for a Green New Deal Initiative.
- Manage organizational and frontline relationships.
- Set agendas and facilitate meetings and strategy sessions.
- Build capacity and train leaders in facilitation processes to support self-governance.
- Support the development and implementation of political education curricula.
- Support on communications and narrative strategies.
- Help co-create the infrastructure for a self-sustained and self-determined Gulf South for a Green New Deal.
- Mediate and work to resolve conflicts at the community level.
- This is a full-time, remote position.
- Significant travel is required when COVID allows safe travel and social interactions. GCCLP hosts in-person staff meetings up to four times a year and multiple convenings throughout the year. In addition, GS4GND Regional Organizers regularly visit GS4GND partners and frontline communities.
- 7–10 years of experience in grassroots organizing around climate justice, racial justice, and/or economic justice.
- 5 years of experience in coalition building, alignment, and community network development.
- Significant skills in using digital organizing platforms, including calendaring software, video conferencing and webinars, listservs, social media, and other similar tools for coordination and communication with distributed teams.
- Knowledge of database management, surveying, and data analysis.
- Demonstrated ability to coordinate skills across multiple perspectives and geographies,
- Demonstrated ability to co-create inclusive and participatory processes of agenda-setting, meeting facilitation, and strategy development.
- Demonstrated ability to think strategically as well as understand local nuances.
- Demonstrated ability to create short- to long-term work planning processes.
- Demonstrated ability to work as part of a grassroots team.
- Demonstrated ability to foster and cultivate membership.
- A deep commitment to supporting, amplifying, and following frontline leadership.
- A deep commitment to fostering self-determined and governed work.
- A deep understanding, knowledge, and experience in working in the Gulf South.
- A dedication to self-governance and community autonomy.
- Experience working effectively within communities of color and other frontline communities.