GGJ is Hiring!

Grassroots Global Justice Alliance (GGJ) and It Takes Roots (ITR) are currently hiring for two positions! 

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GGJ-ITR Communications CoordinatorITR Fundraising & Finance Contractor 

GGJ-ITR COMMUNICATIONS COORDINATOR
Accepting Applications through June 20, 2018 until filled. 

You will only be contacted if we are requesting an interview.
Flexible location. This job will include travel.
Compensation: $55,000-$60,000 commensurate with experience. This position is full-time with benefits including health, dental and vision coverage and generous vacation.

Grassroots Global Justice (GGJ) is a national alliance of over 60 US-based grassroots organizing (GRO) groups organizing to build an agenda for power for working and poor people and communities of color. We understand that there are important connections between the local issues we work on and the global context, and we see ourselves as part of an international movement for global justice. GGJ focuses on bringing GRO organizations into a long-term process of relationship building, political alignment and the development of transformational leadership, particularly for working and poor women and gender-oppressed people of color. We weave and bridge together US-based GRO groups and global social movements working for climate justice, gender justice, an end to war, and a just transition to a new economy that is better for people and the planet. For more about GGJ, visit our website: http://ggjalliance.org

It Takes Roots (ITR) to Grow the Resistance is an initiative of Climate Justice Alliance (CJA), Grassroots Global Justice Alliance (GGJ), Indigenous Environmental Network (IEN), and Right to the City Alliance (RTC), and with capacity support from The Ruckus Society and Center for Story-based Strategy.  In the aftermath of the 2016 Presidential elections, #ItTakesRoots to Grow the Resistance spearheaded a response from the grassroots organizing sector that is confronting the attacks on poor communities, Indigenous Peoples and communities of color that has been fomented by this administration.  It Takes Roots is a multiracial effort led by women & gender oppressed people of color and Indigenous peoples on the frontlines of racial, housing and climate justice across the country. Learn more at http://ittakesroots.org

Key Duties Summary: This position will be housed in GGJ with 50% of time supporting GGJ communications and 50% of time supporting It Takes Roots communications. This position will guide Narrative Strategy, coordinate ITR communications and media teams, support member groups playing communications roles in programs, and coordinate with communications contractors for both GGJ and ITR.  This position will be part of a growing It Takes Roots staff team, and will report to the It Takes Roots Coordinator and the GGJ Deputy Director. 

Job Responsibilities
Develop ITR & GGJ narrative strategy and lead communications plans (40%)
1) Streamline narrative framing & design across organizing and fundraising teams.
a. Edit communications written by staff or contractors to ensure consistent framing.
b. Develop messaging and imagery for organizational materials, ensure consistent messaging and quality for branded items such as t-shirts, hats, stickers, etc.

2) Maintain consistent documentation of activities for internal and external communication about progress, opportunities, and connections.
a. Write summaries & reports of key programs.
b. Coordinate dissemination of communications.
c. Train and coach GGJ & ITR staff and members on messaging.

3) Create and lead media communications plans for GGJ and ITR programs including media presence, member engagement, and orientation of spokespeople.

Lead ITR & GGJ external communications and coordinate consistent public profile (40%)
1) Conceptualize and lead earned media strategies for GGJ and ITR.
a. Coordinate social media presence for ITR and GGJ with organizing teams.
b. Draft and circulate press releases and media advisories, especially during actions and high program periods.
c. Supervise contractors: writers, graphic designers, video producers, and printers as needed.
d. Work with staff, contractors and members to create media content (op-eds, press releases with quotes, talking points).
e. Orient spokespeople for talking to press during programs.

2) Develop and maintain media relationships
a. Maintain database of media contacts.
b. Develop relationships with journalists, media outlets.

3) Coordinate GGJ and ITR social media presence with organizing teams.
a. Ensure consistent presence on social media.
b. Echo member communications via social media.
c. Engage and orient members to amplify ITR and GGJ messaging.

