Transit and Environmental Justice Community Organizer
GreenRoots, Inc., is a grassroots community-based organization with a 24-year track record of
achieving significant environmental justice accomplishments and public health victories in
Chelsea, Massachusetts and the Greater Boston region. The mission of GreenRoots is to achieve environmental justice and greater quality of life through collective action, unity, education and youth leadership across neighborhoods and communities. We do so through deep community engagement and empowerment, youth leadership and implementation of innovative projects and campaigns.
The Transit and Environmental Justice Community Organizer will work closely with the Associate Executive Director to carry out a grassroots, base-building campaign that results in broad-based resident engagement, particularly the most ethnically and racially diverse, lowest income and hardest to reach residents who are most dependent on public transit and affected by environmental injustice. She/he/they will do this by engaging residents in regular community meetings as well as individual membership recruitment and development to address transit concerns and draw connections to broader structural issues of justice, equity and power in the transit system. The Community Organizer will work with our members to develop strategies that will bring more reliable, affordable and equitable public transit to our community. Together with the members, she/he/they will represent the community of Chelsea locally, regionally and state-wide in efforts to improve public transit in Chelsea and surrounding communities. Additionally, the Community Organizer will work to engage residents who live in neighborhoods adjacent to the Chelsea Creek, particularly the lowest income, most vulnerable and hardest to reach populations. The Community Organizer will work in partnership with the rest of the GreenRoots’ team to build on strategies of engagement, base building and political education around environmental justice, transit justice, climate justice and urban development.
Responsibilities include, but not limited to:
- Work closely with directors and program staff to build a diverse base of residents engaged in GreenRoots work.
- Lead and implement grassroots organizing efforts to engage low-income residents, immigrants, people of color and youth in regular community meetings to discuss projects, campaigns and issues of concern.
- Provide follow-up to residents’ concerns regarding public transit and build upon these concerns to develop membership engagement.
- Attend and mobilize for transit-related meetings in Chelsea, Boston and surrounding communities.
- Engage residents, in particular the most marginalized, vulnerable to displacement and dependent on public transit, in city-wide planning processes.
- Seek out and implement training opportunities for residents, including, but not limited to civic engagement, leadership development, power-analysis and political education.
- Partner with other GreenRoots staff to implement door-knocking strategies to engage residents on both sides of the Chelsea Creek.
- Ensure that residents feel engaged in and connected to the organizational mission and vision.
- Work with youth and adult members to further develop leadership skills.
- Coordinate projects with city agencies and other community based agencies, as appropriate.
- Plan, coordinate and/or provide assistance for special programs and events.
- Represent GreenRoots at community meetings, partner events and meetings and in regional gatherings.
- Provide social media support and implement opportunities to further GreenRoots work and messaging.
- Other support as requested by the Executive Director and Associate Executive Director.
- Four years of experience in community organizing
- Strong understanding and commitment to the values and principles of grassroots organizing
- Experience in working with immigrant communities
- Required proficiency in English and Spanish: oral and written
- Required knowledge of Chelsea’s community
- Strong understanding and commitment to the principles of environmental and climate justice
- Strong communication skills
- Strong organizational and interpersonal skills
- Ability to work in a team, as well as to take initiative and work independently
- Ability to work and relate with a diverse range of people and organizations
- Ability to motivate participation and community engagement
- Ability to represent GreenRoots in a professional manner to a wide range of partners, institutions and community-based organizations
- Ability to work some evenings and weekends.
GreenRoots is looking for a Community Organizer who is a quick learner, articulate and thoughtful. The ideal candidate will be enthusiastic, flexible, self-motivated, dependable, responsible and creative. Chelsea residents are highly encouraged to apply.
Full-time salary range starting at $35K, depending on experience, and a healthy benefits package.
Please send cover letter, resume and writing sample by Friday July 31, 2018 to:
Maria Belen Power
227 Marginal Street Suite 1
Chelsea, MA 02150