Legislative Coordinator, Focus the Nation

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organization:Focus the Nation
position summary:

The Legislative Coordinator will primarily work, on behalf of our volunteer organizers, in the coordination of communications and relationship building with the national and in-state offices of elected officials, for the purpose of facilitating these leaders participation in local and national youth driven campaigns focused on climate change and energy policy.

This spring, Focus the Nation (FTN) will continue their Clean Energy Forum (CEF) campaign, in conjunction with other key partners in the youth climate movement, to support youth organizers (Ages 18 – 28) engaging their community, their senators and leaders in the business sector. Focus Organizers will organize CEFs to promote civil discussions on the local stakes surrounding clean energy and climate legislation, and engage local and national leadership on how these stakes relate to the national and international policy debate.

We are looking for an excited and experienced organizer and/or former administrative assistant working in politics to contribute to this important work; someone who is ready to hit the ground running.


Focus the Nation is an equal opportunity employer. People of color, LGTBQ people, women and people of all abilities are strongly encouraged to apply for all positions.

This position will be based out of Washington, DC and may require travel.

Please send a cover letter and resume to our Director of Campaigns at: [email protected]

We will be accepting applications on a rolling basis until the positions are filled or stated otherwise.

Salary / Pay Rate:Salaried Position: $27,500, Health Benefits, FSA Health Option, Position is secure through April 2010
Required Skills and Abilities:Responsibilities · Builds and maintains relationships with DC and in-state offices of elected officials nationwide, for the purpose of employing effective outreach and communication on behalf of the organization and the local campaigns of our volunteers · Communicate effectively the methods of the Clean Energy Forum module and the specific goals of each local campaign · Offer coaching and training on legislative engagement tactics remotely and/or in person to volunteer organizers. · Work with partner organizations to represent FTN and our volunteers in DC, to promote and cross-promote national and local, actions, programs and campaigns. · Coordinate and manage from a comprehensive organizer database. · Assists in tracking, assessing and communicating with FTN staff on the national, regional and state-by-state policy debate and legislation, for up to the minute use in campaign communications and strategy. · Maintains an ongoing assessment of elected leadership at the local, state and national level · Effectively employ and track campaign metrics as they pertain to their responsibilities, and provide a weekly progress report on targets and outcomes · The National Organizer will be under the direct management of the Director of Campaigns
Qualifications:A strong dedication to stop climate change. · An understanding of current energy issues, stakeholders and initiatives, as well as intersections with social and environmental justice. · Belief in the next generation of young people to create meaningful change. · Commitment to finding just, equitable solutions to the climate-energy crisis · Organizing or campaign experience, preferably on climate, energy and/or justice issues, specifically: - Experience working for or with elected officials and their staff - Firm understanding of the culture and protocol of working on Capital Hill - Strong and demonstrated oral communication ability, specifically: public speaking and presentations - Written communication, analytic, organizational and planning skills - Experience and comfort with phone outreach - Experience using online collaborative tools such as Gmail, Google Docs, Calendar and other online applications (i.e. Facebook, YouTube) · Experience working with diverse communities around energy or environmental issues desired, but not required · Sense of humor and ability to have fun while doing important work · Ability to thrive in a dynamic, team-centered workplace · Strength in multi-tasking, goal-setting and workload prioritization · A sense of urgency while communicating with candor and compassion
Education Required:College degree
Other:Equal Opportunity Employer
website link:www.focusthenation.org