Strengthen ITR Communications Infrastructure (20%)
1) Lead ITR Communications Team
a. Convene and coordinate regular calls of the ITR communications team, including communications staff from each of the alliances and potentially also from member organizations.
b. Coordinate communications contracts to produce media.
c. Ensure regular internal communications within ITR membership and allies.
d. Work with ITR Communications Team and GGJ Development & Communications Associate to keep ITR internal communications systems up to date.

2) Maintain ITR media infrastructure
a. Create & post content to keep ITR website updated.
b. Write and send ITR e-blasts.

3) Support Creation of an independent It Takes Roots Media Team
a. Create ITR media team modeled after Indigenous Rising Media structure, to produce ITR videos, reports, articles, etc.
b. Coordinate contract work with ITR Media Team in high program periods.

Required Qualifications and Experience
● At least 5 years communications experience and demonstrated ability to lead narrative strategy and communications plans in social justice sectors.
● Support the mission, vision and goals of ITR and GGJ.
● Knowledge and experience on at least some of the topics our members work on, such as gender justice, just transition, environmental justice, anti-militarism, indigenous sovereignty, housing and anti-eviction work, etc.
● Experience in multi-racial, multi-cultural settings.
● Excellent attention to detail and ability to maintain a variety of activities simultaneously.
● Able to work independently while maintaining close communication with remote teams.
● Ability to work flexible hours, including communicating with people in other parts of the country in different time zones.
● Excellent writing and editing skills in English for diverse audiences.
● Experience using social media & web development tools: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Wordpress, Drupal-based website.
● Experience and strong familiarity with media and social media monitoring software, such as Melt Water and Cision.
● Earned media strategy experience and knowledge of media communications trends.
● Familiarity with CRM systems and Database management (Powerbase).
● Knowledge of common computer applications: MS Office, Google docs, Dropbox, Mac environment, Slack, and Zoom video tele-conferencing systems.
● Willingness to travel: average 5-10 days per month in the US, and 15 days per year internationally.

Preferred Experience
● Proficiency with Design software such as Adobe creative suite.
● Experience with creative material design (photo graphics for social media, report layout, logo design, etc.)
● Ability to write and speak a second language, preferably Spanish.
● Experience with published writing
● Supervision and/or coaching experience.
● Driver’s license and liability insurance.
● Facilitation and training skills with grassroots organizing sector a plus.

How To Apply
Please submit Resume, cover letter, written sample of at least 750 words you wrote (published or unpublished) and 3 references (please include someone who has supervised you and someone you have supervised or mentored) to ggjalliance@gmail.com with “Comms Coordinator” in the subject.  Only candidates that are being considered will be contacted.


IT TAKES ROOTS FUNDRAISING & FINANCE CONTRACTOR 
June-October, 2018

Start date ASAP in June 2018. You will only be contacted if we are requesting an interview.
Flexible Location: This position may include travel.
Hours: 20-30 hours/week independent contractor position, with potential for future hire.

It Takes Roots (ITR) to Grow the Resistance centers the leadership and power of urban and rural communities on the frontlines of racial, gender, housing, environmental, energy and climate justice in the United States to advance regenerative economies and healthy communities. ITR is a multi-racial, multi-cultural, multi-generational alliance of networks and alliances representing over 200 organizations and affiliates in over 50 states, provinces, territories and Native lands in the U.S. and Canada, and is led by women, gender nonconforming people, people of color, and Indigenous Peoples. It is an outcome of years of organizing and relationship building across the Climate Justice Alliance (CJA), Grassroots Global Justice Alliance (GGJ), Indigenous Environmental Network (IEN), and Right to the City Alliance (RTC), and with capacity support from the Center for Story-based Strategy (CSS) and the Ruckus Society. Learn more at http://ittakesroots.org

In the aftermath of the 2016 Presidential elections, #ItTakesRoots to Grow the Resistance spearheaded a response from the grassroots organizing sector that is confronting the attacks on poor communities, Indigenous Peoples and communities of color that has been fomented by this administration.  We organized a sprint-run from November 2016 through November 2017, and are now in a phase of long-term consultation and strategic development of our collaborative work. 

