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Check back on this page for job opportunities to work with Grassroots Global Justice Alliance (GGJ) and It Takes Roots (ITR).

Two job openings for positions that will be split 50% time GGJ and 50% time ITR:  OPERATIONS COORDINATOR and COMMUNICATIONS COORDINATOR

GGJ-ITR OPERATIONS COORDINATOR

Accepting Applications through April 24, 2018 until filled.
You will only be contacted if we are requesting an interview.
Preferred location: Washington DC metro area. This job will include travel.
Compensation: $50,000-$55,000 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 half time supporting GGJ operations and half time supporting ITR operations. This position will coordinate shared administrative needs for the ITR and GGJ staff teams, coordinate travel and logistical support for US based events and international delegations, and lead the financial tracking and bookkeeping for It Takes Roots.  This position will be part of a growing It Takes Roots staff team, will report to the GGJ Deputy Director, and will work closely with the GGJ Bookkeeper.

Job Responsibilities

Coordinate Logistics for GGJ and ITR programs (60%)
1. Support organizing team in preparation for programs.

  • Support creation and distribution of recruitment packets, track applications, and provide logistical information to delegates.
  • Conduct initial logistics research for programs to give input to Organizing team for budget planning.
  • Coordinate, confirm and track all logistical arrangements with delegates, staff & travel service providers: flights, hotel reservations, interpretation, meal plans, legal/security, emergency contact info, equipment/supplies/swag, petty cash and merchandise, etc.
  • Support organizers to set up orientation calls and report back webinars; provide logistical orientations to delegates.

2. Lead logistical implementation, tracking of delegates and supplies, and trouble-shooting on the ground.

  • Attend all major programs to lead logistical implementation.
  • Be aware of and on call for emergency response and contingency plans.
  • Communicate with staff, members and allies about their needs and ours for event planning.
  • Lead backward planning and calendaring for programs in consultation with staff.

3. Support organizing team in follow up from programs.

  • Coordinate and administer travel stipends and reimbursements for delegates.
  • Support creation, dissemination and analysis of evaluation surveys.
  • Support scheduling and implementation of report backs from programs.

4. Coordinate production of organizational materials for GGJ and ITR

  • Research, budgeting, ordering, dissemination, and inventory and storage.

5. Coordinating with logistics staff from other sister or member organizations

  • Create logistics committees for programs as needed.
  • Recruit members to join logistics committees.
  • Create agendas and plans for logistics committees.

Maintain GGJ and ITR administrative systems in parallel (30%)
1. Maintain shared systems: files, receipts, finance forms, shared calendar, materials inventory, digital security protocols.

  • Stay informed about developments in technological platforms or security measures and propose/implement adaptations of systems as appropriate.

2. Human Resources

  • Coordinate staff tracking vacation/personal/sick days.
  • Support management of staff benefits (health/vision/dental insurance and other policies as applicable according to personnel policies).

3. Support Financial Tracking of parallel GGJ and ITR Finances

  • Check mail and make bank deposits every 1-2 weeks depending on volume (if based in Washington DC).
  • Prepare invoices for bi-monthly (every 2 weeks) check cycle.
  • Write approved checks and mail to recipients every 2 weeks.
  • Coordinate and track accounts payable and accounts receivable invoices.
  • Maintain thorough and accurate record of bank deposits and outgoing payments in database, and coordinate reconciliation with bookkeeper.
  • Make payments via international wire as necessary.
  • Coordinate tracking receipts for all purchases and categorize for Quickbooks entry.

4. Support Admin/Finance team with Non-Profit Compliance

  • Ensure updated worker’s comp, disability, state taxes.
  • Track non-profit compliance status, coordinate necessary tasks.
  • Track and complete filing requirements for states where GGJ operates.

It Takes Roots Bookkeeping (10%)

  • Maintain thorough and accurate record of ITR bank deposits in Quickbooks and paper files.
  • Maintain thorough and accurate record of all outgoing ITR payments in Quickbooks.
  • Work with GGJ Bookkeeper and Deputy Director to reconcile financial tracking in database and Quickbooks.
  • Track and maintain ITR invoice files including accounts payable and accounts receivable in Quickbooks.
  • Monthly reconcile ITR payroll reports, bank statements and credit card statements in Quickbooks.
  • Work closely with GGJ bookkeeper to ensure accurate financial tracking of ITR activities.
  • Prepare quarterly ITR budget reports including profit & loss, budget vs actuals and balance sheet for staff and ITR Director Team review.
  • Work with GGJ Bookkeeper to prepare all accounting files and reconciliation work-papers for annual tax return and audit.
  • Maintain Quickbooks software by updating when necessary.
  • Provide other accounting services as may be requested from time to time.

Required Qualifications and Experience

  • At least 3 years high level administrative experience, ideally in remote workplace environment.
  • At least 2 years of accounting or bookkeeping work.
  • 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 the ability to maintain a variety of projects and activities simultaneously.
  • Ability to forecast and plan several months in advance
  • Ability 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.
  • Ability to be responsive in a consistent, clear, and prompt manner to communications and requests. 
  • Ability to meet deadlines, coordinate multiple streams of work, and keep other staff/members on task.
  • High level of self-management, hold self to excellent work standards.
  • Creativity is encouraged and trouble-shooting skills will be necessary.
  • Outgoing, positive energy, professional attitude in dealing with members, staff, allies and vendors.
  • Attention to quality experience: a ‘customer service’ orientation and ability to provide highly professional logistical support to make activities smooth and efficient.
  • 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.
  • Willingness to travel: average 5-10 days per month in the US, and 15 days per year internationally.
  • Driver’s license and liability insurance.

Preferred Experience

  • IT systems skills a plus.
  • Ability to write and speak a second language, preferably Spanish.
  • Organizing background in some of the topics our members work on (see above).

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

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GGJ-ITR COMMUNICATIONS COORDINATOR

Accepting Applications through April 24, 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.

  • Edit communications written by staff or contractors to ensure consistent framing.
  • 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.

  • Write summaries & reports of key programs.
  • Coordinate dissemination of communications.
  • 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.

  • Coordinate social media presence for ITR and GGJ with organizing teams.
  • Draft and circulate press releases and media advisories, especially during actions and high program periods.
  • Supervise contractors: writers, graphic designers, video producers, and printers as needed.
  • Work with staff, contractors and members to create media content (op-eds, press releases with quotes, talking points).
  • Orient spokespeople for talking to press during programs.

2. Develop and maintain media relationships

  • Maintain database of media contacts.
  • Develop relationships with journalists, media outlets.

3. Coordinate GGJ and ITR social media presence with organizing teams.

  • Ensure consistent presence on social media.
  • Echo member communications via social media.
  • Engage and orient members to amplify ITR and GGJ messaging.

Strengthen ITR Communications Infrastructure (20%)
1. Lead ITR Communications Team

  • Convene and coordinate regular calls of the ITR communications team, including communications staff from each of the alliances and potentially also from member organizations.
  • Coordinate communications contracts to produce media.
  • Ensure regular internal communications within ITR membership and allies
  • Work with ITR Communications Team and GGJ Development & Communications Associate to keep ITR internal communications systems up to date.

2. Maintain ITR media infrastructure

  • Create & post content to keep ITR website updated.
  • Write and send ITR e-blasts.

3. Support Creation of an independent It Takes Roots Media Team

  • Create ITR media team modeled after Indigenous Rising Media structure, to produce ITR videos, reports, articles, etc.
  • 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.