Applications due Tuesday, July 26th at 11:59 pm PT
Earth Quaker Action Team (EQAT) is a Philadelphia-based activist group that uses nonviolent direct action to push corporations toward the intersection of environmental, economic, and racial justice. EQAT is primarily volunteer-led and currently has three paid staff members; however, in order to meet the needs of our campaign (and eventually win!), we are in the process of growing our organization from three to five employees. Read more about our values & practices and our current campaign targeting Vanguard, the world’s second largest investor in fossil fuels.
As the Campaign Organizer, you will empower volunteers to plan and execute nonviolent direct action tactics, whether that be street theater or civil disobedience, in order to move a multi-trillion dollar company. You will look for opportunities for volunteers to take on the bulk of campaign work. Your role will include: executing a recruitment and onboarding plan for new volunteers; supporting action planning; developing trainings; and mentoring budding leaders to grow their skills.
You will be joining at an exciting time in the campaign. Our target is well aware of our presence, media outlets have begun to spotlight our campaign, and many people new to activism are showing up eager to jump in. If you have a knack for supporting people to take steps outside their comfort zone and an interest in refining your own skill set, we’d love to get your application.
- Assemble, support, and guide small teams of volunteers (what we call “core teams”) to design and execute strategic direct action tactics and organizational events like phone banks and social gatherings.
- Recruit new volunteers to join EQAT and take their first actions with us.
- Welcome new volunteers by providing a friendly presence, information about how we work, and ways to get involved.
- Invite volunteers to step outside their comfort zones and take on new roles in direct action, providing training and debriefing to support learning and growth.
- Coach and provide one-on-one mentorship of volunteers stepping into leadership roles.
- Provide leadership during actions to support the group to be safe and strategic.
Candidates for this role will exhibit the following competencies and traits:
- Organizing experience – whether paid or as a volunteer -- bringing people together to build skills and achieve a common goal. This could be in your workplace, community organization, place of worship, or through electoral or issue-based work.
- Experience participating in nonviolent direct action: civil disobedience, peaceful demonstrations, media stunts, or other methods of change-making that build pressure and dramatize a conflict by operating outside of regular, institutionalized, change-making procedures.
- Interest in working on climate justice with spiritual grounding.
- Ability to understand and navigate power dynamics present in climate justice work, especially along the lines of race, class, age, and gender in order to build power and win campaigns.
- Project management skills, including breaking a goal down into chunks, delegating tasks, and following through in a timely manner to finalize details.
- Compelling communication, showing an ability to get others excited, uplifted, focused, and willing to step outside their comfort zones.
- Humble leadership, displayed by being willing to voice an opinion, suggesting courses of action forward and gaining buy-in on them, listening to the group wisdom, and being willing to take feedback and admit mistakes.
- Excitement to work with our people (an intergenerational, faith-based group working at the intersection of climate and economic justice; a high concentration of Quakers in the Philly region) and in alignment with EQAT’s values and practices, including openness to learning, growth, and regular reflection both individually and as a group.
Some additional skills and experience that might benefit a candidate in this role (these are not requirements, and no one is expected to have all of them):
- Experience designing and implementing nonviolent direct action tactics.
- Organizing experience as a part of a campaign focused on a corporate target
- Facilitation, training, or teaching experience (in the context of nonviolent direct action or campaigning is a plus).
- Experience with spiritually-grounded activism.
- Familiarity with Quaker decision making and culture.
Salary: $52,000 to $60,000, depending on years of experience directly related to the position. Those with 1-2 years experience will be offered the lower end of the range, while those with 5+ years experience will be at the higher end. We do not negotiate salaries as it privileges those who are skilled at negotiation.
Benefits: Stipend for health insurance, subsidy of $50/month for internet and phone, and extensive time off benefits including paid parental and family leave, 4 weeks paid vacation, and 10 paid sick days. In place of a health insurance plan we provide a stipend of $600/month that an employee can use to purchase health insurance.
EQAT believes that in order to truly protect our planet and make a just transition away from fossil fuels we need people from all backgrounds. Because of this, we’d especially like to encourage people who come from communities that are often unacknowledged in the environmental movement -- communities of color, women, people with disabilities, and others -- to bring your experience to this role. EQAT does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, national origin, age, or religion.
- Visit our posting on Workable.com and begin your application.
- Upload a resume / CV describing all relevant experience.
- In lieu of a cover letter, please respond to each of the following questions (roughly 150 words for each prompt)
- Why are you interested in working for EQAT in this role?
- How does your work or volunteer experience relate to the requirements for the role?
- Pick one of our organization’s values and practices (accessible here) that you think connects to your own experience. Then tell us a bit about why.
Applications received by Tuesday, July 26th will receive full consideration. If you have questions about the role, please email [email protected] and we’d be happy to set up a time for you to speak with one of our board members or active volunteers.
We hope to have someone start by September 6th, but flexible for the right candidate.