Scope of Work
In this period, there is a need for raising the profile of It Takes Roots within progressive philanthropy, raising the resources for this collaborative work to respond to this political moment, and to manage a growing collective budget amongst all the partners.  This contract position will be responsible for grantwriting and reporting (based on collectively developed narrative we have already created), engaging funder relationships, and budget and financial management.  This contract position will be part of the It Takes Roots fundraising team, and will report to the Deputy Director of Grassroots Global Justice Alliance (GGJ).  It Takes Roots is fiscally sponsored by GGJ.  For more about GGJ, visit our website here:  www.ggjalliance.org

Roles & Responsibilities
Lead Collective Fundraising for It Takes Roots (60%)
1. Grantwriting—Proposals & Reports
o Track deadlines for grant reports and proposals
o Lead collective proposal and report writing with ITR staff

2. Create & coordinate collective editing of fundraising materials
o Write and revise concept papers as needed
o Create visuals for online and print materials for funder/donor audience

3. Maintain Funder & Resource Ally Relationships
o Track and maintain list of prospective funders (including within philanthropy and within environmental “big green” allies)
o Schedule meetings with prospective funders
o Prepare directors and other ITR leaders for funder meetings
o Convene regular Funder Support Circle calls
o Keep funder allies updated on progress of the work

4. Organize funder briefings
o Work with ITR staff to identify speakers, hosts, time and location
o Create materials—outreach flyers, slideshows/images
o Coordinate funder outreach
o Prepare speakers with talking points and training as needed
o Host webinar (manage back-end of Zoom meetings)
o Record and post recordings of briefings on website

5. Grassroots Fundraising
o Support member fundraising campaigns for key programs
o Write thank you’s to ITR donors

Manage It Takes Roots Finances (40%)
1. Manage ITR Annual Budget
o Coordinate with ITR staff to update budget projections based on program needs

2. Prepare quarterly (and occasionally by program period as requested) ITR budget reports including profit & loss, budget vs actuals and balance sheet for staff and ITR Director Team review.

3. Work with Operations Coordinator to ensure proper tracking of receipts, accounts receivable and accounts payable.
o Helping reconcile budgets post ITR events: ensuring timely reimbursements and payments to vendors, members, organizations.

4. Support ITR staff with submitting check requests every 2 weeks

5. Work with Bookkeeper to maintain thorough financial tracking records in Quickbooks.

Qualifications and Experience
● At least 3 years high level development and financial management experience, ideally in remote workplace environment.
● Support the mission, vision and goals of ITR.
● Knowledge and experience on at least some of the topics our members work on, such as gender justice, just transition, environmental justice, anti-militarism, indigenous sovereignty, housing and anti-eviction work, etc.
● Attention to detail and the ability to maintain a variety of projects and activities simultaneously.
● Excellent writing skills for diverse audiences.
● Experience in multi-racial, multi-generational, multi-cultural settings.
● Ability to work flexible hours, including communicating with allies, staff and members in other parts of the country in different time zones.
● High level of self-management, hold self to excellent work standards, ability to work independently while maintaining close communication with remote teams.
● Familiarity with general accounting procedures, principals, and financial tracking systems for 501c3 nonprofit organizations
● Experience with QuickBooks management
● Familiarity with CRM systems and Database management (Powerbase).
● Knowledge of common computer applications: MS Office, Google docs, Dropbox, Mac environment, and Zoom video tele-conferencing systems.
● Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English.
● Understanding of operations and functions of small non-profits.
● Ability to work independently while maintaining close communication with remote team.
● Responsive to emails and messages.

How To Apply
Please submit Resume, cover letter, written sample of funding appeal language you wrote (ideally a funding proposal that was successful) and 3 references (please include someone who has supervised you and someone you have supervised or mentored) to ggjalliance@gmail.com.  Only candidates that are being considered will be contacted.