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Job Announcement: Tulare County Community Organizer

Open June 16, 2022 until filled.

Californians for Pesticide Reform (CPR) seeks motivated applicants for a part-time (0.5FTE) Community Organizer position to mobilize communities to win anti-pesticide campaigns in Tulare County and support anti-pesticide campaigns statewide. The position will be hybrid: home office-based and in the office of Californians for Pesticide Reform in Lindsay, CA. It is anticipated that the position will become full-time in 2023.

Founded in 1996, CPR is an environmental health and justice coalition of over 190 organizations committed to protecting public health, preserving environmental quality and supporting a sustainable and just agricultural system by building a diverse statewide coalition to change statewide and local pesticide policies and practices.

The Community Organizer will work with the local Coalition Advocating for Pesticide Safety (CAPS) coalition to build community capacity and empower community residents in Tulare County to develop, plan, and implement campaigns to improve environmental health. The organizer will work closely with and mobilize Tulare ally organizations to address disparate environmental impacts on low-income communities of color caused by pesticide air pollution and water contamination.

DUTIES, RESPONSIBILITIES & EXPECTATIONS

Specifically, the Community Organizer is responsible for:

Community Training & Leadership Building

  • Recruit and train CAPS members on pesticide issues using CPR’s pesticide training materials. Prioritize directly-affected community members, including farmworkers.
  • Coordinate at least one monthly meeting of the CAPS coalition.
  • Provide skills training (media, legislative, organizing, etc.) to Tulare County community members as needed/requested.
  • Generate educational and training materials as needed for community use.
  • Arrange for translation/interpretation, as necessary.

Local Campaign Development & Implementation

  • Work with community members in Tulare County to develop and implement locally-relevant pesticide campaigns and workplans that align with CPR’s policy priorities.
  • Complete grant deliverables for local activities.
  • Provide policy analysis.
  • Testify at regulatory and policy hearings related to environmental justice and health.
  • Arrange for translation/interpretation, as necessary.

Coalition Building

  • Collaborate with community residents, allies, coalitions, and government agencies.
  • Build a strong local movement to change pesticide policy by recruiting strategic allies.
  • Recruit ally organizations to become members of the CPR coalition.

Coordination with Statewide Campaigns

  •  Implement CPR work plans in collaboration with other coalition member organizations.
  • Join relevant CPR campaign strategy and planning calls.
  • Assist core staff and other coalition members coordinate statewide CPR activities including CPR’s annual meeting, as necessary.

Media & Communications

  • Organize strategic media events for local campaigns and in support of statewide pesticide efforts. Act as key media contact.
  • Participate in CPR’s statewide communications strategy development, as time allows.

Fundraising & Reporting

  • Provide timely updates on work progress.
  • Work with CPR’s Co-Directors to assist in writing funding proposals and reports, as needed.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Spanish language proficiency required, English strongly preferred.
  • 2+ years of organizing experience preferred.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of grassroots organizing strategies and tactics.
  • Campaign development experience preferred.
  • Ability and willingness to work sometimes long and irregular hours.
  • Regular travel within Tulare County, and occasional travel to other parts of the state, required.
  • Valid Driver’s License, current insurance, and personal vehicle required (or alternate plan for personal transportation).
  • Computer literate (Microsoft Office, Internet, Power Point, etc.).
  • Ability to work well with diverse groups, under challenging deadlines.
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Strong commitment to CPR’s mission.

WORKING ENVIRONMENT & TRAVEL

This position requires regular travel in Tulare County, with occasional travel outside the local area to attend coalition events across the state. Due to the nature of community organizing, the organizer will be required to work some nights/weekends.

This position is highly self-directed; supervision is minimal compared to many positions but will require regular, formal check-ins with CPR’s Organizing Director (likely weekly and even more frequently at the beginning). It is expected that the organizer will be available to the CPR Co-Directors by email, text or phone in between regular check-ins. Direct administrative support is available at the CPR office in Lindsay.

CPR embraces diversity and is actively committed to increasing diversity among our staff, board and volunteers. CPR is an equal opportunity employer that does not discriminate against applicants or employees for reasons of race, color, disability, religion or creed, national origin or ancestry, prior conviction or incarceration, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status or age.

Salary

$48,250 – $64,250 depending on experience

Benefits

CPR offers an extensive benefits package, including health, dental and vision insurance, a 403(b) retirement plan, vacation and sick leave, and flexible scheduling.

Level of Language Proficiency

Spanish required and English strongly preferred.

Location

Lindsay, CA

How to Apply

For guaranteed consideration, please send an e-mail with “Tulare Community Organizer” in the subject line with: 1) an attached letter of interest, 2) a resume, 3) contact information for three work references, and 4) a short (1-2 page) writing sample in English and Spanish to pests@pesticidereform.org by or before July 1. After July 1 applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the job is filled.

 

 

 

 

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