Reporting to: Director of Environmental Advocacy and Legal Affairs
Mission of Position: Under the direction of the Director of Environmental Advocacy and Legal Affairs, Scenic Hudson seeks an Environmental Outreach Organizer to coordinate community engagement in advocacy campaigns, develop strategic messages, and grow and diversify grassroots coalitions in support of Scenic Hudson’s mission.
Qualifications: The successful candidate will have a bachelor’s degree and at least 2 years of previous experience in labor, political or community organizing. Experience or demonstrated interest in environmental justice, land conservation, air and water quality and/or clean energy. Must be a strategic thinker with strong interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills, with a demonstrated ability to make connections, cultivate relationships and inspire public engagement in policy and regulatory issues. The position requires previous experience in one of more of the following areas: grassroots organizing, coalition building, legislative works, civic education, political campaigns, strategic message development and/or social marketing. General familiarity with environmental policy required. Organizational and time management skills are essential.
Proficiency in the Spanish language a plus. Experience using social media as an advocacy or outreach tool required.
Must have ability and experience in building relationships with diverse groups, such as: labor, social justice, diversely abled, business, civic, faith-based, hunting and fishing, recreational boating, and local government groups. Must have the ability to forge cooperative agendas in a multi-stakeholder environment with diverse cultures and political contexts. Must have understanding of the dynamics of coalitions and demonstrated ability to create structure in uncertain social situations to achieve tangible results. Ability to propose, hone, and collaborate with others to develop strategic messaging to reach diverse audiences required.
Alignment and enthusiasm for Scenic Hudson’s mission are required. Must have the ability to work independently, as well as collaborate with teams across the organization. Communication, collaboration and accountability are common requirements for all members of the team. Some evening and weekend work and access to reliable transportation is required. Must be able to lift 30+ pounds.
Scenic Hudson preserves land and farms and creates parks that connect people with the inspirational power of the Hudson River, while fighting threats to the river and natural resources that are the foundation of the valley’s prosperity.
Our work is guided by our vision for the region:
The Hudson Valley is a community of informed and engaged citizens working to make the region a model of vibrant riverfront cities and towns linked by inviting parks and trails, beautiful and resilient landscapes, and productive farms.
We focus on three themes—Promoting Regional Identity, Building Community and Strengthening Resiliency. Lands we protected will enhance recreation, keep our air and water clean, and help wildlife adapt to rising sea levels. Partnerships to restore long-neglected natural and cultural assets will help revitalize downtown neighborhoods. And our expertise in siting renewable energy and promoting natural climate solutions positions the region to be a model for confronting climate change.
We are committed to the values of diversity, equity and inclusion, and strive to serve all of the people of the Hudson Valley by evaluating our projects, strategic initiatives and outcomes through that lens.
Principle Responsibilities include:
- Builds and sustains strong relationships with diverse constituencies, including sportsmen/women, environmental justice communities, labor, outdoor recreation, diversely abled, civic and faith-based groups.
- Communicates about Scenic Hudson’s work to the public and persuades them to take action in support of Scenic Hudson’s campaign objectives.
- Actively listens to the needs and concerns of local community members, groups and community leaders. Identifies actions Scenic Hudson can take to address them.
- Responds to requests for information from grassroots activists.
- Helps develop, document and implement an outreach strategy for issues and campaigns.
- Builds coalitions to help achieve organizational goals.
- Plans, organizes and executes meetings, workshops and public events.
- Coordinates activities with other staff charged with membership, education, outreach and civic engagement.
- Makes presentations to the public about our work. Represents Scenic Hudson in meetings, events and media interviews, as well as seeking speaking and representation opportunities for colleagues.
- Uses social media as an outreach and organizing tool. Works with Scenic Hudson’s Communications Team to develop engagement strategies and messaging targeting diverse audiences.
- Plans outreach and organizing, tracking and reporting of ongoing work and results, maintains database of outreach contacts.
Compensation: Full Time, with competitive salary and benefits.
Applications should be sent to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Send cover letter, resume and brief writing sample. Further information can be found on our website: www.scenichudson.org. No phone calls please.
Scenic Hudson is an Equal Opportunity Employer promoting cultural diversity and excellence. We are committed to the values of diversity, equity and inclusion, and strive to serve all of the people of the Hudson Valley by evaluating our projects, strategic initiatives and outcomes through that lens.