Organizational Overview

GreenRoots is a member-led organization with a 25-year legacy for fighting for and advancing environmental and social justice in Chelsea and surrounding communities. We engage the most impacted residents, empower them to become vocal and strong leaders and implement innovative campaigns. 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.

Job Overview

The Waterfront Initiative Community Organizer will work closely with the Waterfront Initiative Coordinator and GreenRoots directors to continue building a comprehensive, grassroots, base-building campaign that results in broad-based resident engagement. In particular, the Community Organizer will engage the most ethnically and racially diverse, lowest income and hardest to reach residents who live in neighborhoods adjacent to the Chelsea Creek in efforts to revitalize the waterfront, on both the Chelsea and East Boston sides to create an inclusive public realm along the river.

The Community Organizer will help grow GreenRoots’ base of engaged residents and will be required to implement an aggressive door-knocking initiative in the waterfront neighborhoods. The Organizer will implement strategies of engagement, base building and political education around environmental justice, climate justice and waterfront development. She/he will do this by engaging residents in regular community meetings that address their concerns and draws connections to broader structural issues of justice, equity and power.

Responsibilities include, but not limited to:

  • Work closely with the Waterfront Initiative Coordinator and Directors to build a diverse base of residents engaged around the Chelsea Creek.

  • 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 concerning the waterfront neighborhoods.

  • Implement door-knocking strategies to engage residents on both sides of the Chelsea Creek in issues concerning waterfront development as well as broader environmental and climate justice issues.

  • Seek out and implement training opportunities for residents, including, but not limited to civic engagement, leadership development, power-analysis and political education.

  • Understand and use the Chelsea Creek Community Vision Plan as an advocacy tool

  • Work with residents to update the Chelsea Creek Community Vision Plan.

  • Engage residents in the redevelopment of key parcels of land along the Chelsea Creek.

  • Attend and recruit residents to strategic community and municipal meetings that relate to environmental and climate justice as well as waterfront development.

  • Ensure that residents feel engaged in and connected to the organizational mission and vision.

  • Work together with all GreenRoots staff to incorporate waterfront initiatives into the overall organizational mission, goals and programs.


  • Four years of experience in community organizing, or relevant experience, including door-knocking, meeting organizing and facilitation, outreach and engagement strategies including popular education.

  • Strong understanding and commitment to the values and principles of grassroots organizing

  • Experience in conducting base-building work

  • Required proficiency in English and Spanish: oral and written

  • Residence in Chelsea or East Boston preferred

  • Required knowledge of East Boston and Chelsea 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 with a strong political analysis rooted in social justice.


Full-time salary ranging from $35K-$40K, depending on experience, and a healthy benefits package.

Required Start Date:

April 1, 2019

To Apply:

Please send cover letter, resume and writing sample by Wednesday, March 20th, 2019 to:

Roseann Bongiovanni


227 Marginal Street Suite 1

Chelsea, MA 02150